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I've already been in Australia for two weeks but haven't been able to post as many photos I thought I would. The main reason for this has been the lack of a good public wireless internet access that could be used for uploading images. This weekend though I moved out of the hostel into a more permanent accommodation and to a decent wireless, and I intend to catch up on the photos quite soon.

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The lack of a good public connection has been the least of my worries though. The whole two weeks in the hostel I spent looking for accommodation to rent, which was quite time-consuming. In the beginning of each semester, there are a few thousand new students moving in to Newcastle and everyone's looking for a place at the same time. Even more, the flood they had last summer has tightened the accommodation situation for worse, and there's a lot of construction going on. The hostel I was staying at is so overbooked of new students looking for a place at the moment - people are sleeping on the couches, on the floors in the kitchen and even in the laundry room. Lectures start on Monday, that's tomorrow, and people are stressful for not having a place to stay before that. Getting a good place requires being early, quick and having a lot of luck.

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A week and a half ago I spent most of my time just calling people, arranging appointments and seeing out places. The university manages a student accommodation advertisement page and it is crazy to see how quickly any new places they put up there get taken. I went to see 3-5 places daily, mostly located near the city area and the beaches, and I got to do a lot of walking so that my feet were blistering at the end of the day. The good thing, if any, is that I got to know most of the city's central suburbs and I feel I know my way around quite well already. I did some photographing while walking around and you can see photos of the city scattered over this page.

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Fortunately I don't need to search anymore, since I was lucky to find a really nice place to stay. I live right near the rightmost building on the up-right photo, with a view on the Ocean Baths swimming pool (bottom left) and the Newcastle Beach (bottom right). For the past two weeks at the hostel, I think I've gone out every night to a restaurant, pub or a bar, but today I just dwelled inside, watched TV, checked two weeks worth of email and sorted out the photos I've taken so far. It feels so good for a change to do nothing. Next week things will probably start to settle down, as it's the first week of lectures. The next week will probably be spent looking for lecture theatres, as the campus is a jungle, literally. You'll see later on why.

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Last Updated (Sunday, 17 February 2008 09:05)