my name is magnolia.
this is an american study tour blog.

if you are not Adrian, Deb, James or any of the other study tour students, i'm pretty sure you're lost.
this blog won't make a lot of sense to you.

 

Although the study tour ended at the start of December…

It is only now that I’m celebrating my last day in the United States
(With Disney theme parks of course)

Bye USA!
I’ll be in the air while all the study tour stuff is due haha

Bye everyone!

The end of the study tour has come and we just bid farewell to most of the group. A few went off to other places but most of these guys are headed back to Melbourne.
Right now, there’s Caitlin, Jemma and I all waiting for our loved ones that are all flying together. They had quite a bit of difficulty.
First, their flight from home was delayed 3 hours which caused them to have to take a later flight.
When they took off on this second flight from LAX, a passenger freaked out and decided they needed to get off the plane. So they had to land, get that person and their bags off the plane before taking off again.

SO MANY DELAYS.
Hopefully these kids have a safe and smooth flight home to sunny Melbourne!

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!I actually had a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. I have to admit that I’m not thaaat much of a fan of pumpkin pie. I just had to try it out though. For the sake of an American Thanksgiving!Mmm, cranberry sauce. That stuff is so good.By the way, this was at Stardust Diner in Times Square. The restaurant has singing waiters and it was absolutely jam packed. (I kinda wish the food was better though.)

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

I actually had a turkey dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. I have to admit that I’m not thaaat much of a fan of pumpkin pie. I just had to try it out though. For the sake of an American Thanksgiving!
Mmm, cranberry sauce. That stuff is so good.

By the way, this was at Stardust Diner in Times Square. The restaurant has singing waiters and it was absolutely jam packed. (I kinda wish the food was better though.)

The Walkman Effect

As you can see, I post a lot of music on this blog. They’re all from bands that are from the city that I’m currently in. I like to think these songs compose the soundtrack that plays in the back of everything I do in these places I venture to.

I started reading a bit of Shuhei Hosokawa’s article in Popular Music. He describes the Walkman Effect as the way someone interacts with their environment while listening to music through headphones.
These music devices can make a person seem isolated from their surroundings. When the Sony Walkman first came into popularity, they also featured a “talk” button that allowed for the volume to be lowered while you’re engaged in a conversation. It seems a little rude to us now, but portable music device etiquette hadn’t quite been established yet.
Hosokawa describes walkmans as a symbol of an autonomous and mobile self.

It’s true that I can get absorbed into what’s being blasted on my iPod, but a lot of the time I think it enhances my experience. I walk in time to the beat and upbeat songs make me feel so much better about my day.

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Hosokawa, S 1984, The Walkman Effect in The Sound Studies Reader by Sterne, J (ed.), Routledge, New York, pp. 104-116

Van Gogh’s Starry NightI can’t believe I stood in front of this amazing painting. MoMA was actually amazing. I had no idea how massive the museum was. I was awestruck at every corner.I mean, I saw Dali, Kahlo, Monet and Picasso pieces that absolutely blew my mind.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night

I can’t believe I stood in front of this amazing painting. MoMA was actually amazing. I had no idea how massive the museum was. I was awestruck at every corner.
I mean, I saw Dali, Kahlo, Monet and Picasso pieces that absolutely blew my mind.

Myer vs Macy’s

I went to the Black Friday sale at Macy’s on Thursday night. It was crazy in there!
I’ve been to the Boxing Day sale at Myer and it wasn’t as packed as this. Macy’s also has 9 stories. It has anything you could ever need for anyone.
Myer in Melbourne is only a few stories high, but even then, it seems excessive.

The odd thing was that I’ve heard of how much people rush into department stores to get the best sales, but I didn’t experience any big sales on that night. I bought a couple of products and they weren’t even discounted. To be honest, I don’t get the hype.

Icehouse (Docklands in Melbourne) vs Wollman Rink (Central Park in New York)

The photo on the left was taken in 2010 at Icehouse. It’s quite a large indoor rink. You can even see a few people in tshirts, which is definitely not something you would see in Central Park at this time of the year.

Surprisingly, the amount of people was pretty much the same in both rinks. I guess the lack of ice skating rinks in Melbourne makes this large one located near the city’s center quite popular.
Pricing was also roughly the same.

The big difference of course, is that this in Central Park! Ice skating in New York at this time of year is just something that neeeeeds to be done.
If I need my ice skating fix, I’ll make my way to Icehouse again.

The study tour is coming to an end!

It’s been a full two weeks here in the States and it feels like it’s gone so quickly. At the same time, it feels like I’ve been with these people for sooo long.

It’s odd how it can feel like both.

It’s something that I’ve always experienced while travelling. The conflict of emotions is difficult to handle sometimes. I don’t want to ever leave New York, but I can’t wait to venture onto San Francisco. And even then, I miss home. (I actually miss real showers. And my wardrobe.) There’s already a longing to come back to this city…and I haven’t even left.

I’m pulled between cities.
Not only that, I’m pulled between individual and opposite thoughts in my own mind.

I want to go. But I want to stay.
I want to spend more time with these guys. But I need to just be by myself. Or with my boyfriend.
I want to buy all the things! But shopping doesn’t seem to be worth it.
I want so much.

But with so many options, I feel a little…
I don’t know, stuck?

The Magnolia Bakery
All I bought was the holiday tin.But I’m definitely going back when the boyfriend arrives in New York.

The Magnolia Bakery

All I bought was the holiday tin.
But I’m definitely going back when the boyfriend arrives in New York.