Celebrating Australia Day in Ithaca

The skies are clear and very blue. From the Gannett Center Library, I look out and the view is fantastic. From the top of South Hill, you can see downtown Ithaca in the valley and Cayuga Lake in the far distance.

But it is deceiving. Step outside and you immediately look for the next building to seek warmth indoors. The temperature is -13 °C but that is not the culprit. Windchill measures at -24 °C. Yes. The wind makes life miserable. I have had to reattach the fleece lining to my coat. I can’t feel my ears and nose once I step outside. They say chewing gum helps to get your facial muscles moving and keeps your face from getting frozen.

Beer bongIt is Australia Day today and we were at Zack’s apartment for dinner. The Aussies were cooking. It seems beer is an easy condiment for cooking, even in a stir-fry. Before this, the only beer I had in food was in fish and chips. It was a fun night, which included cricket out in the snow, and just sitting around talking and listening to Aussie music. J and C got quite excited when The Final Countdown started playing. They’re really proud about their Swedish music. Maybe I can introduce Electrico to them some time. And maybe even Stefanie Sun, if they are up for it.

We’ve got a chocolate party on Monday for all international students at Muller Chapel. And we’re planning an international dinner on Valentine’s Day where we each cook a traditional dish from home. I think I’ll prepare chicken curry and microwavable roti prata. Rowie suggested chilli crab and chicken rice but I don’t know if I’m up to it. Send me recipes!

Australia Day dinner

  • Jennie January 27, 2007, 8:37 pm

    Jeremy, I finally found my way to your blog! I like the way you write.

    The final countdown does indeed create excitement (especially when you hear it so far from home), but I think I should introduce you to Swedish music that really brings quality 😉

    See you tomorrow! Jennie

  • yang~ January 28, 2007, 2:51 am

    haha…they treat beer like our chinese “hua diao jiu” ….lolx

  • ghimkhoon January 28, 2007, 10:34 am

    i am sure you like all australian food now right jerms? haha

  • Jeremy January 28, 2007, 11:09 pm

    Yeah Jennie, being far from home tends to make us proud about things we usually take for granted when we are home. =)

    Yang > Ha ha but you know, like drunken prawns, you can taste the XO, but for beer, you can’t really taste it. Well, at least not the alcohol taste.

    Ghim > Ha ha I’m not an alcoholic! What must I do to convince you?

  • serene January 29, 2007, 4:44 am

    rem carbonara? hahahaha.

  • Jeremy January 29, 2007, 7:35 pm

    Carbonara was an isolated incident.

    It WILL not happen here.

  • ghimkhoon January 30, 2007, 11:26 am

    its hard to convince me when i saw you down two 600ml of tiger beer in a matter of minutes in khao san…


  • Jeremy January 30, 2007, 3:01 pm

    Hey that was because I thought u were going to drink also. Ha ha!

  • Jeremy January 30, 2007, 3:02 pm

    Oh and it wasn’t in a matter of minutes. It took me quite a while to swallow it all down. I don’t like beer that much. I forgot to ask, how long did your tattoo last for?


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