Good on ya, mate!
Studying abroad for entire semester of college wasn’t really an option for me. A friend of mine heard about an opportunity to get some credits over a couple weeks during the summer in Australia so we went to the interest meeting. Afterwards, she decided it wasn’t for her. I thought it sounded incredible, but I thought it was a little expensive… and besides, I didn’t know anyone else from the meeting. I talked to my parents about it and to my surprise they said they’d help fund the trip and encouraged me to go. So I did!
Boy am I glad I went! We did a bulk of the work before and after the trip so the entire program we were able to travel around do a bunch of cool tours and sightseeing. We first went to Sydney where we saw a tribute performance to Louis Armstrong at the famous Opera House. Next, we traveled up to Cairns and snorkeled around the endangered Great Barrier Reef. We went to a wine and food pairing at a shiraz vineyard and in our down time I went skydiving.
Our last destination was the in heart of Australia, the Outback, where we talked with Aborigines and hiked around Ayers rock, also known as Uluru. We ate some kangaroo, learned how to throw a boomerang, and rode camels at sunrise. It was WILD!
A good friend of mine from high school lives in Australia so once the program was over I flew to Perth on the west coast to visit her. I stayed almost another two weeks. Her father was in the Navy and he flew us in the smallest plane imaginable over the coastline waters. I like to think we saw a shark!
My eyes were opened in Australia. I felt reborn. I did a lot of things I never dreamed I would do and I learned some very important lessons. First, vegemite is the most disgusting thing ever created, second, the world is beautiful, and third, I want to see as much of it as possible. Going on this trip not only sparked my wanderlust but it also empowered me to be unintimidated by travel, leaving my comfort zone, and ultimately becoming more independent. Good on ya, mate!