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India Study Tour - Last Day 
So the India Study Tour comes to an end *tear*. What a jam packed tour it has been! Being a part of this tour has made me realise why I chose Deakin for further study. This opportunity has allowed me to study in another country where I was able to experience another culture and way of life. I leave India with some of the greatest memories- the rickshaw ride through the crazy traffic in Old Delhi, the eating of ridiculous amounts of naan , the beautiful taj, accepting that elephants and camels are a legitimate mode of transport and the constant honking of the traffic. But most importantly I leave this tour with a different outlook on life, a more informed view of the world we live in and people that will remain life long friends. Thank you Deakin :)

India Study Tour - Last Day

So the India Study Tour comes to an end *tear*. What a jam packed tour it has been! Being a part of this tour has made me realise why I chose Deakin for further study. This opportunity has allowed me to study in another country where I was able to experience another culture and way of life. I leave India with some of the greatest memories- the rickshaw ride through the crazy traffic in Old Delhi, the eating of ridiculous amounts of naan , the beautiful taj, accepting that elephants and camels are a legitimate mode of transport and the constant honking of the traffic. But most importantly I leave this tour with a different outlook on life, a more informed view of the world we live in and people that will remain life long friends. Thank you Deakin :)

India Study Tour - Day 16
The day of the long awaited visit to Dharavi slum - one of the largest slums in the world. I was a bit apprehensive to visit Dharavi initially as we were told that it was a dangerous place and we’re advised against going. I personally, was more nervous about witnessing extreme cases of poverty and my reaction to this as a result. To my surprise, as we made our way through the slum, it was evident that there was an established community, diverse in religion and ethnicity. The place was bustling with activity, crushing plastic and making leather, just a few of the activities. It was interesting to note, although the people are not living in the best of standards, it was very organised and walking past the small homes and having a peek inside some through the cloth used as a door, I could see televisions and feel the flow of air con. In saying this, the photo above shows the lack of hygiene as the waste from the toilets drops directly into the polluted water below.  
All in all, what I was expecting to see was completely different to what I actually saw. But then again, it was a tour and you only see what they want you to see.

India Study Tour - Day 16

The day of the long awaited visit to Dharavi slum - one of the largest slums in the world. I was a bit apprehensive to visit Dharavi initially as we were told that it was a dangerous place and we’re advised against going. I personally, was more nervous about witnessing extreme cases of poverty and my reaction to this as a result. To my surprise, as we made our way through the slum, it was evident that there was an established community, diverse in religion and ethnicity. The place was bustling with activity, crushing plastic and making leather, just a few of the activities. It was interesting to note, although the people are not living in the best of standards, it was very organised and walking past the small homes and having a peek inside some through the cloth used as a door, I could see televisions and feel the flow of air con. In saying this, the photo above shows the lack of hygiene as the waste from the toilets drops directly into the polluted water below. 

All in all, what I was expecting to see was completely different to what I actually saw. But then again, it was a tour and you only see what they want you to see.

India Study Tour- Day 15 
Another eventful day on the Deakin study tour. We began with an interesting lecture at KC College on the impact of micro markets on the Indian economy. The highlight of the day was visiting Gandhi’s residence in Bombay where we were treated to some very wise words from his great grandson. We concluded the day by visiting the Crawford markets which were like an outdoor collection of $2 shops from back home selling a combination of socks, underwear and plastic chairs and flowers. By this stage we had been to our fair share of markets so we opted for a quick stroll and retreat back to our hotel.

India Study Tour- Day 15 

Another eventful day on the Deakin study tour. We began with an interesting lecture at KC College on the impact of micro markets on the Indian economy. The highlight of the day was visiting Gandhi’s residence in Bombay where we were treated to some very wise words from his great grandson. We concluded the day by visiting the Crawford markets which were like an outdoor collection of $2 shops from back home selling a combination of socks, underwear and plastic chairs and flowers. By this stage we had been to our fair share of markets so we opted for a quick stroll and retreat back to our hotel.

In Tokyo, I was fortunate enough to visit the Australian Embassy! I also met Bruce Miller who was the Ambassador for the Embassy. He told us of all the people who have visited the Embassy and even shown us around his spectacular garden inside. There was a tree within the garden which was planted by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This was in remembrance for the people who passed away in the 2011 Fukushima Tsunami. An absolute privilege to have come here!

In Tokyo, I was fortunate enough to visit the Australian Embassy! I also met Bruce Miller who was the Ambassador for the Embassy. He told us of all the people who have visited the Embassy and even shown us around his spectacular garden inside. There was a tree within the garden which was planted by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This was in remembrance for the people who passed away in the 2011 Fukushima Tsunami. An absolute privilege to have come here!

India Study Tour - Day 14
No better way to start the day than with yoga once again! A confronting lecture followed by the former Chief Commissioner of Police in Mumbai and a very engaging one on corruption. 
A few of the girls got henna done on their hands by students at KCC which as the photo above shows, was done beautifully. The most important part of the day was of course the cricket challenge and drum roll please……Deakin emerged victorious with a well deserved win!! We celebrated our win at the KCC cultural evening where we once again donned our beautiful saris and were greeted with some amazing performances by the student of KCC. The stand out performance for me was a piece of music played by a group of guys on zero instruments and all on everyday items found at uni such as tables and chairs even using the zip on a school bag!! Loved it!

India Study Tour - Day 14

No better way to start the day than with yoga once again! A confronting lecture followed by the former Chief Commissioner of Police in Mumbai and a very engaging one on corruption.
A few of the girls got henna done on their hands by students at KCC which as the photo above shows, was done beautifully. The most important part of the day was of course the cricket challenge and drum roll please……Deakin emerged victorious with a well deserved win!! We celebrated our win at the KCC cultural evening where we once again donned our beautiful saris and were greeted with some amazing performances by the student of KCC. The stand out performance for me was a piece of music played by a group of guys on zero instruments and all on everyday items found at uni such as tables and chairs even using the zip on a school bag!! Loved it!

India Study Tour - Day 13 
Got up extra early today for cricket practice as Deakin has never won a Twenty20 Cricket challenge against KC College during prior visits. We want this year to be our first victory! Enjoyed another relaxing session of yoga followed by an insightful lecture on social media and freedom of expression. A not so relaxing hike in the heat followed, to an oval where we had a kick of the footy with the KC students and some local kids. Footy in the Mumbai heat really takes it out of you!

India Study Tour - Day 13 

Got up extra early today for cricket practice as Deakin has never won a Twenty20 Cricket challenge against KC College during prior visits. We want this year to be our first victory! Enjoyed another relaxing session of yoga followed by an insightful lecture on social media and freedom of expression. A not so relaxing hike in the heat followed, to an oval where we had a kick of the footy with the KC students and some local kids. Footy in the Mumbai heat really takes it out of you!

India Study Tour - Day 12 
First day at KC College in Mumbai. We started off with yoga led by their vice principal Vijay. Great instructor and a great way to start the morning. Photo above showcases our favourite position-savasana. As you can see, it doesn’t require much thought or skill :p the rest of the days activities included interesting lectures on Indian history and culture, conflict resolution and microfinance, a presentation on Aussie rules for the Indian students and we concluded the night with a welcome dinner featuring bollywood dancing and delicious Indian food.

India Study Tour - Day 12 

First day at KC College in Mumbai. We started off with yoga led by their vice principal Vijay. Great instructor and a great way to start the morning. Photo above showcases our favourite position-savasana. As you can see, it doesn’t require much thought or skill :p the rest of the days activities included interesting lectures on Indian history and culture, conflict resolution and microfinance, a presentation on Aussie rules for the Indian students and we concluded the night with a welcome dinner featuring bollywood dancing and delicious Indian food.

MEF Japan trip - Hiroshima

The Memorial Park was the one of the sights I was looking most forward to on this trip. During my Japanese education, I was taught much about the Hiroshima bombing and the effect it has had on the world - I even watched some documentaries in my own time.

However, going to the museum, watching the eye opening videos with real footage and seeing all the hard work put into paper cranes was what was most intense. I was speechless.

I was so interested in all the information provided, such as Kyoto being a short listed target for the bombing attack and I was pleased by the Japanese people as they consistently push the United Nations to change their policy on nuclear weapons.

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India Study Tour - Day 11
On the move again! As we enter South Mumbai the change in architecture is striking. If it wasn’t for the Indian community, I would have thought we had just entered Europe. The British rule of Mumbai is definitely evident in the architecture and a lot can be seen with a stroll through the city. 
When in Mumbai, you must visit Leopold’s Cafe. Always buzzing with people, mainly tourists, it provides a delish menu of both local Indian and Western foods. Don’t make the mistake of leaving and not trying the chocolate lava cake. Drool! 

India Study Tour - Day 11

On the move again! As we enter South Mumbai the change in architecture is striking. If it wasn’t for the Indian community, I would have thought we had just entered Europe. The British rule of Mumbai is definitely evident in the architecture and a lot can be seen with a stroll through the city. 

When in Mumbai, you must visit Leopold’s Cafe. Always buzzing with people, mainly tourists, it provides a delish menu of both local Indian and Western foods. Don’t make the mistake of leaving and not trying the chocolate lava cake. Drool! 

India Study Tour - Day 10
A happy snap of the Deakin girls at the Institute of Technology and Management. The sessions at the universities allow both Deakin and local students to interact with each other through lectures, debating sessions and cultural events. I personally enjoy the cultural aspect of the university visits, which I’m sure most of the other students would agree, as it gives both universities a chance to showcase a bit of their culture through mainly music and dance. 

India Study Tour - Day 10

A happy snap of the Deakin girls at the Institute of Technology and Management. The sessions at the universities allow both Deakin and local students to interact with each other through lectures, debating sessions and cultural events. I personally enjoy the cultural aspect of the university visits, which I’m sure most of the other students would agree, as it gives both universities a chance to showcase a bit of their culture through mainly music and dance. 

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