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[Jan. 10th, 2007|12:21 am]
[Current Location |Torquay]
[music |Indigo Girls - Galileo]

It's strange being back here this time around. For the first time, it really doesn't feel like coming home: these days, Canberra is very much home, and Torquay means visiting the parents. I've been gone for long enough that I really don't know that many people down here anymore - with the exception of Belinda, Alex, and Beth (were she not in Japan), there's really no one around. This place is rapidly changing, too, as more and more yuppies decide to head to the coast - among other things, the site of my old primary school and the site of my old kindergarten are about to become masses of multi-storey townhouses. Still, I don't much mind. I haven't been very attached to this place in a long time, and Canberra suits me fine these days.

I've been alternating between feeling really horribly bored (I thought I'd stooped low when I started playing Pokemon, god help me, and then I found myself getting a Myspace account), feeling homesick for Canberra, and feeling really inspired. For all the flaws of this place, the rugged coast is absolutely beautiful. I forget how much I used to enjoy walking around the beaches when I was doing school via distance education.

It's been a bit strange having to finally come out to people down here, or have them work it out for themselves. I went around to Alex's for a few drinks the other day, which gave us the chance to have a much-needed talk. I don't have that many friends from before high school, so it's kind of nice to have someone that I've known since I was four react so well. Still, if anyone had reason to guess, it was probably her - she was about the only person that I trusted in primary school. Abbey dropped around, as well - I wouldn't have seen her in about four years. Anyway, it was a fun afternoon, and I'm sure I'll be seeing a bit more of them before I leave. It hasn't been all pleasant, though - I had the misfortune of running into Lyndal - one of my better friends from high school who I'd lost touch with - on New Year's Day, which was more than a bit awkward. On the other hand, the opportunity to screw with the heads of some of the dipshits from my school days can be pretty funny.

Anyway, I'm not sure when I'll be back in Canberra. I'm kind of enjoying being looked after, and it's saving me quite a bit of money, but I'm bored out of my mind. I'll be sticking around for Belinda's engagement party (although me and a bunch of Southern Baptists could be interesting). I'm also waiting for ACT Housing to make up its mind about the flats before I go back, so I can either start packing or renovating as soon as I do. In the meantime, I'm enjoying actually having money (which, plus having nothing else to do, means much shopping). I'll have to be back before O Week though, as I don't think I'm going to take the semester entirely off uni after all - as far as I can see from looking through the uni website, it's much, much less of a bureaucratic dance if I take one gender studies subject instead of actually taking the whole semester off.

On a final note, I discovered today (belatedly) that the lead singer and guitarist of Felpeyu, a Spanish band we had stay here a few years ago (and had quite a bit of fun with, despite their lack of English) were killed in a car accident in Spain last year. They were great people, and great musicians. Life is too short sometimes.

[User Picture]From: baglieg
2007-01-30 01:36 pm (UTC)
You don't have to deal with the bureaucracy that much to take time off. Just walk into the Pauline Griffin building, fill out one form (they have copies in the foyer there) and hand it in at the desk, and they'll send you a letter the next week.

But then, maybe it'd be better to do one unit, so you've got something to do with your time, I dunno.
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