In this weeks post, Lorenzo shares his impressions of Sydney and Australian culture with a local CAPA staff member, Richard Cooper and documents their conversation.
This afternoon I had the chance to be interviewed by Richard Cooper, a CAPA Sydney staff member, who questioned me about my impressions of Sydney and Australian culture so far.
Left: Richard, Right: Lorenzo
R: Do you like Vegemite?
L: Sorry but it’s definitely a no. I think a lot of people coming here heard about this special Australian spread but were then left disappointed after trying. I and another roommate each bought a jar of it and only one spoon was taken off of both.
R: You should try my “Prince of Breakfast” recipe: toasted bread, a slight spread of Vegemite plus Avocado or cheese and tomato.
R: Well… Next question: how long have you been in Sydney?
L: A month and a half.
R: What’s your favorite place in the city?
L: That’s a very tough question because Sydney has a lot of beautiful places and they all have different qualities and reasons why they are amazing. If I got to go with one I choose Circular Quay and just the Rocks area, that part of town, is really suggestive and offers a picturesque view of the city.
R: Have you been outside the city?
L: Yes I went to hike on the cliffs off Royal National Park. I did not know of the existence of this place and it was incredibly surprising. You see people posting pictures on social media about world famous cliffs and landscapes but I’ve never seen this one before. It can be as popular as any other cliff-spot in the world.
R: Do you plan on traveling anywhere else?
L: Yes, for spring break I am going to Brisbane and Gold Coast. I have also been told I should visit Byron Bay so I will try to fit it into my plans…
R: Oh Queensland, God’s Land! It’s really hot over there, you will have fun.
R: Let’s get to some school questions, what are you studying here?
L: I am taking mostly marketing classes but also an international management one.
R: Why, what’s your major?
L: International Business, so actually most classes fit a requirement that I can use towards graduation.
R: Perfect! How do you find the coursework?
L: It’s not too challenging as I am taking only four classes, I think it’s way different from back home where you might be just listening to a lecture along 300 other students. Here classes are pretty small and there’s a lot of discussion going on back and forth.
R: Any advice for incoming students of the program?
L: I think that coming here with a purpose is definitely an advantage. Some people came here to understand and experience a new culture, some people are filling graduation requirements, others just like surfing and being near the beach. For me I wanted to experience Australian life, see how good it can be, while also interning, doing something I see myself working at in the future. Anyways come here for a reason, you will get more out of the experience.
R: Ok, last question: Recommend a place you have to go to if you visit Sydney.
L: This is a pretty hard one too, this city has so much to offer, especially in terms of places to check out. If you are coming with the program they already bring you to some interesting sites, but one we haven’t gone to with CAPA is Manly Beach and you do want to go there.
L: Thank you Richard!
Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
Lorenzo's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.