Posts Tagged ‘travel’

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 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 55-59 – In Which I Almost Convert To Catholicism

On Monday I had my first real exam of the semester. It was very bureaucratic and quite strange. During the previous week I studied quite a lot for it and I was very glad that I did because the exam was rushed and I barely finished everything. When we came in we had to sit with an empty seat between each of us and fill out a lot of paperwork before even starting the exam. We were also told to get out our student ID cards for verification and the TA came around and scanned them while the exam was…

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Days 11/12 – Katoomba and the Giant Stairs

We are in the Blue Mountains! I’m on a tour with a bunch of other uni students (In Australia they shorten everything. U-ni-ver-si-ty is just too much trouble so they drop the last three syllables). Our first stop was in Katoomba, a small town in the Blue Mountains which they call “The Capital of the Blue Mountains.” As soon as I got out of the bus I felt at home. The air was cold and fresh and there was a brisk wind coming up out of a large canyon just a few meters away. The natural landscape around us was covered in…

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Day 1 – There Are Penguins In Australia

I found my way off the plane, to the baggage claim, and, glory of glories, my bags actually appeared on the carousel. I honestly think that magic must be involved in getting my bags to appear in Melbourne, Australia after leaving them to the care of the airlines in Yakima, WA. I had also met a few students from the Arcadia program who had arrived on the same flight. They seemed nice enough, but kind of insecure and trendy as most people of my generation often are. I dislike trendy people. Once we had our bags we had to stand in another absurdly…

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Day 0 – Goin to the Land Down Unda (Can you hear, can you hear that thunda)

This morning I got up at 6:30 a.m. and met my friends for breakfast at Waffle’s Cafe in West Valley. It was a fun, happy time full of laughter, waffles, eggs, and Monte Cristo sandwiches. At 9:30 Skyler took me to the airport and I began my long journey which would take me over 30 hours of real travel time and closer to 48 including the time change. In the Yakima airport I met an elderly lady who was traveling with her granddaughter on her way back to Orange County in California. She had apparently had several strokes, which left…

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