I am still finishing moving into my apartment and I came across a ton of papers that I had to fill out for the internship. The almost three months of planning for my six weeks still makes me do a mental double take. I remember the anticipation. No matter what happened in Australia, it would have been a complete surprise because I had no idea what to expect.
And now I’m back. Every time I think of something I want to share there are two sets of friends I want to share. The whole trip gave me time to reset, to reassess how I operate. But I also met amazing people. People I wish I could see every day. I thought that about my friends and family here while I was there, but I knew what date I would see them again. So that may be the overall perspective gained from this trip; value. Especially from the internship itself, I think I now know what I need to start learning.
I hope to be back in Australia the next chance I get.
Pics from my Flickr set
I’ll try to recap my last week in Australia.
Last week in Australia was taking some more portfolio pictures at work, a visit from interns from Sydney, a trip to the Gold Coast, a last-minute flight to Sydney, a concert, an awesome photo exhibit, a family dinner, a last breakfast with friends, and another 36 hours (ish) of transit back home to the States.
I am at a loss of how to thank everyone. I can’t really imagine how it could have gone better.
I’ll post one or two more times before I call this blog quits. Until my next trip…
Overnight layover in Melbourne. This is my inspiration.
Late in getting this published. I meant to post this before I left which was about 36 hours ago. Now at home, so I guess that would mean this blog is done, but I will recap the last week or two before I call it quits. It’s worth it.
I think my friends may be a little tired of hearing me say “I want to be a morning person”. At least I am. I love getting up before anyone else; having peaceful time to think about and pray what I want to get done and get out of the day while knowing it is going to happen. It’s almost like instant gratification.
On my day in Sydney, I walked for a solid hour first thing at 8am to find a good place to get breakfast (which turned out to be toasted banana bread an orange and a cappuccino for four bucks from a pastry shop: awesome). I took it to the park and people watched the Monday morning commute.
I love finding those moments in the day when you can stop and watch what you’re doing, so I think mornings are making those moments happen.
I am still trying to comprehend this. Within the past 24 hours I have travelled about 500 miles. Long story short, after some last minute decisions, I am now in Sydney for the weekend.
I wrote the above paragraph two days ago. I do not know how to start explaining the past week or so. I’m back from my two-day excursion to Sydney. I have four days left. Maybe then I can start to process all of this.
Last week, I got to go to the print shop where everything the design studio I’m interning at gets printed. I can sometimes be a little obsessive about how things work, so it was really cool to see exactly what every command we do in the software does to the printer. They also used some of the pictures I took on their blog.
Then we (the American interns) went to Moreton Island this past weekend. It was nice.
Like I said, last weekend was pretty sweet. I still have not been on an over-night backpacking trip, but I will still jump at the chance to go camping. Still, I consider camping to be kinda too luxurious for sleeping outside. I think I’d be fine with a sleeping bag and some form of fire-starter. And maybe a hammock. But I would definitely want to try that in the summer (like it is at home), because it was a good thing I was able to rent a sleeping bag. I didn’t know outdoor stores (oxymoron?) delivered their products (yes, like a pizza). Is it really true that the best way to stay warm in a sleeping bag is to sleep with as few clothes as possible? I had three pairs of (cotton) socks, and my frozen feet were the only thing that woke me up.
I guess I like to talk about camping. The video should explain a lot. It was cool. The weekend’s events went something like: ice skating thursday night (winter festival downtown), driving/camping Friday, hiking/mountain climbing Saturday (and did the ferris wheel and checked out the casino for a little bit that night after I got back too), and the Australia Zoo on Sunday. Everything lived up to expectations. Feeding kangaroos was awesome, but they still scare me.