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437 years of graffiti

For all the negative things I’ve said about Leiden University, I’ve got to give it to them with regards to how they conduct their graduation ceremonies. Yep, yesterday I graduated from Leiden and received my Master of Arts. Woohoo! Unlike my Bachelor of Arts graduation in Melbourne, where I was among 300 or so people […]

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Taking in the view

If you haven’t already noticed from my various grumblings on Twitter and Facebook, I am currently waist-deep in international student essay writing madness. My brain feels full. Completely chockers. My face is full of pimples and I have a massive ulcer in possibly the most excruciating position, located between my bottom front teeth and my […]

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The centre of attention

You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. Sounds corny, I know, but I never knew that I loved being the centre of attention until I wasn’t any more. Let me backtrack a bit. Until last year, I had always been told that I was quiet. Not in a mousy, don’t-hear-a-peep-out-of-her kind of way, […]

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Swapping the Beast for the Satchel

For the last six weeks, I have been toting a satchel. Just like me, the Satchel (for lack of a better name) is quite the traveller. We found each other in a quirky little shop in Shibuya 109, a funky shopping mall in Tokyo. Unlike with the Beast, here it was love at first sight. […]

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The internationalist

So, for the past month, I have been spending my days buried in books. I am a uni student again. I finished by bachelor’s degree back in 2008; a three-year degree which took me five years. Originally I was going to keep going, as we all know that a Bachelor of Arts doesn’t exactly create […]

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