Lunch break on first day of work. Today was pretty great overall. I think I have a lot to learn, but everyone at the studio was really helpful.
Yesterday, I really wish I brought my camera with me. I went to a church a few blocks from where I’m living, and one guy from the church gave another intern and I a tour of downtown on his way back to his place. We also got our bus cards and a lot of good pointers on where to go and eat.
I’m finding the majority of the Australians I’ve met make an effort to be friendly. The bus driver this morning made a point to greet everyone on and off the bus, whether or not they had headphones in.
Well, looks like writing quality has dropped a lot in the past five minutes which I guess means I’ve still got jet lag.
20110610_AUIntern_House_DHG_005 on Flickr.
The houses in Australia are made to let the air flow through. They do. All 50 degrees every night face little to no resistance into the house.
Joking aside, I’m am still trying to figure out if all Australians leave their doors open pretty much all day. I went for a jog this morning (I should have most Fridays off) and didn’t really notice too many open doors. Maybe I was just focused on not getting any more lost than I was. Had a good time the rest of today exploring downtown.
This weekend was a national holiday for Australia, the Queens’ Birthday, so we got a four day weekend. It was a good break from getting used to the work and trying to figure out the city. I decided to take a walk Saturday morning and came across a festival. I think it was to honor a lot of the work that went into rescuing the floods; there was a big ceremony at the beginning. There was some music and other art venues happening, but what I think got the most attention was the jenga tent. I wouldn’t mind having a set like this.
20110612_AUIntern_City_DHG_029 on Flickr.
Still not 100% how rugby works, still had a good time.
I wanted to check out the winter festival that was happening downtown this month. So I was glad a friend from the church I’ve been going to here invited me.
Ice skating was not on my list of things I thought I’d be doing on Australia. It was a good time, and there was so good food there too.
I was also able to walk around a bit and get some decent night shots of the city.
For the rest of the weekend, I am looking forward to camping (glad I could rent a -5º C sleeping bag), and possibly the Australia zoo. No big deal.
Too much to go through right now, but this weekend included: ice skating, camp fires, camping, hiking, mountains, peaches, ferris wheel, a casino, and a zoo.
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.
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.