Category: Fall 2015

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6. Making Friends

September 23, 2015 I’m going to be honest. 1) I was halfway done writing this blog post when my laptop suddenly shut off, and it didn’t save, so if I seem to be a bit annoyed, it’s because I am. 2) The first few days in Hong Kong were the worst. In addition to being ...

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5. The Language Barrier

September 18, 2015 One of the greatest challenges I’ve faced since coming here is the language barrier. The CIA World Factbook states that Hong Kong’s official languages are Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, and English, so I assumed that everyone would be fluent in all 3, but I was wrong. Way wrong. Everyone is fluent in Cantonese. ...

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Fieldwork!

I finally finished all of my papers so now all I have left to do is study for my exam that’s on Monday! Good thing too, because today I leave for my Forest Ecosystem Science field trip for the weekend. I’m bringing as much study material as I can so that I am prepared for ...

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Abbotts and Onions

This week has mostly been work considering I will be gone all weekend on my Forest Ecosystem for fieldwork starting Friday. To make things even more stressful I have a midterm for Astronomy on Monday and Monday is the day Nick’s parents arrive here in Sydney for their vacation. AHH! I shouldn’t stress too much ...

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4. Fancy Dining

September 16, 2015 In addition to the Wong Tai Sin Temple, we also went to two other places that day: Victoria Peak and Sky 100. Victoria Peak is a mountain on Hong Kong Island (the tallest, actually). There is actually no fee to get onto the viewing platform, but it costs money to get there, ...

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Everyone Loves Chocolate

It was finally a warm weekend here in Sydney, high 70’s and even warmer at times in the city. Saturday we went to the chocolate festival in The Rocks in the morning and spent some time roaming the many tents of chocolate and other good foods. It was took over a lot of The Rocks, ...

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3. A Life Lesson

September 12, 2015 One of the tips that Drexel’s study abroad office gave us at the pre-departure orientation was to go on excursions hosted by the university since they would usually be cheaper than going to all of the attractions separately. I actually went on a CityU-hosted trip that cost $175 Hong Kong Dollars, or ...

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Manly and Cooking

Sunday, we headed over to Manly via the ferry to go to the SeaLife Sanctuary there. We decided to go on Sunday because all public transportation for the day is a total of $2.50, which is great since we have to take a train and a ferry to get there. They had a nice aquarium ...

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Papers and Milkshakes

This week, we discovered a list of 14 milkshakes that you must try in Sydney and have made it our mission to try all of the milkshakes on that list before the end of the term. The first one Mandy and I tried was on our walk back from the Australian Technology Park, which is ...

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2. McDonald’s Isn’t All That Bad

September 4, 2015 My life is centered around food. I just love eating so, so much. What I probably like most about going somewhere new is trying all the local food. Luckily, there is a lot of food in Hong Kong. The second day here I had street food and I think it was the ...