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Coursework Category 2 I can recall those days from the place I grew up. My friends called it 'Aussie', but it's actually called Australia. The weather was almost always good; I can't really remember any rainy days. Of course, there will have been some, but generally we don't get too much rain. I love the big green trees and those fresh green shoots of grass. Green is my favorite color, but maybe that was because I saw it everyday everywhere. Aussie was my favorite place in the world; it was so free and peaceful. Then one day, mum told me we were going to leave Australia for Hong Kong. Like, for real- to live and study in Hong Kong. I don't think the shock had settled in then, because I just replied with a casual wave and a, 'Oh, okay then.' I was going to leave in 2 weeks short notice. That meant seeing Mrs. Bailey, my crafts teacher for the last time. Mrs. Bailey was the friendly old lady crafts teacher whom I saw once a week with some other girls for an arts and crafts class. ...read more.


I would miss them and their handball skills. The day we left was an extremely dull day, very surprisingly. As you know, there are few 'dull' days in Australia. What I also found pretty surprising was the tension in the air. Katie, my small Maltese puppy was running around in the kitchen, and despite the fact that she was a little slow, and perhaps a bit more stupid than a normal dog would have been, even she could sense the tension. My mum was busying herself with packing the luggage and my brother Ken was just sitting there in the corner watching her. With Katie, I went out of the house onto the street to walk to Janice's house. It felt like the longest walk ever. For some reason it seemed like the world stopped. No birds singing, no leaves shaking, and the streets were deserted. It felt as if the world was sharing the unhappiness with me. I ran through the forest that led me to Janice's house and saw her sitting on the swings. As soon as she saw me she ran over and gave me a hug. ...read more.


it was a sad thought. I would have to leave behind other people and things that were important in my life, not just Katie, but my friends, Janice, Nat, the guys... It was time to leave. My brother watched us dismally as we got into the car and drove away. He was forced to stay in Australia by himself to complete his university education. He was another person I had to leave behind. As my mum and I got onto the airplane I said a silent good bye to the quiet, peaceful plains beneath me. At that point a strange feeling had crept up me. As we silently flew up in the dark, dull, sky I watched the green plains change into the deep blue seawater and a slight sick feeling churned up in my stomach. But the truth didn't settle in until I put one step in my new school in Hong Kong. I wasn't welcomed by green trees and a smiling teacher. There were no green trees. There weren't even any trees. It was one flat land, cement and all. That was the year my homesickness began, and the real world and the 'difference.' ...read more.

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