Art & Culture

A Soap Opera – Day 9-10

The last day of our safari was a feather in our already quite well-decorated cap. In the morning we woke up early and went into the park around 6:00 am. It was quiet and peaceful with a few animals roaming around, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary. Then up ahead on the road we saw some smallish, yellow shapes. Lion cubs! Not just one, but seven of them. Nearby were three watchful lionesses. The whole pride walked slowly down the road and then diverged into the tall grass. We could still see the occasional cubs jump above the tall…

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A Beaded Bracelet – Day 8

Today we woke up early and went on our full day drive in search of animals. Our driver took us a bit further into the park relative to yesterday. We had seen most of the animals on our evening drive, but there were a few special treats in store. We saw a cheetah and a leopard in close succession! Our driver said that they don’t often see leopards, usually only once or twice a year! After this animal sighting we had seen four our of the Big Five: lion, water buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino. The rhinoceros which live in the…

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Days 97-103 – Shark Dive

Has it really only been 100 days? It feels like I should be here longer. I’ll be very, very sad to leave in November, but it won’t be forever. I’m already determined to come back sometime soon! This week I worked on my programming assignment for Networks. It felt fantastic to code again and feel the intensity of focus and strategy. All semester I honestly haven’t had much academic challenge, but this project was the first true challenge that I had. A couple nights ago I stayed up till 6 am finishing it. Somehow all that uninterrupted time at night…

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Day 85-89 – Back From Vacation, Still On Vacation

I’ve been neglecting my blog so now it’s time to catch up! On Saturday a couple weeks ago I went on an adventure along the Heritage Foreshore Walk from Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay. It’s been really fun becoming familiar with Sydney by bicycle and finding all sorts of interesting places! I’m glad to be a tourist because I don’t take these expeditions for granted!  

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Day 69-74 – In Which We Arrive At The Present

Not a whole lot happened this week besides school. Mostly I was working on my HCI project and finding ways to procrastinate my English essay. On Monday I went to a Tea Society event are learned a lot about tea and the food industry. We heard from a couple who run a very successful company called Bondi Chai which manufacture and distribute a powdered chai latte product to cafes all over the world. On Tuesday I went to The Basement again with Bekkah, and this time Russell showed up too. I had a lot of fun that night, as is usual…

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Days 62-66 – The King and I and J.P. Morgan

On Monday night I saw The Giver with some girls from the bible study group. I really like them. They’re just honest, real people of faith and I enjoy our conversation. The Giver was a beautiful film. It made me cry and not many films can do that. It makes you think about life and the human experience. After the movie we went to a place across the street for crepes! On Tuesday I ended up writing a lot of long emails to my family and friends including this one which I sent to Cheryl Young: To Cheryl I’m loving…

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Day 55-59 – In Which I Almost Convert To Catholicism

On Monday I had my first real exam of the semester. It was very bureaucratic and quite strange. During the previous week I studied quite a lot for it and I was very glad that I did because the exam was rushed and I barely finished everything. When we came in we had to sit with an empty seat between each of us and fill out a lot of paperwork before even starting the exam. We were also told to get out our student ID cards for verification and the TA came around and scanned them while the exam was…

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Day 47 – Sydney Olympic Park

On Sunday I went with the BAB on an adventure which ultimately led us to the Sydney Olympic Park. Before that we wandered around Chinatown and ate delicious Japanese Ramen at the top of a super sketchy elevator in a decrepit-looking building. Next, we went to the epic play area in Darling Harbour and climbed the 30 ft. jungle gym (apparently there are no liability laws in Australia). We finally made it to the ferry at King St. Wharf and enjoyed the views of Western Syndey via the Paramatta River. We saw Cockatoo Island, Goat Island, and Spectacle Island along…

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Days 41-45 – In Which I Actually Do Work

This week was the first week in which I actually had a lot of stuff due. The environment here is sooooo different from what I am used to at Mudd. First of all, I actually have time to study as much as I want to. I can put in a good effort on assignments and still have time to revise. I also have had actually no work due until this week (see chart below) I did have three assignments due this week for the first time this semester! I finished my Human-Computer Interaction Assignment which was a critique of two…

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Days 32-33 – Market Day

On Saturday morning I got up bright and early and hopped on my bike. I bought the bike my first day at UNSW and I’ve not got quite enough usage out of it to my liking. Hopefully I’ll have more chances to ride as the semester progresses. I found University of Sydney eventually and then found my friend’s apartment. I had planned to visit Ndomoro for awhile and I was excited to finally deliver on that promise. We hung out at the apartment for a little while and then walked to the nearby Glebe Markets where I got some fresh…

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