Daintree was such a cool little spot for exploring! The scenery was very refreshing after the Sydney suburbs and the beach was drop dead gorgeous. We went on several really nice walks through the rainforest and one just so happened to include spotting TWO CASSOWARIES. Cassowaries are giant birds (almost the size of an emu) … Continue reading Daintree and The Great Barrier Reef
Our first day in Sydney, we settled into our dorms at our host college, The University of New South Wales. We get our own rooms??? No more 6 people’s alarms all going off a minute apart in the morning woohooooo! After getting settled in, we took a tour of downtown through all of the parks … Continue reading City Livin’
I’m back from the beautiful Blue Mountains and I couldn’t be happier! Monday was an allllll day travel day to fly from the Top End down to Sydney and then hop a bus to the mountains located outside of a cool town named Katoomba. Thank goodness for cold weather, because Kakadu felt like Florida during … Continue reading The Blue Mountains Have Me Feelin’ the Opposite of Blue!
Wednesday was a 4:30am wakeup call for our 4 hour flight to Darwin in the north of the country and our time for camping in Kakadu National Park. I was lucky enough to grab a window seat and saw some breathtaking views of the expanse of the empty Outback as we flew above. Upon arrival … Continue reading Kakadu Camping
First of all, sorry for not being able to post for a while! I've been without decent wifi for two weeks now... so here's my first days in Australia! It was really weird leaving New Zealand and my group of friends that I had just made to head straight to Australia and start all over … Continue reading Greetings from AUSSIE!
Most people woke up Wednesday morning with a feeling of: first of all relief that their bed bunk and shared bathroom life was soon ending, but second of all that the trip of a lifetime was coming to a close. Which is really really sad. Unlike a lot of other students in my group, I … Continue reading New Zealand Wrap Up
Who knows, I might only get to visit this beautiful country once… so why not book a random trip to go skiing? Monday was hands down one of my favorite days of the entire trip. After moving the schedule around to accommodate a free day in Christchurch to study for our exam or for some … Continue reading The Final Days 😦
Friday was our Maori tour day where we went all over Kaikoura learning about their culture and traditions. We learned how to fold flax leaves into really cool flowers and shared a delicious traditional Maori meal while memorizing Maori songs and singing them way off key, gaining some funny looks from the professionals. Afterwards, we … Continue reading Kaikoura to Christchurch
I’m back after a week of long travel days full of adventure and crazy memories! Sunday was a day of travel but we spent a few hours at a local dairy farm along the way to Hokitika. It was one of the two dairy farms along the west coast of the South Island and we … Continue reading Rural South Island
Last Wednesday was the day of our grand and glorious Routeburn Track hike in Queenstown, adventure capital of the world! If you’ve ever seen pictures of New Zealand, a photo of this famous hike probably popped up because it's so pretty. After an hour of van driving going wayyy too fast along a curvy mountain … Continue reading I Swear Every Day Gets Even Better