Monday, November 22, 2010

A Brief Visit Next Door

On a scale of 1 to 10 of excitement, I am sitting neatly on 7232. Not only have I recently bought that ticket to India, but today I bought a return to Paris. Paris, France. As in, right next door to Switzerland.
Say hello to chocolate and cheese and a short visit to Switzerland in winter.
All day I've been dreaming of cheese fondue and gluewein and chocolate muesli. And of course, a big hello to my favourite country in the world.

Who wouldn't want to miss their first week back at uni for that, eh?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

don't cha love it when...

Before I even went to Switzerland, I made a list of 4 things I was looking forward to about Europe in a completely unrelated list. I had no idea what Switzerland was like, so these were just things I frivolously decided.
(FYI: I was quite enamoured with Mamma Mia at the time....)

4 things I'm really looking forward to about Europe: 1.) seeing the Mamma Mia stage production 2.) seeing the Greek Island where they filmed Mamma Mia 3.) Going on a Sound of Music tour 4.)Visiting the house of Corrie Ten Boom is Holland.

Don't you love it when sometime later you look back and realise sometimes even frivolous dreams come true? I got to do each of those of them even twice! :)

Friday, November 19, 2010


Done and dusted.
Last exam tonight and I'm finished uni for 3 months. 1 semester down, 7 to go. Eee, don't think about it like that.

I did spend a portion of this exam writing about how suave Daniel Craig was in the last Bond movie. And yes, I did use the word suave. You may wonder how applicable that is to an advertising exam but I used his suaveness as proof that everyone will want to buy an Omega watch. James Bond now wears Omega, in case you were wondering.

Rolex is out. Omega is in.

Best part of the day? Walking out of the exam and coming across the QLD transport guy giving out travel cards worth $10 each.
He was pretty excited by my excitement and gave me an extra one when he found out I took the bus.
Train? Yep, another card.
Ferry? Well, no. The closest ferry is in Brisbane, but I told him I wish I could take the Ferry. Voila! An extra extra extra card. Grand Total $40.

He asked what I was up to in my spare 3 months. I said India. He was surprisingly quite excited and animated because he's really into a specific Yoga practiced in Southern India.
When I was leaving he spoke in another language. My extent is some German and French and English. It wasn't any those. When I asked him, he said that he'd wished me peace. A special yoga peace greeting.
I also wished him peace. It was just peace from another source.
Perfect Peace.

About to book that flight to India. Any day now. Have an appointment with a vaccination doctor this week. I might even get my act together and send my visa application away. Since I've had such good visa luck in the past.

Happy happy holidays.
I wish you perfect peace.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cinderella: A Grumpy Teenage Stepdaughter.

On the home stretch now. 2 weeks left of uni and then completo! (not a real word)
Unfortunately this last 2 weeks involves self-motivated study. Exams. Not my forte.

I feel like I've found my feet at uni mostly now. Or at least, I've found my feet walking to the cafe for regular coffee consumption. Trying to find a good balance of being involved in happenings around campus. Trying to break out of myself and live with courage.

CALL+RESPONSE went really well. Have I not blogged since then!? Had an amazing response, 10x more people than we hoped for and I'm thinking of ways to continue this good story into the next semester. Would be good to find people who are keen to be involved and join forces.

I'm loving Donald Miller's thoughts in A Million Miles. Don't even have my copy currently, its on loan, but his encouragement to live a good story follows me around. I shared this with a few friends last night and Don, you probably should start giving me a percentage of sales. I can sell this book to anyone.

In particular, I was thinking that in order to live a good story, the character must overcome conflict to reach his goals. In any movie we root for the main guy because we think his cause is worth it. Because something about his goals was attractive to us.

Or as I read in a completely unrelated book today:
A fairy story about two slightly plain sisters and a mildly menopausal stepmother trying to do the right thing toward her grumpy teenage stepdaughter wouldn't have worked. Hence, Cinderella is reduced to good and evil, selfish versus selfless, beauty versus ugliness.

I want to chase things that are worth it. To have goals that are attractive. Part of something bigger.

So I set a new (short-term) cause/goal/adventure. A climax to the current chapter? Plans for India in Jan/Feb. Gotta use that backpack again. Stretch my itchy feet. Help them last another year walking that uni cafe route. (I have secret plans for Europe again in a year. Sssh.)

But first, got to survive exams. I learnt (and promptly forgot) the German word for the 'home stretch' & 'sprint at the end of a race' etc yesterday. I have the memory of a goldfish.
Anyway, I'd like to use that word now to describe the next couple of weeks.
But my goldfish ate it. I'll have to get back to you on that one.