These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: OCTOBER 2017

I’M FINISHED MY DEGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! OMG! Words really cannot describe how I’m feeling (maybe a little hungover from all the celebrations) but damn 4 years, two degrees and I’m finally done! I’m sure with my new found spare time I’ll be blogging about how it actually feels. This month has been a roller coaster, finishing a degree and applying for another is stressful. But I made it and now I can finally relax and celebrate my achievement. Let’s have a look back on the tumultuous month that was October.

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ūüíÉūüŹĽ¬†Feeling Confident and Proud of Myself

OK so I know this is super lame and clich√©, but this month I’ve felt incredibly proud of everything I’ve achieved across my 4 years at uni. And not just uni related, but in a lot of aspects of my life. This month I spoke at the National Leadership Conference, worked hard at work, have been smashing out my uni assignments, taking time for my friends, boyfriend and myself…. and I think I’ve made it out rather unscathed. I know it may seem a bit la di dah, but every now and again it’s important to take a step back and think, damn…. I’m doing well. And I think that’s what finishing a degree means.

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ūüáęūüá∑¬†French

For those of you who don’t know, French is my major for one of my degrees, and it’s definitely one of the skills I’ve struggled and worked extremely hard at. Learning a language is extremely difficult, and therefore it’s important you have a good support system around you. I’m incredibly grateful for my¬†bobos¬†who have supported me through this last and final year of French. Not only in the classroom, but helping me indulge in my obsession with cheese, by arranging wine and cheese nights out at the Throsby. I’m super proud of my level of French and it’s definitely one of the life skills I want to continue to improve.¬†Alors merci beaucoup mes bobos,¬†je ne survivrais pas sans vous.¬†

 

 

 

 

ūüéstDEGREE!!!

I have officially submitted my final assignment for my Bachelor of Communications & Media Studies – Bachelor of International Studies (Deans Scholar) – Majors: Global Media, French Minor: Global Sustainable Development

Woooo!

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ūüé∂¬†Tunes

B√ėRNS.¬†Damn this track is absolutely fabulous. The dance moves are to die for, and the music is just stunning. Always puts me in such a good mood.

Demi Lovato.¬†OK for any of you who know me quite well, you’ll know that this is absolutely, completely NOT the sort of music I usually go for. But DAMN this album is actually amazing. My friend Chloe and I secretly disclosed this info to each other. ‘Hey have you heard Demi Lovato’s new album?’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘OMG it’s actually good’ ‘OMG thank god you think that, I’ve been listening to it on repeat!’¬†

ūü镬†Flicks

Lovelace.¬†THIS FILM IS AMAZING!!! It’s an incredibly story and filmed in such an exciting yet deeply sad way. I’ve been finding some amazing flicks on SBS On Demand so make sure you keep an eye out there for some amazing flicks!

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So apparently I’ve been on a bit of a reading rampage this month… reading is so rewarding and relaxing I always try to take time before bed to do some reading and put my mind to rest for the night.

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay.¬†I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time and I finally got my hands on it. For anyone grappling with their identity as a woman, or as a feminist, I would highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read and broken into distinctive chapters that address a broad variety of issues such as race, assault, entertainment and identity.

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Violent Borders – Reece Jones.¬†At the beginning of this book, Jones discusses a small Spanish city called Melilla. He then mentions that the city is actually located in Morocco. Literally stop what you’re doing and look it up on Google Maps, it will amaze you! He then discusses how Spain is a part of the EU and therefore migrants from Northern Africa risk everything trying to make it into the fortressed city of Melilla to land on EU soil and be processed correctly as refugees. You can read more about Melilla here (I honestly was so amazed by this!) but this book is a fantastic look at the current refugee crisis and examines how nations (even including Australia) are struggling to manage their borders.

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1984- George Orwell.¬†MIND. BLOWN! I honestly couldn’t put this book down. It was miserable, depressing, gripping and real. I read it in about a week and I think I could’ve easily smashed it out quicker than that! Cannot recommend enough. Also after classic book recommendations, so if you’ve got them, send them through!

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ūüď∑¬†Bloggers and Vloggers

ūüĎľ¬†Twenty Something Mummy.¬†I’ve never met Lucy myself, but I grew up in the same area as her and have followed her on Instagram for quite a while. She’s recently started vlogging and I’m really enjoying watching her! It’s definitely content I’m not used to seeing as I don’t exactly follow many mums on Instagram, but I love her voice and think it’s a real value being added to the whole ‘Twenty Something’ millennial community. Definitely go check her out!

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ūüíõ¬†ūüĆĽ¬†‚úąÔłŹ¬† Raya Was Here

I’ve always been a fan of Raya’s channel, but lately her Instagram has been POPPIN! I’m absolutely in love. She’s such a positive and bright person who is such an inspiration to so many people! And that yellow dress!

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ūüď̬†Quote

The following quotes translates to ‘we are our choices.’ Jean-Paul Sartre was a French writer who turned down the Nobel Prize for literature (yep I learnt that in my French class – impressed bobos?). But this really resonated with me. Each and every day we make choices, that determine how we feel, our attitude, feelings, outlook on life… Each and every choice we make has the power to change our lives. We are our choices, so take pride in these choices to live your best life.

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Well… what a month. It absolutely flew by I can’t believe it. In the blink of an eye, I’ve finished my degree. November holds some pretty exciting things in store so definitely watch this space because I have a hell of a lot more free time which means blogging and vlogging!

Much love!

First Love

Your first kiss, your first blowjob, your first fart, your first contraception scare, your first awkward utterance of ‘I think I kinda maybe love you.’ Yep, your first love. Sweet, awkward and something that we always hold onto (and all those love letters that you keep scattered throughout your diary). Us¬†twenty something humans cherish these beautiful memories to get us through the cynical and sometimes desperate times of our twenties. What is it about our first love that makes it so special? Surely it’s not just the fact that they’re your first, because I remember the I farted in front of my first love¬†and there was nothing special about that.

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Is it the fact that we’re young, naive and innocent af when we fall in love for the first time? Time and experience hasn’t ruined how we view relationships and sex (yet). We truly believe the person we’re with is our Prince Charming or Emma Watson (let’s be honest, she’s basically a princess) who will never hurt us, never let us go and all that other fairytale shit. When we get older, we start to realise that romance, dating and sex isn’t so innocent. You get fucked over, fucked up, get hurt and move on. Maybe there’s just something beautiful about that nauseating innocence of your first love that makes you want to hold onto it.

OK so you’re finally over them. You’ve stopped checking their socials, you feel relaxed when you go to your old date spot, ¬†life is going great and you’re¬†¬†moving onto bigger and better things. Hallelujaaaah. And then you see them at a party, practically radiating a halo their ass and they’ve magically become everything you always wanted from them.¬†Oh so now you’re wearing a button up shirt? Now you like that band I loved? Now you have a proper adult job? Oh now you love giving head?!¬†Over the course of a few short¬†months and years, they’ve got their shit together and flying high whilst you’re idea of success is being able to afford burritos two nights a week, pay your energy bill on time and keep your succulents alive.

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Or maybe¬†our first loves are¬†so special because it¬†reminds us of¬†every rom com ever.¬†The Notebook, Dirty Dancing, The Little Mermaid¬†and even the saddest of them all,¬†My¬†Girl.¬†As a young hopeless romantic growing up in a media saturated society, we are immersed into the rom com world at a very young age. And we grow up thinking that Patrick Swayze will notice us across the room and ask us to dance, or that we’ll finally be ‘apart of his world’ and give up our voice to be with our Prince Charming. When we’re with our first love, our heads are in the cloud and we’re riding that love high. And when that love end, we crash back down to reality where a girl gotta look after herself and a boy gotta work on those Swayze moves.

Maybe we never really get over our first love. Maybe they will always have a piece of our hearts with their name branded across it. But without them, would we even believe in love? Would we even bother with the Tinder, Grindr and blind dates? Despite the heartbreak, mid life crisis’ and awkward sexual experiences we have with our first love, we need them to know that love does exist and it’s out there. It may have taken a twisted form, but it’s there, and that’s what we’re searching for at the end of it all. And if we can’t find it, then at least we’re happy with our burritos.

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*This post originally appeared on TWENTY SOMETHING HUMANS*

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: SEPTEMBER 2016

OMG It’s been nearly a month since I’ve blogged! What have I been doing?! Well I’m about to tell you exactly what I’ve been doing but damn I’ve been busy. September really was an interesting month. Starting my classes at university, feeling like I actually belong in Montr√©al, meeting some really awesome people, having friends coming to visit and just being busy not being busy. It’s always difficult when you’re trying to figure out a new city and way of life. But I feel like I’ve reached a point where I’m not so lost, and that’s a pretty big achievement in my books. OK, let’s throwback to September 1 and see what’s been going on.

Side note: because life has been pretty damn awesome as of late, you can keep up to date with my adventures by following me on Instagram [@aworldlyaddiction for the pretty stuff or @missadelaide_ for the behind the scenes stuff]

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Just chilling out with a book and some coffee in Old Port

FROSH

For everyone outside of Canada, Frosh = Freshman + Orientation, which therefore equals a week of being ridiculously drunk. Usually, Frosh is reserved for first years however when you’re an exchange student, you can kind of do whatever you want. Whilst it was pretty much just a week of going out and drinking copious amounts of beer, I made some really great friends that have helped me settle into life here in Montr√©al.

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Frosh out for Harambe rocking it for ASFA’s Tropic Like Its Hot Frosh
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Working on my video taking and making

I really wanted to improve and explore my video editing whilst here in Montr√©al. So I’ve been busy making some videos. I’ve been trying to go out and do some interesting things with some interesting people. You can check out my channel here.

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Adventures

This month saw me adventuring mostly around Montreal. I had two friends, Abdul and Chloe come and visit (they’re my friends from back in Australia), I went hiking with the Geography association at Concordia, went out numerous times with friends, and I even went to a cat cafe!

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Tunes

So my boys are back with another AMAZING ALBUM! This is probably one of my favourite songs on there, it’s filled with bangers! Whilst nothing will ever compare to their first album (hello perfection), this one is still good enough to leave me swooning over Dan Smith and hoping that one day we’ll (not so secretly get married).

Another album I’ve been listening to on repeat is Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s¬†After the Rain.¬†It’s become my new ‘I’m having trouble sleeping because I just saw a mouse run across my floor I need to listen to something soothing and peaceful to help me drift off’ album.

Movies

Like usual, I haven’t had a chance to watch many movies, but one that really captured my heart,¬†Amy. ¬†I absolutely love her music and found it incredibly sad when she died. I think it was the first time I’d seen someone die from drugs in the most tragic way, publicly. Seeing this movie showed me such a beautiful insight to her life before drugs and the sad decline of her career and personal life.

Reads

Noam Chomsky’s¬†Who Rules the World?’¬†is a must for someone wanting a fresh perspective of historical and current issues regarding the power of the United States in other countries, particularly in the Middle East.

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Quotes

This month I bring to you two quotes/little mantras/things I’ve been telling myself that have been pushing me onward and forward.

The first is the following. I guess that when you’re trying to sort your life out, it’s hard to get a little bit lost along the way. I think it’s always nice to remind yourself that you are one of a kind and that you shouldn’t feel pressured to change who you are in order to fit in. So I’ve really been trying to embrace who I am and be my own biggest fan.

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The following one here is just a bit of fun but damn is it accurate. It’s easy (well at least for me) to get caught up in the never ending story of looking for a soul mate, partner, friend, who even knows. Another thing that I need to keep reminding myself is that I’ve got plenty of other shit to do before I need to stress myself out about boys.

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Things I Want To Improve On

This month, my laziness level has risen to an all time high and my sleep pattern is officially wack. Whilst I have been able to be somewhat productive, I know that I’ve wasted a lot of valuable time that I could’ve been doing something meaningful and creative. So next month, I’m really trying to be more self aware and try to get up early, stop lying around in bed for hours, stop binge watching netflix and get out and do something!

OK¬†October,¬†you’ve been warned. Adelaide is going to be productive, adventurous and creative af.

 

Why You Should LIVE ABROAD At Least Once In Your Life

Every second person these days are posting their travel pictures or posting about their plans for up coming travel. Travelling is¬†AMAZING¬†and I love it, but when you’re living out of a suitcase, it’s difficult to genuinely embrace a new culture and way of life. In 2013 I lived in London for the year, this July I lived in La Rochelle, France and now I’ve just moved to Montr√©al for an exchange at university. Whilst I’m still adjusting to my new life here, it’s really made me appreciate my previous opportunities of living abroad. So this post is dedicated to those of you who have ever thought about living abroad and I’m here to tell you why you should do it and do it now.

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It’s one thing to move, it’s another to move to another country

Sure – you may just think that if you want change, you can just move houses in your town or city, or maybe even move interstate. Sure, that’s a big thing. But at the end of the day, you have a common language, culture, and have your support network not far away.

Moving to another country, even if they speak English, is overwhelming in every sense because literally everything is new and foreign. From big things like adjusting to a new culture, way of life or new language, to the little things that we take for granted like knowing where to do grocery shopping, what phone provider to go with, how to take out the garbage or finding the best cafe on your street.

Now is this exciting or scary? I’ll leave that up to you to find out.

Nothing is familiar and you’ll look like a lost puppy

Like I said… everything is new! Back in your home city/town, you know exactly what you’re doing and where you’re going… all the time. You walk through the streets without even thinking twice about crossing the road. But in a new place, you’re constantly looking at street signs, hesitating about crossing the road, walking for 10minutes up the street only to realise you’re going the wrong way and having to turn around and go back.

For me this is a really big adjustment. Is admitting that I have no idea what’s going on – but that’s ok because you’re not expected to magically know everything about a new city. I guess the transition from being so sure and confident walking down the street, to literally feeling like a lost puppy looking up at street signs, is a hard one to make.

Sure it’s damn hard, but when you start to¬†familiarise yourself with your area and begin to figure it all out, it’s such a rewarding feeling.

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Your support network is 14hours ahead of you

Sure it’s beyond easy to keep in touch with people back home these days with the internet. But one thing the internet can’t change is time zones.¬†Sydney is 14hours ahead of Montr√©al. 14 HOURS!¬†Sydney is in the future! It’s always ‘tomorrow’ in Sydney. It’s not impossible, it’s just more difficult when you need to talk to someone.

I think this is one of the hardest things about living abroad, is that the life you had is 14 hours away. And when you don’t have someone to talk to, you have to learn to deal with your thoughts in a positive way yourself, which can at times be challenging. It gives you a unique opportunity to get to know yourself on a very personal, different and deep level. To understand your strengths and also acknowledge your weaknesses.

A new city, a new country, a new start

How often do you get to move somewhere and have a completely fresh start? You’re free to reinvent yourself in whatever way you choose! Usually when you move abroad, you don’t know many people in that city… moving to Montr√©al I knew of 3 people that lived here (when I moved to London, I knew 1 – my cousin). When you don’t know many people, you¬†need to put yourself out there and say yes. By doing this, you’ll be surprised by how many people you’ll meet.

I’ve been in Montr√©al for just over a week now and by going out to drinks with my housemate and his friends, meeting up with girls from Facebook, or meeting some locals to take you to the best cafes in your area… I feel that I’m steadily building an awesome network of friends which I’m extremely grateful for.

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It will challenge you to your core

So thankfully in the few days I’ve been in Montr√©al this hasn’t happened yet (but I know it will come)… there will be times when everything seems too hard. When things go wrong, you don’t get paid right, you lose something important, you miss out on an important celebration back home, you spend a rainy day in your room, and get a bit lonely or homesick.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”¬†These things are hard enough when they happen at home. Add the complexities of¬†living in another country and it can sometimes become a lot to deal with. But it’s all of these little experiences, good and bad, that help you to become a better and stronger person. To be resilient, motivated, dedicated, strong and accepting or yourself and others around you. There’s not too many times in your life that you get to experience something like this.

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You never know what’s around the corner…

But why should you do it now?

I feel that the older you get, the more commitments you have, and the harder it is for you to uproot your life and move to another country. I’ve already found it significantly more challenging this time around. I think because I was so comfortable in my routine back in Wollongong. And I’m only 22! I barely have¬†any responsibilities! Imagine when I’m 25, 28, 30, 30+… I would imagine it would only become harder with age and responsibilities.

Sure – the list above¬†may not be all that encouraging… there’s definitely huge challenges¬†you’ll need to overcome, there’ll be moments when you’re lonely, lost and just have no idea what’s going on. But for every challenge and difficulty there is… there’s about 50 positives. Like making lifelong friends, immersing yourself in a new culture, (sometimes) learning a new language, getting to discover new neighbourhoods, towns, cities and countries nearby…¬†the list is endless.

So… the only real question left to ask is… where to?!

Boats, Biscuits and Bordeaux

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. And if that’s the case then I think I’m having the absolute time of my life because the days are absolutely flying by! Week 2 held some pretty awesome things in store for us, leaving us with a jam packed week and scratching our heads on Sunday afternoon thinking where the week had disappeared to?

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Loving the streets of Bordeaux.

Class

This week has been pretty intense with coursework but it’s been extremely rewarding. I did a 10 minute presentation about a town in the South of France, and not only did I learn a lot about the cute little town of Cassis (it’s on the bucket list) but I spoke for 10 solid minutes in French?! How did that happen? I’m definitely feeling my French improve every single day and I’m extremely lucky that Delphine is so supportive and understanding when it comes to my French at home. I even gave directions to someone about how to get to a certain street in La Rochelle‚Ķ in French‚Ķ that was a pretty big accomplishment!

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Picturesque La Rochelle

BASTILLE DAY

I was so excited to be spending BASTILLE DAY (or Quatorze Juillet as they say in France) in FRANCE! It’s La f√™te nationale (national holiday) so of course we had the day off of class and went to √éle de R√© to soak up the sunshine. A big group of us from my class went and we ate bread, cheese and wine on the beautiful sandy beach. Pretty much paradise! That night we all met up in the centre and La Rochelle was absolutely buzzing! There were markets, street performers and people everywhere! I watched the fireworks with a friend and it was pretty spectacular to see them explode above the iconic towers.

Sadly, that was the night that the Nice terrorist attacks happened. Luckily, there was nothing but celebrations and good times in La Rochelle however my phone quickly became flooded with concerned messages. AIM also quickly contacted us to ensure that we were safe and to reassure us that if we needed anything, they were there for us. As tragic as this event was, it really reaffirmed the belief of needing to travel and learn as much as possible about other people, culture and language so that we can unite together instead of being divided and turned against each other.

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My friends and I enjoying Bastille Day

Activities

This week was activity central! On Monday after class we went to the Maritime Museum. Now I’m not usually one for museums of the maritime type, but this was actually quite impressive.

Then on Tuesday afternoon we had a tour of the tours. La Rochelle is pretty impressive because of it’s complex and interesting history. One of the most defining features of La Rochelle is Tour Saint Nicholas. We were lucky enough that we had Emilie from Soupe De Co come with us. If you ever got to La Rochelle I would 110% recommend going up the top of Tour Saint Nicholas. Not only is the history fascinating, but the views are spectacular! And let’s be honest, your Instagram will love you for it.

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The beautiful view from Tour Saint Nicholas

We also had our other Oneologie class where we tasted cognac and worked on our smelling skills by trying to identify different types of flavours used in wines. Joel, who facilitates these little classes asked us about wine in Australia and we attempted to draw a map and explain the different wine regions. It was actually really interesting to put our taste buds and noses to the test to see how well we could differentiate smells. It seems that I still have some improving to do on that one!

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Weekend

And speaking of wine,¬† four of us organised a little getaway to Bordeaux. And lucky for us, we were able to score super cheap train tickets along with an awesome Airbnb! So Saturday morning we headed off to the station in La Rochelle and two hours later we were working out the tram system in Bordeaux! What an awesome city! We only spent two days there so it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to go back to one day!¬† I describe it as a ‘petit Paris.’ The apartment we stayed in was right in the city, close to a tram stop and just streets away from restaurant upon restaurant! We had a picnic by the cathedral and just wandered about the city. It was about 33degrees the whole weekend so it made the XXX fountain by the river that extra bit more special!

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A beautiful brasserie in BORDEAUX

Next week is also going to be a busy one so make sure to stay tuned to see what next week has in store!

 

 

 

The Outback and Bad Publicity

Is any attention good attention?

We can’t begin to talk about the issue of good vs. bad publicity without mentioning Ms Miley Cyrus. The past few years have seen this star embark on one of the most outrageous and successful publicity campaigns of all times, starting with her infamous performance at the VMA’s with Robin Thicke in 2013. Her performance generated over 306 000 tweets per minute (Robinson, 2013), which were overwhelmingly negative. However, she managed to get an extra 100 000 followers on Twitter and it kick started the following years of raunchy videos and the release of a new album. Mily Cyrus has also used her fame to advocate for youth social issues like Homelessness and mental health through her Happy Hippy Foundation. So whilst the majority of publicity towards Miley Cyrus is negative, in this case, is negative publicity good publicity for her, her fans, her career and her foundation? It would seem so.

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Miley being Miley. Source

‘Without the outback, Australian cinema might have been interchangeable with any number of other national cinemas. With it, Australian filmmakers have used the landscape to forge an identity that is of the land, while still seeking to understand its enigma’ (Shirley, 2011).

The same issue can be applied to Australian films.¬† ‘Our national cinema plays a vital role in our cultural heritage and in showing us what it is to be Australian’ (Bowles, 2007). Australian films seem to have an obsession with representing Australian culture and Australia through vast deserts, the outback and an ocker stereotype. This idea of Australia was introduced when Crocodile Dundee was released, promoting these stereotypical ideas¬†(Middlemost, 2015). But the question stands, is this the sort of image we should be promoting to the world (and especially America?).¬†And even though these films and characters are getting attention, is this publicity good publicity?

A classic Australian film with strong emphasis on landscape and the Outback is¬†Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It¬†emphasises the stark contrast in cinematography of the ‘drag queens, heightening the apparent inappropriateness of the figures which occupy the landscape, and to highlight its dominance over them’ (Thomas, 1996).

20 years later and¬†Tracks¬†is released. It’s a biographical film based off of the memoir of Robyn Davidson. This film depicts a strong and independent female lead and her connection with the earth as opposed to the contrasting image of drag queens in the desert. This film made around $500 000 domestically and over $4million worldwide (Box Office Mojo, 2016) illustrating this wild, untamed and nature of the Outback to the rest of the world. The film generated a lot of money in the box office, however there is also a strong correlation with Outback adventure films like Tracks¬†and¬†Wolf Creek and pop- culture tourism. With the promise of a ‘life changing experience’ (Frost, 2010) the above films promote not only Australia but a lifestyle.¬†But as Shirley points out, an issue with emphasising the Outback in films is that it neglects different groups and perspectives of people that live in Australia (Shirley, 2011), ones that would be overlooked by tourists.

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Tracks

Tracks, however, does include very important voices that have often been omitted from Australian films, those of the First Australians and women. Despite the fact that many people roll their eyes at the thought of another film set in the Outback, it has provided Australian films a pivotal role in our nations film success. In conclusion, it seems that any attention and publicity Australian films can generate is good for the industry and many others like tourism. However, to avoid a calamity of a publicity stunt like Miley Cyrus, I believe we should play to our strengths as a film industry whilst steadily challenging what is on screen and what is missing. Regardless I believe landscape and the Outback will always be an iconic character in Australian films.

 

 

References

Bowles, K 2007 ‘Three miles of rough dirt road’ :towards an audience-centred approach to cinema studies in Australia’, Studies in Australasian cinema, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 245 – 260

Box Office Mojo, 2016, ‘Tracks (2014)’,¬†Box Office Mojo,¬†viewed 3 January 2016,¬†http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=tracks2014.htm

Frost, W 2010, ‘Life changing experiences. Film and Tourists in the Australian Outback’, Annals Of Tourism Research, 37, pp. 707-726, ScienceDirect

Robinson P, 2013, ‘Why twerking Miley Cryrus thinks there’s no such thing as bad publicity’, The Guardian, 30 August, viewed 2 January 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2013/aug/29/twerking-miley-cyrus-no-bad-publicity

Shirley, B 2011, ‘The Outback on Screen’,¬†Screen Australia,¬†National Film and Sound Archive, viewed 4 January 2016,¬†http://www.nfsa.gov.au/research/papers/2011/12/06/outback-screen/

Thomas, AJ 1996, ‘Camping outback: Landscape, masculinity, and performance in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 10, no. 2, p. 97

These Are A Few of My Favourite Things: JUNE

June where did you go? Please come back because you were one amazing month. Despite the depression associated with exams and the end of session, there’s nothing quite like walking out of an exam hall hearing ‘Eye of the Tiger’¬†flood through your mind and you feel like an absolute champion (unless you did a linguistics exam like me). Either way, Autumn session is done and the holidays are here! June has quite frankly been fabulous and I’d like to share it with all of you.

Our end of session college formal.¬†Open bar, DJ, dancefloor and 200 of your closest friends. You’re definitely in for a good night.

My awesome housemate dressed to the nines
My awesome housemate dressed to the nines

The Northern Beaches.¬†If you’re looking for a nice little weekend away, then get on a bus from Sydney and head up towards the Northern Beaches. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was! We were treated to a gorgeous sunset and wandered the streets and beaches… it was absolutely spectacular!

Venturing up to the beauitufl Northern Beaches with my best friend
Venturing up to the beauitufl Northern Beaches with my best friend

A PepTalk. Need some inspiration to make the most of life? To value your individuality and pursue your passions.

Finishing EXAMS. Need I say more?

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And if you need some more inspiration… World of Wanderlust.¬†I’m constantly inspired and motivated to make the most out of life and spend hours gazing at beautiful travel pictures on pinterest! WARNING: this particular video will challenge you to reconsider your life.

And on that note… The day I got to meet Brooke Saward and have morning tea wanderlusting about the world.¬†

Brooke and some very inspiring readers
Brooke and some very inspiring readers

THIS SONG! 

Going home for the weekend.¬†I don’t get home much lately because of uni and work, but whenever I do go home it’s always lovely. I’m constantly in awe of how beautiful nature is and how much I love just taking some time to unwind and relax. Oh, and it’s always great to have a roast dinner with my family.

Beautiful Port Stephens
Beautiful Port Stephens
And just another because it's just THAT pretty
And just another because it’s just THAT pretty

And finally, I joined the gym!¬†After recently re-reading my post about all the things I’ve been hoping to achieve this year, it’s about time I did something on it and re-joining the gym was the easiest (and at the same time hardest) thing to do. Watch out City2Surf.

I hope you’ve all had a lovley month and hope that July is equally as awesome.

Peace and love

xxx A

Morning Tea with World of Wanderlust

Just incase morning tea at the Shangri-La’s Horizon Club isn’t good enough, add Brooke Saward, travel and lifestyle blogger, into the scenario and you have one of the best morning tea’s an aspiring writer can have.

I have been following Brooke’s incredibly inspiring travel blog, World of Wanderlust for nearly two years now and she’s inspired me in so many ways to make the most out of life and appreciate the gift of travel. (read here) I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet her and it was so incredibly motivating and just down right freakin awesome!

Brooke and some very inspiring readers
Brooke and some very inspiring readers

I had no idea what to expect. Here is a girl who’s living her dream. THE dream. Travelled to over 50 countries, written books, how could she possibly find someone like me interesting?! To actually see her in person, just made her and everything she stands for so much more real.

We talked about so many different things; the importance of being a positive role model, relationships, university, pinterest, macaroons, travel as the most valuable form of education, Tasmania, Taylor Swift, the changing face of the internet, future travel plans, life and how freakin awesome the Blogosphere is.

Desserts by the renowned Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La
Desserts by the renowned Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La

It was incredible to get a insider’s view into the World of Wanderlust. I have a new found respect for her and other full time travel bloggers. Brooke makes it look so easy, staying in luxurious hotels and seeing all corners of the world. But it’s so much more than that. Switching between time zones, living out of a suitcase, trying to maintain relationships, managing your own business, all whilst trying to deal with the regular emotions associated with traveling. And at the bottom of it all, she seems so humble and appreciative. She’s worked damn hard to get where she is today and now she’s living her dream. THE dream. And after an amazing morning tea, with an amazing person, I feel like I have the ultimate control over my life and it’s up to me to make the most of it.

View of Sydney Harbour from the 30th floor of the Shangri-La
View of Sydney Harbour from the 30th floor of the Shangri-La

Sure, I may never be paid to travel the whole world and stay in 5 star hotels, but something better may even happen. But it’s up to me to make sure it does!

So, graçias Brooke for allowing me to realise my potential and passion in life and daring me to be brave enough to pursue it.

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xxx A

An Open Letter to Brooke Saward: World of Wanderlust

Dear Brooke,

I have been following your inspiring story for over a year now and I just felt the need to let you know just how awesome and inspirational I think you are. I have so much respect and admiration for you and what you do and checking your blog on a daily basis is one of my favourite things to do.

For anyone who hasn’t checked out World of Wanderlust, here’s what I absolutely love about it and why you will too!

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Brooke is a twenty something full time traveller from Tasmania who booked a one way ticket out of Australia after graduating and decided to make her life AMAZING! She’s travelled to 50+ countries across 6 continents and has a HUGE social media following. And with photos like above and throughout this piece, it’s no wonder why! From Brooke and her adventures, I’ve learnt some pretty valuable lessons and outlooks on life that I always try and carry with me.

Chase your dream.¬†Like every dream, you’ll face many road blocks and hurdles, people telling you¬†‘you can’t do that’¬†or questioning why, what, how. But at the end of the day, it’s your life and your dream. No one’s going to hand it to you on a golden plate. You have to work for it, fight for it and make it happen for you.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Take the road less travelled.¬†Whether it be some lake in Slovenia, a mountain range in Peru, a back street in Paris or an Island in the Pacific, adventure and beauty is all around. It’s not always about the destination, but the journey you take to get there and once you’re there.

Get to know people to learn about a culture.¬†Brooke usually has meet ups at various destinations across the world to meet readers and explore a city with them. Getting to know locals is an invaluable skill because it’s once you put your map down and have a quality conversation with someone from the country you’re in, is when you’ll learn what it’s actually like in that culture.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Life isn’t meant to be smooth sailing.¬†I’m not entirely sure of all the hurdles that Brooke has experienced in her travels, but I do know about some entry denials, flight delays and I’m sure there’s many others, but hiccups occur, you get lost, baggage goes missing, you stay in a less than desirable hostel and things get stolen. Whilst at the time it can be scary, daunting, overwhelming and can leave you not wanting to get out of bed, life goes on. And it’s all of these hiccups that make for a good story after your trip.

Indepence and confidence is beautiful.¬†These days, there’s so much pressure to go to uni, get a boyfriend, buy a car, a house, get a job, get married and then get sucked into ‘life.’ But what if you want to do something different? I want to go on exchange whilst at university, then once I’ve graduated, go and live in Edinburgh, or Paris, or New York or Tokyo, who knows but I want to explore this world inside out and not stop until I have. Brooke makes travelling the world, having dreams and pursuing them look absolutely beautiful.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

So Brooke, thank you so much for brightening my days when I’m bored studying or working. I truly admire everything you are doing with your life and I hope you never stop living your dream. You’ve inspired me to pursue mine, reaching for the moon and if I miss, at least I’ll be among the stars.

Check out Brooke’s blog here:¬†http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

*I do not take any credit for these photos. They are all property of Brooke Saward.