Home is, indeed, where the heart is. It is a little bittersweet to be back in Florida when my heart is still most definitely in Australia. Since I've been back, the jet lag has been horrible and I've barely slept a wink. (I think my body is secretly waging a war to keep me on … Continue reading Home Again
G'day from Cairns! We're in our final twelve hours in Australia, and the tearful goodbyes are going to begin soon. Since my last post, we finished our second day at the Great Barrier Reef. It was just as amazing as the first day. We saw a whole school of huge humphead parrotfish, a couple of … Continue reading Rainforests, Cairns, and Tearful Goodbyes
G’day from Port Douglas! It’s good to be back in civilization! We spent three days in Tyrconnel after we said a tearful goodbye to Yungaburra and On the Wallaby. Tyrconnel is basically in the middle of nowhere—the true Outback. And Outback it was—I actually spotted a kangaroo outside our tents right when I woke up. … Continue reading The Outback
We're in Yungaburra still, and yesterday, we spent almost five hours hiking the steepest hills I have ever seen. We trudged through huge, muddy puddles, sticking to the sides of the trail, clinging for our dear lives to trees and bushes to avoid getting wet and muddy. (It didn't work.) When we finally got to … Continue reading Mud, Sweat, and Tears
Alyssa Lai is a fourth year Tourism and Hospitality Management major with a minor in Mass Communications. Even though this is her first time studying abroad, she has traveled for leisure to many places abroad including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Jamaica. Some of her favorite procrastination tools include StumbleUpon, Rock Band, sewing, blogging, and going … Continue reading Alyssa: Summer in the Outback
We've been on the move again! We left Maggie Island and drove about five hours to Yungaburra. We're staying at this cute little backpacker's lodge called On the Wallaby. On the way there, we stopped by Millaa Millaa Falls where the Herbal Essences commercial was shot! "Millaa Millaa" translates to "fall fall" in the Aboriginal … Continue reading Millaa Millaa Falls
G'day, mates! (I still have to get used to being called 'mate' all the time!) We have spent the past four days on BEAUTIFUL Magnetic Island. I still can't describe how breathtaking the scenery is here. It's definitely nothing you can find in the United States. There are several hiking trails that we have access … Continue reading On Breathtaking Magnetic Island
Hello everyone! Finally after almost what feels like a whole week of traveling, we've arrived! Our journey was a little chaotic, but we made it! We were lucky enough to fly on the inaugural flight from the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, so we got to catch a little party, complete with kangaroo meat appetizers and … Continue reading What a journey!
G’day, mates! Excitement and adrenaline are running so rampantly through my veins that I can hardly contain myself. Maybe it’s the pictures that I’ve seen of the amazing starry skies of the Outback, or the breathtaking aquatic world of the Great Barrier Reef, or maybe it’s simply the embarrassingly large number of times I’ve seen … Continue reading T-minus 7 Days Till Australia!