My name is Pablo, I am 17 years old and I come from Brazil. The reason that I left Brazil for an exchange was I wanted to have an experience and improve my English, I reckon that is the best way to do it when you are young.
I chose Australia for an exchange because, when I was young, ‘Finding Nemo’ was my favourite movie and after I watched that, I started to search more about Australia and I just felt in love with it. I was looking for a country that speaks English as well, because my main reason of doing this was to improve my English and I really like the Australian accent.
When I first came here my objective was making friends trying to be nice, friendly and Brazilian and everyone were really nice to me and welcoming. What has surprised me was the way that people live, because in my city in Brazil most of the people live in an apartment, and I was surprised that Adelaide is a way bigger city than mine and all of the people live in houses, suburbs and things like that. I was surprised as well with the weather; I thought it would be hotter than it is. I really like the Australian summer though, it was really fun and the beaches are beautiful.
At school, I really have a good time with the ‘crazy’ subjects like, Drama, Engineer Drawing and Visual Arts. Drama was definitely the best subject to do here; it really helped me to get well with local students and to show myself and who I am to people. The drama performance was so funny and a remarkable moment, because I have never done it before, I just loved it. At my homestay was really good, I had everything I needed like food, cleaning and a bedroom. I enjoyed my time there, but I felt more like a hotel, which made me miss more my crazy and excited family in Brazil.
I went to some places around Australia, like Kangaroo Island, Sydney and a few beaches in the south of South Australia. My trip to Kangaroo Island was really good, it is definitely on my list of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Everything there is so beautiful and really I enjoyed the things we did there because I was with my best friend, Paul from Germany. I went to Middleton, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor as well. I went there for surfing with some friends, it was really good to learn how to surf and I had a good time there. I have been to Sydney, definitely a city I would live forever. It was the best trip ever had, everything there is so amazing and I saw a lot with my three best friends in Australia, again with Paul, Lais and Beatriz, both from Brazil.
I had a really good time in Australia and I enjoyed quite everything, I can’t really say that I did not enjoy something. I learnt how to be independent and do things by myself, I had never need to catch public transport before, and in Australia I just caught public transport, I have been only three times in a car. I think that is good, because I really learn how to do things by myself and how to solve problems and tough times. I am really thankful for all the people who helped me here and the friends I made, they really were my family. I hope one day I can come back to Australia or go somewhere else to have another great experience, because it really prepared me for real life.