After that lecture some of the group and I headed to the beach for a quick swim. It was cloudy today but we like to take full advantage of everything here so we jumped right in while all the locals watched as they walked with their dogs. It's amazing how many dogs are on the beach throughout the day. They're so friendly too. After that the Athletic Training group went about 10 minutes away from our place to Maz's house, who has a pool for hydrotherapy.
She's an exercise physiologist and has a great personality. We all loved her. She opened up her home to us and taught us some exercises that she uses in the pool for her clients. She works with a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Before coming to Australia I have not heard of these people and I've learned they are the indigenous people of Australia. She taught us some history on that and it was really informative. She did a great job at relating that back to health issues and you could just feel the passion in the room when she spoke about it. It was a great feeling to be in her presence. Below is a picture of myself in front of her sign in the front of her driveway. I was quite cold but luckily found time to change before our bus driver, Wayne, came to get us.
After that we headed back and set some plans up for the night which included a pizza spot downtown. I really enjoy our walks into town but today it was a little more chilly and rainy but still nice enough to not complain. Who could be mad in Australia? Anyway, dinner was great and it's taking us Americans a while to get uses to the slow pace around here. All I have to say is don't expect your check as soon as you finish eating. I saw a sign on the roads today that read, "Late or Sorry? Don't rush." Of course that applies to speeding on the roads but it really stuck out to me since they would rather go slower... in everything. I can definitely get used to that since it's less stress.
So, to wrap this up I would just like to say that I'm having the time of my life in Lennox Head, NSW and I couldn't be more grateful each day when I wake up here. Missing home comes and goes in (short)waves and my parents will probably cringe at reading this but I wouldn't mind living here when I am older. Sorry dad. I could go on and on so I might post more later on n our trip but now that it's about 9pm I think it's a great time for bed. Good luck to the rest of my group going on a 5am hike to see the sunrise!!