Friday, 31 July 2009
I should have had internet from the beginning but there was some problem with the lines and I just couldn't get it to work. I've talked to so many people at the ISP (all very kind and they kept calling me ma'm) and listened to many great songs while waiting. (Yes, they actually had REAL music , not that elevator pling pling kind that only makes you angry.) And now, suddenly, it's working. I was so happy I got all teary eyed when I saw the little globe in the corner. What a sight!
So, this was just a spontaneous burst of joy. Don't mind me. :) And sorry everyone who had to hear me whine.
This week has been mostly school and coffee with friends. I haven't had time to do much sightseeing but I'll try to better myself during the weekend. Only problem is that I have a five hour class in sports journalism tomorrow so that dampens the weekend spirit a bit. But I'm also looking forward to the course so it's not that bad.
Anyway, just some random observations I've made these past two weeks:
- Cars actually stop when you want to cross the road. They stop even before you've given any sign that you might cross the road. For me, that's amazing.
- There are birds here that sound like crying babies. Scary when they wake you up in the middle of the night.
- Timtams (a sort of chocolate cookies) are good, but not as good as everyone say. Not even with tea.
- It's warm outside and cold inside. Now where's the logic in that?
- Madicken is a hard name to pronounce and remember. But why should they know it here when they don't even know it in Finland? (And I'm personally so bad with names that I can't really complain.)
I'll list some more later when I have time to sort out all my thoughts. Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
I guess I have to find my work-mode again. Back then I didn't mind bothering people if it got the job done. It's just scary to take on people and institutions who clearly don't want to talk to you and might even try to hide information from you. How do you do that?
I know it's very important that there are journalists who devote their time to digging out injustices and making sneaky people answer difficult questions. I'm just wondering if those journalists are born with that passion and drive or if it's something that comes with time and confidence? Can I become an investigative journalist or is there maybe a more suitable niche for me? I guess we'll see during the next couple of months.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Here's some pictures from the trip. (I would like to show them all but there's so many!)
Heading for the bridge:
Me, Ravil, Anke, Babette and Andrew.
And an close up of me and Babette:
And then after some smooth sailing we aimed for choppier water before heading back to Double Bay:
It doesn't look so bad but it did go up and down a bit. Next time I'll take a motion sickness pill before heading out. :)
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The university has really advanced service and support systems for the students. I've never experienced anything like it. But I guess you can do more when there's more funding and most students pay for their tuition. And they really want you to feel connected to the university and form different kinds of relationships with the other students.
I've met some nice people so far and hopefully I'll meet more with time. Maybe I'll join some clubs too.
So, that's what's happening right now. More sightseeing pics etc coming up at the weekend.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
The Garden was huge and I didn't see all of it, but I did see the bats. There were loads of them.
The opera house was nice, although it was hard to understand that this is actuallty the thing I have seen so many times on tv. I'm really here!
Me and the opera house. (I need longer arms!)
From the opera you got a really nice view of the bridge and the CBD skyline:
And finally, the conversation of the day:
I'm buying some emergency chocolate and the guy in the chop asks
"Where are you from?"
"Really? You're so cute."
"Oh, eh, thanks.We're cute in Finland."
Tomorrow the introduction week for international students starts. Exciting!
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Slept ok but was really tired in the morning. Still, I wanted to get some things done so I forced myself out of bed.
Took the train to Broadway where my uni is. It was a quick and easy ride. Ate lunch in the main building and had a look around. Then I went to a shopping center near by where I activated my bank account, got an Australian phone number and bought a hair dryer and an ugly but cheap dressing gown. I need it since it's pretty cold in my studio. Leaky windows seem to be norm here. Should get better when the weather gets warmer.
That's all for this time. It's stressful to write in a cafe where the clock is ticking so I really hope I get my internet soon. Then I'll show you my dressing gown. :P
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The trip went well. It was smooth flying and no big delays. It was weird how the time difference affected us. We woke up and got breakfast just before landing in Singapore, still on Frankfurt time, and then an hours later it was suddenly 6pm Singapore time and at 8 we got dinner. In other words, I ate 3 dinners and 2 breakfasts on the planes, but no lunch.
I got vegetarian meals which was great. Only one but: Why do they insist on serving chick peas, cabbage and white beans on a plane?! Talk about biological terror.
Only snafu so far is that the internet connection at my studio isn't working. This is therefore written at a cafe. The owners of the studio are away on a trip so I don't know when the problem will be fixed. Some friends of the owners were very kind and tried to help me but couldn't do more then guess that the modem is broken. Hmpf. Hopefully it will get fixed soon so I can put up some pictures. It is in times like these that I realise just how addicted to the internet I really am.
Tonight I'm taking a hot bath and going to bed early. Need. More. Sleep.
Hope you're having a great day! Miss you!
Monday, 13 July 2009
I´m currently in that I DON`T WANT TO GO phase but I´m sure it will change once I´m actually on my way.
Had sushi with some friends this evening to get something else to think about for a while. Now I just hope I can sleep properly tonight. Almost everything is packed so I just need to relax and not worry. (Yeah, right.) :)
My brother got married yesterday! I´ll put up some pictures later on and show you how gorgeous everything was. Even the weather was great! Only downer were my shoes. I have blisters all over my pinkytoes. Oh well, never mind.
Sleep well everybody! Next entry will be written i Sydney! Aaaaaaah!
Monday, 6 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
Today was the legal part of the wedding, a short but nice ceremony at the local register office. Next Sunday the "real" wedding will take place and friends and family from around Finland and abroad will get together to celebrate my brother´s and his wife´s marriage. I´m so happy for them!
Here´s a little pic from todays ceremony:
After the ceremony we went back to their place and had some nice food and drink. I love watermelon and chocolate! :P When I got home, my dress felt way too tight.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
I keep going through my Sydney to-do lists and there´s actually not that much left do. Figure that!
"A couple" of things that still need to be done though:
- Everything that has to do with my brothers wedding (Speach, iiiik!)
- PACK! (And before that, wash all the clothes that need to be packed and find at least two pairs of socks that actually match... Sigh.)
- Exchange some Euros for Australian dollars.
- Get a plastic bag for all the carry-on liquids.
- Get all my papers in order. (I´ve been printing half a forest these past few months.)
- Clean out the fridge so there´s no nasty surprises when I get back. Ugh.
- Redirect my mail to my parents house. (Anyone else want my bills?)
- Say goodbye to all the people I love. (That´s the hardest part.)
- Change my Facebook password so it doesn´t contain any Å, Ä or Ö.
- Realise everything I´ve forgotten despite my meticulous list making.
Can you help me with that last part? Is there anything I might have forgotten? Some obscure detail that´s oh so important if you miss it? (I don´t fancy running out and buying 5 months worth of underwear on my first day in Sydney. :) )