Boston I’m coming!

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Boston CBD and Boston Harbour

Summer is well and truly here, although for me, I only have four weeks left of summer… I’m off on exchange to BOSTON!

For those who don’t know where Boston is, it’s the capital of Massachusetts in the north-eastern tip of the United States, about three hours drive north of New York City.

A = Boston

I’m leaving Australia on the 29th of December and will be returning mid 2013 with my parents who are coming over for a business/holiday trip. I’ll be flying into a frozen Boston and experiencing my first snow capped city and a winter New Years Eve. All in all, I’m pretty excited

I decided to go to Boston after I met some Bostonians back in August who were on exchange at Swinburne. I’d never really thought of going on exchange while studying at university but I thought it’d be a perfect chance to travel in the US while also studying at a highly sought after university, Northeastern University.

One thing I plan to discover while I’m living in Boston – was the Boston Bun invented in Boston?

Is the Boston Bun originally from Boston?

So my blog will now also be featuring journalistic pieces as well as a travel blog that people can follow and keep up to date with what I’m up to while in the States. I hope some of the posts will make you want to embark on exchange to the US also.

 

Some places I’m keen to visit?

  • New York City
  • Washington D.C. (yay politics!)
  • Niagara Falls
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Quebec City, Canada
  • Toronto Canada
  • Philadelphia
  • Miami
  • The Bahamas and Caribbean
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • New Orleans
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Southern California region
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas (I’ll be considered underage in the US ☹ )
  • And Chicago

Got any other recommendations to visit or tips on surviving the US? Let me know in the comments!

One More Year

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At a party with some friends

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

One more year has passed. One more to go.

It’s crazy how fast time flies; it only felt like I was starting my first semester of my degree a few months ago, now I’ve completed four semesters with only two more to go.

I can now call myself a final year journo student, crazy huh? And yes I have already updated my Twitter bio 😛

I’m now on my second day of holidays and enjoying being able to sit back, relax and not have to worry about writing another essay, news article, or read another darn text book. It’s all over for a couple of months – I can finally take down my study schedule and classes timetable!

I had a premature holiday moment when several of my friends and myself went for a night trip down to the coastal town of Torquay, it was good fun, but I had to come back to the city and finish off my politics essay the next day. Not cool I know, but I got it finished.

I’m heading to Sydney this week with some friends, and have no idea when we’ll be back, that’s the bliss of having a car and a friend who you can stay with up there.

It won’t be long before I’m off back to my parents for Christmas, and then my next big ‘thing’ – which you’ll hear about in my next post – and then classes will be back on.

Want a clue about my next big thing? Here you go.

By the way, if you’re looking for some decent coffee in Melbourne CBD and surrounds, check out Bean Here Melbourne!

Samā year

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Shot of Melbourne from Hawthorn

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

It’s fast approaching, although some Melbourne days would make you think that it’s a loooong way off.

Truth beholds, summer is on its way, and in fact it’s only seven weeks away — I know, I swear it felt like winter was only last week – typical Melbourne.

This will be my first November/December in Melbourne, and I’ve heard there are plenty of things to do that this brilliant city and surrounds have to offer during the warmer months.

A camping trip with some mates from uni is in the books, and plenty of cider and beer I’m sure will be consumed at various venues across the city, but that’s all I have planned to do so far. I have six weeks between when I finish uni and head to Tasmania that I need to fill.

Let me know what your plans are for this summer by commenting below or jumping on to my Twitter: @ben_hansen

Gay Marriage In Victoria

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Should gay marriage be legalised in Victoria?

Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

For Grief or For Money? Taking Advantage of 9/11

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This is an ad that was published in a newspaper and later condemned for downplaying the attacks. The WWF later distanced themselves from the advertising agency. From The Telegraph

With today being the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, I thought I’d have a look at whether using an event like the 9/11 attacks too promote a company is okay.

This ad for television show Mad Men was placed within a few blocks of Ground Zero.

Just a quick Google search shows a plethora of examples from companies across the globe, but is it too soon to take advantage of a truly devastating event? What gives a company the right to publish images of buildings portraying the North and South towers of the World Trade Centre that were destroyed 11 years ago.

If it’s not okay to use 9/11, what about the Titanic?

US President, Barack Obama, today announced outside the Pentagon that the US was now a more safer and unified country. Maybe the time of grief has passed and that opens up floodgates for advertisers to make money from others loss and grief? I couldn’t imagine an Australian company using images from the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, 2002 Bali bombings or the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami as an advertising ploy, and I can imagine that there would be uproar in Australia if someone were to take advantage of such a horrific events.

Smoking kills, but is this necessary?

Let me know what you think in the comments below.