Posts Tagged ‘scuba’

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 97-103 – Shark Dive

Has it really only been 100 days? It feels like I should be here longer. I’ll be very, very sad to leave in November, but it won’t be forever. I’m already determined to come back sometime soon! This week I worked on my programming assignment for Networks. It felt fantastic to code again and feel the intensity of focus and strategy. All semester I honestly haven’t had much academic challenge, but this project was the first true challenge that I had. A couple nights ago I stayed up till 6 am finishing it. Somehow all that uninterrupted time at night…

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Day 61 – The Day That Actually Happened

This was a day which I can scarcely believe occurred. It was a day that exists only in movie and books where it is easier to wrap a whole life into a short space of time. It was a day saturated with colour, texture, and force. Let me tell you about this day. It started early in the morning at about 6:30 am when I got up to go scuba diving. I caught two buses in order to get it to Rose Bay Wharf. At that early hour the CBD of Sydney is almost deserted; it’s eerie to see those huge concrete and…

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Day 54 – Scuba Take Two

This morning I dragged myself out of bed at 7:15 am since I had signed up to go diving. Regrettably, it was pouring rain (again) and I had to bike to Coogee since no buses were running so early. I waffled for a good 20-30 minutes wondering whether they would still dive in such bad weather and tried to come up with some sort of excuse not to venture outside. Finally I reached an ultimatum. If I wanted to go diving I had better hop on my bike and start pedalling. (grumble grumble grumble) Cold, wet, and dark be damned. So I…

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Day 25 – Freezing, Wet, Exhausted

In the morning I went for a walk along the coast with some of my new friends from the Christian club on campus. It was so refreshing to have some Christian sisters to talk with and share the experience. They call each other sisters and I have picked up the convention since it seems so fitting. We really are one Body and one Church. It seems easy to call each other sisters. Our walk took us from the Manly Spit Bridge all the way to Manly Beach. Along the way I got to hear stories from a few of these beautiful…

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