I am one of the many German students studying abroad. I am one of the people who love travelling. I can't sit still, I always have to do stuff. I am curious, always chasing for stories. Stay here for a while and be part of my respaced world

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sydney Aquarium


This morning I woke up with a little hangover. The weather wasn’t nice enough to go to the beach, it was only 20°C and cloudy (ahhh fall is gonna be here soon).

So what can you do in Sydney when you are in a not too talkative/social mood, it isn’t too nice outside and you don’t wanna stress your brain with too much information ?

It’s pretty simple – These conditions are perfect for a visit at Sydney Aquarium. It is dark and all you have to do is watching animals.

I just like Aquariums. Or fish in general. Whenever I visit a place and there’s a cool aquarium you can bet I’ll check it out. My grandpa had a big fish tank, so going to pet stores and buying fish/plants are part of my childhood memories. I have had two fish tanks in my life so far and my ex-boyfriend thought it was so cool that he himself got one, too. 



Chicago Aquarium

Miami Aquarium

Wow, that sounds geeky. I am also a fish lover when it comes to food. I love Sushi. What I am trying to say is: I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to Aquariums and fish. I liked the Sydney Aquarium, but I think I’ve seen better ones (i missed the dolphins. I'm such a girl). Anyway, I have to say: The Sydney Aquarium had quiet an impact on me ;)

Shaaaarks. I actually HATE sharks. But I think I changed my mind today. From all the animals I saw today (you can find “little penguins” in Sydney!!! So sweet! And lots of cool colorful fish)

The "little penguins"

-  I found the sharks as the most attractive ones. 

Sydney

A little bit of sharks’ history:
Until the 70’ies people didn’t really know about sharks, but thanks to television sharks got the reputation of “man eaters” (apparently not true. About 3 people a year are killed by sharks. PEANUTS). A “Let’s kill the man eaters and have shark soup” trend evolved. 
Cool for the people (some entertaining shark movies were produced). Not so cool for the sharks.
Today the population of sharks has declined tremendously and many species are considered as endangered.

The Aquarium in Sydney is the only place in the world where sharks are breeded and released! So far, the aquarium has done it with 17 sharks. Impressing, isn’t it? 

 
 
me touching a shark egg (not all shark species are born in eggs)  

Sounds like I’m starting to like sharks. Eeehhh well… don’t wanna meet them outside of an aquarium anyway.

So what do you think about sharks – did I convince you to feel sorry for them or do you rather feel like having a bowl of shark soup?

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Wishing you a flowery Friday


I just came back from a run in my "hood" and I can't stop smiling because I found a wonderful park with a bay and a wonderful view on the Sydney skyline. The weather is beautiful today, the sun is shining and I wish I would have taken my camera with me. Instead, I picked up some flowers I found on the street which had fallen from the Cipriani tree around the corner of my dorm. This bowl of flowers is for you guys!! Hope that you'll enjoy a tiny little bit of my sunny sydney day this way! 





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Monday, March 21, 2011

A piece of Europe in the Southern Hemisphere?

Most people say that Melbourne is very "European".
I think you can find a lot of "Europe" in Sydney as well.
Today I went to Leichhardt, which is a suburb only 5 (bus)minutes away from where I live.

The European feeling came up immediately when I entered the bus. Three people spoke in Italian!!! (I love Italian). I studied Italian at school, so I could understand their conversation. The two ladies were telling the younger Italian guy that when they met people in Italy they would tell them that they were "Australian" and that the guy would be "Australian" too, because he had no clue how it would be in Italy...I know so many German-Italians that I found the imagination of Australian Italians funny. Their Italian must sound so weird for "real" Italians, growing up so far from Italy, don't you think? I mean, German-Italians can just hop on the train or take the car, 2 hours later there in Italy (speaking of Stuttgart). But Australian-Italians? Mhm.

I got off at "Norton Street" and found this: The Italian Forum





Apart from this mall/apartment complex in one, you could find Italian shops which sold cheap looking shoes for 90$ (in italy they probably cost 10$.. ha ha - no grazie), an italian bakery, an Italian Culture Forum, an Italian bookstore, a section for Italian books at the public library based here and of course Italian restaurants and some  ice cream places.


So I went to get a gelato and asked the vendor what the the flavour "Quella" referred to.
She said "It's Nutella!"
"I'll have that, then. But why is it called Quella when it is supposed to be Nutella?"<br>
"Oh, it's ITALIAN NUTELLA, it's just called different.", she explained to me.
"Mhm. I don't think so. I'm from Europe and I have never heard of "Quella". I think I would know about "Quella"..."
"I don't know, I'm sorry"

mhmmm this girl probably thought i was really arrogant but if someone tells me the Italian nutella is called "Quella" I get very mad because damn it if there is something I know everything about it is NUTELLA.

Nutella is Italian, damn it!

anyway, I googled "Quella" and what I found was...
nothing about Nutella.

LIARS!!! Pah. Next time i'll come to Leichhart,I'll have my gelato somewhere else,that's for sure!

just for u guys:


My expert knowledge about nutella:

Nutella in the US: Don't eat it. Corn Sugar makes it taste weird!
Nutella in France/Spain/Southern Europe: Don't eat it. To sweet. Weird brown colour.(too many nuts)

Nutella in Western Europe (Germany/Italy/..?): Nutella in its original form.YAM


so much about Italian Nutella ice cream in Sydney....i know I'm a geek... at least I'm happy with the "European styled" pickels they sell at the grocery store.



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