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Reisverslag Animals, dead and alive..
1 juni 2014
Animals, dead and alive..
It's been a bit longer this time, so now I've got plenty to talk about! My knee took a few days to get better from the bumping in the bus of Wollongong, but now it's all good :)
I have finished observing the second group of cockatoos and I got a chance to celebrate that with my colleagues. We were going out because another project was done, which was about testing a platypus-friendly trap for yabbies (crayfish, rivierkreeft). Apparently it wasn't very fun to watch and catch the yabbies, so we got a reason to enjoy that it was over. It was a hilarious evening with bubbly wine and pizza, which lasted a bit longer than it should, since I had to work the next morning. So Saturday was a bit slow with only 5 hours of sleep ;)
That Saturday the new housemate arrived, a 24 years old girl from Japan: Momoka (which means 'a hundred flowers'). She is a bit shy, because her English is not very good yet, but she seems very sweet. I try to make her comfortable, I remember very well how awkward the first days are in this whole new situation. She is studying English at the university in North Sydney and she's going to help with teaching English to Japanese toddlers. A few minutes walking from our house is a tiny Japanese community with 4 restaurants, 2 supermarkets and a book store, so that should help her feel at home :)
The day after we all went to an art deco fair with furniture, jewelry, clothes and art in art deco style. It's not really my style, but it was very interesting to see. There was one stand that had all sorts of taxidermy stuff, which included a real elephants' foot.. Hmm, that's off-limit to me. Other than that it was good fun. Afterwards we went to the fish market, where the others ate an oyster (bleh!) and then we drove a touristic route home to show Momoka the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. All in all a nice day out.
So last week I have been doing data analysis, which has the advantage that I'm not standing outside all day (which is a bit chilly in the morning), but it also means staring at a PC screen for the entire day. With the lovely weather we've been having here Monday and Tuesday, about 5-10 degrees warmer than usual and sunny, it was a bit frustrating sometimes. It seems that there are some useful results in my research, so at least it wasn't all for nothing ;) I've also been working on writing my report, because I want to have as much done as possible before I leave here. There's not much time left at home to finish things to graduate before September.
Yesterday I went to Newcastle, about 160 km north of Sydney. The train trip was quite long, about 2.5 hours, but very scenic. We passed through national parks with lakes, eucalyptus forests and mountains. I didn't manage to make many pictures of it, because I have a talent for clicking right when there's a lantern/electrical box/bush in front of me.. First stop was Blackbutt Reserve (blackbutt is a tree, don't take it too literally), just outside of Newcastle. It is a mix of a zoo, bushland and picnic area all in one. I fed the emus, looked at the animals in the cages and went for a walk. They had a free colony of flying foxes, which were really awesome to see squabbling up in the tree! Then I took a bus to Newcastle and did the heritage walk. It takes you to all historic buildings (3rd oldest city in Australia), beaches, churches and the fort. The views were amazing and the fort was quite impressive. I had about 40 minutes left to see the Newcastle Museum before it closed and fortunately it had just three rooms. A nice modern and interactive museum with the special exhibit at the moment: the Colosseum made of LEGO :) A nice grilled barramundi with prawns, curly fries and veggies finished the day.
Today the weather was bad, so we all watched some DVDs about the Australian nature and went to the pet shop to buy some fishes for our pond. Next few days I'm going on a harbour cruise to watch the vivid light festival and I go see a movie from the film festival, so that should be fun!
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1 juni 2014 10:24 | Door: Willemien
Ha die Anne,
Blijft leuk je verslagen te lezen!
En weer leuke én aparte foto's erbij!
( in Dublin hadden ze ook zulke kussentjes in de kerk)
Groetjes en knuffels, Mam.
2 juni 2014 21:46 | Door: Inge
Heya Anne! It's so good to hear everything is going well for you, and that you are enjoying your stay! Of course it's a shame that not everything is perfect, but that's just the way things are in life. Fortunately I can tell from your journalling that the good outweighs the bad quite easily!
It is quite funny to hear about a Japanese girl who is shy because of her still lacking some English speaking skills, yet she is studying English and is going to be a teacher, but that may just be me. Wish her good luck! I think she's very happy and grateful that you care enough to try and make her feel comfortable.
I'm totally going to catch up on the reading here, and of course I'm very eager to see some pictures, so that's where I'm going to first now ;)
7 juni 2014 14:54 | Door: Cindy
Wat een tof verhaal weer. Leuke foto's ook. (En dat iemand zijn dierentuin Blackbutt noemt XD)
Het strand ziet er echt Hollands uit zeg! Inclusief wolkjes en al. Australië blijft me verbazen.
Wat leuk dat je een huisgenoot hebt. Zonder twijfel dat ze vanzelf uit haar schulp kruipt met zoveel lieve mensen om haar heen.
De apenbroche is trouwens wel echt kitsch. XD Is dat niet jouw stijl nee? ;)
Beetje pech dat het nu juist warmer wordt als je binnen zit. Maarja, ik denk dat het de komende weken niet zo blijft en dat er toch momenten gaan zijn dat je weer blij bent dat je binnen bent in plaats van buiten bij de vogels.
Maar in ieder geval nog heel veel plezier en tot snel alweer!!! :D
Liefs en dikke knuffel. Cindy