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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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The Great Barrier Reef

The pinnacle of my scuba diving experience in Australia was our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. My family and I lived on a dive boat for 3 days, completing a total of 11 dives including two night dives. The sheer number of dives gave me confidence with my equipment and made me especially grateful for the experience I’d gained in Sydney. I was surprised to learn that over half the people on our boat were new divers, either just certified or becoming certified on the trip. My Advanced Diver Certification was especially handy since the dive leaders trusted me to…

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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 90-96 – Foodie

This week I finally realised how close finals were and how much work I had to do! AHHHHH. I wrote my essay about Fire’s On, a painting by Arthur Streeton, which was actually quite enjoyable (much more so than my English Literature essay on literary criticism). On Tuesday I met my friend Stephanie for lunch and we went to Pancakes On the Rocks (Trip #5?). After lunch I worked at my essay at the Art Gallery: NSW until they closed. I really like that place. It’s a great environment for study and writing and they have a nice cafe to reward…

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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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Days 48-52 – In Which I Live Life On The Edge

This week on Tuesday I biked to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to do some preliminary research for an upcoming essay. My Australian Studies class has an essay outline & bibliography due soon and my subject is an analysis of a painting in relationship to Australian history. An art project seems less controversial and sticky than most of the other potential topics. It was a very fruitful visit in which I discovered that the Gallery has a Research Library which houses extensive records of every piece on display! After some deliberation, I decided to do research on a piece called “Fire’s…

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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 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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