Exchange Bucketlist

For a few months now I have been trying to organise an exchange trip. I originally set out to study in Japan for 6 months, where I would finally become fluent in the language I had studied for 6 years. I was really motivated after a compulsory short term exchange I did with my Japanese class at uni to Senshu University, Japan. This was an amazing month of speaking Japanese and just really having fun. I came home desperate to go on exchange and sat down to start organising it. I was however struck with the harsh reality that it wasn’t as easy as I thought to organise it. Studying science, in english and Japan was basically impossible. So after a good 3 months of trying, I decided that if Japan wasn’t going to work, I would just have to settle for Europe (what a shame….). Suddenly it seemed so much easier…well for about 10 minutes. It is still an evolving quest to find uni’s in Europe that teach all the subjects I need whilst on exchange, but non the less last week I found one!! Copenhagen University, Denmark. Just 2 more preferences to go…

Now whilst trying to find suitable uni’s, I soon realised that I had all these things I wanted to accomplish whilst on exchange. So I started a list, which I am sure will continue to grow…

1. Learn another language

I don’t mean, being able to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, I mean being able to speak another language apart from english fluently. To almost forget english and just speak what ever language it turns out to be like it is natural. Whilst I have learnt Japanese for a while now, it still isn’t fluent, and I would just love to be able to say whatever I want to someone else in another language and for them to understand!

2. See the northern lights

I am slightly unsure as to where this desire came from, but for a while now, I have really wanted to see the Northern Lights. They seem like an amazing thing to witness and what a better time to do it then when on exchange in (hopefully) Scandinavia.

3. Take lots of photos

Need I say more?

4. Write letters

A friend of mine and I have a tradition of writing letters each time either one of us goes overseas. The problem is though, we are never in the one place long enough to be able to send ‘proper’ letters so we just write them and give them to each other before one of us goes away. Whilst on exchange though, I really want to send letters back and forth to friends and family. And no not emails or fb messages, the good old hand written letters with a post stamp on them!

5. Keep a blog

Well it seems I am a bit premature but an exchange blog will be occurring

6. Ice-skate on a lake

When my Oma lived in The Netherlands as a child she occasionally during the winter was able to go skating on a lake. I have always wanted to do this. Over christmas I saw footage of my Oma skating and I hope to replicate (maybe with a little less style) this experience. This is of course weather permitting…

7. Walk through a flower field

I don’t think this will be possible due to the fact that I will be in Europe throughout winter but I can still dream right? As a child I read the book ‘Heidi’ who grew up in the Swiss Alps with her grandfather and collected wild flowers from the fields above her house. 

8. Go to as many countries as I can

I say this with a side note – experience each country, and don’t just be a tourist the whole time. Its ok to be a tourist, just not the whole time! At this stage  I hope to travel to Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, England and France. Ok I am unsure if they are all possible but I guess we shall see!!


As I said this list is an evolving list, but one which I hope to complete. I am also very keen and cannot wait to even just hand my application form in!!!




Into the Wilderness

I recently went on a camping trip with my brother and sister in the Namadgi National Park, Australia. It was an amazing trip, filled with billy tea, too much walking and lots of dirt!

When I was a kid, my family and I used to all go camping. We would spend a week in a caravan park, usually a 2minute walk from a beach, all sleeping within the one tent. They were amazing trips, each one with it’s own special memories. The first trip to South West Rocks we experienced flooding. Then in Batemans Bay we experienced 40 degree temperatures without any shade. Bermagui  was the camping trip with our boat where we developed a fantastic routine – wake up, go water skiing then return to the campsite to make the most amazing burgers followed by an afternoon visit to the beach.

But my most recent trip was different.

It was just us kids, and not in a camping ground. We still however slept in the same tent, with the same cutlery and same billy. I think the major difference this time though was that we were basically in the middle of no where. We didn’t have running water, or showers, and there were these cute, but bold possums everywhere.


On our second day we went on this gigantic bush walk up a mountain called Mt Tennent. It was great but definitely the hardest bush walk I have ever down. It wasn’t along one of those nice tracks, with just a few rocks to casually step up. In fact it was the complete opposite –  but I guess that made the view all the more spectacular. I ended up climbing most of the way by myself, which was pretty cool in itself. I got to see kangaroos that no one else noticed and I got to think. Being outside, which nothing but trees, dirt and some random animals gives you plenty of time to ponder really anything!! When we finally reached the top of Mt Tennent we were presented with a most glorious view.


I didn’t think this trip could get any better until we returned to the camp site to find a stunning sunset. This trip made me realise just how beautiful Australia is and that I really should get out and enjoy my back yard more.


This camping trip was like no other, but I suppose that is because I am a different person from my 10 year old self. I hope that I can enjoy many more trips into the Australian Wilderness, and once again not shower in 3 days! It definitely makes that experience much more memorable!


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My Disney mission

Hey!! It has been made clear to me that I was deprived of my childhood simply by not watching Disney films. Truth be told, I haven’t watched the classics, and just the other night I found myself sitting down to enjoy The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the very first time. So I have set myself a challenge;

“Watch as many Disney films before semester begins”

I have two months, so I think it is definitely possible.

So far I have got off to a pretty great start. (I think?) I have enjoyed the wondrous music of Hercules, and the mind blowing creations of those amazing little ants in A Bugs Life. I feel that through watching these films post childhood, that I am truly appreciate the magic of Disney. I mean, those ants in A Bugs Life are amazing!

Disney has so many truly magical creations, and I cannot wait to become an expert on every Disney film. Who knows, maybe all those deep Disney morals, and moving love stories will come of use to me this year! More updates to come on my Disney Mission!


I think it is time to start, don’t you?

Hey! So I have been contemplating starting a blog for a while now but never quite got around to it. Recently a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook about how to start a blog and I thought “well why not?” It will be a challenge, but I guess we shall see how it goes.

So “who am I?” you may ask. I am a 2nd year uni student, studying Science and Japanese – a weird mix I know, but I have my reasons. I started learning Japanese in high school, and fell in love with the weird, wacky language and completely contrasting culture to Australia. When I graduated from school, I just couldn’t give up everything I learnt, with the aim of one day being able to speak Japanese fluently. Yet I couldn’t see myself as a tour guide or translator, despite my Mum’s wishes. So instead I decided that being a medical researcher would be my future career, but would just continue studying Japanese. Who knows, maybe one day I will end up researching genetic diseases in Japan?

I have grown up my whole life in the one country, one state, one town and in fact the one house. I hope sometime during this year I will move to Europe on exchange and experience the joys of living without my parents. Don’t get me wrong, they are great, but who wouldn’t want to go live in some small European town, where one can experience a white christmas AND potentially see the northern lights. Ok more on my exchange plans later…

This post was meant to be about my aims for my blog and who I am but as per usual with all aspects of my life, I got a little distracted. I guess my goals will become clear as we venture into this whole blogging business!

– orangepippy