The end isn’t near, it’s here. My first semester in Australia is officially over. And now I’m even more stressed than ever, therefore this post will be a super short one again. Sorry about that.
In two days I will start my travels to explore the amazing part of the world I am currently living in a little bit further, and I feel like nothing is planned. I have my flights and accommodation for the first nights booked, but apart from that I feel absolutely unprepared. How does one even prepare oneself for travels lasting three months? I don’t know what to pack, I don’t know how the get the stuff that stays in Brisbane into my other suitcase, and I have no idea how to budget best for this journey. Whenever I think about it, I remember about 50 things I still have to do, and I’m not quite sure how to fit them into my last two remaining days. So in case anyone of you has any tips on how to prepare for three months of backpacking, please do leave them in the comments, they are very much needed!
Additionally, thinking about returning to Brisbane after the summer feels odd. I think the city will feel very different once I come back after travelling, and I am a little scared that I won’t like it as much. I am moving out of my flat on Tuesday, and I will have to look for a new one during O-week, so wish me the best of luck for that, since I want to avoid having to stay in an absolute mess for the next year. In addition to a change of my home, most of my friends from this last semester will be graduating or going back to their home countries, so it feels a bit like moving into a new city again. Only good part is that now I already now where to get the good food. (:
I am not taking my laptop backpacking, so I’m not sure if I will post during my journey, but do feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram under kairamkairam to (hopefully) see some pretty picturs from along the way.
Apart from that, I thank you very much for joining me during this last semester, and I will now try to calm down my nerves and get stuff done!
I know, I know what you will say: isn’t it a little bit too early to be thinking about Christmans presents? Well, the answer is yes – unless you are unlike me one of these super-organized people, so in that case – good for you, keep going! However, I will be travelling starting next week and won’t have access to a laptop, so I kind of had to start planning a little bit in advance. And since I always feel like my parent are the hardest people to buy for since they wish for nothing really, I thought I shared my ideas with you. In case you are or will be facing the same dilemma – whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukka or a birthday.
Family Tree Print I have this thing with trees. I was born in a region that is even called the “forest region”, so nothing means home to me as much as trees. Whenever I feel homesick, I look for the next national park with loads of wood, and I feel home again. Plus, what better represents the strong bonds between a family than the branches of a tree? So, as you might have guessed, I absolutely love this print by Allihopa. It looks fabulous, and it’s a nice little thing for your parents to put on their wall and look pretty without being too tacky.
DIYs My Mum is a horrible person to buy presents for. She does not want you to spend money on her, but she loves presents that show her that you actually thought about what to give and put in some effort. (I inherited that trait, so I sincerely apologize to anyone who ever had or has to get me a present). I feel like quite a few parents are like that, but unfortuately as a grown up it is no longer acceptable to scribble a house and a christmas tree on a piece of paper and present it together with a nice poem under the Christmas tree. Which is why I tend to spend quite a lot of time on Pinterest. This year’s inspiration comes from Little House of Four and A little Craft in Your Day. My main criteria is that the stuff looks pretty, is somewhat useful and easy to make (let’s face it, I’ll never be good at DIY), but make sure to chose your DIY based on things that your parents love, so all your effort does not go to waste.
Time Time – the constant struggle. I am pretty sure no one spends as much time with their parents as we should. I feel like everyone should spend at least some time with their parents over the holidays. Of course it would be awesome to spend that time in person, but if that’s not possible, at least make sure your parents know you think about them with a letter, postcard, phonecall – or all of them. You can also give them some of your time as a gift – bake a cake with your mum, help your dad with some gardening (and yes I am using extreme stereotypes, but I cannot think of anything else at the moment, so sorry) or invite them over to some afternoon tea at your place. I am pretty sure they will not appreciate any other present as much as your time.
Chocolate, Socks and a Tie If everything else fails, go back to the basics. When my brother and me were teenagers, we were not really creative when it came to presents, so that’s what our parents got. We took it so far that it became a tradition, so now they get disappointed if they don’t get their traditional Christmas chocolate. Although now I would get them another present in addition to these ones. Even if they are really cool socks.
Family Picture At the very end, another one of the nostalgic presents. You could get your siblings together and have a nice photoshoot or get your friend’s good camera and take new pictures yourself. Or you could just use a photo you already have and put it in a pretty frame – and maybe even use your amazing DIY skills to make it extra special. Of course, you can also go fancy and put your pretty faces into a bit of glass like the one from 3D Laser Gifts. Just do whatever feels best for you – and double-check your picture, your sibing won’t appreciate having a horrible picture of himself hanging on the wall for the next five years, just because you only checked your own face – oopsie.
I hope this was helpful for everyone desperately thinking about what to give to your parents. And in case you’re not feeling the christmas spirit yet – put on some festive music and go to a shopping center, there Christmas is all around. ;)
It’s swotvac! Well actually, it’s not anymore since I already had my first exam yesterday, but I just wanted to mention this word since I love it and my life at the moment does not really include anything more exciting than loving a word. Finals have me wandering between my couch and my bed (can’t study at the library, too many distractions), ignoring the urge to not do something fun as I would probably feel bad for not studying the whole time but eventually watching Downton Abbey. I was considering writing a post about how to survive your finals, but let’s face it, I’m not good at surviving my own ones, so who am I to give advice to others. My learning process mainly consists out of procrastinating, eating to procrastinate, freaking out and then cramming as much as possible into my head in a ridiculously short time. Worst of all, my attention span lasts about five minutes, so as soon as I go through one slide, I start to google things to do in Bali, and then spend the next 30 minutes on that topic, freaking out becase I am leaving for a three months holiday in a little over two weeks and have basically nothing planned. Just thinking now as I write about it makes me feel a little anxious again.
As you might already have figured out, I should be studying right now. I have a rather big final on Thursday morning, but for some reason since finishing yesterday’s exam I cannot find the motivation to go back to studying. So if anyone has got any tips on how to motivate yourself for studying, please do leave them in the comments, I could seriously need them right now!
Apart from studying, as I briefly mentioned before, I really started to love Downton Abbey. It was a horrible decision to start a new series when I am supposed to be studying, but I cannot change it anymore, right? I’ve always enjoyed history (which is why I chose it for my A levels although everyone was scared of our history teacher’s A level exams), and the series is so well-made that I just cannot stop watching it. The characters all have such interesting stories, are portrayed so well and the customes are just breath-taking. If it would not be 30°C in Queensland at the moment, I would love to run around in their dresses!
Slowly but steadily the weather in Brisbane is becoming the way an uninformed European expects Australian weather to be, and I have to admit I am a little sad that I won’t get to experience the real Brisbane summer as I will be travelling the South during the summer. Fingers crossed we will get an amazing autumn so I get to experience at least some of the warmth once I’m back, and in the meanwhile I’ll try to get as much sun on my balcony during study breaks. Horrible, isn’t it?
In case you also have finals (or midterms) coming up, I wish you all the best, you’re gonna rock it! Otherwise, I just wish you a great week!