Thursday, 30 September 2010
This backpackers feels like a luxury hotel after our night in Bundaberg haha.. We went surfing yesterday which was really fun (3 hour surf-school for $17!) and today was spent on a tiny secluded beach a short boatride from the 1770 marina. The only bummer is that it is SO windy, so we can't go diving as the currents are too strong and the visibility won't be too great :( This midterm will be my only chance to dive on the Great Barrier Reef so I'm reeaally hoping that the wind will die a little so we can go diving before the week is over!
Last night I finally saw my first kangaroos and wallabes - and they were not in a zoo ;) We did a sunset tour with a guy called Paul, who took us all over the peninsula here to look at the roos, and finally to a lookout spot where we could see the sun set over the water (one of 3 places where you can see that here on the Australian east coast). The trip was rounded off with a cold beer on the rocks by the bay as it got dark outside - so lovely.
I'm seriously wishing I didn't have to go to class for the rest of my time in Australia. I'd love to just do the rest of my assignments online and stay here in Agnes haha! But the week will have to end, unfortunately.. such is life. But until then, I'm going to enjoy every last minute of this place :)
Monday, 27 September 2010
The backpackers was soo dirty and the whole city kind of smelled of sweat. Even the distillery was a bit of an anti-climax. What a waste of 24 hours haha.. Oh well, it's experiences like this that makes us appreciate the good places!
Friday, 24 September 2010
We don't really have much else planned, we'll just kind of wing it from there.. If you don't overplan things and have really high expectations then you can't be disappointed. If something sucks we'll move on, if it rocks then we'll stay - simple as that :)
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Have been working like a maniac on the material for my new website these last 3 days and finally got everything done! The new website (which is www.annabrandberg.com if you haven't already figured that out) should be up and running by the weekend.. But here's a sneak preview of some of my design work for you who are wondering exactly what it is I do in class :)
And maybe this is a great time for some shameless advertising - if you need any graphic design work done, give me a shout! Anything from logos to business cards to posters to menus.. you name it. If it's in print, I'll do it!
Monday, 20 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
The farm is developing wonderfully and the project is a truly sustainable one that has improved the life for about 30 Swazi-orphans in a real way - far from big donor driven projects and aid dependent structures. Aaron has made an inspiring short film about the farm, which won the "Golden Palm" at the Mexico International Film Festival, as well as “People’s Choice” and “Best Documentary” awards at other international festivals. See Likhaya here, it is only 15 min long will help you get to know the project better.
In Aaron's new film project, the children will learn to write an original African fairytale inspired by their own life experiences together with internationally acclaimed African storyteller Gcina Mhlope. I can imagine it'll be nothing short of amazing.
The making of this film is, however, dependent on talented inspired people like Aaron and Amanda, as well as on financial support from people like us. Even the tiniest donation makes a world of difference.. Please have a look at the project's website shown below and pass the message on - we need this information to spread like wildfire!
Friday, 17 September 2010
It's starting to become time to begin planning what we're going to do our last few weeks in Australia after term ends. If there is one great tip that I got from Frida (the girl who went to Australia in the year above me) it's that - if you can - don't choose subjects with end-of-term exams. As a design-student, most of the courses we do have continual assessment over projects that we work on throughout the term. This is great, because it means that while the rest of Uni is sweating over exams - you're home free to start travelling! ;)
The only problem for me is that Sara, who is studying at University of Queensland, has exams.. And she only gets to know what dates they are in October, which is quite frustrating as we don't know if we'll be able to travel together at the end of the year or not.. And it would SUCK to travel without her, seeing as we've already travelled to the other side of the world together!
But either way, there is somewhat of a plan.. If Sara does have exams and can't travel before I leave, then I'll probably go to Cairns and Magnetic Island on the Great Barrier Reef with a lovely gal from Chile called Lola. But if Sara doesn't have exams when I'm free, then we go to FIJI! :D
So here's to hoping.. ;)
Thursday, 16 September 2010
I now work at Wild Pepper every now and then, which is super convenient as it is right across the road. Literally about 30m from my front door! Archive had some real fun people, but it wasn't the kind of job I was looking for.. But two days ago I started another casual job at a catering company called Zen Catering, which seems real nice. (Pssst! Future exchange students! Big tip: Contact them & send them your CV!)
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
But I realised that there is a difference between Malmö and Brisbane. In Malmö, despite its population of only 300 000, once you leave your apartment, you are smack bang in the middle of the city. But in Brisbane, the West End somehow feels like a village - despite it only being a 5 min drive from the CBD of a city of over 2 million people. I have restaurants and shops directly across the road, but no high-rise buildings and crazy traffic like you do outside of your apartments in Malmö.
And that's not to say I like the one better than the other, because both are great in their own way.. But I must admit I do enjoy being a part of a little, peaceful community, despite the fact that I love living in a big, bustling city. It's like having the cake, and eating it :)
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Mitch's parents own a boat-tour company that does whale-watching in the bay, and for his birthday they let him take some mates out for the weekend in two of the boats. The water in the harbour was an absolutely stunning turquoise colour, and once we got out into deeper waters, the ocean was the most intense blue I've seen in my life. I'm not exaggerating! On the second day we sailed north in the hopes of catching a glimpse of some fins, and we must have seen at least 8 whales up close and personal - mothers and babies :) Mothers teaching their little ones to play - she'd start jumping and splashing, and the baby followed suit. Unbelievable. I do believe I had my finger glued to the shutter-button permanently for hours on end haha!
The evenings were spent around bonfires on Fraser Island, and the days were spent sprawled out on the deck enjoying that gorgeous sunshine.. When we finally got home on the Monday evening, I had taken almost 1000 pictures - no joke. And the greatest part of the whole thing was that a 3-day whale-watching trip on a boat with a guide can cost you about $300 - whereas we got the whole thing for the $20 we each chipped in to cover fuel costs ;)
Without a doubt the best weekend I've had since we got to Australia.. <3
Friday, 10 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Went to Valentino's Retrospective fashion exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art today. Such gorgeous haute couture.. breathtaking! And crazy to imagine every single detail was sewn by hand - down to the last little sequin.