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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…?)

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dancing fairies, painted wings

storm clouds over red square, moscow (from: stephen.exley)

OMGOSH! I got an email last night about a Russian study tour run by KU to St Petersburg and Moscow. It’s for 9 days and it’s in the mid semester break…

It’s SO exciting, and I really want to go, but I’m not sure if I’ll end up going… I think it’s a bit more expensive than if you went on other tours and stuff, but the itinerary sounds really interesting, and a little off the usual trodden path. And I think that’s the part that I’m excited about, seeing things that you wouldn’t usually see when you go on a normal holiday tour…

I don’t think my parents are too excited though…

In any case, I sent an email asking them how I go about singing up.

And then I have to think about what I’m doing once KU classes and exams finish and all that… Hmm…

But for now, it’s time to get through finals here… and passing E&T… T__T

Oh. Pre-departure meeting the other day…
That was ok. They just talked about usual stuff, and I guess it really surprised me just how long the process is for other people, and I guess we’re pretty fortunate that we’ve gotten our acceptance and housing and visas all done. The only thing left to do is subjects, and I think that’s only really done once we get there anyway…

Oh and still waiting to hear about scholarships…??

Less than two months to go now. =)

misselty.

i hear the bells.

photo: by me

I’m not doing so good making this a weekly thing, but not much has happened really…

Scholarship

I have FINALLY finished this. It should not have taken so long, but that’s what happens when you procrastinate. Now, I’ve gotten some awesome references from Georgina and Sabrina and so it’s looking totally awesome! I really dislike writing about myself though… Handing it in tomorrow!

UoC application

Speaking of procrastination, I was neglecting this for a while, seeing as there was some error, but that’s fixed now. Had a scare the other day though, when it told me that the housing window had been closed. It turned out there was just a technical error, so I can breathe again!

Still writing up my (min.) 300 words, which is proving to be interesting. I’m not exactly sure what kind of things we’re supposed to be writing, but I just do what I can.

Also, thanks to Steven, there’s nothing that we have to send off to Kate.

BUILD

Application for this was done and submitted. I actually received an SMS confirming receipt of my application, and that results will be released next week. So, fingers crossed!

Exchange and Study Abroad Club

I joined up with ESAC at O-Day and the first event is on Thursday! Hopefully Steven and I can suss out who else is going to UoC, because it would be good to get to know them before we go.

Travel research

This has been kind of fun, going around to travel agents and stuff and making enquiries about flight quotes and picking up lots of brochures. It’s making me really excited about all the places that I could potentially go to, but I don’t think I’m being so realistic about time and travel and stuff.

All of this venturing into travel agents has made me appreciate the ‘good’ ones. Dad and I went to Escape Travel at Hornsby Westfield, and the people there were really friendly, and genuinely so. It makes you feel so much more comfortable and accepting of what they say. Compared to, say, a particular student-focused travel agent that I went to at Town Hall Square, where it seemed like they were just out to get their extra commissions by recommending their preferred airlines.

But I digress. In terms of flights, there isn’t much difference if I’m determined to travel by SIA, so we’ll see about that…

I really have to draw up a list of the cities that I really want to go to around Europe, and think about how feasible it would be, how much it would cost etc etc. All the bus tours and train tickets seem to cost way too much, and seem to last for more time than I’ll have… Most people have said that cheap flying is probably the best option… Hmmm…

Everything gets more and more exciting every day. =) Except for…

Savings

I keep second guessing everything now when it comes to spending on things. I mean, I should save as much as I can so I can get the best out of my going overseas, and like, actually have a roof over my head and food to eat! It just kind of sucks sometimes, but hopefully SF works out!!

Next post will probably end up being a month later, at the rate I’m going!

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.

a little update.

UTS:International hit us up with another email yesterday. So just to keep a record for myself and also to fill you in on what’s going on…

  1. Acceptance form
    I tried sending this to one email address, but it got sent back, so I tried another. Hopefully that works out ok. I’d hate for things to go wrong just because the form wouldn’t send through… Maybe I should just fax it just in case…
  2. Re-nomination
    I was thinking about this last night, since there is still one more Law placing at Aarhus, originally my first choice, but after some restrictions and then not (long story), I didn’t end up putting it down. However, if I do attempt re-nomination, it would mean that I would have to forego my position at UoC already, and I don’t think I’m quite prepared to do that. I mean, the whole point really is just to go! And so I’m going to do that. And I couldn’t be more excited!
  3. Post-acceptance session
    This is going to be kind of like an information session, but it’s broken down specifically by destination, so hopefully this gives me a greater insight into what it’s really going to be like!
  4. Scholarship
    I’m still waiting to see whether I can apply for this, seeing as I’m only going to be doing 18 credit points, and the requirements say that 24 are necessary…

To do:

Things are moving ahead! And there is so much to do!

(I also need to figure out how I want to tag these posts, because I seem to be generating a tag for every single little thing…)

misselty.

FW: Exchange Spring 2010 Allocations


Your UTS allocation to a partner university for exchange Spring 2010 is attached.  This represents the partner university that UTS will send your application to.  Final acceptance which allows you to apply for a visa is made by the partner university and sent in around June 2010.

After the crazy old form, new form application process, problems with my first choice and their impossible restrictions (Aarhus, I’ll miss you), a loss of connection with the server…

FINALLY I’ve been accepted to go to the University of Copenhagen for the (UTS) Spring Semester 2010.

There is going to be a lot to do over the next few months, not to mention the amazing things that I am excited to see once I get over there.

And so here it begins.

First things first:

  • Monday 8th February: Acceptance form due
  • Friday 5th March: Scholarship application form due

There are a whole lot of other things to do, not to mention that I stil have to pass Equity & Trusts this coming semester…

But here we go!

I’m excited! Are you?

misselty.