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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Day 60 – Luna Park

After the dance on Friday night I went to visit my friend Ndomoro at University of Sydney and I ended up sleeping on her couch. We stayed up till 3 am chatting and drinking wine (only two glasses!) and having a grand old time. I really enjoy her company. She is almost ten years older than me, and has had many highly unique life experiences. A self-proclaimed nomad, she has lived all over the world and doesn’t ever intend to “settle down” even though she says she would like to get married someday. She is one of those people that…

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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 54 – Scuba Take Two

This morning I dragged myself out of bed at 7:15 am since I had signed up to go diving. Regrettably, it was pouring rain (again) and I had to bike to Coogee since no buses were running so early. I waffled for a good 20-30 minutes wondering whether they would still dive in such bad weather and tried to come up with some sort of excuse not to venture outside. Finally I reached an ultimatum. If I wanted to go diving I had better hop on my bike and start pedalling. (grumble grumble grumble) Cold, wet, and dark be damned. So I…

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Day 53 – Rainbow Roses

Today was simple. I rode my bike to a market in Alexandria called The Grounds. It was a fun trip and would be fun to go back for lunch with friends, but they didn’t have the fruits and veggies that I was there for. Instead I went back to my favourite market at the Entertainment Quarter where I got heaps of fresh produce for the upcoming week. In the evening  I went with Taina, Charlie, and Ally to a taco place called El Loco near Central. It was good, but the tacos were expensive compared to what I am used to paying.…

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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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Day 46 – Avacados

Around mid-day on Saturday I decided that sitting around in my apartment was a bad idea so I went for a bike ride. I rode to the EQ Markets, which are quite close to campus and discovered my favourite markets yet! Most of the merchandise is food. At EQ on Saturdays you can get meat, fish, cheese, fruits, veggies, nuts, tea, spices, and pretty much every other delicious item you can imagine. I ended up buying wasabi-flavoured olive oil on a whim and also a bag of avocados for $6 (cheapest avocados I’ve yet seen). After the markets I found my…

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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 38-40 – Broken Bay

I spent this past weekend at Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, a camp about 100 km north of Sydney and reachable by one train + one ferry. This trip was organised and paid for by Arcadia, my program sponsor, so I got to see a bunch of my orientation-week people again and hear about their experiences in Sydney. The weekend was pretty laid-back and we had free time in the evenings and in between activities. This was good for me since I got some school reading done and even made some more progress on Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.…

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