List, Travel

Last Night I Dreamt

Anyone who has lived with me, knows that the answer to the question “Why are you up so early?”, is almost categorically going to be, “I haven’t been to sleep yet.” That is what happened last night, I didn’t sleep but I most certainly dreamt. Continue reading

List, Photographs, San Francisco, Travel

San Fran Recap

So while I’m busy at O Week and settling into my new home, I don’t have the time or energy to post about Outside Lands. It’s needs my full brain capacity to even come close to translating into words effectively. So I’m going to do a quick recap of all of the ‘touristy’ things I got up to in San Francisco that didn’t really individually deserve posts. If you know San Francisco or plan on visiting these are not ranked I’m just posting in chronological order. Continue reading

List, Predeparture, Travel

5 Things I Can’t Forget & 5 Things I Probably Should

While I was drifting off to sleep last night, I was thinking about things that I should definitely not leave behind. Mostly material things; laptop, memory cards, external hard drive, insulin, pump supplies, Vegemite and enough Bonds underwear. But then I started to think about what else I shouldn’t forget while I’m seven and a half thousand miles from home.

  1. Be equal parts social and studious. Don’t let either one impact on the other.
  2. To remember where I’m from, even if my accent doesn’t.
  3. Remind myself often that I have been afforded an amazing opportunity. Accept graciously any additional opportunities that come my way.
  4. Stay safe, respectful and honourable. My moral compass still point north, even if I’m in a different hemisphere.
  5. Leaving Australia is essentially like leaving Narnia. A minute to me might seem like a month to everyone I’ve left behind. Don’t forget to email or Skype my mum weekly.

But just as importantly, perhaps more, are the things I should forget while I’m studying and traveling.

  1. Summer.
  2. Television.
  3. Stereotypes.
  4. Unrealistic expectations.
  5. My bank balance.