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Back at Home

Time July 5th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It feels weird to be back home after studying abroad at Sydney for about 4.5 months. During the study break, I remember I wanted to go home because of all the stress while studying for my exams. However, now that I am actually back at home I really miss my suite mates, friends, and the fun places I’ve traveled to.

I really miss playing music and fooling around in the living room with my suite mates and friends, searching for yummy food places to eat, exploring cafes in Surry Hills, going to the beach, walking around the city, and so many more. In the end, its the small memories that I miss, because those minute moments actually left a huge impact in my life. Read More »

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An Adventurous Weekend

Time June 23rd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It was a busy weekend, I went to:

  • Bondi Beach to do the Bondi to Coogee Walk
  • Darling Harbour to see the fireworks
  • Opera Bar
  • Manly Beach
  • Milsons Point to have a picnic
  • Hornsby to hike
  • Opera House to see Ta-ku’s concert
  • Newtown Social Club to see The Last Dinosaurs’ concert

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Vivid Sydney

Time June 23rd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Vivid Sydney (May 27 – June 18) is a festival of light, music, and ideas. To learn more about it go to: http://www.vividsydney.com/ Read More »

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List of foods you should try in Sydney

Time June 23rd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Foodie (/ˈfuːdi/): a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.

Yes, I am a foodie. I love trying different kinds of food, and most importantly eating, in general, makes me happy.

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Weekend Getaway to Melbourne

Time June 6th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

My friend and I decided to go visit Melbourne as a weekend getaway trip! We stayed there for 4 days and went to St. Kilda, Great Ocean Road, Fitzroy, Carlton, and many other places. Melbourne was so amazing that I didn’t want to leave.

 

Locations for some of these pictures:

  • Melbourne, VIC
    • Donut shop: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
      • https://www.short-stop.com.au
      • The donuts taste amazing, and the staff is very friendly
      • Very popular that we had to wait in a line for a bit, but worth it
    • State Library Victoria
      • Amazing library
  • St. Kilda
    • lots of cool cafes, restaurants, and shops
    • beachside where you can walk, bike, skate, and etc
    • Matcha Mylkbar (vegan friendly): Australia’s first matcha cafe
  • Brighton Bathing Boxes
    • Great place to take pictures in front of colorful houses
    • Great place to see the sunset
  • Great Ocean Road Tour
    • Anglesea Township
    • Memorial Arch
    • Lorne Township
    • Kennett River
    • Apollo Bay Township
    • Cape Otway National Park
    • Great Ocean Walk Trail
    • Gibsons steps
    • 12 Apostles
    • Loch Ard Gorge
    • Island Archway
    • Mutton Bird Island
    • Razor Back & Salt Pepper Shackers
  • Fitzroy, Victoria
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Barangaroo Reserve

Time May 24th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

During the weekend, my friend and I decided to explore Barangaroo Reserve. It is known to be Sydney’s new Harbour foreshore playground, with many places to eat, explore, take pictures, relax, and etc. We then walked over to the park close by and saw lots of families and couples having a picnic while watching the sunset. It was an absolutely stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney skyline. Read More »

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Time May 2nd, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I finally got the chance to visit Queenstown, New Zealand. There were so many places to explore but so little time. I wish I could’ve stayed another week, but I guess that means I will visit New Zealand another time! Read More »

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Balancing school + leisure

Time April 27th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It is already midterm season at University of Sydney, and I honestly can’t believe that I will be leaving this place in about 2 months. That being said I wanted to explore Sydney more before I leave, but the amount of presentations/papers/tests is really draining me. Therefore, before it starts getting too cold I decided to treat myself to exploring the beaches on the weekend and take a break from studying. Read More »

Blue Mountain and Touring Circular Quay

Time April 7th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It was a long 2-hour drive to get there, but we finally made it to the Blue Mountains! My friends and I chose to do the hiking trail, which allowed us to explore the magnificent view while getting some exercise. We thought it would be an intense hike, but it felt more like a walk because we were constantly going down stairs. There were different view points that allowed us to get different views of the mountain. Read More »

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Featherdale Wildlife Park

Time March 21st, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

During Orientation Week we went to several amazing places, but my favorite place was Featherdale Wildlife Park. We were given the opportunity to see Australia’s most cutest, friendliest, and softest animals up close to touch and take pictures with. a1

This wallaby was one of the first animals I was able to go up close to take a picture. I really liked how these animals weren’t caged up behind bars, but instead able to roam around freely. Initially, I was scared the wallaby might jump out at me. But, as you can see, it was sitting very still and sunbathing.

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This is my FAVORITE animal. Obviously, when I got there all the koalas were sleeping because they usually sleep up to 20 hours a day.

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There were about 10 koalas that I saw, but all of them were sleeping except for the two koalas that people were waiting in line to take pictures with.

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People were also allowed to buy food for the animals from a vending machine. This is a wallaby munching on its food.

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My friends and I were walking around the park and spotted this kangaroo. According to my friends that were there when it happened, said that this kangaroo went out the gate because someone forgot to close it when they were leaving. This picture was taken when the kangaroo felt us approaching, and looked back at us wondering if we had food to give.

Overall, this visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park was a memorable experience that I will never forget. Getting the opportunity to touch my favorite animal, and take pictures with them up close was amazing. I recommend anyone who visits Sydney to check this place out.

In Exactly 2 Weeks

Time February 4th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, Australia, College Study Abroad | No Comments by

img_7277 Took this picture about 5 years ago when I last visited Sydney for a few days.

In exactly two weeks I will start my orientation at Sydney, Australia.

My name is Euna Ahn and I am a Junior studying abroad at University of Sydney. Currently, I am in Seoul, South Korea where it’s 3 degrees fahrenheit on a daily basis. This break has been the longest winter vacation I’ve ever had in this freezing weather. My friends back at Emory University have already started school last month and are currently suffering because of exams. They send me snapchats of the lecture halls, them pulling all-nighters, and desks piled with papers and empty coffee cups. I reassure their envy hearts that in a few months time that will soon be me, but with some additional snaps of the Sydney Opera House, koalas, the Bondi Beach, and etc. I can’t wait to explore all the famous attractions sites as well as the hidden gems of Sydney.

I hate packing, but I love traveling.

I’ve been questioning myself numerous times: How am I going to pack about 5 months worth of my necessities into 1 large suitcase, 1 small suitcase, and a backpack? In the corner of my room there is already a huge pile of things that I need to pack. Simply looking at that accumulation of stuff is already giving me a headache. I always feel like I’m packing light but I end up having to sit on my suitcase to zip it up. Thankfully, the pre-departure advising email IFSA-Butler sent out had a list of things that I should pack, so we’ll see how this turns out.

Other than that, I’ve been counting down the days till I get to meet everyone and start my semester at Sydney, Australia. I really don’t know what to expect, but I know I’ve made the right decision to study abroad. Without a doubt, I am ready to leave this freezing weather and start applying sunscreen!

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