Rachel Down Under!

Why the Australian Census is awesome

Posted in Uncategorized by rssmith218 on August 13, 2011

August 9th = Census Day!


Dinosaurs Rock!

Posted in Uncategorized by rssmith218 on March 21, 2011

Dinosaurs and rock music mixed nicely at the Australian Museum’s Jurassic Lounge this past Tuesday evening.

I wasn’t chased by a dinosaur like the poor fellow above, but I did manage to rock out with some dinosaurs. The below photo, taken from the Jurassic Lounge Flickr photostream, shows the spectacle that awaited us at the museum.

Every Tuesday night of the summer, the Australian Museum is transfomed into an after-hours party. We enjoyed the museum exhibits with a drink in hand, and happily wandered among dinosaurs and stuffed Australian animals (both past and present), while listening to “Sydney’s hottest artists, performers and DJs”. Thanks to Heather for the following photos.

The most entertaining bit was probably the silent disco, where we all jammed quietly to music wired through individual headsets.

Perhaps the oddest thing we encountered at the museum was this body-painter who was painting a naked woman to become part of this scene. Strange, eh?

The Jurassic Lounge provided  an eclectic, trendy, and at times, odd mix of people, music, and art. But what else can you expect out of a summer night in Sydney? Dinosaurs, nudity, and silent disco- the Australian Museum delivered it all!

Australia Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by rssmith218 on February 1, 2011

Happy Australia Day from the great city of Sydney…

….from the ferries racing in the harbour Ferrython….

….from the vintage buses taking over the streets of downtown….

….from good friends seeking shelter from the sweltering Aussie heat….

….from silly American tourists (me!) showing some Australian pride….

….from even sillier Australians showing some Australian pride….

….from the cool beers served at a hopping Australian pub…

….and finally from the shores of Australia’s most relaxing beaches…

….enjoyed with some lovely labmates!

Australia Day was hot and humid, but full of celebration none the less- boozing, beaches, and bbqs- nothin’ wrong with that!

Take it easy, baby

Posted in Uncategorized by rssmith218 on January 6, 2011

In the words of Tom Petty