Travel

A Beaded Bracelet – Day 8

Today we woke up early and went on our full day drive in search of animals. Our driver took us a bit further into the park relative to yesterday. We had seen most of the animals on our evening drive, but there were a few special treats in store. We saw a cheetah and a leopard in close succession! Our driver said that they don’t often see leopards, usually only once or twice a year! After this animal sighting we had seen four our of the Big Five: lion, water buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino. The rhinoceros which live in the…

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Maasai Mara – Day 7

Last night we dined at a restaurant in the hotel called “The Spur.” It was furnished with Native American decorations and its logo featured a chief in a headdress. We found this amusing because this sort of restaurant would never fly in California. It violated the laws of political correctness on so many levels, so maybe it would do better in Texas (or Eastern WA for that matter). But we weren’t in the US, we were in Nairobi, Kenya so …. we let it be. We enjoyed ordered buffalo wings and burgers as a nice change from the more traditional…

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Bumpy Roads – Day 4-6

Day 4 Our second day in Kisumu was productive and enlightening. We breakfasted at the Nyanza Club and then hit the road. Since there were seven people in our group we split between two large-ish vehicles capable of handling the roads in this region. The car trips were fun because there was so much to take in along the way. Kisumu City was a entangled, busy maze of roads and buildings. Once we got 10-15 minutes outside of the city the tall buildings disappeared. Everywhere there were people walking, going about their business for the day. I was constantly reminded of…

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Jambo! – Kenya Days 0-2

Jambo my friend! This is what Kenyans say as a greeting, especially if they are trying to sell you something at the market for tourists. 😛 This probably sounds stereotypical, and it totally is, but it’s been one of my few interactions with Kenyans so far. I will say that they are excellent salespeople. Here we are in Nairobi. It was a long trip to get here. We are here to install some prototypes as the final step in the Harvey Mudd College Global Clinic project. For background, we’ve been working with a non-profit called RainCatcher which raises funds and…

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The Great Barrier Reef

The pinnacle of my scuba diving experience in Australia was our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. My family and I lived on a dive boat for 3 days, completing a total of 11 dives including two night dives. The sheer number of dives gave me confidence with my equipment and made me especially grateful for the experience I’d gained in Sydney. I was surprised to learn that over half the people on our boat were new divers, either just certified or becoming certified on the trip. My Advanced Diver Certification was especially handy since the dive leaders trusted me to…

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Days 106-114 – Fraser Island & the Whitsundays

So on Wednesday I had the pleasure of picking up my friend Emily Ferguson from the Sydney International Airport. Believe it or not she came all the way from America to visit me (and Australia)!! How awesome is that!? After getting her phone and finances sorted out we went to Bondi Beach and did the Sculpture By the Sea walk.   On Thursday our adventure to Fraser Island began. By 10 am we were on our way and made it to Hervey Bay about midday. We took the ferry over to Fraser Island and then had the afternoon and evening…

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Days 104-105 – Wollongong

On Monday I went down to Wollongong to visit my friend Kelsey. She has come up to Sydney several times and I promised I would return the favour so on Monday afternoon I caught the train down the coast. That night I met a few of her friends and we went out a Mexican restaurant called Amigos. It was really good (especially the Coconut Margarita) and I’d definitely go back! Apparently on Tuesdays they have Happy Hour with cheap tacos. When we got back that night we watched the Lego Movie which I had been told was worthwhile. Don’t ask…

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Days 75-84 – Land of the Kiwi

I’m not going to describe my adventures in New Zealand too much here, but I’ll let you enjoy the pictures. They tell the best parts of the story.       That’s all folks. Back to Sydney now.

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Day 68 – Jervis Bay

On Sunday morning I got up super early and went on a trip to Jervis Bay with a club called The Mob. Our first stop was the Kiama blowhole just south of Wollongong. The drive to Jervis Bay took about 2.5 hours. I attempted to sleep, but ended up mostly staring out the window at the beautiful countryside. These cows have the good life, let me tell you. Once at Jervis Bay we had about an hour to spend on the beach before catching a dolphin-watching cruise. I spent that hour juggling on the beach. It’s so much fun and…

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Days 38-40 – Broken Bay

I spent this past weekend at Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre, a camp about 100 km north of Sydney and reachable by one train + one ferry. This trip was organised and paid for by Arcadia, my program sponsor, so I got to see a bunch of my orientation-week people again and hear about their experiences in Sydney. The weekend was pretty laid-back and we had free time in the evenings and in between activities. This was good for me since I got some school reading done and even made some more progress on Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.…

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