June 28, 2016

Of all of the blogs that I wrote about my time in Australia, this one has been the most difficult by far to write. Not because I have nothing to say, not because I don’t want to write about it, not because I didn’t have the experience of a lifetime, but because I refuse to come to terms with the reality that I as I write this I am traveling 541 miles per hour away from the place I learned so quickly to call home and from the p...

June 18, 2016

I think it's safe to say that once I (sadly) get home I won't be afraid of pigeons stealing my food or spotting a surprising roach run across in front of me anymore. If you know me, this probably will come as a shock to you. Trust me, I felt the same way, but after spending three nights in an Australian rainforest, things change.

When I first learned that I would be staying at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, which is nestled within...

June 13, 2016

Day 15-19:

After having the experience of a lifetime in Lady Elliot Island, I thought that no place on Earth could compare to the colors that put the great in Great Barrier Reef, but my five days and four nights in Carnarvon Gorge proved to be one of the greatest adventures that I’ve experienced in my life thus far. 

Carnarvon Gorge is located in Central Queensland about 370 miles northwest of Brisbane, our study abroad home bas...

June 7, 2016

Days 10-13:

When I first learned that I’d be traveling to a remote island in the Great Barrier Reef, my mind flashed back to a favorite movie from my childhood: The Even Stevens Movie. As we boarded a tiny private plane that fit only about ten people each and were told that we were only allowed to bring one backpack with all of our belongings to get us through our time on the island, I nearly had a heart attack.As soon as I saw...

June 2, 2016

Day 6: 

 

We started our morning off with a lecture by Mary Graham, a Kombu-merri person who works as a consultant for the Kummara Association, an indigenous family support center in Brisbane. She gave us a greater insight into the history and lives of Australian aboriginals. This talk particularly struck me because her perspective on so many huge aspects of daily life drastically differed from mine, which provoked a lot of deep...

June 2, 2016

Day 5:

 

Alas, the day arrived! My entire class was anxiously counting down the days until we were able to visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We were all dreaming of finally interacting with animals  we never thought we would, animals that existed in storybooks and on our television screens, but never in our backyards.

 

 

It was a life changing experience. Although my koala whose name was Euphoria didn’t like me and they had to...

June 2, 2016

Day 4:

 

We begun our first full day in Brisbane by stopping by a little coffee shop called Stellarosa. The coffee in this shop was absolutely amazing! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way to breakfast, we stumbled upon a little piece of home.

 

 

 

We did some quick grocery shopping and headed back to our hostel.

 

Check out all that Vegemite!

 

We had about a two hour break until our study abroad orientation meeting. I thought that would give me plenty...

May 28, 2016

 "I remembered it!!!"

 

 

G'day from Down Under! I am writing to tell you that Australia is all that I hoped it would be and more. In the three days I've spent in this country, I've learned a few valuable lessons about this land that I felt that I needed to share with you before I convince you to inevitably make the same trip one day:

 

1. You are more likely to die in a car crash than by a poisonous spider. Even if you know going...

May 3, 2016

When you think of Australia, your mind may drift to images of beauty: cuddly koalas, laptop background worthy beaches, and maybe, if you’re like me, the Hemsworth brothers. No matter what you think of when you think of Australia, your thoughts are likely drawn to some beauty of the land. Australia has so much biodiversity that you are bound to be enamored by some aspect of it. The preservation of this beauty is becoming essent...

May 3, 2016

My sincerest apologies for the terrible dad joke.

 

Climate change. If you had asked me a few months ago to explain what it was to you, I don’t think my answer would even be passable for Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. The topic seemed so confusing to me, and if I’m being honest, controversial. I never truly understood the science behind it, but after studying it this semester in preparation for my maymester in Queensland,...

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