First week (9 days) of Melbs

Hi! Today I will write about the first 9 days I’ve experienced in Melbourne (11 in total if counting the two arrival days I wrote about in my last post)!20150718_145548
So I arrived and enrolled to my subjects and got my student ID. One and a half week left before semester and nothing to do with school? Well not quite right. Friday the 16th was off school though. I actually had time to go around the area of Prahran where I live (a suburb to Melbourne City Business District). Plenty of cool bars, stores, old school barber shops and much more. It feels like a hipster area. Very modern but at the same time old. I had finally time to contact my family and the day went pretty fast. Next day, Saturday, was planned for THE AMAZING RACE! A student activity arranged by school for the exchange students. Only 80 tickets for the game were available and I bought one as soon as I knew about it (first day of arrival). We got free lunch to start the day and after that the race startet. We had to get around town to get to know the city, Australian culture and much more! It was an AMAZING Amazing Race!pie20150718_150223

(A Dogs Eye with a Dead Horse (A meat Pie with Tomato Sauce) – one of the items we had to find during the Amazing Race and an Amazing Race Jump)

Well my team didn’t end up winning, but still we got to know all of the city in one day. Okey that’s a lie.. I still don’t really know how to get around. After that a few of the students went out for a drink.. or more like plenty of drinks, which resulted in a slow Sunday pretty much hanging around in the apartment Skyping, which also is needed.

Upcoming week was orientation week in school. Everything from compulsory sessions to lectures about how to be Australian. Very fun and I made a lot of friends! Since I missed the compulsory information meeting on my arrival day I had to go to a new meeting during the week, which was fine since it had to be done! During the first 3 days of the week all students got free lunch and morning tea, BEST THING OF THE DAY.. haha! Monday to Thursday had a planned schedule where I had to attend to sessions and Friday was off.. Well not for me. I had forgot about my Arrival Form that had to be turned in to Malmö University, so I contacted La Trobe and arranged a time to get it signed during the Friday. Oh yea.. I also found a new place to live!! A house about 1 km from school. I will live together with one La Trobe student and a Football player. Feels like a really great place! And I got a Cruiser Skateboard to get around town! And a haircut. Aaand… Well yea alot of things happen all the time! -931331

(My new accommodation – Cute House! 😀 )

Yesterday (Friday) I went out with friends after getting my paper signed. We went down to the Docks to see fireworks and later during the night we went to a sport bar for a drink! The evening ended early and I came home for some late night Skyping!20150724_193756

Today I am trying to clean the apartment since I’m moving to the house next week!

Cheers,

Arriving to Melbourne

Hi! I arrived to Melbourne 8 days ago! So much have happened and I am not quite sure if I am done with everything I need to do before the semester starts. NEXT WEEK!! The 27th.

This will be a long post, but don’t drop out! It will be fun to read, promise!

Lets take it from the beginning. I was supposed to arrive to Melbourne the 13th July to do my registration and enrollment. But due to waiting times with my visa and CSN I had to wait with booking my ticket and it went so far that all normal tickets were all sold out. I PANICKED! The cheapest ticket to Melbourne was 28000 sek, but after a whole day of calling and mailing with TICKET.SE I finally found a ticket for a decent price. What I didn’t get was a decent travel time. Copenhagen to Melbourne should take around 30 hours.. my trip was 50. Copenhagen – Amsterdam – Guangzhou – Melbourne. I had 15 hours in Guangzhou, China. In my mind 15 hours of boring waiting at the airport in China. This wasn’t the case when I arrived. I came to the airport, got checked in to a 5 star hotel, had free rides in town and it was actually really good! Extremely fun to take a short visit in China before the final destination, Melbs! Well I will not talk about my China trip to much, but I actually recommend to take a flight with a long transfer. It doesn’t really matter if it takes 30 or 50 hours to get to the destination.. it’s already extremely boring to travel for 30 hours. Take a 50 hour flight and a mini vacation at the same time!
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Well, I arrived at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport in the morning the 15th, LAST DAY OF ENROLLMENT!!! I was stressed out I had to get to La Trobe University    in time I had 3 hours to get to the compulsory information meeting. 3 hours sounds like a good time span… well not if you realize that there are about 2000 human beings in front of you in a line to get in to the country. One hour passed, Two hours passed, and another half hour and I’m in front of line. I check all my papers and… I forgot the paper that proved that I haven’t visited an “ebola country”. Well it was solved eventually and I was finally in the taxi to school. I registered, ran around school to fix everything I could and then took the bus and metro to my accommodation.

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I was quite lucky I thing. I got to borrow a friends apartment in a really nice area of Melbourne, only problem, over an hour to school, one way. Next day I enrolled to my course and subjects, got my student card and most everything for that week was finally done!
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I did not really have time to reflect over my stay. It was up and down fast forward both days. Was it worth all the stress? YES! It was a relief to be done that quickly and everything worked out fine even though I was late 2 days. Well I think this is it for this post. Next one will be about the first weekend and second week in Oz!
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Cheers!

Phillip Island och skola!

Hej!
Har varit på Phillip Island sist jag skrev! Det var fantastiskt, där fick vi se en massa djur och gå runt på Melbournes första farm. Vi hälsade även på lite koalor, kängrur och pelikaner. Kommer lite bilder längre ner! Vi var på en choklad fabrik och på en känd strand Woolamai Beach. Denna helgen som precis varit var jag på en AFL match (Aussie ruled football) kul men kallt var det. Dock förlorade hemmalaget (Melbourne FC) stort.
Har även en del att göra i skolan, tre inlämningar denna veckan (två var i måndags) och en nästa vecka. Sen rullar det på och jag har inlämning/presentation varje vecka hela september. Tur att vi inte har så bra väder, lättare att sitta inne och plugga då!
/Lotta

 

Aussie = Awesome!

Har nu varit i Aussie i tre veckor kan man säga. Jag har skrivit in mig i 4 kurser som man måste här nere. Har varit inne i Melbourne några gånger nu, har ätit middag med flera andra utbytesstudenter, och även haft en lite skandinavisk middag. Super kul att få se staden lite och jag hann faktiskt med lite bilder.
Det har det varit mycket att göra sen man kom ner, busskort skulle fixas, bankkonto och simkort har fixas och säkert mycket mer som jag inte kommer på nu.
Jag bor på campus och rummet är helt okej, på min våning (korridor) bor vi 7 tjejer från olika ställen i världen. Kommer bli en bra termin då alla verkar vara super gulliga och snälla 🙂

Skolan har börjat nu och jag har haft en föreläsning och en workshop. Det känns bra med dessa ämnena än så länge. Min lingvistik föreläsare visade ett klipp från big bang theory i går, så jag gillar honom redan 😀
Har även hunnit planera mina veckor. Här ser skolan mer ut som i gymnasiet där man har fasta tider varje vecka, skönt tycker jag för det är lättare att planera. Dock är terminen bara 12 veckor och man läser 4 ämnen samtidigt, det är lite jobbigare då de flesta av mina inlämningar ligger samtidigt..

I går fixade jag så att jag ska börja ta ett dykarcertifikat, det kommer bli super kul! Jag ska bara klara mig igenom läkarundersökningen sen så får jag börja!

//Lotta

// 1ST WEEK IN AUSTRALIA //

It feels like the first week in Australia went whooshing by while sitting in my hotel room, trying to make my body realize what the brain already knew: I’m on the other side of the world – finally! The photos in my phone, however, tell a different story. It seems that along with the crusades made into the beat of the inner city I’ve managed to eat well, sit on the beach and move to a new – and most importantly to a permanent – accommodation. A humanist like myself already sees a bunch of great deeds in this scenario, and as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

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In the name of honesty, I do feel obligated to break the illusion a little bit. In addition to the oh-so-wonderful beach life these photos mark out, a valid part of it all is the never-ending sand in your shoes, countless number of wrong buses and trams, and the world’s longest jet lag.  I suppose these two realities tied up with each other is what they call an exchange?

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We want you.

 

we want you

Receiving a newsletter from a store, fashion label, human rights group and whatever you have sign up for to get a one-time-extra-discount and whatever you have sign up for when rushing through the streets of a busy city and got stopped by some teenager to sign something for a good cause, via mail is rather common. These constant mails, call them spam, inform you about important discounts or new arrivals or even if you should sign some petition to save the world from its utter evilness (means from us). However, after a time the inbox is filled with these kind of mails and it’s a mystery how some of the stores go you mail address. However, after a time the adverts just land directly in the bin and the attention is captured just by the tagline. Thus, the other day I got the weekly newsletter of some fashion label I used to buy my clothes from, I was about to delete it when I saw the headline:

‘We Know What Girls Want, We Know What Guys Like’

Well, I thought to myself ‘really?’ you know what I want, that’s interesting, so yes I clicked on it and voilà…

Obviously they didn’t know what I want, but I guess it’s a nice tagline to upset people like me. Hoping to be FINALLY enlightened in ‘what I want’

Nevertheless, my personal desires aside, I also noticed something else and I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t have noticed it some months ago.

Before I went to the University of Melbourne, before I took a class in Gender Politics.

Yes, this text will address feminism. So don’t stop reading.  In fact, I was convinced to do it. When I first started studying the course ‘Sexual Politics’ at Uni Melbourne I thought

‘Why should I engage in this class? I AM a woman, I am naturally a feminist, I know what it is about!’

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My friend showing provokingly her unshaved armpit and our courseliterature

Also, I had a quite strong belief that many so called feminist are totally against men, in a mystical sphere of overanalysing and self-pitying ; basically, that they are somehow crazy. In fact, if you type in ‘crazy feminist’ on Google images you will be surprised how many memes and pictures are ridiculing that movement. However, a friend of mine said that it wouldn’t hurt to attend the course and she believed that I should go. Another thing that stroked me when I discussed it with her was something that some people would undeniable call a female reaction.

I was scared. I was scared that I might find out that feminist are not crazy, that they have a point, and that I not just belonged to the biological sex  which is supposed to be weak, but also that I wasn’t doing anything against it, that I was laughing about jokes which were sexist, but hey ‘it’s just a joke’, that I was one of the girls which laughed with the guys when a sexist joke was outspoken and that I judged  the girls who weren’t, that I looked at them and said:’ what a prude’.

I do have the strong but strange feeling that many women do feel like this, and that so many men don’t what to have the feeling of being ‘the evil one’ maintaining the system.

How stunning it is, how personal feminism is; as nowadays the decline of state-identity men and women tend to search for another identity-pool which is mostly to be a man or to be a woman, thus the theory (which was widely supported in the 60s) is instead condemned by ridiculing it, or by claiming it is too extreme. The radical voice is always the loudest, so in which theory don’t you hear about the radical views first?

Back to the newsletter I got the other day from the fashion label; the ad suggested that girls want:

Make-up

Hand- Bags

Nailpolish

Nailstickers

a hair straighter

Shoes

Trendy clothes

Feminine watches

and a book about fashion.

 

Guys liked (notice how the brand knows what girls want whilst they just know what guys like)

A pencil case

Shoes

Clothes

Two wallets

A case to put your eventual writings in it (uh wait, that could be something for for me but ahh.. no. that not what I would want.)

Headphones

A watch

2 books about hobbies

1 comic

… well, of course it could  be claimed that there is no difference and of course it could be said that this choice of products is based on demand, but then again:

That’s not the point is it? The point is that girls just want something which includes looks, whilst guys like something which includes action, includes reading something with content (not just plain picture of how you are supposed to look), having something which has an actual purpose: headphones-to listen to music, writing utensils, a wallet to put all themoney in which is earned.

we can do it

Clearly, as a girl I wish to have more choice and my choice to study feminism brought me closer to this wish.

Technology @UniMelbourne!

Dear readers,

Going on exchange studies will provide you a wide range of diverse experiences, positive as a bit more negative. Being in Melbourne since the beginning of February, I´ve learned how the University has been approaching technology in a very different way than Malmö University.

On the welcome reception to all overseas students, we were taught, right from the beginning, that we should immediately download some useful apps that graduates at the Computing Department has been modelling. Here come some examples of them:

1) Lost? No worries! 

Campuses in Australia are generally wider and more outspread in the city. It´s really easy to get lost, and I´ve experienced it myself quite often. However, an “app” has been developed in order to help students navigate through the many alleys and roads at the Campus. “Lost on Campus” has the answer for everything!lost-on-campus-pandamap will indicate your directions and the approximate time you´ll be needed to reach your destination. Thanks to the GPS, it will walk with you too! But it´s not all!

Through it you can even trade our old books, look for internships and events happening at the University and leave a “comment” that the University services will directly receive and answer. So if you´re planning on an exchange in Australia (the application works for the major campuses in Australia), “Lost on Campus” is the solution to most of your worries.

2) Towards a safer university? Unisafe!

747-1-unisafeThe University’s Safer Community Program in Melbourne launched its Unisafe app in an effort to educate staff, students and visitors to the University on ways they can enhance their personal safety and contribute to building a safe and secure environment.
Students, staff and visitors can use the app to request a security escort to or from campus, and can also access information about campus security services, health services such as counselling, disability liaison and international student support.

The app also includes tips on enhancing personal safety on campus, public transport, in cars, at home and ‘out and about’… Wonderful!

 

 

3) Wanting to know what´s happening at UniMelb? Download the app!

iphone-wordStudying at UniMelb? The UniMelb app provides access to the latest information about the University of Melbourne wherever you are!

The UniMelb app includes:

– Photo gallery: Explore the campus in pictures

– Contact Directory: Search for University of Melbourne staff and connect quickly by phone or email(some staff don’t make their details public)

– News: View the latest news from the University of Melbourne newsroom

– Search: Quickly access the University Web Search

An inspiration for Malmö University?