Week 2 & Week 3 Changes

After the first week staying in the office, I tried to get used to my internship. Perhaps, that is the differences from school works. But I have to find some interesting for myself to transfer my attention from those offie works. I almost forgot the feeling of travel, to check out this world. My parents encouraged me to visit some places in Australia cause I am already here. So I went to Sydney last weekend. I felt the whole week was full of energy and the time went fast. I flew to Sydney Friday night and came back Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. I walked around the Sydney whole Saturday.

Sydney is so beautiful and I was suddenly attracted by this city. So many tourists around the world. The Sydney Bridge, Sydney Opera House, the whole Sydney Harbor, the Rocks area, combining historic and modern feelings. I found a place to live from Airbnb and my host’s girl friend is from China. She gave me many suggestions to arrange my short trip. I took a boat from Sydney Harbor to Manly Beach. Manly Beach is so beautiful and it is the Heaven of Surfing. I spent several hours walking around the Manly Beach. Many people worked out under the sunny day. I watched a show in Sydney Opera House Saturday night. It might be a great way to check out this amazing architecture. My trip was too short and there are so many places I did visit.

Sydney Harbor
Sydney Harbor
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

But when I came back from Sydney, I suddenly realized it seems like I have fell in love with Brisbane, healthy, quiet and Green. Sydney is great, absolutely, but it has the same characteristics that many metropolises have, lack of something fresh and new. That probably is the reason I am not crazy about it after the short trip.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower

Go back to my internship. I have helped the Ecotourism Australia finish the design of online application. Last two weeks, I was working on data and other Office works. I have started to write blogs for their websites and replied some of emails.

There was a challenge. In week 3, there were only two people in the office. I started to answer the phone. I’m used to be scared about answering the phone cause I was afraid that I may miss the information. But my colleague encouraged me and helped me a lot. I did many mistakes last week, but I also learned a lot, no matter for the office work, or the certification program.

I have registered the tourism conference in Melbourne next month. Hopefully I can learn more from those speakers. Also, next week, I am going to start my dance class. I have affected by this city and those healthy people. There are so many people work out directly after work.

I will explore more about this city and get more new experience.


  1. Awwee Xiaomin! I love your blog- so real! It was good to read from you since we have not heard much from each other lately. I am happy for you because you are learning a lot and growing. Let me know how those dance classes go. I miss you Friend. xoxo

    1. Dear Catalina,

      Thank you so much!!! 😘

      Thank you so much for encouraging, always!!!

      And standing by my side 🙏🏼🙌🏼👍🏼

      Miss you and love you ! ☺️


  2. Xiaomin! You are so brave. I came back to my native Colombia and I am even nervous sometimes about talking to people or answering the phone, in my own country and my own language! How you are doing it in a distant land is amazing. I suspect some of the most important lessons from this internship will be not just intellectual, but also about character development and learning about human nature, including our own. Keep pushing forward, you are doing great. XOXO

    1. Thank you so much, Karina!!!

      It means a lot to me!!! Each time, I can get a lot of encouragement from you!!!

      I replied Holly early. I really like this blog stuff from our college cause we can not only share the internship experience, but we also encourage to each other!!!
      Many different individuals connect through this website! I feel I am not alone and many difficult things I have been through that others may be also facing!!!

      Thank you so much! 😘


  3. Love hearing about your Australian trip. You are cruising around, getting the most out of life! I’m so happy for you! It’s great that you can see the differences between the cities and you are enjoying your temporary home, Brisbane. Life can be easy and dull. Or life can be challenging and vivid. You demonstrate such grace in your acceptance of a challenging but beautiful life. I’m proud to know you! Looking forward to hearing about your dance lessons!

    1. Holly,

      I really like the blogs of our college cause we are not only share our internship experience, we also encourage to each other!!! That feeling shows stronger when we alone in a different country!!!

      I feel I am not alone and many of lonely us combine a group, even though we are in different countries, but still feel each other!!!
      Thank you so much!!!


  4. i liked how you shared your experience about being afraid to answer the phone and how you made a few mistakes. But you also showed how others in the office helped and encouraged you and now im sure you have no problem answering any call! Its great to travel the area as well, it can help you relax.

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