Australian Adventure Day 5: Sweating

For my last day in Sydney, I decided that I couldn’t leave without seeing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge! That’s like Sydney’s icon!

Today was probably the warmest it’s been since I have arrived and I will admit now, I didn’t put much sunscreen on so yes I did get quite burnt today! But, it was beyond worth it!

I went to the Central station and got on the train to go to Circular Quay which is the stop for the Opera House. This train ride was a bit longer but once I got there, I got off the train and enjoyed the views! They were breath taking and even though it was a little warm, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I got to take in all the beauty that was before me!

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Australian Adventure Day 4: Crocodile Rocking

I don’t know if I’m just getting lucky with this amazing weather or this is really how nice it is right before Australia’s winter. Beautiful blue skys and nice and warm!

Today I decided to go to the “Wildlife Sydney” which was the third and final part of the 3some tickets I bought for the main Sydney attractions. Let me just say this: I finally got to see a saltwater crocodile in real life! (not wild unfortunately, but I’m hoping that will change by the time I’m done in Australia!!) It was amazing to see all of the “deadliest” snakes and spiders and even birds that exist in Australia’s wilderness! And of course the adorable wallabies and kangaroos! (Yes I wanted to steal a joey but again I’m waiting to see them in the wild ;))

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Later that night, Kristina and I decided to go to a local bar and have some drinks and have a little fun! We stayed out a little late and passed out the second we got back to the hotel room!

Only one day left in Sydney!! Can’t believe how fast this is going!

Australian Adventure Day 3: Waxing

Today was another gorgeous day in Sydney! Around 85 degrees, sunny with a little wind, it’s perfect! One of the main things that has a been a life saver for traveling around Sydney is the light rail. My hostel is right by Central Station where I hop on the train, and it gets me to Darling Harbor in about 10 minutes. Yes I like walking around the city, but when it’s that hot out and I have things I want to do, I choose the light rail!

Today I went into the Madame Tussauds Wax museum because I had bought the 3 pack of tickets that got me into the aquarium, the wax museum and wildlife sydney! I have been to multiple wax museums including the one in Myrtle Beach and Dublin, but I have to say that Sydney’s was one of the better ones! ( And I’m not just saying that because they have a wax statue of Steve Irwin ;))

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After the wax museum, my roommates and I and a few people from the hostel decided to go to TGI Friday’s for happy hour! We had to take a train from Central station to the University stop where Friday’s was and we enjoyed a few drinks and food!

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Australian Adventure Day 2: Exploring

The flight to Sydney was great. Very few people on the flight and I got around 9 hours of actually really good sleep! The food was okay, with a beef stew and bread for dinner and a cheese omelet for breakfast!

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When I landed, I of course had to go through customs first and that took a while. They did this thing where you put your passport in a kiosk and then you had to look into a camera and match the picture on your passport. Mine didn’t match up. (I’m assuming because I was cheesin so much in my passport picture.) So I had to go through the physical immigration officer. Which I was okay with because he was super nice and stamped my passport adding yet another stamp to my growing passport!

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Once I got my bag, I was a little nervous on how to figure out how to get to my hostel. I went up to the information desk and the lady told me one thing: Do not take a taxi. They are WAY too expensive. It would have cost me around 50 dollars to get to my hostel. She instead suggested the light rail which is where you get a “opal” card and swipe on and swipe off and it reduces your fare that you had pre paid every time you get off of the light rail which takes you all around Sydney!

It was actually a pretty simple process really, and in no time I was getting off at my stop at Central Station and headed towards my hostel! I was staying at the YHA railway hostel but there is another YHA central hostel. Long story short I ended up walking to the wrong hostel at first, but I luckily didn’t have to walk too far to get to my actual hostel. But, it was HOT! Like really really hot. Like 95 degrees!

I found out that I couldnt check in until 1pm and at this point it was only like 9am so I got a locker to put my luggage in until check in and headed on my way to explore! I kinda just walked until I saw a sign for something that I knew I wanted to visit. I ended up at Darling Harbor which was gorgeous! It’s a huge harbor that has 2 sides with shops and bars and restaurants all around and in the middle they had the Aquarium, a wildlife center and a wax museum! So guess where I went 😉

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I went into the Sydney aquarium with the ticket that I bought that included all 3 attractions. Yes, I have been to MANY aquariums before but I loved this one because it obviously featured animals and aquatic life from Australia! Some which I have never seen before in real life!

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After I finished at the aquarium, I walked back to my hostel as it was about 1:30pm so I could check in! Walking back, I got a little lost, which I actually kinda like, until I start getting hungry, thirsty and anxious to get back to meet my roommates! I finally got back to the hostel, checked in and headed up to my room!

When I walked in, only one of my roomates was there. Kristina had gone out the night before and was still nursing her hangover, but she was super nice and we got to know each other a bit!

I then took a little nap as I was a little jetlagged and woke up and met my other roommate Alex! Both of them have been living here for a while working and traveling. Kristina is from Michigan and Alex is from Canada!

I then found out that tonight in Sydney is Mardi Gras which is a HUGE deal here. Everyone gets really dressed up and goes down to Oxford Street for a parade and parties. Alex had to work so she couldn’t go with us, but Kristina and decided to get a little dressed up and head out on the town.

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Let me tell you it was NUTS. There were SO many people there. It was crowded and insanely hard to move around but the atmosphere was so joyful and happy that you didnt really care! But, we couldn’t see the parade because there were so many people so we decided to take the light rail to Darling Harbor and meet up with a couple of Kristina’s friends for dinner! After dinner, Alex was done with work and Kristina and her friends ended up staying out a little bit longer and I was exhausted so I decided to make my way back to the hostel by myself. Which I’ll admit was actually pretty scary. I ended up getting a little lost finding my way back to the light rail and at one point I was actually starting to freak out. But once I finally made it back to the light rail it was smooth sailing from there and I made it back to my hostel in no time! Let me tell you, when I hit my bed, I was out like a light so fast!

 

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Still hard to believe I’m in a completely different country!

Australia Bound: 9 Days Away!

Just a little over a week until I leave for the big Australian adventure! I’m still trying to get everything finalized, but one of the things I’m very excited to do is that I am going to be staying in a hostel while in Sydney! Yes, I know alot of people’s first thought is the movie Hostel, but I’m thinking the complete opposite. I have chosen to stay at one of the most well known and respected hostels in Australia and I can’t wait. It will be a fantastic way to meet people hopefully around my age and maybe get to do things around the city with them! Again, that’s why I travel. To meet others and get to know they’re experiences from a different perspective!

Ever since I was little I have always wanted to travel to Australia. My childhood hero was Steve Irwin and I am happy to say that I will be able to spend a few days at his zoo in Beerwah! It’s still weird to think that I’ll be at the zoo I grew up watching on TV!

I am also going to try to go diving off the coast of Brisbane, as well as venture out into the outback a bit. I have so much to do!!

Until then, I’m counting down the days!

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“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, its inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.”

I’m Going Down Under!!

So, I know it’s been a while since I have posted on here (almost a year!!) but I have to update it with this exciting news: I’m going to Australia! Spring break 2016 will be spent in Sydney, Brisbane, Beerwah, and the Sunshine Coast. Ever since I was little I have always dreamed about making  the long trek over and I’m finally able to do it!

I leave in exactly 2 weeks and  will arrive in Sydney in 2 weeks and 2 days. Yes, it’s a 28 hour flight. 🙂

This big adventure will be a little different from all the rest. I am not traveling with anyone. For everyone that is telling me that it is a mistake to do so, I respect your opinion. I believe it is important to be able to be strong enough to do something this big on your own. As long as you are smart and make good decisions everything will be fine. Yes, I am scared. Yes, it will be weird to not have anyone to talk to on the long flights but you know what, maybe that’s the point. What if on the flight from LAX to Sydney I meet someone who is an Australian native and they give me tips on where to go and where not to go?

This is why I travel. To expand my knowledge of the world and appreciate things for more than they are.

I will be keeping everyone updated on here very frequently so keep a look out!

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“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”