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Everyone is safe and well, but exhausted after a full day of activities.
The plane ride was great! Many of us had our first plane experience, (including one of our teachers!) but everyone managed it very well. We even had some pupils comment, "It wasn't scary at all!" One of the ladies who processed us at the Australian Customs commented on how well-behaved and polite our students were. "One of the best I've seen," she said.
We began our day with a city tour of Melbourne, with a short visit to Parliament House and a beautiful church. Then it was lunch, and off to the Botanic Gardens we went! We had a really really interesting Aboriginal Resources Trail, where we looked at many plants and learnt about how these plants were useful to the First Australians, as the Aboriginal People are also known. Our guide, Trevor, even involved us in a traditional Welcome Ceremony, which was very special because it involved the burning of several different types of native Australian plants. We also got to smell the lovely Lemon Myrtle leaves, which remind us all of the Lemon-flavoured Strepsils we can find back home. The aboriginal people are really very resourceful when it comes to shopping in Nature's supermarket for all their needs!
Next, we went to International House, which is where some of the university students from the University of Melbourne live. We met many wonderful university students, who ate with us, and played games with us after dinner. In return, we performed our song item (which includes songs in four different languages), and taught them the CIMO-CIMO dance which we learnt in school. Our teachers said that the students told them we were very cute and did a very good job. Everyone had a wonderful time, although by the end of it we were all very tired from a looooong day of activities.
We're all looking forward to tomorrow - we'll get to meet with some Australian students who are our age, and cook with them! Hope to post tomorrow as well! We cannot write much more because our teachers say we must have at least 8 hours' sleep to prepare for a big day tomorrow. Goodnight everyone! Please comment on our post!
With big smiles,
All 30 of us (and the teachers too)