Thoughts From a Woman Destined to Live in Paris
This summer, I'm based in Ballarat, Australia. Well, the university is actually nearby, but Ballarat is the closest city and one of the campuses is located in the city center. Ballarat is in the Australian state of Victoria. Ballarat is a town that has its roots in the 19th century gold rush. The architecture, which is stunning, was initially the product of a boom town. The main street is extremely wide and this is because they had anticipated the city being a like a new London. I went to explore the city one of my first few days here, and I'm really glad that I did!
Ballarat is home to the Eureka Rebellion, which was an uprising back in the 19th century by miners who disagreed with licensing rules and regulations by the government. One of the famous figures to emerge from the uprising was Irish Australian Peter Lalor. I'm still researching and learning the story, but I did find some interesting resources with more information.
I spent a good amount of time walking around the city to orient myself with the area. I walked past a McDonalds, aka Maccas, and stopped at a coffee shop called Hudsons which had the best croissant and almond pastry combination I have ever had. I plan on going back to Ballarat many more times so I can continue to learn about the city I am hosted in, as well as learn about the history and life in the area. So far, it has been a really interesting journey.
Here are some of the things I did when exploring Ballarat: