Hi again! Unfortunately, this will be my last blog post while abroad. I am currently going into my final week here in Sydney and I am extremely sad. These have been some of the best weeks in my entire life and I am heartbroken to leave in the coming days. However, today I am going to reflect on my personal growth over the trip and some of the exciting adventures I went on while here.
I believe I have changed drastically from the moment I stepped foot in Australia to now. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I arrived here homesick; I was nervous about being away from home, nervous about being in new country, and nervous about being with people I did not know. Yet, once I adjusted to the new environment, you would never have guessed any of this. Everyday I had a smile on my face while I explored a new country and pushed my boundaries with amazing people that I have become extremely close with.
Adventure #1: Harbor Bridge Climb. During the vivid light festival, my boyfriend and I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. This was a three hour walk up the structure and concluded with a gorgeous view from the top. It wasn’t strenuous, but the winds were very strong and posed a challenge for us as we walked up. The view was breathtaking, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Adventure #2: Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Although the water was murky, and I couldn’t see much, this was a great experience and I was able to see parts of the reef and some fish. It was nerve wrecking, but also such a great opportunity. I hope to come back one day and do it again when the conditions are better.
Adventure #3: Roar and Snore at the Taranga Zoo. This was an incredible experience where we got to glamp (glamourous camping) at the zoo overnight and interact with animals during the night and during the day. I really can’t describe how fun this excursion was. It was a sight to see! Seeing elephants up close were my favorite part.
Adventure #4: Bondi to Coogee walk. This was a coastal walk that lasted about two hours. The scenery was amazing and along the way I got some great pictures! There were a few stops in between that I relaxed at, and then an excellent place to sit and eat at the end. This is a must do for anyone who visits Sydney.
There are so many more things I could go on and on talking about. This trip has provided me with such fantastic experience that will forever stay with me. I look forward to making this week the best one yet. See you again when I’m back in the states for my final blog.