Sydney Vivid 2017

Living in Newcastle you get a city setting without all the towering buildings and massive crowds.  Newcastle is also set around 3 beautiful beaches, and easy access to Sydney, just 3 hours by train.  I know 3 hours seems a bit extreme, but trust me with a good playlist it flies by!  This weekend the girls & I decided to travel to Sydney for the day to experience the last day of the Vivid light festival. Sydney takes part in the festival every year, which includes light installations all over the harbors.

With a couple of bumps in the road, we just made the 9:33am train into Sydney getting us there at noon, the perfect time! We enjoyed lunch on Darling Harbor, and decided to visit the aquarium.  If you know anything about me, it should be that I am in love with the ocean, the animals, reefs, just everything about it, so if there is an aquarium near by, you will totally see me there.IMG_3035

After the aquarium, we indulged in a few drinks, it was happy hour we couldn’t resist! Then we took on the lights. The Opera House was lit up with moving pictures of coral and all sorts of other things.  There were interactive installations, such as blowing on the dandelion will cause them to change colors. I could stare at the lights all night, however my stomach was getting the best of me.

I have a strong love for Indian food, but the other girls had never tried it before. I’m an IMG_3085adventurous eater & to be able to introduce others to food I love is one of my favorite things. We found a restaurant called ‘The Spice Rack” in Sydney.  I was very nervous to see what they thought, & they loved it! I had goat curry while my friend tried Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time, it had to be one of the best meals I’ve had!

 

 

try anything, enjoy whats around you

 

Weekend in New Zealand

Trying to fit everything you want to do into 8 weeks in a gorgeous country can be difficult to say the least.  For one weekend I thought I could visit Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand! When else am I going to get the chance to visit a country down under! So the other interns & I decided to take a weekend excursion to Christchurch, New Zealand. The second largest city in New Zealand has been going through a serious  resurgence after a 2011 earthquake destoryed buildings & even had some casualties. Despite the destruction that happened years ago, the city is still growing.

IMG_2761.JPGThe flight to Christchurch was memoriable, each of us was upgraded to a business class.  And you may be saying, “okay what’s the big deal”, but as a college student, whose never flown first class, & whose gotten a free upgrade, it’s a very big deal!  I got my own little pod, champagne, even breakfast with a table cloth! The flight there was amazing, so I had high hopes for the rest of the trip!

 

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The first night was spent resting, grabbing some pizza and getting acquainted with our city for the weekend.  Saturday we got up early to head over to the Christchurch Gondala.  The Gondala takes you up onto a mountain, which shows you extraordinary views of both Christchurch, and the moutains that surround the city. Though it was extremely windy and chilly up on the mountain, the views were just something that I couldn’t pass up. The rest of the day was spent exploring the city centre, checking out the Cathedral, that was boarded up because of the earthquake.  We also explored the restart mall, which are storage containers that were converted into shops. There were all these food trucks surrounding the area, each had such an inviting smell, but how do you expect me to pass up a burger! I got this lamb burger from The Burger Joint, which was incredible! It had all the right spices & I couldn’t pass up a lemonaide to wash it down.

Sunday was a jammed packed day! Starting with a tour of the Botanical Gardens.  Though it was winter time in New Zealand there were still flowers in bloom, which we couldn’t help and take photos with… lots of photos! Then onto punting on the Avon, which also went through the gardens giving us a different view.  It was nice to get out into the city, and talk to locals, just have a relaxing day.

The weekend went by fast, but I was happy to get back to Newcastle & sleep in my own bed again.  Christchurch, New Zealand is definietly a place I recommend to visit, I will totally be going back.

 

Onto the next adventure!

-Hannah

 

Seeing Sydney

Leaving home was anything less than stressful.  A 20 hour flight, a 14 hour time difference, not being able to see my friends & family in a snap of my finger.  After two

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Kangaroo & Mash 

flights, I arrived, greasy hair & all! All I wanted to do was sleep,4D38BA24-03D7-4D0D-AE16-2BCE1A41F197 yet TEAN had other plans for us, like walking tours & dinner as a group to get to know eachother, which was an excellent idea! The first night a group of us tried kangaroo, & let me just say, it was amazing! Once the jet-lag finally set in we all almost fell asleep in our plates.  The next day was filled with even more walking, including Sydney Habour & the amazing views that surrounded.  It hadn’t quite hit me until I saw the Opera house that I was in Australia!  The night was filled with beer & conversation as the new roomies & I got to know eachother & this large city.  Our last day involved visiting the Taronga zoo, which makes me behave like a small child again, because all i want to do is see every animal possible. We were able to get up close with kangaroo’s & the cutest tazmanian devils! On the way back to the hotel we stopped at Aqua S, a icecream shop that is anything less than instagrammable.  The rose ice cream was unlike anything I had ever tasted, but so refreshing! IMG_2553

The third night in Sydney is soon approaching with a dinner cruise on Sydney harbour, so I couldn’t be more excited! Then saturday we are off to Newcastle to explore our home for the next to months & get into the swing of things with our internships! All this change still has my head spinning around a bit, but I’m still very blessed & excited for what is next to come!

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xx Hannah

 

Venture to the Globe

Today was another day that class was held outside of the classroom.  For my Shakespeare Literature class we ventured out to the Globe Theatre for Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetbit of a tour and information on the Globe.  The Globe that is standing now is the third one of it’s kind.  The first one had been burnt down, and the second one was demolished during the English Civil war. However during our walk we stopped along the original site of the Globe, which is just a little ways off the bank.  The current Globe is as closely built to the orignial as possible, only because of safety issues.  I love learning of theatre in Shakespeare’s time, such as the fact that women weren’t able to act, so the young teenage boys had to play the women.  During our walk we also stopped somewhere that had nothing to do with Shakespeare but it really grabbed my attention. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset It is called Cross Bones’ Graveyard.  It was inhitially a place for prostitues to get buried, because technically they were not allowed to have a proper burial by the church.  It was also a graveyard for the ‘abandon dead’.  The city is doing a lot of work to keep this area safe & memorialize it.  I think that it’s absolutely beautiful, that even though they may be lost souls, they are not forgotten.

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“we are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn”

xx hannah