October 18

This past weekend I took to the streets, to walk around and perfect my silhouette photography. Because silhouette photography is best at night I had a lot of time to waste. I walked from where I live in Pyrmont down to the  Sydney House Opera and eventually ended up across the Harbour at Milson’s point. Milson’s point is home to Luna Park a small theme park that is somewhat similar to Coney Island in Brooklyn.

 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Sunset over Sydney

I finally made it to Sydney for a five-day vacation with my friend Erica. We left Thursday afternoon for the airport, getting dropped off by my mate Mitch. It was a straight shot to Sydney once we boarded the plane. It was a much-needed vacation since I had two tests earlier in the week, one in GIS and one in Rainforest Ecosystems. We arrived in the famous city after a two and a half hour plane ride from Townsville. And the cool thing about our plane ride was that the entire Cowboys team was on it! They play AFL rugby for Queensland and were going to Sydney for a game.

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3 Sisters at the Blue Mountains

Anyway, the hostel we booked had a free airport pickup service so we hopped on the bus to get there. Westend Nomads hostel is located right in the middle of the city with only a 30 minute walk to the bay and the Opera House. We got checked in and headed up to our room where we met our four other roommates. The best thing about staying in hostels is that you meet people from all around the world. The people in our room were from China, Canada, the U.K. and France. Each was here for a different reason for a different amount of time.

The first night consisted of walking across the street to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week so we wouldn’t have to spend much on food. Coles (which I thought was like our Khol’s) was the store we went to and it was packed, as most places in cities are. We got the basics of PB&J, milk, cereal, juice and chips. We also snagged some fun cookies that were shaped like platypuses, roos, and wombats. The hostel also provided free pasta and rice so we took advantage of that too.

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Theater in the Opera House

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Echidna!

On Friday, we went for a walk to the bay and took a tour of the Opera House! It was absolutely beautiful and we even got to go inside to see the theaters. I also found out that the outside of the building is covered in over 1 million hand-lain white tiles, 1,056,006 to be exact. Our tour guide also mentioned that that is an answer to a Trivial Pursuit question. Also, the Opera House holds events other than operas including plays, ballets, orchestras and the stranger being boxing and even sumo wrestling. It was a wonderful tour that should be experienced if you ever get the chance. The same day we went to the aquarium, wildlife zoo, where I saw a Tasmanian Devil for the first time, and the Sydney Tower Eye which is a very tall tower in the middle of the city that allows for 360 degree views, sort of like the Empire State Building. We went at sunset making everything more beautiful. After that we went back to Nomads to eat and pass out. But, on the way back, everyone was out and about seeing as it was a Friday. We stopped at a little park where there was live music and people playing ping-pong in the middle of it. Tons of others were sitting and walking around enjoying the night.

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Tasmanian Devil :)

Saturday morning around 7AM we walked to a pickup point for the tour we booked to the Blue Mountains. Sadly, before we left we discovered that our food had been stolen from the communal fridge, forcing us to buy more at the grocery store. I guess that happens at backpackers hostels. We didn’t let that ruin our day though. The bus we took drove to an aboriginal center to start off the tour. Here we watched a traditional dance and learned about different cultures in Australia. Most aboriginals don’t consider there to be 6 states and 2 territories but over 300 states that are based on cultural groups. The show was beautiful and from here we could also see the Three Sisters rock formations. Later we went to Scenic World that had a couple of rides through the mountains. Erica and I walked through the rainforest for a bit too before returning to the bus to head to a little nearby town for lunch. The Featherdale Wildlife Park was the last stop for the day. This is where I saw an Echidna for the first time and well aren’t they just the cutest! There was a Tasmanian Devil feeding, and a buzzard that ate his dinner right in front of me. There were giant pelicans, roos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, dingoes and several kinds of birds. All were either rescued or born in the sanctuary. On the way back to Sydney, our driver drove through the Olympic Park that was used in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Aboriginal Show

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Sydney Running Festival

Sunday we went back towards the Opera House to look at shops and to eat lunch. There was a running festival going on that morning so we cheered on those running through the city. We stopped at an aboriginal art gallery where I got my mother her didgeridoo and shipped it home so I wouldn’t have to deal with taking it on the plane. We ate lunch in front of the Opera House and took in the views of harbor views. We did a bit more shopping and walking around before getting on a ship (it literally looked like a pirate ship) for a harbor cruise. I booked a mast climb on the ship so once in the harbor I was hooked in and got to climb up! It was a little nerve-racking at first but I made it to the top. It was heaps of fun and I could see everything from up there. After the climb, it was open bar and they provided nibblies too. The ship sailed under the Harbor Bridge as well making for a wonderful boat ride. I met a couple from Long Island on the ship who were there on a business trip (they noticed my Oswego State sweatshirt) and one of the deckhands was from Colorado. It really is a small world!

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Mast climb on the Soren Larsen!

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Bondi Beach art

Our last day in Sydney consisted of taking the ferry across the harbor to go to a marine sanctuary. Most of the sanctuary consisted of tunnels to walk through so that the animals surrounded you. I have only been to a couple of places like that before so it was pretty cool. After that, we headed back towards the hostel to catch a bus to Bondi Beach. The beach was full of people sun bathing and swimming but Erica and I were in pants and sweatshirts because we were so used to the heat of Townsville. The waves were massive here so there were quite a few surfers out. There was a wall with different artist’s paintings on them too. Each was completely different from the one before it but all were beautiful. So we ended the trip with a (cold) beach day and collected shells at Bondi too.

Our plane left Tuesday morning at 6AM so we were exhausted when we arrived back in Townsville, but were warm once again! Sydney was such a wonderful and fun city and is definitely a must if you come to Australia!

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Sydney Opera House

Yeezus Tour/ Festival of the winds

Last Weekend was the most eventful. I was able to catch Kanye West on his Sydney leg of the Yeezus tour. It was without a doubt the greatest concert I have ever been to.

 

The day after I attended the Festival of the Winds, which is a kite flying festival that takes place at Bondi Beach. Although I missed all the large kites, I managed to catch some of the smaller one that were still floating around.

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September14, 2014

September 14,2014

September 14,2014

Street Art

Tuesday, I forgot to check my email and got to school and there was no one in the class. It was a finally a nice day out so I took the chance to walk around Sydney and view some street art. Here are some photos I took, with my own little artistic spin on them.

St. Peters Sydney

St. Peters Sydney

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Sorry

Sorry that I am behind in my post everyone. It has been raining for weeks as it is now approaching summer. I haven’t really been able to get out and tour because I am afraid to get my camera wet. But I would like to reintroduce myself and catch you guys up. My name is Kadeem Watts. I am a Broadcasting major and photography minor. I am spending my Fall 14′ Semester abroad in Sydney Australia. I currently attend a small university, named the Australian Catholic University. Over the course of the semester I will be compiling a photography blog of my various trips and sightseeing adventures. Hope you enjoy.

Here is a pic of the Strathfield Campus where all my classes are taken.

ACU Strathfield September 3, 2014

ACU Strathfield September 3, 2014

 

 

Last week I have won the photography competition at ACU. I entered literally 15 minutes before the  deadline. This was the photo entered.                                 Bridge

 

Yesterday I was presented with an award at a small ceremony along with the first prize reward.

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Oz Down Under

It’s been such a great month and a half here in Townsville. There are so many fantastic people I have met and made friends with. I was lucky enough to spend my 21st birthday here with all of them and was surprised to find out how fast you can become good friends with people. They all made it such a special day for me, even though I had class for the first time ever on my birthday! We celebrated by going out for gelato, hanging out on the beach and taking a drive to the top of Castle Hill (no drinking seeing as it was a Monday night).

Love these guys!

Love these guys!

Other things that have been going on down under:

Townsville’s Cultural Festival: this was filled with food from different countries including, Thai, Greek, Italian, Indian, etc. and several performances by each culture

Drinking Coconut Milk straight from the coconut!

 

VisitedPallarenda which acted as an old fort base during World War II and walked along the beautiful beach that included the city of Townsville and Magnetic Island in its view

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Had a holiday themed floor party that included St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Australia Day,Cinco de Mayo, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and New Years.

Floor Party: My quad was St. Patrick's Day

Floor Party: My quad was St. Patrick’s Day

Attended my first touch rugby game as well as my first netball game

Touch Rugby: Uni Hall vs George Roberts Hall

Touch Rugby: Uni Hall vs George Roberts Hall

Completed the ice bucket challenge

Completed and handed in my first assignment! (GIS related)

I made this beautiful masterpiece.

I made this beautiful masterpiece.

Learned how to identify leaf families and have now started to press leaves

Figured out how to get netflix on my computer (it has not come to this country yet) and have made new friends by sharing the wealth

Fed a polychaete

Took a road trip up to Cairns for a weekend and spent it visiting waterfalls, walking through the rainforest, mountain biking and canoeing

Road trippin' to Cairns

Road trippin’ to Cairns

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Stopped at the beach on the way to Cairns

Female Cassowary!

Female Cassowary!

The gals.

The gals.

Cathedral Fig Tree

Cathedral Fig Tree

Milaa Milaa

Milaa Milaa

Saw 3 wild Cassowaries!

Swam under a waterfall

Learned about culture and life in Singapore

Went for a hike up the mountain behind Uni

Have used the word “keen” to show how excited I was for something

Say “oi” on the daily

Held the world’s largest cockroach

Found out cotton candy is called “fairy floss”

Ate my first mandarin

Ate my first scone

Completed all seasons of Breaking Bad

Planned trips to Sydney and Melbourne

Played a few jokes on some of the wonderful Australians here

Painted faces using ochre

I am truly blessed to have all of these wonderful opportunities and couldn’t ask for anything more. Classes are going really well although I find it difficult to want to go to class and do work while I am here. My next assignment is due this Friday but it’s going pretty well so far. I get to use the concepts and ideas of behavioral ecology in the real world by going out into the field and finding examples. It is a lot of fun and a new way to learn material that will be useful in the future. I have not received any grades yet which makes me a little nervous because a majority is based solely on the final exam. I just need to stay on top of the work and I am sure it will all work out. I am still loving every second here and will continue to keep you updated!

Week 6: Life is what you make of it.

I have now been in Tasmania, Australia for one month.

I haven’t left the state of Tasmania at all, I’ve been to the city of Hobart a couple of times, and to be honest I’ve hardly left campus.

However, I have done many things which surpass any amount of land that I could step foot on, in my opinion. Here are some instances:

I’ve………………………..

Went river rafting

Seen 5 wallabies at the same time in their natural habitat

And a possum

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Learned to play League of Legends- an intense computer game

Begun watching Game of Thrones Season 1

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Applied to work at an Australian McDonalds

(I didn’t get the job….)

Breathed fresh air that smelled of eucalyptus

Eaten 5 (and counting) Cadbury chocolate bars of different varieties

and sizes... they weren't all this size...

and sizes… they weren’t all this size…

Seen abundant, green wildlife & snow covered mountains in the same day

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Walked to and from the stores weekly to buy my groceries

Blew an Australian’s mind when I pointed out that they have a platypus on one of their coins (he thought it was a koala…)

Met amazing, friendly people that make my day every day, and that I wold never had met if I didn’t come here.

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There’s a small chance that I would have done any of these things at home, even in a whole semester at SUNY Oswego. Some of them would not be possible at all.

However, I also believe that “travel” is what you make of it, meaning your experiences are what make traveling so breathtaking. While being in a different place makes it easier, anyone can get the same thrills as a traveler: all you have to do are things you wouldn’t normally do.

 

 

ANYWAYS… I’m having a great time. School is school. Hopefully I will be going to a wildlife sanctuary soon to hang out with kangaroos.

Until then!

-Patty