SUPER UPDATE! I’m in BRAZIL!!

So I’ve been crazy the last few months and terribly sorry for my lack of posting, but yes I have been in Brazil! Haha madness! So where did it begin?

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I won’t bother going through crazy details but basically I applied to do a phd in Trinity College Dublin back in January and I got accepted in April 2015! I am working with the same supervisor I worked with when I did my undergraduate thesis (my final year project) there! So anyways, Fabio is his name and he tells me he will be going to Brazil for the summer (3 months) because he has a contract in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (I will from here on in refer to this uni as UFRJ) to teach. So he asked if I would like to apply for the brazilian program they have for foreign students (basically they pay your flights to and from brazil and give you money to do part of your phd there!) so I was like HELL YEAH! But the problem was we didn’t know when we were going to hear back from the funding body so as well as applying for that we also applied for an irish funding which paid for my flights, accommodation and some food! Not a bad deal, right?! So I actually got approved by both funding bodies, hence I will fly back to Dublin on 27th August and then I will come back on 1st October till 20th February next year!!

Voila! Thus, here I am, in Rio de Janeiro, doing part of my research in UFRJ … I have never in a million years thought I’d be here right now haha! Got to just go with the flow of life I guess! I’ve actually already been here for 2 months so in my next few posts to come I shall share with you all my experience of brazil so far! Well I can for sure say that I love it here very much!!

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First trip of 2015 (part 4)

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First travel of the year 2015 (part 3)

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First travel in 2015 (part 2)

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First travel of the 2015! (Part1)

So last year I decided I wanted to fly somewhere and just do something! There’s this girl I met 9 years ago in Cyprus when I won the European art competition who lived in Czech Republic and all these years I’ve been meaning to meet with her and so I thought.. Okay… I think it’s time! So off I went and booked the flights and now I am in Prague! What a beautiful city! I don’t have much time to write about it so instead I will post photos of my trip!

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Back in Auckland and the start of Australian adventures!

So we dropped off our campervan and flew back up north to Auckland where Kieran’s friend picked us up! Played a bit of mini-golf! Fun times!

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Then back to the airport to fly to Australia! 2 weeks of Australian adventures! Upon arrival we saw this sign..

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We thought we were in for that Australian border control tv show! False alarm! We got through and it was practically empty!

Kieran’s friend picked us up and we headed back to theirs for the night! And OMG.. first encounter of wild kangaroos! One massive one hopped right out onto the road and was bouncing along ahead of us!! Then a smaller one after that! Was crazy! I was like.. AHHH OMG KANGAROOOOOO! And the guy goes “yeah, this is very common in Australia”. Wooo Woo! So if you like kangaroos/wallabies, this is your country.. IF you’re not afraid of large insects!

Then we went to visit some wild koala bears! Can you spot them!?

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It was hard to get close ups because they were so far away. 

Then to the 12 apostles… I didn’t quite see twelve, but that happens as the rocks wear down from the waves

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And them some rock pool where eels swim up to during spawning season apparently

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We visited the Gold Mines and the towns they were inImage

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Then off to wildlife park! I loved the wildlife parks in Australia because wallabies and kangaroos were everywhere! And you can buy little seed packets and feed them or feed them bread! and the time we were there there were little babies in the mother kangaroo’s pouches! 

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Mother wallaby with baby wallaby poking out awkwardly! But so cute at the same time!

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And parrots!

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And then our friend Diesel! Drunk on his Eucalyptus leaves!

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Beautiful view from a hill top!

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We went to visit China town! So amazing! If you’re interested in Chinese culture or even if you’re Chinese with no interest, it’s really amazing. Just the history there! 

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A very pretty white tree!

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One of the many piers in Melbourne!

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Then off to see the little penguins! They didn’t let us take pictures of the actual penguin in case we scared them, so this is as good as it gets! 😀

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Walking the forest!! Strange seeds in the trees!

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Beautiful tropical flowers! I LOVE!

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Kangaroo paws.. because they look like kangaroo’s paws!

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These were SO PRETTY! My fav!

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All these flowers were so eye-catching!

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The Birthday Candle plant!

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Then off to the Melbourne Museum! It’s absolutely amazing so I’d definitely go if you ever visit Melbourne! Kids and adults will find it so much fun!! Just so many things to see!

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I’m a monster!!

 

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Our campervan journey (Part 10, last part!)

Off to visit one bad-ass tree!

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Kieran has more photos on his camera, so that is all from the Campervan adventures! Thanks for reading! 😛

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