Let me say this first - Australia is awesome.
The weather, the people, the ecology, the air, the freedom. I have no complaints thus far (well, maybe a few but those are mostly $$ related and that's not something that actively bothers me, it's just something I have to deal with). It's been a great week and a bit so far (I've already been here for a week!?).
I've found a great 2 br, furnished place located within 15 mins walk to Flinders. I've met a few of the local meddies, a bunch of the internationals and another handful of the local addelaidians (sp?). Everyone is quite friendly and, with my phone number as well, I feel like I'm really starting to settle in. The only thing I need now is regular internet. Right now, I'm relegated to using my phone as a modem whose data I have to closely monitor and, with 3G speeds, I can't do much more than browse the net (I want to watch Lost damnit!!).
I've explored the campus a bit which is quite beautiful. It's large and hilly (my quads hurt), and the architecture is more modern than what I'm used to at my old Uni (I guess I was spoiled), but the fact that Flinders is so closely integrated with it's local ecology (there's a large conservation park that the uni is built around) makes walking around campus much nicer. Oh, and the fact that the school is on the hill means that you get spectacular views of the ocean. I'm also glad I didn't live in residence this year. It was exactly like res at my old Uni and I really wasn't a big fan of that (3 years of res there - 2 years don - enough). But, it was cheap and close to amenities so it was ideal for the few days I was there.
Anyways, I will be posting pics as soon as I get better access to internet. It's too slow through tethering so I'm gonna see if I can work around the 35 mb cap (yes, they cap us to 35 mb's per day!!!) at school so I can do this. If not, then pics will be coming in early March which is the earliest the internet companies could connect us. Speaking of which, the internet here is ridiculously expensive! Without a phone line, a 50 gb plan is costing us $70 a month for 1.5 MB down/256 Kb up... ouch!!!
Hope all is well with everyone :)