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the number eleven bus.

the number eleven bus (from: maryvrobinson.blogspot)

So I was just discussing with Mum the potential options that I have in regards to my travel once I finish classes and exams at KU… whenever that is going to be…

Once she pointed out the seeming impossibility (lack of $$) and practical-ness (time, places that I want to go/don’t want to go to vs places the tour goes), we discussed the possibility of going by train/flying to the places that I want to go to and just leaving it at that.

Then she said something really funny:

Don’t forget, there’s always the number eleven bus!

I looked at her strangely, and received a “What?! You’ve never heard of that before?” in return.
Uh… no?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?! It’s not just me, right?

Other updates…

  • Scholarship
    Say hello to (less than?) half of my funding to Russia. :)
  • Study tour to Russia
    I think I have kind of decided that, yes, I do want to go, and yes, I will probably have no money after that…
  • Accommodation
    I’ve been looking at the places available to stay for the first night that I get there… and it’s looking like I’ll be staying at one of the youth hostels there. So I think I’ll end up getting the YHA/ISIC card, not that I know what discounts I get on ISIC yet, because the site is ridiculous to navigate. T_T
  • Aforementioned travel
    Yeaaaah, I’m just going to think about this more once I finish exams… But I think I’ll just go to London, then train to Paris, then on to visit Beck in Lyon, with a side trip to Barcelona hopefully, depending on schedules and timing and Beck’s parents being there and… what not… Then I’ll head back to London…? Hopefully do Munich and Berlin before I start classes, and then at some point venture into Netherlands, Sweden and maybe even Norway…?! And I think that will be about it for my travel. I’ve decided that I won’t be going to Italy…
  • Pre-sem class
    I got the ‘official’ acceptance for this the other day…
  • Danish?!
    Yeah, lol, this is not going so well. I did borrow all the stuff, but one is veeeery difficult to learn on your own, because it goes in terms of grammar lessons, which I guess is good if you want to actually LEARN learn the language, but I kind of just want to have a basic understanding, so it’s kind of confusing me so far. Needless to say, this has kind of been shoved to the side while I cram for exams…

I think that’s about it actually…

misselty.

P.S. If you, like me, think my mum is weird, and you’ve never heard of the number eleven bus before, and you don’t get it from the picture, it just means walking…

P.P.S A Google search of “number eleven bus” informed me that the Number 11 bus is actually a good bus to catch in London to see some of the more famous sites. Fancy that.
(Note to self: this could prove to be useful in future. :) Although upon examination, Number 11 doesn’t seem to cover that much…?)

no regrets.

Dear Lindy

Unfortunately, there will not be a new beginner class in April. We only start new beginners in late January/early February and in August.

Cheers
Birthe

So, I think this means that there will be no Danish classes for Lindy. And I was really looking forward to them too! Oh well.

Next step is to go to the library then, and borrow the Teach Yourself Danish thing that I borrowed a while ago but never really looked at, beyond thinking how HARD Danish was going to be to learn…

I should have applied earlier, but too late now.

No regrets.

It’s something I’m going to try to remember throughout this entire experience.

Besides, I’ll be doing a three week intensive course before the actual semester at UoC starts. AND I’ve been told that it isn’t essential to learn Danish, since most people speak English anyway. I think, though, it’s just a part of becoming a little more immersed in the culture…

Anyway, instead of learning Danish, we shall look at some pretty pictures!

Østerbro (from: Classic Copenhagen)

misselty

slow progress.

from: Classic Copenhagen

Not much has been happening by way of preparations. Uni work has really gotten a handle on me, not to mention work and various other events, like seeing Dear John and going to Taste of Sydney.

So, just a short update:

  1. ESAC: The first event ever on 4th March turned out to be pretty ok, but I haven’t gotten out of the social comfort zone yet… No matter. The only thing, meetings are held on Wednesdays while I have class, and most of the social events seem to be happening on Thursdays, when I’m not at uni…
  2. Travel XPO: Headed to the Travel XPO at Olympic Park last Saturday. It was exciting again, collecting brochures and thinking about all the possible destinations, picking up freebies (!!) and just being able to talk to some people about realistic options while I’m there. Also did some new passport photos, which I’ll need for visa, ID etc etc. They look funny though!
  3. UoC Application: Finally got around to submitting this last Sunday. I keep checking the status though, and it says that it is still yet to be received. I sent the International Office an email, but no response so far…
  4. BUILD program: I got the acceptance email on Thursday! YAY! I guess it doesn’t really have anything to do with Exchange, but exchange has something to do with it, so it’s nice to keep it in here.
  5. Language classes: I think I have decided that I want to do these. The next term starts the week of April 19, so I should keep up to date with that in the coming weeks. *note to self* I should get a Danish widget… Hah!

Other than that, there hasn’t been that much going on. Just getting through uni, and that’s about it… How sad! :(

misselty.

snow&wind

from: Cycle Chic Copenhagen

Now there is something I’m not looking all that forward to: snow + wind… not to mention my incapabilities on a bike… Oh well, exchange is all about trying something new right?!

Post-acceptance session
With UoC, it’s a nomination process, so we didn’t get to start filling in our application yesterday. However, I did get an email from my Exchange Officer (EO) today saying that nomination has started, and so now we’re just waiting to get the email from UoC giving us access to the application form.

Something that really interested me that my EO mentioned was the Beyond UTS: International Development Program (BUILD). Applications open on Monday, so I’ve been figuring out a nice response to the question. I think it would be a good opportunity to branch about ‘beyond’ the academic life of uni, something that I know I get so caught up with sometimes… So I’m pretty excited for that.

A couple of dates for the diary:

  • UoC application due to UTS: 18 March
  • Global Fair: 22 April 10-2pm
  • Pre-departure workshop: 28 May 2-5pm (I think I have class…?? Oh well!)

And something to do, which I guess I just kind of did…

Scholarship application
As usual, I’m a pro at procrastinating. I realised the criteria aren’t exactly the same as the exchange application, so I’m in the midst of writing up my 1000 words. I’m wondering whether I should use this blog as an ‘activity’ associated with being an ambassador for UTS… Hmm… I’m certainly intending to keep it up to date while I’m away, and I guess it could be useful for prospective exchange students who are thinking about going to Denmark or Copenhagen. Now there’s a thought I should keep in mind while writing this…

Language classes
I just remembered that the Danish Church is over in Pennant Hills. Apparently they run a Danish language course, and I’ve wondered whether it would be worthwhile to get into that, just to the New Beginner’s Course (well, that would be all I have time for, since the current term has already started…) We’ll see how that goes, then maybe I might not have to get to UoC so early for the Danish language courses there, although I guess that would be a good way to meet people too. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Each post I make makes me end up thinking of a lot of other things, making me even more and more excited!
Sometimes, I still cannot believe that all this is happening!

misselty.