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Explore Sydney with Nailah Russell '18 via Instagram

Nailah Russell '18 is studying in Sydney, Australia this fall! She's filling our new study abroad Instagram account with all her adventures. Make sure you follow @hoodabroad!

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  1. After a delay, a missed flight, and 15 hours in the air I've made it to Sydney! Here I'll be studying Australian gov't and pacific rim politics and international organization behavior. I'll also be interning at Refugee Advice and Casework Services, an excellent nonprofit that I can't wait to get started with! Check out some of the pictures I nabbed on a first walkthrough of the area around our Urbanest apartment complex, including the CAPA building where I'll have my classes, Central Station and Darling Harbour at night. -Nailah Russell '18
    After a delay, a missed flight, and 15 hours in the air I've made it to Sydney! Here I'll be studying Australian gov't and pacific rim politics and international organization behavior. I'll also be interning at Refugee Advice and Casework Services, an excellent nonprofit that I can't wait to get started with! Check out some of the pictures I nabbed on a first walkthrough of the area around our Urbanest apartment complex, including the CAPA building where I'll have my classes, Central Station and Darling Harbour at night. -Nailah Russell '18
  2. Hey everyone! That's me, Nailah, Class of 2018 (on the left) with one of my flatmates Andrea at Sydney Harbour in Australia, where we'll be spending our Fall semester as CAPA students. Today, our CAPA coordinators unleashed us to explore Sydney with a scavengar hunt that taught us about the city's unique culture and history. It took us to works of Chinese and Aboriginal art, and their incredible fusions paying homage to the diversity of Sydney and those who fought tirelessly for rights. Our last stop was Sydney Harbour, where we dined fancy and got to see the incredible Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. 
#studyabroad #CAPA #sydney #australia  #internationalstudent #hoodcollege
    Hey everyone! That's me, Nailah, Class of 2018 (on the left) with one of my flatmates Andrea at Sydney Harbour in Australia, where we'll be spending our Fall semester as CAPA students. Today, our CAPA coordinators unleashed us to explore Sydney with a scavengar hunt that taught us about the city's unique culture and history. It took us to works of Chinese and Aboriginal art, and their incredible fusions paying homage to the diversity of Sydney and those who fought tirelessly for rights. Our last stop was Sydney Harbour, where we dined fancy and got to see the incredible Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. #studyabroad #CAPA #sydney #australia #internationalstudent #hoodcollege
  3. On Saturday morning, CAPA students gathered at Barangaroo Reserve - the first point of contact between Aboriginals and Europeans - to attend an Aboriginal cultural workshop. Our guide's main objective was to get us acquainted with the pre-colonial history of Australia, aboriginal society and spirituality, the flora and fauna with which they have co-existed, and the traumatic history that has led them to make up only 2% of Sydney's population and the majority of its prison population.  This was by far the most humbling experience that I could have asked for as a student. I've always believed that learning history allows one to see the world with a clearer lens. As I continue to explore this unique and beautiful city, the respect and rememberance of Aboriginal people will remain at the forefront of my mind. -Nailah Russell '18
#studyabroad #internationalstudent #CAPASydney #sydney #australia
    On Saturday morning, CAPA students gathered at Barangaroo Reserve - the first point of contact between Aboriginals and Europeans - to attend an Aboriginal cultural workshop. Our guide's main objective was to get us acquainted with the pre-colonial history of Australia, aboriginal society and spirituality, the flora and fauna with which they have co-existed, and the traumatic history that has led them to make up only 2% of Sydney's population and the majority of its prison population. This was by far the most humbling experience that I could have asked for as a student. I've always believed that learning history allows one to see the world with a clearer lens. As I continue to explore this unique and beautiful city, the respect and rememberance of Aboriginal people will remain at the forefront of my mind. -Nailah Russell '18 #studyabroad #internationalstudent #CAPASydney #sydney #australia
  4. What do you do when you're walking home because you're too sick to stay at the street fair? Spare 6 minutes to watch a street performer specifially beg Americans for $20 and juggle fire, a sword, and an apple while balancing on a bike on a pole. -Nailah '18
  5. Hey y'all! Nailah here. This past week was jam-packed with firsts and explorations. On Monday I got lost on the way to my internship, but luckily the world's nicest man rode the bus with me and helped me when my google map refused to load. After that, I returned safely back to Ultimo (the suburb I'm staying in) and decided to do some small-scale site-seeing up around Broadway. On Friday, I lawn-bowled with my colleagues at a small party and actually won a few games. Apparently it's a lot like bocce, but I've never played bocce, so don't listen to me. (Side note: my phone ate up the lawn-bowling videos, so you'll just have to believe I won 😉) On Saturday, a professor took a group of us CAPA kids on a coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. The walk was about 8 miles and the hills killed me, but the scenery made all the huffing and puffing worth it. On Sunday, several of us went back to Coogee to catch some sun (as we're on the cusp of spring), then headed to the Food festival across the street. All in all, an active week, and I can't wait for the adventures to keep coming. #studyabroad #internationalstudent #CAPA #sydney #australia
    Hey y'all! Nailah here. This past week was jam-packed with firsts and explorations. On Monday I got lost on the way to my internship, but luckily the world's nicest man rode the bus with me and helped me when my google map refused to load. After that, I returned safely back to Ultimo (the suburb I'm staying in) and decided to do some small-scale site-seeing up around Broadway. On Friday, I lawn-bowled with my colleagues at a small party and actually won a few games. Apparently it's a lot like bocce, but I've never played bocce, so don't listen to me. (Side note: my phone ate up the lawn-bowling videos, so you'll just have to believe I won 😉) On Saturday, a professor took a group of us CAPA kids on a coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. The walk was about 8 miles and the hills killed me, but the scenery made all the huffing and puffing worth it. On Sunday, several of us went back to Coogee to catch some sun (as we're on the cusp of spring), then headed to the Food festival across the street. All in all, an active week, and I can't wait for the adventures to keep coming. #studyabroad #internationalstudent #CAPA #sydney #australia
  6. Alright y'all, stick with me here. This week was pretty packed, so I had to break it up into two separate posts. So this is part 1 (i.e. most of the week). On Wednesday, my Exploring Sydney class met up at the historic Customs House. Outside, you can see the "Vote YES" ads with rainbows for the LGBTQ+ community. As some of you may know, gay marriage isn't legal in Australia yet, so citizens are gearing up to vote. It certainly is interesting to be a foreigner in a country during social change! Inside the house, we looked at a tiny, paper version of Sydney in the floor, which definitely made me feel like Godzilla. Then we headed to the Museum of Sydney for a lesson about the first European settlement of Australia as a penal colony (peep the ships on pic #5). And thanks to the convenient location of the Museum at Circular Quay where the iconic Sydney Opera House is, I couldn't pass up the chance to get an up close look. Later on, some friends and I rounded up and headed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The displays were amazing, to say the least! They can count on my reappearance. On Friday, it was my friend Adie's last day interning with us at Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), so of course us models had to have a quick photoshoot during lunch. -Nailah Russell '18 
#internationalstudent #studyabroad #CAPASydney
    Alright y'all, stick with me here. This week was pretty packed, so I had to break it up into two separate posts. So this is part 1 (i.e. most of the week). On Wednesday, my Exploring Sydney class met up at the historic Customs House. Outside, you can see the "Vote YES" ads with rainbows for the LGBTQ+ community. As some of you may know, gay marriage isn't legal in Australia yet, so citizens are gearing up to vote. It certainly is interesting to be a foreigner in a country during social change! Inside the house, we looked at a tiny, paper version of Sydney in the floor, which definitely made me feel like Godzilla. Then we headed to the Museum of Sydney for a lesson about the first European settlement of Australia as a penal colony (peep the ships on pic #5). And thanks to the convenient location of the Museum at Circular Quay where the iconic Sydney Opera House is, I couldn't pass up the chance to get an up close look. Later on, some friends and I rounded up and headed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The displays were amazing, to say the least! They can count on my reappearance. On Friday, it was my friend Adie's last day interning with us at Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), so of course us models had to have a quick photoshoot during lunch. -Nailah Russell '18 #internationalstudent #studyabroad #CAPASydney
  7. It's ya girl Nai, comin in with part 2. Today, we started off the morning early by heading to Featherdale Wildlife Park where we met some of Australia's most famous indigenous animals including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, and koalas. These guys were absolutely precious! I even got to feed a friendly kangaroo💕 Then, we went to the Blue Mountains. Here, we hiked, listened to the Aboriginal creation story of the Three Sisters Mountain (sliding in with a video feature). And then we tested out our lost/in danger "CooWee!" calls against the stones of the moutains. Climbing the stairs back up the mountain was no joke, but I definitely give this day a 10/10 ✔ -Nailah '18 
#studyabroad #CAPASydney #australia
#internationalstudent #wildlife
    It's ya girl Nai, comin in with part 2. Today, we started off the morning early by heading to Featherdale Wildlife Park where we met some of Australia's most famous indigenous animals including wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, and koalas. These guys were absolutely precious! I even got to feed a friendly kangaroo💕 Then, we went to the Blue Mountains. Here, we hiked, listened to the Aboriginal creation story of the Three Sisters Mountain (sliding in with a video feature). And then we tested out our lost/in danger "CooWee!" calls against the stones of the moutains. Climbing the stairs back up the mountain was no joke, but I definitely give this day a 10/10 ✔ -Nailah '18 #studyabroad #CAPASydney #australia #internationalstudent #wildlife
  8. If the Opera House is this fun outside, I can't wait to see what it's like inside! Hood homies, cross your fingers and hope I get to see a performance -Nailah '18 😉 #studyabroad #CAPASydney #internationalstudent
  9. Hey friends! Long time, no see (literally). Last Wednesday, my Exploring Sydney class headed over to Hyde Park Barracks, listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, and rightfully so. This place is packed with history. As many of you know, Australia (specifically New South Wales) began as a penal colony. So, this is where the convicts were housed while they were serving sentences and building colonies (see pictures 4&5 to catch me and some CAPA kids embracing our inner convicts by laying in their old hammocks and trying on prison outfits - which were admittedly pretty fashionable). It later became and immigration depot for young women, and then a housing facility for aging and disabled women. Later, it sprouted in a hub of legal and administrative affairs with courtrooms and government offices. It now stands as a living museum with artifacts, artwork, models, and archaeological findings. Pretty neat stuff, if I do say so myself. -Nailah Russell '18 #CAPASydney #Australia #sydneyaustralia #internationalstudent #CAPA #studyabroad
    Hey friends! Long time, no see (literally). Last Wednesday, my Exploring Sydney class headed over to Hyde Park Barracks, listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, and rightfully so. This place is packed with history. As many of you know, Australia (specifically New South Wales) began as a penal colony. So, this is where the convicts were housed while they were serving sentences and building colonies (see pictures 4&5 to catch me and some CAPA kids embracing our inner convicts by laying in their old hammocks and trying on prison outfits - which were admittedly pretty fashionable). It later became and immigration depot for young women, and then a housing facility for aging and disabled women. Later, it sprouted in a hub of legal and administrative affairs with courtrooms and government offices. It now stands as a living museum with artifacts, artwork, models, and archaeological findings. Pretty neat stuff, if I do say so myself. -Nailah Russell '18 #CAPASydney #Australia #sydneyaustralia #internationalstudent #CAPA #studyabroad
  10. Sorry about the cut off on the first video, guys! If you were wondering what was on the scroll, it said "Wishing You Prosperity!" One of the great things about Urbanest, my student accommodation, is the location. Not only am I super close to the train station, but I'm a 30 second walk from Chinatown. -Nailah Russell '18 #CAPASydney #internationalstudent #studyabroad #sydneyaustralia #chinatownaustralia
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