|A typical house in Geelong, complete with a front garden and fence|
More familiar Geelong sights
One of the first things I did when I arrived in Geelong was find the closest Catholic church. I was very happy to find that there was a church 20 minutes' walk away. And not just a church, but a Basilica at that! St. Mary's Basilica has quite beautiful architecture. It reminds me of the Netherlands a bit (though I've never been there). There are other buildings in town that use lighter-colored brick, and with peaks and towers it feels very European.
|A kindergarden center|
|View from inside CISRO, looking out onto the reflecting pond in front of the building|
Last week, at the end of my first week of work, I was treated to my first Australian rainbow outside work. It had been a rainy week and the sight of the sun finally coming out along with the rainbow was a very welcome sight.
The photo below is of the river near where I live, and in the distance you can see the white lights of the Aussie rules football stadium peaking over the treeline. This coming weekend is the footie final, aka the superbowl of Australia. I'm not much of a sports fan, but I am interested to learn about the sport as well as enjoy the Australian culture surrounding it. If you don't attend the game then you definitely watch it, and the tradition is to have a big party with BBQ, lots of beer, family, and friends. I was very fortunate to be invited by a new Australian friend, Selena. She's invited me to her family's property about 45 min outside Geelong to enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ and watch some good footie. I'll have more stories next week!