Born On The Fourth of July

Okay, so no, I wasn’t born on the Fourth of July, but yesterday I had the opportunity of celebrating the 4th here in Australia, and I must say it was the best one ever. There’s nothing like celebrating a holiday in a place where it doesn’t exist with new friends. Continue reading “Born On The Fourth of July”


Notes from Flight 2

After a delayed flight, nearly losing my jacket, and a Skype conversation with the parentals, I am now headed to LA. What’s funny is with the time different, we left Dallas/Fort Worth around 7:20 PM to arrive in LA nearly three hours later, at 8:15 PM. We are literally moving through time. It was sunset as the plane took off, and a mere 20 minutes into the flight, we are traveling through mid-day sunlight as we head west.

There is a group of students on-board from People to People Ambassadors. I noticed them at the terminal gate all decked out in burgundy polos, P2P lanyards, khakis, and tennis shoes. I am sitting with two of them now in (once again) the last seat of the plane, directly in front of the bathroom. That’s right, I get to dodge the bathroom crowd every few minutes all over again. The kids in my row are from Illinois and Indiana (go figure). Anyway they seem pretty cool and are headed to Australia as well. They’ll be touring the city from north to south, starting in Cairns.

Anyway, that’s all for now. The big flight is left!

Curious Sky Mall products for sale:
*Stairwells/ramps for pets
*Rechargeable Pool Vac (that just sounds dangerous)
*Garage Parking Stops (they literally want you to pull into a parking garage, pick the spot you want to park in, get out of your car and place that mats down where you want to park your car, and then get back in your car and drive over the mats for the perfect park)…
*Flip Fins (Tagline: “Walk Normally Wearing Your Snorkel or Scuba Fins)…

Letting My Guard Down

Alright, I’ve got about two weeks left to get ready for this trip, and I decided to do a little more background research on this whole beach thing.

Turns out most beaches are protected by nets to keep the sharks and such out. And the nets are repaired during the month of May. There are also a lot of sea water pools cut out of rock, which are pretty safe for swimming, so I guess I have less of a need to freak. 🙂

In other research, I’m really enjoying In A Sunburned Country, it’s an entertaining read and Bill Bryson’s description of his own sleeping pattens is hilarious. All should check it out if they are curious about Australialand.

Now that I have put my water fears behind me I have the daunting task of finding a suitable swimsuit…

Also a few of my friends have arrived in their summer abroad destinations, and it’s really fun reading their blogs and emails. It gets me extra-excited to start my trip in a couple of weeks.

Danger, Will Robinson.

Pre-Trip Entry #2

So after 36 hours of reading and wikipedia-ing I’ve voted to not go in the water in Australia. You can enjoy the beauty of the beach from the sand…But really, I’m not sure if it’s the 166 species of shark present in Aussie land or the various types of deadly invertebrates that urges me the most to keep my toes on the coast.

Case One: Box Jellyfish

Now I’ve been told that I am lucky to be going to Australia during its winter because the box jellyfish will have migrated, but I thought I’d check it out anyway…you know, just know what’s out there. And I’m glad I did, because I’m now aware that this is not a creature to underestimate.

Apparently attacks have been recorded from box jellyfish EVEN in the winter. Also, their venom just so happens to be the most deadly in the entire animal kingdom. That’s just great, that means more venomous than that of the 5 out of 10 most dangerous snakes that reside in the country, which I will ALSO be avoiding People die in minutes from these things, they have over 5000 stinging cells! Nets are put up on beaches to keep them out. Ick.

Case Two: Spiders

So I decided to check out the spider situation. I had read to watch out for the funnel-web spider, and thought I was safe when I found that their are two forms of the spider and one is not fatal to humans. NOT the one in Sydney. No, Sydney apparently has its own species of the spider that, of course, on of the most deadly spiders in the world. And guess what, they often hang out near water and can be found in swimming pools. Mmm hmm, staying dry.

The redback spider is also feared but seems to be much less venomous and less likely of injecting venom when/if it bites. But still, it’s related the the black widow which is way creepy.

I think this is enough obsession for the day. I don’t think I can handle finding out more about the dangers of this mysterious land. If you really want to wow yourself, check out the carnivorous birds that reside there.

Hello world!


Most of you may know me as Nicole, author of the HipsterSpinster music blog. Well when I’m not writing about music around Bloomington, I am also a student at Indiana University and finally starting my senior year. But before I hit the textbook store for that final academic year, I will be taking a fabulous opportunity to study abroad for about six weeks in Sydney Australia.

I’m pretty excited about the trip. I don’t even leave for another month, but I am already to jazzed to sit still, so I figured I’d get started on my blog for the trip. There are still a lot of preparations to be made, but I can still share what I’m learning in the process, and hopefully you can get excited too.

Right now I’m getting the basic logistics ready and starting to read this:

The countdown is starting I leave in about a month!