But while I'm waiting...some WWWs today:
1. Really enjoyed seeing Duke University's campus. It is super green and beautiful. Especially appreciated their impressive chapel and the huge garden they had.
2. My plane landed safely. That is always a good thing.
Here is the proper post.
We got the bus from Richmond in the morning to Durham, North Carolina. Arrived at noon, got lunch, spent a couple of hours exploring Duke's campus, then left for our flights back to DC & Philly, respectively. So yeahhhh we literally spent less than an afternoon in Durham...possibly ill-conceived (mea culpa!), but hey, at least we can tick another destination off our bucket lists! Plus, Duke actually was very beautiful. Look:
|Sarah P. Duke garden!|
|This garden is huge!! And probably unbelievably beautiful when the flowers bloom in Spring.|
|Even the Admissions office is cute.|
|This place is about as big as St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. It's HUGE!|
|Duke apparel is cheaper than Penn's.|
|And if you're really keen, you can even buy Duke chairs!|
|Worst photo ever. Posted just for lulz. Visited the Cameron Stadium (basketball). It was pitch-black, but at least I know that they're environmentally friendly, not wasting light when there are no players on the court!|
|Thought I might as well wander around the psychology/sociology building. Was hoping to get a sense of the kind of research taking place here.|
|Such as this. An interesting topic indeed!|
|This made me smile too. Mentoring should totally be recognised more at Melbourne (and higher ed in general). Mentors are awesome!|
|Another pretty building.|
What did I learn?
- Shared shuttles aren't necessarily faster than public transport. I was totally mehhhhhing at the thought of a 1 hour journey on two buses to get to my hostel from the airport, which would have got me there just before 12am. So I decided on a whim to go for the shuttle bus that was at the airport, and it got me there at about 11.40am. So, it wasn't that much faster and at $29, nearly 10x more expensive. Possibly more reliable, comfortable and safe though.
- Travelling is definitely an opportunity to practice mindfulness and acceptance. There is great value in a mindset that I realised could be a gratitude exercise - let's call it the "could be worse/at least I have ___" exercise! "Sure, I booked a bed in a four-person dorm and ended up in an unfinished 8-person dorm, but hey it could be worse, at least I still have a bed, a working toilet, and running water!!!" Also, I realised that my 4-day hike around Lake Waikaremoana over summer definitely helped build some resilience and tolerance for not-so-ideal conditions. Bare-essentials accommodation on hikes kinda make hostels (which I just overheard someone saying, "this is like a homeless place", LOL) feel like luxury hotels. Almost. My standards for being satisfied have dropped dramatically, apparently.
- Apparently, Chicken & Waffles, together, is a thing. Weirrrrrrd!