Hello Areavoices!

How have you all been? It’s been awhile since I have posted on here, but I thought I would just update ya all! Right now it is fall in Australia… so, it hasn’t been overly hot. Which, is a good thing… My boyfriend tells me that being a Minnesotan I can only handle like a 5 degree comfort temp. Anything above 85 degrees F is too hot and anything below 80 is too cold… Well, he isn’t completely correct on the cold part. He just says that because I am always wearing sweaters in the summer in Australia. Well, what can I say – I get cold easily. 😛

I have been busy with tons of things lately. I just got back from Toowoomba. It is a beautiful area where there are rustic iron wind mills, farms, and fields. It almost reminds me of home in the Minnesota/North Dakota region.
I was there for a writing workshop with Kathy Hoopmann who wrote the book “All Cats Have Aspergers” She was an amazing lady with a great life story. She is Australian, but had lived so many years in Saudi Arabia. At the workshop I also met an Italian and other Australians. It was so interesting hearing all these stories about how people grew up and where. I was the only American and my boyfriend was the only one originally from South Africa.

After that we spent a lovely evening in the Queens Park. It was beautiful with twisting trees, conifers, and even some tropical trees. We walked around and watched some of the trees that were changing colours.

At the workshop Kathy spoke about Memoir style writing. It was an enjoyable class and I think that I will do more of it. Maybe I will write a little memoir every day and then you can read it. It would be from different times in my life. The life of a small town girl from Minnesota who travels the world.

Would you be interested in reading my memoirs if I posted a little every few days? :)

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Friday Morning

Hello Everyone, In Australia it is Friday today. It’s taken me a little while to write another blog entry because I have been ill with a head cold or something. It’s really hard to live when you are sick and it’s hot outside and everywhere you go. But, yes, I am a travel blogger for the Star Tribune as well and I wrote an entry on my adventures in Singapore! I thought I’d share the adventure with you too! Enjoy!


Write soon again!


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Hello from Sunny Australia

Hello! My name is Devin Berglund and I am from Twin Valley, Minnesota. I am currently living and writing abroad in Brisbane Australia. I’m deeply enjoying it. In case you don’t know me, which some of you probably won’t. You will probably ask- “Why then, Devin… are you in Australia?” My answer would be that in 2010, I came to study abroad in Australia and I met a lovely man. We started dating and then I went back to Minnesota in the dead of winter to finish school.

I graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Mass Communications with a Certificate in Publishing. Amidst being a full-time student and a writer I was also going through something that many people including Hollywood like to romanticize. “A Long Distance Relationship” which was crazy and awesome at the same time. Let me tell you, it isn’t for the faint of heart… but it is worth it and is definitely possible! :) (So, if you are in a long distance relationship or know anyone who is… I want to encourage you! For the one that is in one-that it can work out! Or if you are the person who knows someone in a long distance relationship I want to encourage you to encourage them… because that is something I hated coming to… talking to someone to be asked questions that already plagued my mind… like “But, how is it possible?” or “But, are you moving or is he?” Put all the questions aside and just be there for that person! Haha… I have gone on overdrive with this… but yes, I am back in Australia and am on a journey to find a job. I found a flat. I will be writing. Follow my journey abroad.

Personal Blog: http://devinberglund.wordpress.com/

If you want to see other things that I have written, check these links out:
Guest Blog: http://www.krissybrady.com/2012/02/writerrific-wednesday-staying-inspired.html
Star Tribune Travel Blog: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/blogs/World_Class.html

I hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I do! :)

Devin Berglund

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