Australian visits Oliver

Australian visits Oliver

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Australian studentLast Sunday Grade 10 student Michael McAuliffe returned to his hometown of Geelong, Australia. He was visiting Canada for just over two months, having arrived on November 1 – just in time for winter.
When asked what he first noticed when he landed in Canada, he quickly said, “That there is a lot of mountains. Where I’m from especially, it’s very flat. Of course temperature, temperature is totally the opposite, and when I got out of the airport I felt that right away.”
McAuliffe enjoyed all of the snow this winter, the most he has ever seen. While in Oliver he has experienced his first ever white Christmas, and also the first time celebrating Christmas with his grandmother.
McAuliffe’s grandparents are residents of Oliver, and his mother is Canadian, which helped to facilitate his exchange. Coming to Canada and attending school had always been a dream of his, although he never thought it would actually happen. He spent his time here staying with the Basso family, and it is clear that he and Austin Basso forged a lasting friendship.
McAuliffe chuckled about the amount of basketball he played while here, far more than at home. In March, Austin will be travelling to Australia to spend 25 days with McAuliffe and his family.
McAuliffe noted many differences between Canada and Australia.
“The water tastes different, honestly everything is different,” he said. “There is so much difference and more candy and pop and stuff like that you can’t get back home.”
He looked forward to seeing his dog, which he missed terribly. Once home, he planned to catch up with friends and find work so he can save his money for another trip. He said out of everything, he will miss the people the most.
“The people, the people are so nice here. The people I will miss the most.”

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