Australia · 133 Days · 130 Moments · July 2016

Emily's Study Abroad Experience in Australia

27 November 2016

Goodbye Freo & Perth. You have my heart. Best experience of my life, no regrets & not a penny wasted. My heart aches to leave my home here, but excited to see my family & friends back home soon. I know I'll find a way to come back to WA, one day. I came in a wonderful me, and Im leaving as someone even better. I'm proud of who I am becoming. Thank you Straya. OFF TO SYDNEY TO MEET JUANITA!โœˆ๏ธ

26 November 2016

The man. The myth. The legend. The best host of WA, Jack Baker. He welcomed us & made us all feel like family right from the beginning. We're going to miss our Sunday walks in Cottesloe โ˜€๏ธ. And dude, check out his pizza oven!!! He made this thing. Yep, that's a fire breathing dragon. Sums him up pretty well haha. Oh and Tai is a turtle.
the goodbyes & the last moments :/

24 November 2016

Realizing America rocks for having such a great holiday. We brought Thanksgiving down unda! Delicious. My first friendsgiving ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆƒ
Taiyaki's! Or soft serve in a fish cone (pancake-like). SOO. GOOD.
โค๏ธ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ‡

23 November 2016

Leighton Beach, Cottesloe Beach, South Beach, or Bathers Beach? Always a tough choice ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒŠ

22 November 2016

20 November 2016

John Butler Trio and Angus & Julia Stone just rockin it at Cottesloe beach. A beautiful day all around; fab pals, great drinks, amazing sunset, and legit tunes. What a way to spend our last Sunday in WA โค๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽธโ›ฑ

19 November 2016


18 November 2016

Renae twisted her ankle on the way to the club!! Luckily I'm a grandma & was home to nurse her back to health!! #nursing

17 November 2016

I WENT SKYDIVING. and it was easily one of the best experiences of my life. Had to keep it a secret for weeks or else my parents would've had heart attacks. So worth it though! Just incredible & the freefall feeling is beyond anything I'd imagine. ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐ŸŒ

15 November 2016

Meat pies on the beach & free beer tasting at Little Creatures. So so solid ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

14 November 2016

Supermoon & sunset in Freo ๐ŸŒ•

11 November 2016

So much fun camping on Rotto for the weekend! ๐ŸŒŠโ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ biked 12 miles around the ENTIRE island, checked out 20 beautiful beaches & bays. Absolutely breathtaking place to be

10 November 2016


9 November 2016

Home ๐Ÿก
Just some pics I love with my pals here โค๏ธโค๏ธ. Can't believe I only have a couple weeks left with living with them...I can't imagine daily life without them ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

8 November 2016

Farm life & fruit picking!

7 November 2016

Canoeing & cave crawl in Margaret River! So serene & the cave crawl was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. ๐Ÿž
OKAY. From left to right, i ate emu, smoked crocodile (my favorite), and kangaroo! All pretty dang good, especially with the pumpkin tomato bread & homemade pestos and chutneys. ๐Ÿด๐Ÿž

6 November 2016

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & wine tasting in Margaret River ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿท
Sunset, day break, and sunrise in our beautiful weekend home โ˜€๏ธ

5 November 2016

First day of our retreat with Cleos!! Serpentine Falls & Busselton Jetty. We're staying in quaint bunk cabins right on the beach ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ˜

4 November 2016

Fresh, rolled ice cream...SO FREAKIN DELICIOUS. We deserved this treat since today was our LAST day of classes! I can't believe how fast these days are going. Savouring every moment, only a few weeks left ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Oh & beached it all day ๐ŸŒŠ

3 November 2016

Girls night at the club! Too many 18 yo high schoolers, but still a BLAST to dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ‰. Plus met a really nice guy, Jack! Funny dancer dude, he looks so much like Miles Teller...

2 November 2016

Our theater class is officially over ๐Ÿ˜ญ. This was easily one of my most favourites! Confidence level sky rocketed & it was an absolute blast to get out of my comfort zone and just have fun on stage. Pic with our wonderful prof Gabrielle after our final performances!

1 November 2016

Homework distraction extraordinaires ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
Saints in the making?
All Saints Day brekky on campus! Tom was handing out Saint cards and he just so happened to randomly give me my confirmation Saint, crazy or what? (Then I snagged a couple more hehe).

31 October 2016

This baseball player can't find Waldo!!!! Halloween dinner with all the halls, fun games and PIZZA. ๐ŸŽƒ

30 October 2016

Toured the Freo Prison, spooky!!

29 October 2016


28 October 2016

Hosted trick or treating in our hall for UNDA faculty kids, Halloween is not big here so it was a super fun treat for them!! And fun for us to get into the spirit! Ended the night with punch & churros in freo

24 October 2016

Coffee everyday...multiple times a day...push through this last week of classes!โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“š

23 October 2016

Whoa sweet sights #perth
Went to St. Mary's Cathedral in Perth to see the Relics of St. Padre Pio. All the way from the Vatican & only here for a few days, such an honor to be in the presence. One of the Relics included a cloth that was used to wipe the blood from his stigmata. So insane. Mass, blessing from an Italian Friar, rosary, & veneration. What an honour to be able to witness this event!
How do I only have 5 weeks left in my amazing home? ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ CLEOS FOREVER

22 October 2016

SURF DAY WITH CLEOS CREW ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ Scarborough Beach, WA. So much fun, gradually getting better, father would be proud!

21 October 2016

Perth Friday nights ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ bar crawl ranged from circus bars with spiked tea to whiskey bars feeling like a 50 year old man staring into a fireplace. CHEERS

20 October 2016

Look who voted for the prez!!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ thanks for making me pay to vote Australia... $2.95 postage tisk tisk

19 October 2016

18 October 2016

Brekky & parents on this fine Tuesday morning โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑ

16 October 2016


15 October 2016

Fun Saturday around Freo. Went to Bread in Common for yummmmmy bread & butters, shopped around for a bit & got muffles by the beach, then went to dinner with our pals. Got myself a Frosรฉ ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿน
I love every single person in my study abroad group so much โค๏ธ. We took our group photo today, 'Bachelor' style since Grant is our only dude ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ

14 October 2016

Took our study abroad group photo today ๐ŸŽ‰ got side tracked by a pretty fence so my pals & I had a photo shoot ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ. See, proof that we can be pretty decent looking humans!!

13 October 2016

Watched "The Beat Generation" for our theater class. Such a legit experience, incredibly talented students & just an overall impactful performance. Interactive too! Danced with one of the actors during his scene!๐Ÿ˜ Sweet jazz band performed at the end. Great experience
Finally warming up here in Freo!! 88 degrees today ๐Ÿ˜โ˜€๏ธ

9 October 2016

And what is a Sunday without Mass? I love going to St. Patrick's, beautiful church and music. โค๏ธ
Sunday mornings in Cottesloe & hanging around Freo๐Ÿ˜. Also our wall of uplifting words!

8 October 2016

Went to the Odd Fellow bar, super cool underground venue. Amazing night, saw Wooly Mammoth & The Tommyhawks! Really nice guys, got to chat with them ๐Ÿ˜. Managed to get free drink cards on our way there too, free ciders! Easily one of the most fun & spontaneous nights so far. Indie music is my favorite

7 October 2016

Friday night adventures return! Checked out UWA, Kings Park, and got a sick Aussie CD made by the boys
Jean jacket crew - Mixtape out December 9 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

6 October 2016

Sunset Sail โ›ต๏ธ. Super cool experience, and very kind of the yacht club to treat us to a night of luxury & great food!

4 October 2016


2 October 2016

Look at his magica Tim Tam Cronut!! My life was changed. Absolutely delicious.
It's good to be home!๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 2 weeks taking Western Australia by storm, from Broome to the road trip, it has been an unforgettable experience with my group.๐Ÿ’— Back to uni life ๐Ÿ“š

17 September 2016

Sand bar in the middle of the river! We're basically Jesus walking on water. Super freaky being in the middle of the water ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
Sooooooo I jumped off a cliff ๐Ÿ˜ฌ my mom was so pissed...but hey, at least I told her after right? ๐Ÿ™Œ what a rush, such a fun experience!!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ‰

16 September 2016

Freo nights with fab friends

14 September 2016

Acting oh help me. And my classmates took selfies on my phone...

13 September 2016

Strollin in these beautiful places is such a blessing. Right by my dorm.
Family dinners ROCK. Mac & cheese with strawberry shortcake bars made by my group, & a sausage sizzle made by another! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ

12 September 2016

Casually studying & hear loud drums and trumpets out my window...a procession of The Association of Maria Santissima del Tindari celebrated their 19th anniversary in Freo! A statute of the Black Madonna was carried through Fremantle & back to St. Patrick's Basilica for a Benediction. According to popular legend, the Black Madonna arrived in the Sicilian town of Tindari after a merchant sought shelter in the Bay of Tindari because of a storm. After the storm was over, the ship set sail again but without the statue of the Black Madonna. Ooooo!

10 September 2016

Day in the city - Perth & Freo
WE. LOVE. HUSH. COFFEE. cutest coffee shop down our block. Ugh, sooooo good โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿž

9 September 2016

Muffles: pocket-filled cones with soft serve ice cream powdered with Milo chocolatey goodness. Easily in my top 5 favorite desserts ๐Ÿ˜ Then "Fairy Bread" made by Harry, Will, & Jas. It's an Aussie thing ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ. And ended with our beloved cider paddle at Monk with the ladies & James ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ

8 September 2016

Bri & I got lunch with our Psych professor, Sarla! She's like a grandma. Really great time talking to her about general life things. Seriously the sweetest & most genuine lady, offering us so much food too ๐Ÿ˜ญ great opportunity.
Here is an accurate representation of our mental states right now. In times of procrastinated studying & turning in essays, our brains have disoriented into Airbenders. Yes, Airbenders. (Is it Friday yet??)

3 September 2016

"Patty, how did the Pinnacles get here?? How and why and what???" "God. Moses. Jesus." ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ Mind boggling structures. The world is an amazing place to say the least.
Started off real strong, cruising down the slopes. Then I completely face planted and scorpioned into the sand. Aw, memories โœจ One of the best experiences.
The water is UNREAL here at Lancelin beach. Need to go back. Also I'm now a model for Pepsi.
Funny story, I called this body of water a lake the entire time. Yay for friends who call me out ๐Ÿ˜‚ #river #dammit
Gotta love nature โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒณ
We took an epic day tour to Yanchep National Park to see wild roo's, koalas & beautiful land. Then Moore River where the Indian Ocean meets it, famous for its orange color, Lancelin beach for lunch, Lancelin Dunes for legit sand boarding, and ended the tour at The Pinnacles. Absolutely amazing day.

2 September 2016

What I practically live off of here. Having to cook for myself is fun, but sometimes I can get lazy with just yogurt for lunch. Oh well ๐Ÿ˜

1 September 2016

The Wedding Wall in Freo! Artsy Jesus ๐Ÿ˜ so cool to walk by, who knew it was only a couple blocks from my dorm?!
Happy First Day of Spring in Australia! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’

29 August 2016

Tap the photo & don't judge me...but seriously the Australians are extremely attractive here it's insane.
Speaks for itself ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’—

28 August 2016

On Sunday's, the locals carpool us students to Cottesloe beach for a early morning run/walk/swim. The best memories & chats with these guys! Ends with brekky at the cafe โ˜•๏ธ
Here are the streets right outside our dorm in Freo! Freo is a super quaint town, so fun to explore & walk around. 5min to the beach too ๐Ÿ˜

26 August 2016

Love these guys with all my heart ๐Ÿ’— adventures & milkshakes

25 August 2016

Guess who booked their trip to Bali?! See ya in November Indonesia! โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜

21 August 2016

Good times on the Swan Valley Wine Tours! Chocolate, wine, cheeses, and a cruise. ๐Ÿ›ณ our group had SO much fun on this!

20 August 2016

Surfing lessons at Mullaloo Beach! Seriously fun ๐Ÿ˜ felt so good to be in the ocean.

19 August 2016

Soccer afternoon to crush Will & Harry. Ended solid with ice cream that night

18 August 2016

UNDA provided free drinks ๐ŸŽ‰

17 August 2016

Kate, Kelly & I cooked for our group! Fun & went smoothly๐Ÿ™Œ burgers & apple crumble.

16 August 2016

Walks to Cole's for groceries. #adulting

14 August 2016

First Footy game! Go Freo Dockers! We lost so bad ๐Ÿ˜‚ really fun sport to watch
Mass at St. Patrick's Basilica, beautiful! Short walk from my dorm when I can't make the 6pm Notre Dame mass. Slow down & realize the blessings being brought on to me here. Praise God for it all

13 August 2016

More biking fun ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ relaxing Saturday with Bri & Enya ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

12 August 2016

Go out with style. These guys became my best friends so quick โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰
We learned how to play the Aussie sport of Footy! Hybrid of American football, rugby, soccer, probably other sports too haha. Thanks Will, Harry, & Sarah for teaching us!

11 August 2016

$1 hot dogs at the Bar Orient, who can deny??

10 August 2016

Theater class is going well. I'm completely out of my comfort zone, but that's definitely the fun part ๐ŸŽ‰

7 August 2016

We've established that I'm super short & look like a child...that's okay, cause we can capture those moments are a quality camera๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ
Aussie animals are legit
Freo (Fremantle) is becoming my home. I just love it here. So so much. โค๏ธ

6 August 2016

Monk brewery is our go-to so far! Foo-foo drinks for the ladies ๐Ÿ˜ Blackberry-basil cider for me, punch, sangria, and screwdrivers for the pals.
Exploring Perth on the "Oh Hey WA" tour!

5 August 2016

Our new Australian friends, Will, Harry, and Sarah! They're AWESOME. ๐Ÿ‘ซ
Bike rides along the coast ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿฝ did I mention the bikes are free, all-day rentals?

4 August 2016

Gotta FaceTime the BFF's! ๐Ÿ’œ Julia is prepping to go on her study abroad experience in ROME! We are incredibly blessed.

3 August 2016

My mom got a snapchat so this is a daily thing, I love it so much ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ

2 August 2016

I have to cook for myself here...personally, I don't mind it too much ๐Ÿ˜
We planted 1,200 trees on South Beach, Fremantle. Humbling & fun experience. Left our mark on Australia! Hope to come back years from now to see the trees ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŠ
Beach runs ๐Ÿƒ

1 August 2016

So Australia Bachelor is a thing, and it's awesome. No shame. (Okay some shame, these girls are nuts. But so entertaining)
Chilly here, hail or rain for the last few weeks of winter here! But when sun is shining & the sky is bright blue, we must sit out on our dorm balcony & baskโ˜€๏ธ

31 July 2016

The Freo Markets on Sunday's are life. Fresh produce, knick-knacks, goodies, street food, I'm so excited to make this a weekly thing.

29 July 2016

Walking sights in Freo & Perth...

27 July 2016

This had to happen ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ
Some of the first fun times. UNDA social, first pub outing, free pool from our bud Isaac the cook!
Chapel is cute here, reminds me of my dorm one at UP! Simple & quaint. Comforting being at Mass with everyone here, plus I was asked to do the petitions for the opening mass! Totally not nerve wracking at all...

26 July 2016

Okay, drinking age is 18 here. Sorry mom & dad, but gotta fit in with Australian culture! ๐Ÿป
Stroll for the sunset with Kate & new friends, Sally & Patricia. Pretty dang legit
Smoke ceremony from the Aboriginal community of Australia. Powerful stuff, nice welcome! Brekky (breakfast) of meat pies & coffee, lunch of just deliciousness. Thanks UNDA!

25 July 2016

Friendly reminder that yes, I will be studying here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Theater class because why the hell not?? Ethics, Psych/Human Behaviour, Theology/Faith & Culture, and Australian History.

24 July 2016

LET'S FLY! 15 hour flight to Sydney, 6 hour layover. Then 4 hour flight to PERTH! ๐ŸŒŠ 25 hours of traveling + 15 hour time change...yeah that was rough.

17 July 2016

Said goodbye to my family & best friends! 4-5 months without these amazing people in my presence is going to be hard, but thank God for technology to keep us connected. Great summer in Ventura, but hello Down Undaaa!