Temple - Taken at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, Singapore
Its been a while since I last posted some of my original work, and a lot has happened since. Got my apartment in NYC, gone to classes, landed jobs, taken trips, and made some changes. Hopefully now I can get back into some more regular posts, and now that some time has passed I definitely have the material to do so!
One of the most exciting things that has happened in the past few months has been my trip to Singapore through the NYU Stern International Studies Program. Looking back, it was definitely the best Spring Break I’ve ever had. I wandered the streets and nightlife of one of Asia’s most diverse and active cities, and learned firsthand the influence that cultural nuances had in business and society. Days were spent on scavenger hunts, tours and beach trips; nights were full of energy, dancing and loud music; mornings were miserable hangovers filled with excitement to start it all over again. But the best part of the trip by far was that I got to reconnect with so many of my friends, some of whom I realized mean so much more to me than I thought. Sometimes it takes getting out of your natural environment to get a new perspective.
This picture was taken on the scavenger hunt that took us throughout the main cultural districts Singapore: Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street. I’ve always loved the look of this type of imperial architecture, so I knew I had to snag a picture of it when I had the chance. Even though its surrounded by modern buildings, standing at the temple gives you that little snapshot back in time.
More photos are definitely coming soon!
After an exhausting and bittersweet last day, tomorrow morning I’m flying back home to LA, bringing an end to my study abroad experience in Sydney, Australia.
I feel extremely grateful to have had the chance to be here on the other side of the globe, meeting and interacting with amazing people both from Australia and back in the states, exploring and countries I’ve never seen and living the ‘down under’ lifestyle. I’ve had the time of my life here and have made great friends and unforgettable memories, and I’m truly going to miss it.
This semester abroad has been one for the record books. Goodbye Australia, hopefully our paths cross again someday.
Under the Bridge - Taken at the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Here’s a shot from (probably) my last trip into the city.
Before making this last-minute trip with my roommate, I always thought that I didn’t have a really good sense of downtown Sydney. But then we started our journey in the city: riding the bus in, walking to Paddy’s Markets, then through Chinatown into Darling Harbour, then along The Rocks and into Circular Quay to see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and then riding the bus through CBD past Hyde Park along King’s Cross and Darlinghurst. I started recalling past trips, experiences, and memories at each place, and by the end I realized I had covered just about the entire city.
From the Eastern Suburbs of Coogee where I live and study, to the global center of downtown Sydney, getting to know this city so personally has been one of the most rewarding experiences of study abroad.