As my title suggests, I have a little over a month left till I board my flight out of Australia. Thinking about how this semester is coming to an end is both saddening and frightening. I was just beginning to feel as if this city was my home- I am getting comfortable navigating the city without aid and know where certain areas are in relation to each other. On the other hand I am frightened about all the things I haven’t done! And all the school work I haven’t done! My to-do and to-see list is outnumbering the days I have left here in this country. This also means that there are lesser dates to finish up semester projects and essays. All while trying to do everything in Sydney!
With that being said, I do feel as if I have done a lot of things I really wanted to do, things that were top priority. For one, a few of my friends and I flew to Cairns in Queensland for a weekend to see the Great Barrier Reef. This is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. We left Thursday morning to have a free day to explore the city. It was my first time flying within the country and it took me off guard that there was no weight limit for liquids but there was a weight limit for carry-ons. I definitely had to think twice about what to bring to fit the 15 pound weight limit. Then on Friday we were out on the boat all day. We had signed up to go snorkeling and scuba diving, so once we were an hour out to our first spot we hopped off the boat to go snorkeling. It was my first time snorkeling and I can’t remember the last time I went swimming where there were waves. It took awhile to get used to but granted I was very distracted by what I was seeing unfold below me. The coral wasn’t too bright that day, it was raining and there wasn’t any sunshine but there was so much sea life. Groups of small fish swimming by, a few rays, a turtle even, and a handful of barracudas! It was so rewarding to see animals thrive in their natural habitat.
If I had any advice for others who were planning a trip on their study abroad I would suggest to not stress about the little things, do what you REALLY want to do not just what your friends want to! And of course make sure you stay safe.