In Other Cross-Cultural Goofs

I’ve been gone for a while, busy on research and just enjoying the city. But some fun experiences prompted me to get back to the travel blog.

What gets you the most about traveling international and the little things, the small differences in pronunciation, spellings, terms, and products. Continue reading “In Other Cross-Cultural Goofs”


Into the Bush

Our program arranged a “bush” excursion for us this weekend to spend time with a speaker on Aboriginal culture, and experience some non-tourist nature. It was quite the experience. Continue reading “Into the Bush”

Cultural Differences

I have been in Australia for about a week now, and It’s interesting how a place that seems so familiar can be so different. I mean when you imagine Australia, you think of the outback, but when you imagine the people, you see a culture that speaks the same language as in the states and comes from a British-colonial history like the States. But it is definitely a different place in a lot of ways. Continue reading “Cultural Differences”

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!