Author Archives: Gwendolyn Cody

About Gwendolyn Cody

Gwen Cody is a junior Health Care Management and Policy major in the NHS. Raised in Bronxville, NY, Gwen can’t wait to spend some serious time outside the Eastern Time Zone while studying at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. During her semester abroad, Gwen intends to dive into both the Pacific Ocean and Aussie culture. Though Gwen will miss her fellow Hoyas very much, she is willing to (temporarily) trade basketball for extreme water sports and bulldogs for kangaroos.

An Australian Bucket List

Two things. First, I acknowledge that it has been three weeks since my last post, and for this intermittence, I apologize. Second, I am back on American soil. On Wednesday, my flight landed at JFK just past 5PM, and I … Continue reading

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Not School, Uni

Given that last week was my final week of classes in Sydney, I suppose it’s as good a time as any to tell you about the University of New South Wales and what it’s like to be a student there. … Continue reading

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Blackface

Last night, my roommate Cassidy and I were lounging on the couches in our apartment with our attention divided between our laptops and the TV.  We get very few channels on our television here, so we had turned the channel … Continue reading

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Lovin’ the Lingo

I love that Australia is an English-speaking country.  No, it’s not because I’m lazy to practice a foreign language in order to communicate.  I love that Australia is English-speaking because it means I can appreciate the subtle differences between American … Continue reading

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Red Sky Morning

Check this out. And this. Photos retrieved September 23, 2009 from The Sydney Morning Herald at  http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/environment/dust-turns-sydney-sky-red/20090923-g0tw.html. Click HERE for full article and more photos.

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Fire on a Hot Day

Thursday was a great day for two reasons.  Firstly, it was hot.  The temperature in Coogee, the Sydney suburb where I live, climbed to 91 Fahrenheit or, to use the native measure, 32 or 33 Celsius.  I concede that the … Continue reading

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Melbourne the Whimsical

Two weeks ago I took a weekend tour to the strange and wonderful city of Melbourne and its surrounding area.  As Pete, our tour guide, told us, Melbourne weather can pass through multiple seasons in one day.  Pete was right: … Continue reading

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Papaw Two Ways

While traveling through Europe in May, my friend Pam and I were lucky enough to meet two girls from Perth, Australia who introduced us to a fabulous Australian product: Lucas’ Papaw Ointment (Papaw or Pawpaw for short).  The ointment, which … Continue reading

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When the Internet Runs Out

In Australia, obtaining wireless internet for your home isn’t difficult.  It’s as easy as one, two, three. 1) Buy a modem (cost: about AU$100). 2) Buy a router (cost: also about AU$100). 3) Sign up for a monthly internet service, … Continue reading

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Sightings

Poster in the girls’ bathroom at the Uni (University). Props to anyone who can offer an explanation before I can. Bonus points if you can figure out what this graffiti says. Einstein Alley: the shortcut between my apartment and the … Continue reading

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