The next morning came early. Every day starts at 7am for those that can muster enough energy to fall out of the bunk beds (the sleeping arrangements have been made in the local hostels).
I must say, the hostels in Lorne were far nicer than the ones in Sydney. Our hostel even had fresh fruits to enjoy.
The orientation had a “camp” feel to it. Our day was very structured, with activities to do all day. However, unlike camp, if you didn’t show up to an activity, your parents were not called.
The activities for the day varied depending on the color of your wristband. My schedule was such, adventure challenge, biking, and ending with late afternoon surfing. To be honest, the adventure challenge was more of a challenge for the instructors than the students. Basically it was 15 vs. 15 beach volleyball. The bike ride was pleasant.
It is no secret that everyone waited around to go surfing. The surfing was fantastic. Seeing as “Virginia has no waves,” I was able to catch some killer swells. All in all the day was enjoyable.
The following day we departed on “The Great Ocean Road” to see the 12 Apostles. Heed the advice of those that say, “Sit on the left and don’t have a late night out before getting on the bus.” Even those with iron stomachs like myself became a wee bit queasy on this road that had more twists and turns than a slightly above average soap opera.
“The Great Ocean Road” is an unbelievable journey on the coast of southern Australia and culminates at the 12 Apostles. The 12 Apostles are massive rock formations that stand alone and guard the ocean. Regardless that the 12 Apostles are now around 6, due to erosion and whatnot, it is still a sight to see.
What a beach orientation! It was educational and enjoyable. It was a great way to make friends with other international students. We were able to surf and relax. Best of all, the entire trip was free! Thank you Deakin.