When I was thinking of where to study abroad my first thoughts were obviously Europe. However, after thinking things through I wanted to go somewhere I have never been before. No, I have not been to every country in Europe yet, or even seen all the countries I would like to see in Europe, but I knew Europe would be an easy win. Not saying for those who went it’s not worth it. I just know that you can always find someone who wants to go to Europe. I wanted to think of place that no one in my family would really go to at least my parents wouldn’t go to. That left me with Australia. When looking at places I just figured Sydney would be the best bet, but I never really researched why. Now I can honestly say that I picked an amazing city.
I love my city back home. Living in Indianapolis is awesome, and it’s one of the cities that is definitely up and coming for new graduates. However, Sydney is awesome for so many different reasons. The main reason is that you can go an hour to two hours outside of the city and experience beaches, caves, and mountains, which is exactly what I did this past weekend. My boyfriend and I went to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. It was insane to think that the amount of time it takes me to get to Cincinnati back home I was able to see caves and mountains all in that time.
The Three Sisters on the left at the Blue Mountains
The Jenolan Caves are so pretty. We took a tour through the ribbon cave, which they don’t show often because they can only take 8 people at a time in the cave. You never realize how beautiful some things are until you are right there and see it for yourself. The same is true for the Blue Mountains. I saw pictures from magazines and travel guides and saw how beautiful it was, but it’s completely different when you are standing there overlooking the entire area. While it was definitely a dumb idea for me to just wear shorts and a sweatshirt, it was still worth being cold just to see everything I saw.
Ribbon Cave of the Jenolan Caves!
So while I love Indy, I will miss Sydney. I will miss being able to go to the beach in under 30 minutes or seeing mountains and caves in under two hours. Looks like I’ll have to do more traveling in the states!
Being raised in Indianapolis I have been spoiled with good sports. I will admit our sports teams have not always been great or have this long history of awesomeness, but I will say I am lucky to live in a city that has a professional football and basketball team. I’m grateful to live in a city that is known to the world as having the greatest spectacle in racing (Indy 500), but even better I’m grateful that I was able to grow up with such an amazing quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Last night was the first time Peyton Manning had been back to Lucas Oil Stadium since he left the Colts for the Broncos. When Manning left many of us in Indianapolis were sad by the news. Trust me ,I was depressed just like everyone else. Everyone in Indy loved and still loves Manning. The evidence was clear last night when fans were sporting Broncos Manning jerseys or making compromised Jerseys of Colts/Broncos. However, while I do love Peyton my loyalty is with the Colts.
I will always cheer for the Colts no matter what the season record, what Jim Irsay says, or how many Chicago Bears fans I have to argue with at Butler that the Colts are better. (There are a lot of Bears fans at Butler…) Although I will say thank you to Peyton Manning. Bob Kravitz, a writer for the Indianapolis Star, says Thank you in a way that I can’t compete with, but here is all my thank you’s to Peyton. Thank you Peyton for
– showing me amazing football
– teaching me more and more about football when I was a little girl
– letting me laugh so hard until my stomach hurts when you were on Saturday Night Live. – being an amazing person to this city that I call home.
– the memories at every game that I got to see you play
– being a class act
And that’s it. People think it’s harsh that last night I was only rooting for the Colts and not Peyton. But to me it’s about the team. Yes I loved Manning and I still do love Manning, but I was raised as a COLTS fan, not a MANNING fan. So while Manning will always be someone I admire as a football fan, the Colts will always come first in my book.
But one last Peyton thing… he’s proud of Butler and cheers us on… so maybe it was like 3 years ago. Not the point.
So since I failed to do this on Tuesday, because my life is such a mess I figured I would do it today! As I mentioned previously I will be talking about different concerts on either Tuesday or Thursday until I run out of concerts I went to, so bare with me this may take a while.
So on Labor Day I didn’t think I would be going to Mumford and Sons, but my best friend Hank asked me to go with him and who is really going to pass up on Mumford and Sons. I’m not going to lie I’m not some dedicated fan who listens to them 24/7, but I know a couple of their songs. After seeing them in concert I couldn’t stop listening to them. My favorite song by them now is Lover of the Light. They played it at the concert and after that I couldn’t stop listening to it. They are amazing live! They sound exactly like they do on their CD if not better.
Of course as always I took a ton of pictures and video. I’m sure it seems like I would suggest every concert to every person, but seriously Mumford is well worth your time and money. Then again I’m slightly biased because I didn’t have to pay for my ticket. I promise you though there are a couple concerts I wouldn’t suggest that every person go to, but I will get to that at a later time.
Keeping this post short and simple, because I should be studying for my Spanish quiz right now!
Last night Butler played IU in soccer. If you didn’t know IU is the defending champs in Men’s soccer. To preface this you should know three things about me:
1. I’m a little bit of a Butler fan, just kidding, I am a HUGE BUTLER FAN.
2. I have always hated IU, even when I was little.
3. I watch soccer during the World Cup… that’s probably it.
Now that you have those three things to keep in mind let me explain why we are called Bulldogs for a reason. It was the second quarter and fans were starting to leave the Butler Bowl. I guess I understood why they were leaving. Our hearts had sunk when we saw IU score the second goal and Butler was now down 2 to 0. While people around me were being Debbie downers I just kept telling them we could do it. Just stay positive, but what happened after even I did not expect the madness.
In 3 minutes, Butler went from 0 to 2 and tied up the game. I’m giving you the shortened version because if I explained really what happened I would probably be here for a day and you would probably hate me. I can’t imagine being one of the players because I was having a heart attack and I wasn’t even playing. At that moment it brought me back to the same feeling last December when Butler basketball was playing #1 IU and I felt all of the same feelings. Last December we went to overtime, and last night Men’s Soccer went in overtime, not once but twice.
To all those fans who left, I feel sorry for you, because you missed an amazing game. Once again I am biased, but this brings me to my title. We are called bulldogs for a reason, and that’s because no matter what we always put up a fight. I know that’s a pretty weak explanation and I had this whole schpeel I was going to write but it’s 10:22 PM and technically I should be researching right now… so maybe later I will get into my schpeel. My favorite thing though is that while most students are still talking about beating IU last night, I woke up this morning to soccer players up before me practicing on the field. For them it’s on to the next one which is Villanova. Here we come Big East.
Check out this video from a Butler student with the final two goals of the game.
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Thank goodness, spring seems to finally be here. I say seems because you never know with Indiana, it may change back to the 30’s in two days and I will be back to blogging about snowing. Lets hope not.
When spring and warm weather come back on to campus it gets back to being the place that I have come to love. If you have ever visited Butler then you know about the mall. The mall is a large grassy area that goes directly down the middle of our campus. These past couple of days have been awesome, because students have been coming out to the mall to layout, play sports, hang out with friends, or even take a nap. From a tour guides perspective it’s awesome, because this is exactly what college is all about, but especially Butler.
This is the mall. On Sunday it was completely full with students doing so many different activities!
When the weather gets warmer you really see the awesome things about Butler. You see how even though we are a small campus and seem to know everyone you still see people out on the mall that you have never seen in your life. You get to see how amazing our campus looks. Not to brag, but our campus seriously looks like a movie scene. I know I may be biased, but come on a sunny day at Butler and take a look for yourself and come take a tour with me!
Yesterday afternoon everyone started getting warnings on their phones and on TV that we would be under a blizzard warning. Typically I don’t take these very seriously because half of the time it never happens.
This morning when I woke up at 8 AM to get ready for work the roads did not look to bad, but after getting called off of work and seeing outside get relatively worse I realized that we would be getting a ton of snow. Currently it almost seems like a whiteout because the wind is so strong that the snow is blowing everywhere. The only thing that makes me happy about this blizzard is that I do not have to work!
Outside my window, it may not look that bad, but the snow is blowing everywhere and still falling!
Unfortunately I am not like every other kid. I hate snow, unless it involves snowboarding. I would rather this just be a ton of rain. For now though it seems that most of Indianapolis is basically shut down. We are currently on an orange alert from the mayor meaning that employers should send employees home and also that only emergency vehicles are being asked to be on the roads.
While this blizzard continues, which by the way we are expected to get 10-15 inches (Bloomington which is about an hour away already has 11.5 inches) I will be laying in my bed all day and watching Parks and Recreation. I have started this a couple days ago and have all most caught up, so I guess that is the plus with this blizzard.
Being in the Dawg Pound has more benefits than just getting awesome seats in Hinkle. Because of Dawg Pound last night I got to go to the Pacers vs Jazz game for free, in club level seating and see Gordon Hayward afterwards!
Jazz vs Pacer game!
Last week during my journalism class I got an email saying that the first fifty people to respond would be able to go to the game for free! I emailed right away and got one of the first tickets! I was so excited. Being from Indy I’ve been to Pacers games before, but the Pacers have not always been that great but lately they have been playing really, so it was fun to see them win!
Since Gordon Hayward was back in town, Brad Stevens and a lot of players were at the game as well! Going to the game was a nice break considering right now a lot of things for greek life is going on especially for freshmen since a lot of us have freshmen skits soon! I’ll explain what that is later.
Also I just wanted to give a shout out to any students who may be shadowing any student at Butler this week. I hope you love our school! Here’s something to get you pumped for basketball games!
In true Indiana fashion, the weather changed and super fast. Why does everyone wonder why we all get sick? Probably because Indiana likes to freak out and change weather all the time, but I can’t complain. Fall is my favorite season, and for all you Summer lovers out there let me explain why Fall is so awesome.
Who doesn’t love sweatshirts?! They are so comfy and soft. You don’t have to worry about what you are wearing under them because you most likely won’t take it off, but if you do get too hot then you can always take it off! I especially love my Phillies sweatshirt, thanks to my friend Hank I started getting interested in the Phillies and now I am debating whether to buy another sweatshirt. Buying a new sweatshirt might be a problem because I am really thinking about buying new Uggs. You may think Uggs are ugly, but they are so comfy. They can go with anything and feel so soft and warm. Don’t judge the uggs by the outside it’s what inside that matters
I love this sweatshirt!
2. Apple Cider/Chai = Chaider or any Fall drink Starbucks offers.
My friend, Natasha, has seriously got me hooked on Chaider, I don’t even know if that’s how you spell it correctly, but it is Apple Cider and Chai Tea mixed together! It’s so good! Not only that but since Fall is back that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here. Nothing is better than having a warm drink in cold weather. Plus who doesn’t love Apple Cider?! So awesome.
I am a huge fan of football. Being that I am from Indianapolis, I love the Colts. I can’t wait until September 11th when the season starts. I’ve been a little worried with the whole Peyton situation, but nonetheless I am still pumped. Football in the fall is great. Tailgating and eating good off the grill food is so yummy. Plus when you go to games at Lucas Oil or any stadium for that matter there’s no better football experience than that.
4. Leaves Changing!
Here in Indiana we are known for our leaves having this crazy change in color. I can’t wait until leaves begin to change here at Butler. I heard it is so pretty through the Monon trail and just through out campus since we have so many trees! For any students though and anyone visiting Indiana, Brown County is a must. For the past couple years I have been going camping with my friends Lindsey and Sara to Happy Hollows in Brown County with their families. It’s so pretty there and I’m so mad we can’t do it this year because they go to Purdue and being that we both have the same homecoming as the high schooler’s Fall Break, we can’t go! I am going to miss it, so hopefully we get to go some other time!
Last year at Brown County! So Pretty!
They keep you warm, and you can make awesome food with bonfires. For example, Smores. Who doesn’t love smores?! They can be messy but the gooey awesomeness of smores is the best part. Until Fall is here I have to suffice with microwave smores or the smores cupcake from The Flying Cupcake. The cupcake is awesome, but I still want the actual thing! Plus with bonfires I love that smell! Right now is perfect bonfire weather.
Sorry about my Fall rant, I am just a little too excited.