Author Archives: Olga Brawanska

A different side of Australia (1) – mining

Few days ago, I returned from a road trip to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Covering around 6 000 km took me about 10 days and five different vehicles. I’ve proved that ridesharing, car relocation, and hitch-hiking work perfectly well in … Continue reading

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living in Townsville, leaving Townsville

When you buy milk with an expiry date past your departure day, you know it’s soon. Living in Townsville was interesting. My favourite euphemism. Named after it’s founder, Mr Robert Towns, city’s name is quite accurate to its modern appearance. … Continue reading

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winter in tropics

That day finally arrived – last week was our last week of lectures. Last classes in Oz passed quickly and rather boring, focusing on exam preparations. Now it’s just few tests to go, and studies down under are over. In … Continue reading

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one thing I regret

If there’s one thing I regret coming to Australia, it’s missing out on things. I miss not being able to touch my cousin’s growing belly and see her first-born for almost half a year. I regret not being able to … Continue reading

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(un)holidays

The life in Townsville  is generally quite laid-back, but the last two weeks were exceptionally lazy. Just with the mid-term break, we had enough time to travel and relax, but right before the lecture recess there was an additional free … Continue reading

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Last week I got shocked. And I’m not a very impressionable person. Poisonous snakes, tornadoes and an unexpected overdraft on my bank account don’t trouble me excessively. But last week I got shocked. During our lecture the professor informed students … Continue reading

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thank god for the wet season

It’s here, the rain is finally fast in Townsville. The wet season didn’t get its name for nothing. It’s been bucketing all day everyday for almost a week now. Bucketing, not raining, as this is far beyond rain. A tropical … Continue reading

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On the way to settling in

After weeks of painstaking preparations, nervous running errands, and goodbyes which would jerk tears out of a rock, I finally boarded that flying metal box – a deed I still consider utterly insane and exhilarating at the same time – … Continue reading

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