Attention and distraction. As university students, never have we been so familiar with the two. One minute you are touch typing fantastic study notes, whilst reading the upcoming slides and acknowledging the lecturer. The next you are in another world. Most probably a digital one. Arranging to catch up with our friends after the lecture for a coffee, though where is the best place on campus for a coffee? Suddenly however you drift back into the surrounding of the lecture hall trying to catch up with what you have missed. The decrease of attention spans in younger generations is often credited to the rise in technologies. Now one would think that technology has made us brilliant multi-taskers though as Microsoft has researched, it appears that human attention spans have dropped below the level attributed to a goldfish. Previously, I had just thought that there was attention and distraction, however as Sohlberg and Mateer have suggested, attention can be understood in three different forms, these being sustained, selective and alternating. Sustained attention is more commonly referred to …
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So grab a gelato and vespa and try keep up with the locals! Rome is a beautiful city, filled with rich history. As you walk through the winding streets you will definitely come across ruins! Maybe even take a walk through the Roman Forum and try your best impression of Julius Caesar. The Colosseum is a must do activity and the sheer size of it will leave you speechless! After that, head deep into the city and grab some more gelato, I mean, you’re in Rome! Am I right? Or am I right? From hear, duck over to the Trevi foundation and be ready to through in some Euros! Remember, if the first coin goes in, you will return to Rome; the second, you will find love; and the third, you will get married! As fate would have it, it seems I will never return to Rome, though I will find love and marriage. Soon you will have to leave this incredible city and my one last bit …
What better way is there to spend a summer afternoon than to read “Tender Is The Night’ whilst sunning in the French Riviera. Nice is such a sunny city and the best way to enjoy it is to soak up the rays and head to the beach. The water is clear and fresh, allowing you to relax and take in the beautiful French culture and views of the old chateau ruins which reside on the hills above you. After finishing off tanning, you must walk along the coastal streets, ice-cream in hand, as you make your way up the hill to the ruins to soak in the beautiful view. There is also a section of ruins which one can write their names on to say that they have been there, but hey, I am not telling you to do it.
If cities were people, I would definitely chose Barcelona to join me for a night on the town. It is such a funky city. Arriving on the sunny Spanish coast and sipping on a glass of Sangria is the perfect way to spend any afternoon! With locals hustling all around you, the city is kept alive with a constant buzz of soul and music. The people are friendly and the food is tasty! What else can any traveller ask for? Be sure to check out the insane architecture that is La Sagrada Familia and the Gaudi apartments. These architectural artworks are so magnificent and obscure, you will find yourself in such a complete and utter daze!
Ever wanted to rub shoulders with the rich and famous? Then a visit to the Principality of Monaco should definitely be on your books! What the second smallest country in the world lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in attitude. Walk around the Port Hercules and take in the break taking views of this glamorous country, whilst comparing the sizes of huge opulent yachts, owned by the world’s billionaires. Try your best at hand of cards in the Monte Carlo Casino, and if you’re lucky enough, you could have some winnings that match the riches of the Grimaldi Royal Family. You must definitely visit the church which has officiated weddings of the royal family and the every beautiful Grace Kelly and from there, a quick walk to the Royal palace a top the hill. This view is something that gives ones eye a whole new idea of natural riches.
Paris, je t’aime. Never have I felt so intoxicated when exploring a city. As Audrey Hepburn said it, Paris is definitely always a good idea. Your divine history and culture is beautifully enriching and whilst exploring each street, I found myself falling deeper and deeper in love. From sipping expensive wines on the busy Avenue des Champs-Élysées, to climbing the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is a city that will provide any traveller with interesting and spectacular views. Be sure to sample sugary snacks like a modern day Marie Antoinette and try your best at flirting in French, after all it is said though that one will only get two bigs loves in their lifetime and for me; Paris has become one of those great loves, forever and always.
Gary Tolhurst’s earliest childhood memories are etched into the large gum trees and hidden paths which run along the Illawarra escarpment; memories which are still as lively as the running streams in which he played. Jump forward 70 years and Gary still smiles about his wondrous childhood and the unique relationship he developed with the Australian bush, a sanctum of life, beauty and raw nature. The bush has not only become a part of Gary’s identity, but has also ignited his passions for wildlife and nature, a fire which still burns so brightly in the dark green eyes of this 78 year old bush kid.