Brandon Gustafson is an official CAPA blogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A finance major at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
Below, Brandon shares his first impressions of the city that will be his home for the rest of 2015.
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That. Fight. Was. Sooo Longgggg. I left LA on Monday August 24th and arrived in Sydney on Wednesday August 26th. I’m not sure what happened to Tuesday, but I think I may have just time traveled.
I was sore and stiff after getting off the plane, but I could not have been happier. Transitioning to a foreign culture is always difficult, but seeing that everything was in English definitely made it easier. And seeing palm trees in winter. I really liked that.
Everything seemed surreal as my new friends and I set off for the Urbanest Apartment: our new home for the next three months. Oh, and August 26th 2015 also happened to be my 21st birthday. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
You know how certain houses have a particular and unmistakable scent? It’s hard to describe and I don’t normally associate apartments with a scent, but Urbanest almost smelled like the “New Car Scent” trees you can hang in your car. A personal favorite.
I was greeted by very friendly CAPA and Urbanest staff when I got to the apartment. They made me take two pictures for their records. That’s when I really realized that I was in desperate need of a shower. Aside from that, the apartment was way nicer than I had expected. Wide open spaces, a brand new workout facility, game room, and outdoor picnic area. I have six roommates and the apartment size is perfect for all of us. I think we are going to make a lot of great memories here.
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