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Interviews and Interludes

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Kuranda 1

For my directed research group, and myself the week began with a trip to Cairns. The Environmental Policy directed research group is in the process of analyzing the future of tourism in Far North Queensland, and the students have been exhaustively conducting interviews with tourists, tourist companies, information centres, residents, and experts on their topics. Read the rest of this entry »

The Calm and Quiet Before the Storm

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2012 at 1:03 am

Mission Beach 1

Our students started last week with their directed research projects. My group, the group of social science students, headed off to Mission Beach, which is about two hours south of Cairns. This was the first time all semester that any of us had truly been at a beach; the waves weren’t large, but for the first time, there were indeed waves. The ocean was a beautiful color, and as it pounded the sand, I felt very much at peace. The coast of Australia is a beautiful thing to behold; the coast juts out into the sea, and while you might be sitting on part, another part is right out in front of you, full of beautiful trees and mountains. Read the rest of this entry »

And so it goes

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

There are times when I get so homesick here that it takes everything I have to keep sitting still and not run all the way to the airport and get on a plane to go home. This is a relatively new feeling for me; having gone to college out of state and a plane ride (or long two day drive) from home, I’m used to being far from family. The difference between being here and being in Washington at school obviously amounts to quite a lot, but in reality, it was no more feasible for me to jump on plane in Washington than it is for me here. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been a while…

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’ve been away from this blog for over two weeks, for which I apologize. It’s not for the lack of exciting things that have happened that I haven’t been here, but I would say rather that it’s due to a pervasive feeling of disinterest in what’s been happening. It’s been hard for me to connect here; I’ve often felt like I’ve been managing, or coping through each day, rather than embracing it whole-heartedly. This is an uncomfortable feeling for me, and I have been increasingly unhappy with feeling this way, and with being here in general. I am at a crossroads; I am trying to decide whether to continue spinning my wheels in Australia, or to head home for good and spin my wheels there. It’s a very tough choice, because neither one makes me feel particularly comfortable. However, one way or another, I will make a decision soon. Read the rest of this entry »