Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
my feelings are mixed, i'm so so excited to be here with erin but i really really miss my australearn friends.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
i'm done with school now, though, and that feel great to be able to say! i just had a farewell dinner with my flatmates and now i'm going to finish packing.
heading to sydney tomorrow to see my friend erin! i'm so excited i can hardly stand it!
goodbye WA, the experiences i've had here will stay with me forever.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
the definition seems pretty right to me:
murdoch is CRAZY when it comes to finals, though. super strict! i took two finals yesterday and am real proud to say that i actually survived!
the first one was my biology final. everything seemed to go pretty well with that, but it was wicked long and took me the whole three hours to finish. i think i did relatively well, other than the fact that i defined zooplankton as plankton that lives in a zoo...
better than leaving it blank, eh?
the second final was for my 'principles of language and lit' ed class. this one was A LOT easier. the essay writing wasn't bad at all, and picking out the processes, participants and circumstances in each sentence was pretty easy, so i was psyched!
two finals down, one to go!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
i could never go because i always had class at 8:30 on thursdays.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
well, i have less than 2 weeks here and we finally got our act together.
kardinya is only about a ten minute walk from our flat and whenever we go to the shopping centre, we pass a chinese food restuarant and it's ALWAYS packed, so we decided to go there because it must be good.
we were right
it was incredible!
chinese food restaurants are different than they are in the western hemisphere. people in australia (and southeast asia, according to my two singaporean roommates) use both the spoon and fork to eat chinese food. i think americans are the only people who eat with only forks for the most part, because during dinner, laura (from finland) and angel and ailin (from singapore) asked me if i ever use a spoon.
my response: "yeah, i use a spoon if i'm eating cereal or soup or ice cream and stuff like that"
their response: stares.
it was pretty funny.
not going to lie, it took me a while to eat with only a fork, but i stuck to my american roots.
the dinner was really fun, we all had a great time! i wish we had actually gone more than once. but one time is better than none at all, eh?
i'm really really going to miss angel, laura and ailin
i love you guys!
Monday, June 1, 2009
really? 110 DEGREES! really? it's winter here and it's still hot as hell in my room!
i laughed over this--in massachusetts winter time is easily in the negatives.
oh australia, how you still continue to amaze me.
Friday, May 29, 2009
a couple of kilometres down from wave rock is another rock formation called 'hippos yawn'. it's called that because it looks like a hippo yawning, for obvious reasons (unless you're chris, direct quote "how does it look like a hippo? i don't see it!") really chris, really?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
the temperature was 10 degrees with a wind chill negative that.
now, just for fun, let's look at what WA looks like in winter time:
i rest my case.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
rottnest island is an island off of WA that is owned by the government--that means it is illegal to own land on the island (unless you work on it), and you cannot own a car.
our way of travel? bikes, of course!
april, chris, shibs, and i headed to freo this morning at about 9, caught the 930 ferry, and were on our way to rottnest.
rottnest island is known for it's quokka's, an adorable marsupial that is only found on the island. in fact, whoever first came upon quokka's thought they were actually oversized rats, and they're everywhere--therefore, ratnest, or rottnest. island was born.
but they're actually a lot cuter than rats, we swear!
the island is measured to be about 11 kilometres long, and we biked for atleast 9. i don't think my ass has ever been this sore--definately not going to bike ride again for awhile.
it was absolutely beautiful, though. the island has over 60 beaches, not including those overlooking bays. you can ride around the island for as long as you want and stop at beautiful beaches to snorkel.
but it was so fun!
and for those of you who have never seen a western australia beach, here's a video of one:
shibs was excited because he didn't have to bike for awhile, as we all were.
oh, did i mention april and i skinny dipped in the indian ocean?
--you only live once--
brewery' in freo to celebrate kirkland's 23rd birthday! kirkland's actual birthday isn't until tuesday, but he's leaving to go back to the states on wednesday, so an early celebration was good!
he will be the first of the australearn group to depart
Saturday, May 16, 2009
freo, heave ho!
freo, way to go!
hit 'em real hard,
send 'em down below!
according to urbandictionary.com, australian rules football, or commonly just called plain "footy" here in oz, is "the worlds greatest sport". this is how the rules work:
-it is against the rules to push a player in the back, but it is allowed to run in from behind him, jump up, stick your knees in his back, and catch the ball.
-if you tackle a player, you get a free kick, unless the refs decide the tackled player did not have a chance to get rid of the ball before he was being tackled, in that case the ball is bounced.
absolutely clueless--as in 'what the fuck is going on' clueless.
The game was at the Subiaco Oval, only a 20 minute train ride from murdoch station, and it was the Fremantle Dockers vs. the Hawtorn Hawks (all the way from tasmania). Freo ended up losing, but it was awesome to be there! i'm really glad we went. let me just say that (aside from steve yarmosky and maryland basketball) these freo fans were the biggest sports fans i've ever seen in my life. seriously, i have never seen anything like it. it just proved the fact that australian's love their country even more.
it was awesome.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
i have finally finished the workshop portion (applause)! it seemes to take forever, but i'm really proud of it. after i finished the workshop portion, i went straight to work on the lecture portion. i have to say i'm breezing right through it, which is good--i'm hoping to get to the reading portion as soon as possible. the reading portion will definately take the longest because all of my notes on the readings for some reason can't be found on my computer. it's a mystery.
update: the lecture portion is officially finished! i'm celebrating with an episode of lost (YAY!) and then onto the readings i go!
i finished season one (so good!) but then i came here and unfortunately, abc.com doesn't stream anywhere outside of the US. therefore, i have been completely lost free and i hate it. HATE it. especially because a new season started lastnight in the states and i am still only caught up on season one.
so i decided to do something about it. after months and months after trying to find a loophole and watching the episodes in australia, i found a site that works! now i can watch an episode a night before i go to sleep :)
lost is so intense, though, i doubt i'll be able to sleep...but i can't wait :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
since my EDU260 class is officially over, i've dedicated my free time to working on it's final assignment (due 18 may). the final assignment is a 'learning journal'. The journal is "a record of reflection in and on learning through the arts during this unit including summaries and reflections on and intergrating lectures, readings and workshops". that description of the journal makes the project seem really lame and pretty boring. truthfully, it's been fun putting together a scrapbook of the class as a whole. i'm not going to say it's been easy, though.
anyway, the pictures are of the learning journal so far. i'm not quite done with it, but the pictures are of the pages i take the most pride in. a lot of the pages are still lacking pictures of my class and my performance group, but i'm heading to the library today to print those out.