Iceland Week 3 & Last Week

I made a decision several weeks ago and I will leave Solheimar ahead of schedule. One reason is because of my immigration status in U.S. As the International Student, I have to go back U.S. for applying the OPT (Optional Practical Training), which starts 60 days early before graduation and allows me to work/intern one year in U.S.

Another reason is, the internship so far is not what I expected. I was doing labor works for guesthouse and bakery several times in last couple weeks, like other volunteers. It gives me a chance to work with local people and experiences the work there are many people in this world doing everyday without any complaints. I expected learn something from this experience that will benefit my future career and job hurting. But it is not the reality. I like the project that they want me to get more connections for this eco-village and give them some suggestions for their further development. It gives me an opportunity to bring some new ideas for this village and I can create freely based on my experience and knowledge. At first, I was a little depressed cause I did not figure out what they want. After a great communication, I finally understand the things they want.

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I was re-thinking so many times recently why there are so many volunteers can stay here for such a long time, like 3 months, half a year, doing same labor works everyday, only for free food and accommodations? And even some of them come back to this village again. It is hard for me to understand. I was discussed with another Chinese girl. She comes through the CELL Education Abroad program. Even though she has classes everyday and tours on weekend, she has the same questions like me.

Recently, I feel I gradually get the answer. It is a kind of ideal state in Philosophy. Compared with the Asian culture, education and high pace of life, western culture is advocating the Nature, simple and slow, especially in Europe and village. For example, many volunteers here like hiking and peaceful. They are easy to satisfied. That’s their life style.  Also, this eco-village has the power to cure people, especially for those people they got so many hurts, no matter physically or mentally. As for them, Solheimar is a home for them. They would like to help people and enjoy the peace. The initial purpose of Solheimar is based on its social aspect, a community/home for home people, children and disabled people. Solheimar gives people a chance to re-charge themselves and prepare well for the next journey.

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It will be better if Solheimar and our college can create a program or Solheimar can connect local unvistiies/organizations that involves future interns into some projects, or help their further careers. Solheimar is a great place for people that love and are good at outdoor activities and want to simple, slower and peaceful lives.

The most lucky thing for me so far is meeting many cool people here. We are from different countries, backgrounds and cultures, but we can live together harmoniously and honestly, sharing, laughing, traveling, eating, dancing, being silly together. No matter where you go, great companies are always important. They will bring much more beautiful colors in your journey. Thanks to those lovely people!!!

We cannot ignore that our human beings are emotional animals and have feelings. It is hard to say goodbye for everyone, especially for those people that have been many great moments with you. But we have to move on and keep going. Those beautiful moments and memories will always be there, in your heart, in you mind, in your joinery.

I will leave this village this Friday and travel in Iceland for several days. I think I have re-charged well in Solheimar last couple weeks and I am preparing to go back to reality and start my next chapter.

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Week 1& 2 in Iceland

After staying in Tampa nearly one week, I finally arrived at this place, a place I thought it was covered by ice and so cold that hardly to find people to travel here. But it is not the truth. There are so many tourists come to visit Iceland or set the Iceland as their first stop for European trip. The landscape here is so broad and wild. Plenty of land without any buildings or people. Long, long grasslands and very cloudy. Empty and fresh. Iceland has super strong wind that probably can blow me up or down. I couldn’t sleep well this week because the wind at the night was so crazy.

From a hill to see whole village
From a hill to see whole village

I met a Germany girl and she is also doing volunteer in eco-village. She spent whole night in airport just for waiting me (really appreciate it). She is so nice and friendly. We took the bus to get to the village and because of her, I had my first experience to hitchhiking in Iceland.  Hitchhiking is so popular in Iceland that tourists always get a ride for their trip to save money. The weather last Friday was so so so nice, compared with recent windy, wet and rainy days.

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Cool and Nice Friends

I live with other volunteers/interns and we share the living room, and a super small kitchen. Each person has their own private room and bathroom. People plant herbs in living room that can just pick up for cooking or tea. We can buy vegetables and other stuffs from the store in this village. The things in this store are almost organic and green products that purposely selected by the staff. Each volunteers/interns has their own credits that they can shop in this store and do not pay anything until they use all of the credits. Volunteers/interns have to work at bakery, kitchen, sustainability center, greenhouse with community people from Monday to Friday. We only have day off on weekends. Those works are real physical work. I did guesthouse and bakery this week. I did the cleaning and all the laundry for guesthouse from Wednesday to Friday. Also, I helped bakery on Thursday, a lot of washing, packing and cleaning. So tired.

But they also have internship program that almost for students from all over the world, studying and living in this community and they also have tours around the Iceland. You can find more about CELL Program through this link: http://www.cellonline.org/programs/study-abroad-program/

It is a community and claims to connect with locals and people in community. But they are also careful about the negative impacts on those home-people and disabled people. So the office staffs told us to keep a certain distance to the people in community. The unique thing in this eco-village compared with others is its social aspect, the powerful connection between community. They always put the benefits of those home-people and disabled people at the first place.

Every morning, there is a morning meeting that all the people stand as a circle, hold the hands and sing the song together. It is really powerful for me when I did first one on Tuesday. You can feel the power and warm through your body. Really touching.That’s the traditional habit in this community to connect with people. Recently I start to realize why they prefer the interns/volunteers staying longer in this village, because the longer you stay, the deeper you may connect with community. It needs the time to know those people and truly feel the spirit of this eco-village.

European did really good on recycling. Those strict recycling process in daily life kind of makes me crazy at the first time. So clear and so specific.

Trash bans in BSI Bus Station
Trash bans in BSI Bus Station
Trash cans in front of the volunteer's house
Trash cans in front of the volunteer’s house

The really interesting thing I found from recent days is people still do not care about the resources, especially for those guests/visitors. Waste is still common during their stay, even thought they are living in this sustainable community. Of course, everyone cannot be purely sustainable, same as me. We all have those “lazy” days or moments. But renewable resources do not mean we can keep wasting. This village probably needs more tags or labels to remind visitors.

Iceland gives me a great opportunity to think about the next things I want to do. Also, a good chance for me to learn from others and re-think about myself. It is so so so hard in China to find a place that no one in the road. Enjoying the empty. I was standing in middle of the road during a raining day, breathed the fresh and pure air, talked with horses even though they did not understand me, or maybe they understood me.

Friday night, I had the first chance in my life to see the Northern Lights. It was so beautiful and magic. Those green lights danced in the sky and changes quickly. I tried to catch those moments and want to share with others, but it’s so hard through camera.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

The second weekend, two friends and I rent a car and we drove to Vik, the south town in the Iceland. We spent an awesome weekend. We did some hiking and saw so many pure and beautiful views in Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Good Weather and Great Companies
Good Weather and Great Companies
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Vik & Black Sand
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss

Iceland is an incredible place that people here respect Nature. It is also the safest country that travelers and backpackers always hitchhiking to their destinations.

Eco-village in Iceland

Solheimar Eco-village is located in a suburb area that probably one hour drive from the capital Reykjavik. The nearest town is Selfoss. It was founded by Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir in 1930. A great woman who was working on social aspects, like helping children and disabled people through almost of her whole life. Solheimar, the Icelandic meanings is “home of the sun”, same as its logo. Solheimar is a sustainable community, especially focusing on social aspect. Green housing, gardening, composting, energy saving, water saving, recycling, community connection…It seems like Solheimar has many of sustainable measurements we learned from our class and they are all applied very well.

Solheimar Ecovillage
Solheimar Ecovillage
Enjoy the Empty in the Road !!!
Enjoy the Empty in the Road !!!

You can find more cool things through the following video, which just made by one of the interns. She is from U.S. and two years ago, she was the student of CELL program (the internship program that Solheimar works with The Center for Ecological Living and Learning. Focusing on studying, staying in Solheimar community and having tours in Iceland).

They have a long history of hosting volunteers that from all over the world. The internship program, especially the CELL program, is just started for several years and will keep developing. They provide a good opportunity for people to connect, work and learn during their stay in this village. It is also a tourist attraction. Each year, there will be about thirty thousand of people coming to visit, especially in Summer (from June to August).

A Sunny Day
A Sunny Day

Sesseljuhús Environmental Centre, also the Sustainability Center, is the reception center of this village. It is definitely a green housing without LEED certification.It is the first modern building in Iceland without PVC. Every materials they used were selected carefully. Trying their best to use as much as natural resources as they can. The siding of this building are wood from beaches in Iceland. Natural Ventilation system, which air comes from a tower and goes into mechanical fans and exits out from roof vent. The sewage system of toilets separates the wastes that are composed naturally and go back to ecosystem finally.

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Tracking energy use of Sesseljuhús Environmental Centre
Sesseljuhús Environmental Centre
Sesseljuhús Environmental Centre

Of course, we cannot forget the geothermal energy. Heating system is applied in whole village, the same as this green building. Also, solar panels are applied in this building to power the house. A small wind turbine also produces the energy for this green build and whole village, even though they are very small. The main power for this village comes from the grid that is powered by a dam. They also have the system to track the energy produce, from the solar, wind and grids.

Small wind turbine
Small wind turbine

Green roof, cellulose insulation can be found in this building. Sesseljuhús Environmental Centre definitely a hot spot in this village.

Solheimar has one of the largest greenhouses in Iceland to produce vegetables for themselves and other areas around the Iceland. It also produces arts and candles. There are many workshops in this village for visitors. Volunteers will work with people in this community, like home-people and disabled people. In Solehimar, everyone should be equal and respected.

Very specific recycling system in this village. Food waste, cans, plastics, papers, glasses, general wastes are divided very carefully and strict. This eco-village has a big compost area. I heard it is “crazy”. Probably will check it out one day.

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Recycling bans—so specific

Currently, this eco-village is famous in European areas. They want to go abroad and wish more and more visitors will come to visit and stay with this community. So they hope I can help them.

There are two tasks for me during my internship. One is helping them get more connections from the world. The second one is helping them or improving their current ecotourism. Hopefully I can make a help.

This is the blog for introducing this eco-village. I will show more my own feelings and experience in next blog.

Week 6 and Week 7—Victoria Tourism Conference in Melbourne

I went to Melbourne last Friday and attended the Victoria Tourism Conference this Monday and Tuesday. Last two days were great experiences for me, no matter for my trip or my ideas about the tourism.

Melbourne is a big city and really international. There are so many Chinese here and Chinese has higher social levels compared with the Chinese in U.S. Australian Tourism focuses on the opportunities of Chinese market and many of them has taken it as their future development goals.

Shrine of Remembrance
Shrine of Remembrance

I visited the city of Melbourne, Royal Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. Currently, Shrine of Remembrance is exhibiting the collection of World War One & Two. The collections remind me how peace is hard won and there are still many people living in war and facing death everyday. Also, thanks to those great soldiers.

Day 1 of Victoria Tourism Conference
Day 1 of Victoria Tourism Conference
Dinner
Dinner

Go back to 2-day conference. Victoria Tourism Conference focuses on the tourism industry in Victoria, especially in Melbourne, which gives a great opportunity and platform for them to increase the cooperation and development between businesses, share the information and face the future together. There are plenty of tourism products in Melbourne. Tourism definitely will bring more job opportunities in future. “Tourism is connected with, and needs a strong voice in other sectors”, which reminds me to think about the System Thinking we learned from our class. Each part in tourism industry should be work together, at the same time, improve themselves, to make whole system stronger and healthy. “Learns together, earns together”.

There were 2 days about the conference. The first day can be summarized as “Social Media”. Mark Pesce showed us the power of Social Media. There is no doubt that the power of digital world and Internet is incredible, which plays an important role in tourism industry. There is a huge increase about smartphone in last couple years and 80% adults will own smartphones in 2020. So how tourism industry supports visitors. Mark gave us a great point, “people want to connect, sharing their needs and interests, learning from one another and putting what they have learned to work”. From UBER, Facebook, Alibaba to current popular one, Airbnb, there are so many digital platforms for tourists to share their experiences and information to others. As a business, it should think about

  • What’s your sharing strategy?—-choose your appropriate customers
  • How are you listening to your customers?
  • How are you responding to your customers?—-cultural aspects—international/ individual difference
  • Do others know you listen and respond
  • What of the conversations about your business
  • Do you know where they are taking place

He suggested that it might be a good way that businesses work together and create an app for sharing, which reminds me think about a picture I saw in museum, “Open and Work together—Co-operation is better than conflict”. 

Tourism in Australia is much more popular in the world. Some certain areas lead in the world, such as food and wines. Meanwhile, it also focuses on Luxury market of tourism.

I found a great business in Day one’s lectures. Intrepid Group, which focuses on small group tourists traveling developing countries, closing to locals, living with locals, enjoying authentic experience. At the same time, they offer the chance to their visitors to join in many projects, such as helping locals, connecting with local communities, animal protection. Geoff Manchester showed us an great example about their organization. There are many inappropriate elephant trainings in India. Intrepid Group works on animal protection that will gradually help locals find other job opportunities and also help elephants find their suitable jobs.

There was a great lecture presented by Star Rating Australia. The Old Focus of Marketing is Products, promotion, price and place. But now, it has changed over. The Secret to Success Today: 4 E’s— experience, evangelism, exchange and everyplace. The Reputation of a tourism business (Guest Satisfaction) is the Revenue. So tourism business cannot neglect the power of online review.  

In Day one, there was another thought-provoking lecture that highlighted the accessibility of disable tourists, which reminds me the first blog of Marcela, she mentioned UNWTO also focuses on disable people, elders, baby generations. Great infrastructures make tourism visitability for everyone.

Day 2 was kind of boring for me, so many professional business and politic stuff, which made me want to sleep. But the first two lectures were so awesome. The first one was presented by the marketing director of Tourism Victoria. The speaker was so powerful and her speech was so attractive. She mentioned the power of social media. She also highlighted the strong growing up of Airbnb. Actually, many businesses noticed the competition from Airbnb, especially for hotels.

Another great lecture showed the skills of communication with tourists, Storytelling, which reminded me to think about our Communication class. The speaker said tourists always remember the pleasure times–peak moments in their trips. I remember I have learned that in Global Tourism class. I am so happy there are so many things we have learned from our class. I asked him how many facts we should put into the story and our audience are various, how our story can cover the different age and gender, make it effect. He answered me we can start a big and board story and then go specific and small stories according to tourists’ needs. We would’t like all of our stories are data and numbers. As for the types of story, there are always several themes that can cover and attract almost ages, such as death, love and power.

This conference totally focuses on business and lack of sustainability. It seems like, as for businesses, money always cover everything. But according to the new information that Marcela brought us from UN, sustainability definitely will grow up quickly.

The Outside of NGV
The Outside of NGV
National Gallery Victoria
National Gallery Victoria
Chinese Exhibition
Chinese Exhibition
I am a artist :)
I am the artist 🙂

The last day in Melbourne I visited the National Gallery of Victoria, many gardens, Royal Exhibition Buildings and Parliament buildings. I am so proud of historical Chinese culture, powerful, unique and impressive. Royal Exhibition Buildings are World Heritage and they did many improvements to make it more sustainable, such as rainwater collection.

Royal Exhibition Buildings
Royal Exhibition Buildings
Royal Exhibition Buildings---World Heritage
Royal Exhibition Buildings—World Heritage

There was a funny experience. When I got to the Parliament buildings, I have no idea what it is cause I didn’t know the word “Parliament”. I missed last tour. After the security lady knew I will leave Melbourne tomorrow, she told me a great idea, borrowed the toilet, which i had a chance to see a little bit inside. After that short visiting, i checked that word and suddenly realize I just went to an important place. Thanks to that nice lady !!!

Parliament House
Parliament House

I will go back to Brisbane tomorrow and there will be only two weeks of my internship left. Hopefully everything will be great !!!

Australia: New Adventure

The past several weeks, nothing really new and interesting. My internship was still focusing on the office works, helping colleagues collect data and creating certificates. But I have a strong feelings about how important of data for a certification organization, no, data should be essential for any business. Ecotourism Australia has a great data system and they are still keeping updating everyday. EA plays an important role to help operators to improve their themselves and improve their management plans. Also, I feel the power of social media cause we have to update our website, Facebook, blogs everyday and bring new information to followers/audience. I am so impressive about my colleagues cause they have a great communication stills, no matter for talking or writing, especially for replying emails, a certain operator should use a certain words, through those words, it shows the attitudes of EA. Tourism is also a service industry. We certificate the products from various operators not means we are their big boss. Those operators are our customers and we play a helpful role.

Back to the weather, past couple days, the temperature was freezing in Brisbane. I heard somewhere in the south of Brisbane, just like one half hours drive, was snowing. †here was a crazy interlude happened in my renting place, also I have taken cold shower more than a month, which pushed me to find a new place. I realized sometimes we are afraid of changing because we are already getting used to our comfortable zones. But sometimes, changing is not a bad thing, it helps us to keep discovering ourselves. It looks like troubles, but once you start to do it, it is not that difficult. Our imaginations and fears sometimes restrict our action. I treat that interlude as a challenge and a lesson, which helps me to grow up better. Our life is a long journey. It feels like taking a train, someone will come, while others will leave. No one will accompany you forever, even for your family. The people or the things you will meet in your trip has a certain reason, no matter they are good things or bad, which teach you some lessons and help you grow up. Once they finish their jobs, they will leave and you will meet someone/something new later.

I feel I was living in a wrong place, which invisibly impacts my satisfaction of my trip. I am so happy I have moved out. That’s probably a turning point of my journey. Also, that interlude helps me to deeply recognize some issues about Airbnb. There are still many invisible gaps or accidents you will meet.

After I moved into the new place, that weekend, I felt free. I went to the South Bank again. There was a celebration of Scottish Australian community in CBD. Also, in South Bank, there was a French Festival. I ate so many French desserts. That Sunday I watched a dancing show, “Dirty Dancing”, in Art center. It’s performed by local dancing artists, the same story as that old movie, but adds many new things and new musics.

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South Bank
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South Bank
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South Bank
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South Bank
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South Bank
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South Bank

I went to Melbourne last Friday to attend the Victoria Tourism Conference that happened this Monday and Tuesday. I am so glad I can come and I learned a lot from passed two days. The details of Victoria Tourism Conference will come to the next blog.

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.

First Week of My Internship

The past week was the first week of my internship. Also, it is the first week in my life to work not be a student. It is a little bit hard for me to change my role and environment. But I was really enjoyed it. I was wondering how could people work so hard and they still hanged out on weekends. For me, the first week is definitely so tired. Woke up early, caught up train and stayed in front of the computer whole days. I did a lot of walk everyday between the train station and home. And I noticed many people did the same thing. So I was thinking the design of a city might impact on people’s lifestyle. For example, many walkable street and great public transportation system could motive more people to walk to surroundings instead of driving. That may be a reason why people here looks so slim.

Anyway, go back to my internship. Ecotourism Australia is a small company but they are so professional and organized. The team members cooperate so well with each other. They are the partners in work and friends in life. Probably the best working environment.

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Logos
Office
Office

The first day I did a lot of readings and tried to be familiar with this company. I am so surprised about their certification programs, much more impressive than I expected, compared with the Green Lodging program in Florida. Probably, they have a longer experience. There are many types of certification program, ECO certification, Respect Our Culture (ROC), Climate Action Certification and EcoGuide certification and EcoLodges of Australia. ECO, ROC and Climate Action are on one application.

Work Desk
Work Desk

ECO certification is based on nature products (they call certificated objects as products). There are three levels of certification and customers can upgrade according to their needs. Once getting the certification, they will get the re-audit a certain of time. Respect Our Culture focuses on cultural products. Also, I am so impressive that they take indigenous culture into their certification program. Climate Action that specifically focuses on climate emission, but there are some intersections with ECO certification. While EcoGuide certification is designed for guides. The whole process of certification is also organized ,strict and detailed.

Biodegradable plastics
Biodegradable plastics

Thanks to my internship supervisor cause she helped me a lot to familiar with the work and their company. I was helping EA create new websites for their future online application. I am very confident about WordPress now, really powerful tool. For next couple weeks, probably, I will still work on it and might join in the Climate Action certification project.

Some Interviews
Some Interviews
Met with Sara!!!  :)
Met with Sara!!! 🙂

I met Sara last weekend and because of her, I found a sense of belonging here. Also, Victor, his words inspire me a lot and make me stronger (probably he didn’t know how powerful his words are 🙂 ). Like he said, being alone is a great time to discover yourself and think about yourself. Of course, other classmates’ blogs are also a great way to encourage me.

BTW, I was lost again at the first day to work !!! Lost in Brisbane !!! 🙂

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Brisbane, The City Surprises Me

Just arrived in Brisbane on June 4. Then I started to check out this city next day. My host is so awesome and friendly. His girlfriend is a Korean that makes me feel a kind of belonging (cause both of us are from the Asia).

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Recycle Bins

Brisbane has a very strong transportation system, public buses, trains, and a special one—ships. You can take any of them through one card. The public buses are on time, fast and popular, really convenient to connect many areas around the Brisbane.

The first thing surprised me was when I took the bus this morning, two families took their babies and got on the bus, all of the passengers sat on the priority seats were suddenly standing up and offer their seats to those two families. It looks consistent, fast and natural, which hardly find in China, or even in U.S. (Maybe it has, but I haven’t met yet). Almost passengers said “Thank you” to the drivers no matter for getting on or off the bus. Good behaviors have been shown from many details or small things. It might be a sign for this city has great education and culture that people have been trained so well.

The best way to feel and learn a city might be walking around without routines. I past the city center, people were dressed up and fashionable, no matter for males or females. I just feel they are so tell. I visited the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. It was lunch time, many people followed the river to run or work out. That makes me notice people here look almost slim and healthy, from their bodies. Running or exercise is so popular here. Playing soccer, running, lying on the grass, which makes this city energetic.

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Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

I saw the mangroves around the Brisbane River. Big trees cover all most of the garden. Air is fresh. Everything looks peaceful and harmonious, just like my host said, it is a moderate city, no matter for its size or its design. Perhaps, that is the Brisbane’s enchantment.

Then I past the South Bank, a popular tourist attraction in Brisbane. Great design, green, fresh and harmonious between human beings and nature. Restaurants and bars are around this area, probably has great nightlifes here.

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Mangroves
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South Bank

I did not meet so many tourists, only couple of Chinese tourists. Most tourists might visit the Golden Coast. I was regarded as Korean that reminds me when I was in U.S., it was common to be regarded as Japanese, which might be a sign that Korean is popular in Brisbane (Another clue is food. Also, many Korean food here).

So many great impressions from this city and, of course, it gives me many surprises. Green, sustainable, healthy…

But it also brings a kind of lonely, lacks of a sense of belongs for me, probably, because I just arrived here for two days. Just felt a little shy, scary and not very confident. Hopefully, it will turn to better after I start my internship next Tuesday. Next Monday is the national holiday, Queen’s birthday. So I have a long weekend to familiar this city.

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The Balance of Nature and Animal
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So Cute !!!

And another thing makes me crazy is KEEP LEFT !!! I always walked on wrong lines and checked out the cars from wrong direction. I was thinking probably I can rent a car to visit some far places. KEEP LEFT makes me give up that idea.

So far it looks ok. Brisbane already surprised me. I believe there will be more surprises coming.

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