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Bags are packed…ready to go?

So it is finally here, the big night before departure post! Like most Vietnam Term students I am oscilating back and forth between nervous and excited. I have checked my bag for the third time now, even re-weighed and remeasured to make sure I was within in restrictions. So, am I prepared? Technically – yes, […]

Last Day At Augie

Today is my last day on campus before flying out tomorrow at noon for Vietnam. I’ve learned so much already about this country, but I cannot wait to see it with my own eyes. Last night I was packing and going back over my journal from East Asian Term. That journal was good, but I’m […]

Goodbye Augustana!

Well here I am, two days before my long-awaited departure to Vietnam! I really don’t know how I am feeling right now. It almost feels unreal that in under 72 hours I will be in Ho Chi Minh City with the rest of my class. When I think about the trip itself I am extremely […]

So Long U.S.A.

So take off is less than two days away, and I have never thought it was possible to have this many emotions at once.  I am nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time… but I am thinking that this may be a pretty normal reaction to international travel. I have never flown internationally […]

Life is good


Bronte Beach…Worst Day Ever

Bronte beach is with out a doubt one of the most gorgeous beaches I have ever seen in my life.  It is relatively small in size compared to the massive size of Bondi Beach.  It is surrounded by hills lined with million dollar villas, reminiscent of an Italian hillside.  The perfectly warm sand combined with […]

Houston we have a problem….

  Wednesday was “Party Day” at the Sydney Observatory; day -to -day tours and events in the museum stopped while approximately 120 ambitious youngsters participate in numerous astronomical activities.  Rocket launch, an extensive paper airplane station, and face painting were set up outside, along with a harp player and gelato (ice cream meets sorbet) stand.  […]


G’Day Mates! Yesterday the “hot news” was Obama’s inauguration. When most people realized that I was American they would immediately begin to ask how I felt about Obama and then give their opinions of him and other U.S. political issues as well. It is strange to me because I have a hard time keeping up with […]

Drowned Rats and Sun-dried Tomatoes

I met Rob, a Chicago native, in the Sydney airport Friday morning.  As we stood in line to exchange currency, I learned that Rob had just quit his job at a large banking firm in Chicago to travel Australia for two months.  It turns out that Rob, who is about to turn 40, recently realized […]

We Have Arrived ‘Down Under’

I came to Australia under the impression that I was going to be meeting some stereotypical Australians. I was quite surprised to find out that Sydney is a melting pot of cultures with an extremely large Asian population; many of which speak in a thick Australian accent. Being an immature and ignorant American, I found […]