Cities

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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Bumpy Roads – Day 4-6

Day 4 Our second day in Kisumu was productive and enlightening. We breakfasted at the Nyanza Club and then hit the road. Since there were seven people in our group we split between two large-ish vehicles capable of handling the roads in this region. The car trips were fun because¬†there was so much to take in along the way. Kisumu City was a entangled, busy maze of roads and buildings. Once we got 10-15 minutes outside of the city the tall buildings disappeared. Everywhere there were people walking, going about their business for the day. I was constantly reminded of…

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Jambo! – Kenya Days 0-2

Jambo my friend! This is what Kenyans say as a greeting, especially if they are trying to sell you something at the market for tourists. ūüėõ This probably sounds stereotypical, and it totally is, but it’s been one of my few interactions with Kenyans so far. I will say that they are excellent salespeople. Here we are in Nairobi. It was a long trip to get here. We are here to install some prototypes as the final step in the Harvey Mudd College Global Clinic project. For background, we‚Äôve been working with a non-profit called RainCatcher which raises funds and…

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Day 115-121 – In Which I Take Exams, But That’s Not Important

I bet you’ve been wondering how my exams went since those were probably the most enthralling part of my semester abroad so far! So I got back to Sydney last Thursday at about 11:30 pm and had an exam for HCI the next day at 1:45 pm. I had not prepared for this exam at all before the trip so I drank copious amounts of black tea and stayed up almost all night studying. Wheeeee! It turned out that I probably did not need to resort to such extreme measures since the exam was pretty straightforward. Friday night¬†I went out…

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Days 104-105 – Wollongong

On Monday I went down to Wollongong to visit my friend Kelsey. She has come up to Sydney several times and I promised I would return the favour so on Monday afternoon I caught the train down the coast. That night I met a few of her friends and we went out a Mexican restaurant called Amigos. It was really good (especially the Coconut Margarita) and I’d definitely go back! Apparently on Tuesdays they have Happy Hour with cheap tacos. When we got back that night we watched the Lego Movie which I had been told was worthwhile. Don’t ask…

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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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Days 75-84 – Land of the Kiwi

I’m not going to describe my adventures in New Zealand too much here, but I’ll let you enjoy the pictures. They tell the best parts of the story.       That’s all folks. Back to Sydney now.

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Day 67 – Bicycles on Ferries

This morning I woke up fairly early and made a long bike trip to the North Shore to visit the Northside Produce Market. It took about an hour to get there since I had to cross¬†the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continue even a little further North into Mosman. This market was awesome a worth the trip. It was one of the largest I have¬†been to and takes place in a community park. There was plenty of fresh produce along with vinegars, mushrooms, wine, and baked goods. I am really loving this Saturday morning tradition. I’ll really miss it when I…

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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‚Äôm loving…

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Day 61 – The Day That Actually Happened

This was a day which I can scarcely believe¬†occurred. It was a day that exists only in movie and books where it is easier to wrap a whole life¬†into a short space of time. It was a day saturated with colour, texture, and force. Let me tell you about this day. It started early in the morning at about 6:30 am when I got up to go scuba diving. I caught two buses in order to get¬†it to Rose Bay Wharf. At that early hour the CBD of Sydney is almost deserted; it’s eerie to see those huge concrete and…

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