To get to Ability Center, we had to take trams. Our stop is number 27, and from there we took tram number 19 which headed to "City". We had a Japanese woman took us there because she also stayed in Nora's home and she went to Ability Center too. It was our very first tram experience. After 25 minutes ride, we arrived at the city. We took off at tram stop number 4, which is the corner of LaTrobe St and Elizabeth Street. From there, we walked straight up, passed Melbourne Central, Myer, and then the Lonsdale St, which is where Ability Center located.
After taking the lift to level 4, we were greeted with Aaron, the person in charge with administration. We took the placement test and it was easy peasy! Another 10 minutes later, we were summoned by Nicole Gray, which is the head of the center for an interview and she told us that we both are going to advanced class, which is the highest class there is. We had some time, 45 minutes that is, until 10 where we were scheduled for an orientation class, so we decided to meet our friend Conny whom we were dying to meet since she'll be leaving back to Sydney again. Turns out that she got lost and she didn't know her way around, she couldn't meet us until 10.30! We decided to skip class, saying that we got lost. I was worried because skipping class isn't really my thing, but Christy wasn't really up to studying in Ability, so yeah, we decided to bail out and went around the city with our friend instead.
When we went back to Ability at 11, we saw that Nicola and Aaron had been very worried about us, they've been calling the agency and our host parents. OMG. We didn't know that it would be this bad. We thought that they're just gonna mark us 'slackers' or 'late' but yeah, they were worried to death. But not long after that, we were introduced to our class that morning, which is located in room 2. There were about 10 people there, all are not teenagers like us anymore. Our teacher is a girl named Kajal, who is Indian-British, and when we entered the class, they introduced themselves to us. The theme for the week is 'art' , and we got our first worksheet, which is type of arts. Then, we were all paired. My very first partner there is Priscila. She's from Brazil, and she's about 26-27 yo. She looked very mature, and she has this low and calming voice. She's pretty interesting and we talked a lot about our countries. There goes my very first class in Melbourne. Then there was a 45 minutes break until the afternoon class.
We were late for our afternoon class and when we got there, the class already started with some opinion statings. It was prett fun and then it was revealed what would be our assignment for the week ; we're gonna do a debate. I picked the topic about women don't have to be younger as a couple. I was afraid that I'm gonna be alone, up against this feisty girl called Pam, but I was relieved that this pretty good looking guy from Switzerland, named Luigi, joined force with me. We talked about our debate, then we had to do some research about it. It wasn't going pretty well I guess, because we had differences in opinion, and the fact that he's older, I had to respect him. But we had a good time researching for some pictures. I just realized why he wanted to get funny cartoon pictures instead of the real life pictures! After 2 weeks of knowing him, I just knew that he is a jokester type, he likes comedy, and he's really laid back..... I just saw it now! LOL
The class ended at 2.45 pm and in frenzy, we stormed the Melbourne Central for some first time shopping. We shopped like there's no tomorrow! All of this because we know that the shops would be closed at 5 pm :(( the sucky thing about australia! At around 6pm, we got a call from Aaron.... He said that Nora was worried about us and we had to call her... I was like, whoa, are we in trouble, again?? When I called her, she said she's sickly worried and she said that we have to be back at 6pm! We had to go home that instance. When we got home, we learned that they made a curfew of 6pm, because we're 'underage'. I was like WTF?! But... oh well. It was the start of our nightmare, that will haunt us for the next 2 weeks; curfew.