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Interviews and Interludes

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

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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 »

Field Exercises and Folk Festivals

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2012 at 2:55 am

The week passed in a blink of an eye. Our students, and therefore we, were incredibly busy with their natural resource management field exercise. The students go through a field exercise with all three professors in the three different subjects in order to get experience with research in their fields, and also to give them an idea of what doing directed research in those fields would be like. As the last in the field exercises, the students were somewhat excited about the prospect of the research, and were mostly excited to have the last of their major assignments out of the way.

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Pythons and Cane Toads

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

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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 »