ilam school of art + lenses

I finally rang Canterbury to ask them what's up with my fine arts application, and they're like, well, do you want a place? Because we have one spare. So it looks like I can go to Chch after all, which is gratifying even if it opens up a whole new can of worms about what end of the country I should be at this year. I'm getting sick of this and my total inability to make decisions.

In other news, I now have contact lenses, which is amazingly cool except for a slight feeling of 'been swimming too long in a chlorine swimming pool'. Maybe this means I have contracted a potentially blinding disease? Or maybe I just haven't been cleaning the lenses properly. Hmm.
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    sleepy sleepy

i'll be back

Last day in Austria. I've just finished packing (minus stuff that I still need, like toothpaste and hairbrush and the clothes I'm wearing) and each suitcase/bag is hovering around half a kilo over the limit. I think that's about as good as it's going to get, so I've put some stuff which I can take out if necessary and will hope that the Lufthansa staff will be feeling happy and wellrested tomorrow at... 4:30 a.m. Um. Good plan?

I also went and told the authorities that I'm officially not living here anymore, so I've been sitting the lounge knitting and feeling mopey and the radio kept playing songs with lyrics like 'I'm coming home' and 'I won't forget you' until I got up and turned it off. Like, sometimes life doesn't need a soundtrack, you know? Bad enough looking at the piano stool and thinking 'this is the last time I'll see this' or 'I'll never play Uno until 3 a.m. with Susi again'. Not that I'm crying all over the place, mind you. I never cry at airports. I just knit and look depressed.

And now the scarf is finished. What do I do now?
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    cold cold

didn't make it to budapest, but...

Today I went to Mosonmagyarovar and Györ (Hungary) and Bratislava (Slovakia). It was freezing and there was an icy wind the whole time so we had to do 5 minute stops in which I'd get out, take lots of photos, and then get back into the car to defrost my fingers. There's a photo of me in Bratislava and my face is absolutely bright red from cold.

But it was awesome. My last across-the-border excursion! And how many days left now?


It sucks.
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    gloomy gloomy

my last attempt at international travel

I realise I've already written my Merry Christmas post, but I just found out what is, for me, probably the best Christmas present I'll receive:

My hostdad says he's going to take me to Hungary and Slovakia in January!! BUDAPEST HERE I COME!

(One of the most beautiful cities I've visited, and this time I'll have the added advantage of not having to muck around with the scary broken trains! YAY!)

And, um, I hope you all have a great Christmas.
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    excited omg squee

frohe weihnachten

I'll be heading off into the mountains on the 25th, with no internet access or bathroom (hard to think which I'll miss most), so I'm going to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope 2008 will be full of peace, love, and a lot of sleep. (That last one is high on my Christmas list.)

I now have 18 days until I leave Austria. This morning I walked up into the woods and my footsteps were silent on the snow and the trees were covered in two-inch thick frost, like a frozen sneeze. Everything was so still and white and cold and altogether winter-y. I walked for about an hour before I came home with my cheeks bright red and my glasses fogged and my head filled with white.

...Aren't I pretentious. What I mean to say is: Winter Is Pretty, And I Am Sad To Leave Austria. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much, but I've been buying and receiving presents for the last few weeks and packing up stuff and sorting out what things to leave behind (FOUR worn-out pairs of trousers, amongst other things. FOUR!), so it's been on my mind lately. (4 bottles of NZ wine are sitting in my wardrobe which serves as a reminder as well.)

But I'm looking forward to the new year, too, and all the new challenges it will bring. (Yes, university admin, I'm looking at you!) And I hope you are too.

Merry Christmas!
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    amused yum punsch

525, 600 minutes

i'm back and i just spent the day moping and not going to school. i had exactly one hour's sleep on saturday and my voice has gone and i am so, so, so

abject, atrabilious, black, bleak, blue, broody, bummed out, cast down, cheerless, clouded, crestfallen, dampened, dashed, despondent, disconsolate, discouraged, disheartened, dismal, dispirited, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, dragged, drooping, droopy, gloomy, glum, heavyhearted, hurting, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, moody, mopey, mopish, morose, sad, sagging, shot down, spiritless, woebegone, wretched

and there are only twentyfive days until the best year of my life ends
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    seasons of love

when will we twenty-five meet again?

In about 22 minutes I'll be walking down the hill in the snow with all my gear, on my way to see the other Rotary exchange students for the last time. I woke up this morning after having a discomforting dream involving me missing the train and never seeing the others again at all, which disturbed me enough to wake up and discover that it was only 6 a.m. anyway.

Somehow my excitement has been replaced by melancholy. While I think that exchange is amazing, beautiful, fantastic etc., there are some parts about it which really, really SUCK, most notably this month or so of drawn-out goodbyes.
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whose woods these are i think i know

I went walking over the hills this morning and it was all orange and purple-grey and blue, and I was thinking that around 6 months ago I would have told you there isn't enough green. Not enough, in short, like NZ.

And now I walk through the woods and think winter is the most beautiful time in the world, and wonder when I'll see it again.
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    crushed blue

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to the future.
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    frustrated frustrated

just over a month left

How many sorts of biscuits did I bake?

a) 2
b) 9
c) 10,000
d) 23,523,466

...yep, that's right, I made 9 different batches of biscuits last Saturday. When're the World Championships? And yes, of course you can have some. Come over sometime. I personally recommend the vanillekipferl, or the nußecken, or the domino-biscuits. YUM. Only while stocks last.