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!✈️
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 ☀️. 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 🍴🍁🦃
Taiyaki's! Or soft serve in a fish cone (pancake-like). SOO. GOOD.
23 November 2016
Leighton Beach, Cottesloe Beach, South Beach, or Bathers Beach? Always a tough choice 😉🌊
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 ❤️☀️🍻🎸⛱
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. 🛩🌏
15 November 2016
Meat pies on the beach & free beer tasting at Little Creatures. So so solid 🙌🍻
14 November 2016
Supermoon & sunset in Freo 🌕
11 November 2016
So much fun camping on Rotto for the weekend! 🌊⛺️🚴🏽♀️ biked 12 miles around the ENTIRE island, checked out 20 beautiful beaches & bays. Absolutely breathtaking place to be
10 November 2016
I LOVE QUOKKAS SO MUCH
9 November 2016
Just some pics I love with my pals here ❤️❤️. Can't believe I only have a couple weeks left with living with them...I can't imagine daily life without them 😩
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. 🏞
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. 🍴🍞
6 November 2016
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & wine tasting in Margaret River 💫🍷
Sunset, day break, and sunrise in our beautiful weekend home ☀️
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 🌊 😍
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 😭. Oh & beached it all day 🌊
3 November 2016
Girls night at the club! Too many 18 yo high schoolers, but still a BLAST to dance 💃🏽🎉. 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 😭. 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 🎉🎉🎉
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. 🎃
30 October 2016
Toured the Freo Prison, spooky!!
29 October 2016
PERTH EXPLORE DAYYYY
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!☕️📚
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? 😭🇦🇺 CLEOS FOREVER
22 October 2016
SURF DAY WITH CLEOS CREW 🏄🏽♀️🌊 Scarborough Beach, WA. So much fun, gradually getting better, father would be proud!
21 October 2016
Perth Friday nights 🎉💃🏽 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!!🇺🇸🇺🇸 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 ☕️📱
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 Frosé 💁🏽🍹
SO UNWORTHY OF THIS PERFECT AVOCADO
I love every single person in my study abroad group so much ❤️. We took our group photo today, 'Bachelor' style since Grant is our only dude 💁🏽
14 October 2016
Took our study abroad group photo today 🎉 got side tracked by a pretty fence so my pals & I had a photo shoot 💁🏽. 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!😝
Sweet jazz band performed at the end. Great experience
Finally warming up here in Freo!! 88 degrees today 😍☀️
9 October 2016
And what is a Sunday without Mass? I love going to St. Patrick's, beautiful church and music. ❤️
Sunday mornings in Cottesloe & hanging around Freo😍. 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 😍. 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 🇦🇺
6 October 2016
Sunset Sail ⛵️. 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!🇦🇺 2 weeks taking Western Australia by storm, from Broome to the road trip, it has been an unforgettable experience with my group.💗 Back to uni life 📚
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 🌊🌊
Sooooooo I jumped off a cliff 😬 my mom was so pissed...but hey, at least I told her after right? 🙌 what a rush, such a fun experience!!😍🎉
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! 😍🙌
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.
10 September 2016
Day in the city - Perth & Freo
WE. LOVE. HUSH. COFFEE. cutest coffee shop down our block. Ugh, sooooo good ☕️🍩🍞
9 September 2016
Muffles: pocket-filled cones with soft serve ice cream powdered with Milo chocolatey goodness. Easily in my top 5 favorite desserts 😍
Then "Fairy Bread" made by Harry, Will, & Jas. It's an Aussie thing 🇦🇺.
And ended with our beloved cider paddle at Monk with the ladies & James 💃🏽
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 😭 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." 💃🏽
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 ✨ 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 😂 #river #dammit
Gotta love nature ☀️🌳
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 😁
1 September 2016
The Wedding Wall in Freo! Artsy Jesus 😁 so cool to walk by, who knew it was only a couple blocks from my dorm?!
Happy First Day of Spring in Australia! ☀️💐
29 August 2016
Tap the photo & don't judge me...but seriously the Australians are extremely attractive here it's insane.
Speaks for itself 😭💗
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 ☕️
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 😁
26 August 2016
Love these guys with all my heart 💗 adventures & milkshakes
25 August 2016
Guess who booked their trip to Bali?! See ya in November Indonesia! ✈️🌊🐒🐘
21 August 2016
Good times on the Swan Valley Wine Tours! Chocolate, wine, cheeses, and a cruise. 🛳 our group had SO much fun on this!
20 August 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTY!🎉
Surfing lessons at Mullaloo Beach! Seriously fun 😍 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 🎉
17 August 2016
Kate, Kelly & I cooked for our group! Fun & went smoothly🙌 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 😂 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 😁🚴🏽 relaxing Saturday with Bri & Enya 👏🏼
12 August 2016
Go out with style. These guys became my best friends so quick ❤️🎉
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 🎉
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 camera💁🏽
Aussie animals are legit
Freo (Fremantle) is becoming my home. I just love it here. So so much. ❤️
6 August 2016
Monk brewery is our go-to so far! Foo-foo drinks for the ladies 😁 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. 👫
Bike rides along the coast 🚴🏽 did I mention the bikes are free, all-day rentals?
4 August 2016
Gotta FaceTime the BFF's! 💜 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 💗💃🏽
2 August 2016
I have to cook for myself here...personally, I don't mind it too much 😁
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 🌿🌊
Beach runs 🏃
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 & bask☀️
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
FOOD FOOD FOOD!
Walking sights in Freo & Perth...
27 July 2016
This had to happen 💃🏽
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! 🍻
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 😉
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! 🌊
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!