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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 »

Love for the Land

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The week began with thousands of flying foxes flying over the vans at dusk on Sunday night. After picking the students up from their homestays, we ate dinner in the park in Yungaburra, and watched the flying foxes winging low over the fields, their shapes barely illuminated by the remaining night. It was among the most beautiful things I’ve seen here so far.

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Pythons and Cane Toads

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Platypus 1

This week passed by in a total blur. I posted my last piece a bit early because, upon returning from Daintree, Ashley and I had Saturday off. We were able to spend some time in Yungaburra, which is an incredibly friendly small town. It’s a bit quaint; there are very few places to eat, but they are all good. The few shops are run by incredibly kind, interesting, and wonderful people, who immediately managed to make us feel welcome. After a very stressful and frustrating week, they made us feel like we were home and safe, and it was a truly wonderful feeling. We spent a nice time at Groovealicious, the local coffee shop (which has excellent WiFi, thus the early post) before popping next door to Meg’s. Meg runs a fantastic shop, which is an amazing combination of her art (she does lithographic prints), vintage clothing, and other lovely things. She is funny and kind, and it was very exciting to meet someone with whom I share a name. We then popped in to Rockingbird, which is run and owned by the amazing Bernadette. Rockingbird is a beautiful vintage and vintage-inspired store with incredible things. I literally could have stayed there all day (and managed to stay an hour, just chatting with Bernadette about crafting, women, and a sense of community; she’s truly lovely, and she really made us feel at home). I finally managed to feel relaxed, and to feel like I had people to turn to in the broader community when I needed someone. Read the rest of this entry »

Strugs and Tribs, or a First Field Trip

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

As a student of SFS, I remember the first field trip being exhilarating – we were going turtle monitoring, sleeping in (admittedly very janky) tents, snorkeling, and running around in boats to and from our camp site. We ran around preparing food and coolers, learning about turtles and packing like it was going out of style. Our first field trip was…not exactly like that. There were janky moments; our trailer popped open and spilled pasta all over the access road. There was learning; our students learned about mangrove forests, crocodiles (and why they weren’t allowed to swim at the beaches), and cassowaries. There was definitely packing like it was going out of style; see the trailer.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Topsy-Turvy Week

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

Lace Monitor 2

This week had a rough start for almost no reason. I had two beautiful runs in a row on Sunday and Monday; Sunday, I ran the access road again and did some cleaning and chores around the Centre, including helping to clean the dongas, which was very needed. I was able to relax a little bit on Sunday, which was lovely, but apparently not quite enough. On Monday, Ashley and I took the students to run around Lake Barrine, a nearby crater lake formed during a volcanic eruption. The lake itself is beautiful, and watching the mist rise off it was a treat during my run. I may have pushed myself a little too much, however, because I spent the rest of the day feeling exhausted and downhearted.

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Kangaroo means “I have no idea what you mean”

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2012 at 3:00 am

Tablelands 1

Do you ever feel like you know someone, even though you’ve only just met them? Our students arrived today, and that’s exactly how I felt. Looking at their (bleery-eyed, tired, but excited) faces, I already felt like I’d met most of them. This could be because we spent an hour playing a name game today, and I simply memorized their names and faces, but I did feel like I already knew them; it makes me optimistic for the semester.

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Arrival in Australia

In Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Settling into a new place is a different experience every time, for some obvious reasons. Settling into the new Centre is nothing like settling into Walla Walla; it’s nothing like settling into Jordan (where I’m pretty sure I never did feel settled), or settling into Mexico. The closest thing it is similar to, unsurprisingly, is settling into Mexico. The differences, however, are pronounced.

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