So November was a busy month for me. Also a sad one. November was my last month in Australia. It was a month filled with traveling to New Zealand, weekends in Sydney, music festivals and final exams... and also coming back to America.
I sincerely apologize for waiting so long to update- but this last month has been rough on me. Coming back from Australia has been an emotional roller coaster. I have honestly been avoiding this because it's still a fresh wound for me. I miss it more than anything, already. I see things that remind me of my time there each and every day. The friends, the memories, the nights out dancing, the adventures we trekked on together... I see them and hear them everywhere. I miss it all so much, and am very sad to say it is now a part of my past, but am blessed to know that it happened and that I got to do everything I did. I am beyond grateful for the experience I got in Australia. Between traveling to Indonesia, all around Australia and then to New Zealand... meeting family down south, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, and having the Sydney Opera House be a part of my every weekend routine. I couldn't be filled with more pride and joy than I am now looking back on this experience. I had the absolute time of my life, and I couldn't imagine anything ever topping it.
Studying abroad has enhanced my passion in traveling more so than I ever thought anything could. Not only just traveling, but also in life. It has helped me realize all that is important. I have a serious case of wanderlust, and only want to continue seeing all of the beauty in this world. Australia has taught me so much about myself, so much about other people, and has given me countless moments and memories that I will forever cherish, for the rest of my life. So thank you, Australia. For the best 4.5 months of my entire life. I will never forget you...
For those of you who are reading this blog post and are studying in Australia soon... If you can get the chance to go to New Zealand, PLEASE DO IT. This was the highlight of my entire trip. I traveled solo in New Zealand and was there by myself for 9 days. I was on a tour bus with other people my age and we hopped on and hopped off wherever we wanted and for however long we wanted to. It was called Kiwi Experience- seriously look into it if you plan on going to NZ.
New Zealand is the "Adventure" capital of the WORLD. So I tried to do as many things here as I could. I was nervous about traveling alone, but soon realized how sociable I was and how easy it is to make friends when you're traveling alone- because you have no choice but to talk to others around you. I made a ton of friends, most of which I still keep in contact with, who are from all over the world. We stayed in hostels every night and had group dinners and lunches daily according to whatever we had planned for the day. There was never a day to relax. From skydiving 15,000 feet from a plane, to climbing waterfalls, spending 5 hours underground in the beautiful Waitomo Glowworm Caves, to 8 mile walks to Cathedral Cove, ZORBing down the hills with herds of sheep, to staying overnight in a Maori people village, visiting the set of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, having night time booze cruises on the biggest lake in New Zealand, chasing sunsets every night... the things I did in New Zealand are things that will stay close to my heart and engraved in my memory forever. If you want to find out more about my trip, contact me or leave a comment and I will get back to you!