Day 60 Thursday, September 26, 2013

There was no class monday which was nice.  Peyton and I spent the whole afternoon writing our Sustainability papers after sleeping in late.  I left the house once to get groceries, while Peyton remained a hermit and didn’t see the light of day the entire day.  The four dollar frozen pizzas were too alluring, and I had to leave the house to pick up five boxes.  With papers completed, we headed to Murdoch Uni to hang out with the other American CIEE group in their flats.

Tuesday was sustainability class at CUSP at three, which would have provided me with a great opportunity to sleep in, but I decided to rewrite my paper one more time in the morning.  Class was a field trip with CUCP Director and author of our textbook, Peter Newman.  We took a tour of the Freo area; from the streets, to the old Roundhouse Jail, to the beach. Peter gave us a history lesson and personal accounts of the town, as he had been a resident for at least 40 years.  A highlight of the tour, for me, was a red Ferrari parked on the side of the road.  Peyton and I made sure to take some pictures and then make conversation with the owner when he walked up.  After the tour was over around five.  We headed back to the house and relaxed the rest of the night. I cooked up a frozen pizza.

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Wednesday was an early class at Murdoch.  I was told it was just going to be a meeting with Kate to discuss our week long trips to Perup and Manjumup, October 7-20.  These trips will consist of research on baby marsupials.  But when I arrived at class I was surprised to hear we would be having a Marine Biology lecture with Jen, followed by a Conservation Biology lecture with Kate, followed by a culture class with Paul.  The morning wasn’t going to be what I originally thought.  Finally out of class around two, only stopping for a quick lunch of Caesar salad and tropical smoothie in the student cafe, Peyton and I hopped on the 98 bus ready to kick it at the house the rest of the night.  After a quick trip to Freo to get a hair cut, and a pit stop at our favorite bar Sail and Anchor, we called it a day.

Today was a long day.  We had a leadership seminar from 9am-5pm at CUSP.  The class consisted entirely of graduate students, some after their masters, others their PhD.  Speaker after speaker presented PowerPoints, to the point where it was hard to register any more new information.  It was interesting to hear the knowledge of some of the leaders in the relatively new Sustainability field.  The group sure was passionate.  Smack dab in the middle of our eight hours of lecture we did have a one hour lunch break.  Peyton and I stopped at Piccolos for the fifth straight time and grabbed our typical sandwiches and geared up for a couple more hours of good ole fashioned lecture.  Yay.

Crafted up another professional batch of Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner and took it easy the remainder of the night.  Getting mentally prepared for Indonesia this weekend.

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