I’m Going to a Land Down Under!

This is the year of racking up miles and boarding passes. I explored Namibia for ten days through Rollins’ summer field study program and delivered my collaborative research on African textiles in Minnesota. Now, I am about to embark on a cross-continental journey yet again. My days will consist of unlimited sunlight, warm yet breezy…

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Blog Post #3

This past month cannot even be put into words. It crazy to reflect back and realize I have officially been here for a month now. It feels as if I just arrived yesterday afternoon. Little did I know prior to my departure that a country would be capable of stealing a piece of my heart…

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Blog Post #2

This past weekend I had orientation for my program (TEAN) in Cairns, Australia. I had a lot of mix feelings at this point between the jet lag, missing home, and the nerves of meeting all of these new people I will be spending the next few months with. However, the jet lag quickly became worth…

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Update Downunder

I feel like this Australia update is more like a life update. Here we go… In my first trip to OZ back in 2012, my family and I visited Sydney for a week, and this mini-vacation formulated my perceptions of the city. Even after having lived and explored here (literally in downtown Syd) for 4…

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Blog Post #3

As the semester here is coming to a close, I figured that I would just reflect on my semester here and the experiences that I’ve had and the differences between studying in America (and specifically Rollins) and studying in Australia. The first thing that I noticed from classes at least, is that compared to the…

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Mid-Semester Break

Mid-semester break had finally come around, which meant Max, Tiarnach and I had two weeks free to do whatever we wanted in Australia. We got some recommendations from friends and even a few professors of ours on where the best place to travel to would be, and ended up deciding to take an hour-long train…

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Australia: First week of school

So, aside from the several other cultural differences you’d expect and experience anywhere in a different country from your own, one thing that has stood out among the rest is the respect that Australians pay to the aboriginal and indigenous peoples native to Australia. Without fail, before the beginning of each class lecture, or speech…

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AUSTRALIA

Traveling to a place and living within a place are different experiences entirely. Travelling to places for short periods of time and being a tourist, although valuable, doesn’t really give you a holistic view of the space you inhabit. For instance, when I arrived in Australia, in Melbourne, I was a tourist. Most of my…

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