How I Spent Labor Day Weekend in Sydney

Oct 6, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Hanna talks about how she spent her long Labour Day weekend in Sydney and the places she explored.

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Oh, it’s been a long weekend. Like, seriously a long one. The first Monday of October in New South Wales in Australia is a Labor Day. So, we were given an extra day off to do our usual study abroad adventures. But first, let me start by sharing something very cool with you.

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Remember a couple of posts ago when I shared my internship experience? Well, it has been another two weeks after that, and I am even more fascinated with the company and people I work with. Most recently, House Of Brand conducted a biometric research for one of the film companies. So, basically, they used different biometrics recognition methods to investigate the subconscious signals from the body to reveal usually unnoticeable features related to emotion, attention, cognition, and physiological arousal. All this was done while showing an episode of a TV show to volunteers for them to later report to the company. The research was meant to analyze people’s reaction to the show and give some insight on further improvement. Isn’t it cool? For me, that has probably been a highlight of my internship so far. I think they are currently working on the article to give more insight on the research methodology and results. Thus, I will be keeping an eye on the marketing research articles to get more details and find out more about the results of the study. Overall, I will definitely say being a part of it and observing people working on something like that was very exciting and even inspiring.

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Due to the long weekend we had, my friends and I decided to take the opportunity to explore the city. We decided to visit the University of Sydney, which is basically the Australian Hogwarts. The buildings? So stunning. The views? So breathtaking.

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Unsurprisingly, there were a lot of tourists having their own photoshoot sessions there. After that we headed to the Newtown area. It's a very lively district with its own soul created by the music. You can find a lot of people at the Enmore Theatre and the Vanguard there which owns Sydney jazz, and Bloodwood and Gelatomassi for food!

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Talking about exciting stuff, this week we had our midterm dinner that CAPA put on for us. It was a very relaxing evening full of joy and laughter. The group dinner took place at the Australian Youth Hotel. It's a great spot to grab some lunch or dinner with your friends.

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Moreover, the restaurant is located super close to the CAPA center and Urbanest apartments. The Australian Youth Hotel has an interesting and authentic atmosphere that fills you up with a relaxing mood. They offer a great food selection with lots of yummy vegetarian and gluten free options.

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We also made time to travel to the Taronga Zoo to do the Balmoral Beach walk. Having a total of 6.8 km one way to cover, the walk was pretty tiring. However, the view was totally worth it. This walk explores a great section of the Sydney Harbour. We started our trip at the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf with views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then spectacular views continue along the way.

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The walk also explores a historic section of the harbour, including the fortifications at Bradley’s Head and Chowder Bay. There were a few places to get food along the way, and many great places to eat your own packed lunch. We actually waited until we got to our final destination to enjoy some local and well-known fish and chips. Interesting fact: Balmoral Beach takes its name from the royal castle at Braemar in Scotland. This is a beautiful beach, with a great foreshore walk overlooking the sandy beach.

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The beach is a popular spot with locals and visitors, for sun baking, swimming, and having a picnic. Balmoral Beach has very little surf options, with a sheltered, easterly aspect. There is also a shark-net swimming area, shops, cafes, and plenty of beach area to share on a sunny day.

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I've saved the best bite of information for the end!

Ask me, "What's it like to celebrate your birthday in Sydney?" Well, my answer would be that it was AMAZING! Having so many great people around with friends who care for you and surprise you. I am very glad I had the opportunity to share this special day with my new Australian friends. So, if you happen to have your birthday party here during the program, you will have memories to last a lifetime.

Thanks Hanna!

Hanna's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Internships in Sydney