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!

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.”

8 Weeks to go!

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It seems like we’ve been waiting for a long time but it’s only 8 weeks until our adventure to Seychelles! The idea of being able to be halfway across the world from what we’re accustomed too makes us excited but anxious too! Physically we will be traveling from Chicago, to Dublin, to Abu Dhabi and finally to Seychelles. We will be going from a house that has a bed, unlimited electricity, food that comes from the fridge, electronics around every corner and wifi to very basic living accommodations, no running water except in the kitchen and showers, absolutely no wifi and the only way of getting electricity being a generator for a few hours at night.

It will definitely be a big change, but we are both looking forward to living in a culture that is so much different than what we are accustomed to.  Though we won’t have access to wifi where we are staying, we will be able to visit wifi cafes every week or so when we travel to the main islands so we will try to post in the blog as much as we can!

We will try to keep everyone updated in the coming weeks!

Getting All of our Equipment Together!

So it’s almost exactly 3 months until we’re Seychelles bound for 2 months to study sea turtles and do environmental conservation! We’ve been buying equipment for quite awhile and it looks like we have almost everything we need!! IMG_1319 IMG_9815 IMG_0583 IMG_0127 IMG_9189 IMG_0744

We have everything from rash vests and dive slates to mosquito nets, solar powered lanterns and so much more! Luckily most of the equipment we needed we already had from our last trip to Ireland so getting ready for the Seychelles isn’t as bad as it could be if we had to start from scratch! Now we’re just working on the smaller things to ensure we have everything we need while we’re overseas!

These next few months will go by pretty fast so making sure everything is ready to go is a priority!

“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown that reveals you within yourself.” – Ella Maillart

Studying up for Seychelles!

Since we only have exactly 4 months until we leave for Seychelles, we thought it would be a good idea to start looking through our training manual to start studying what we’ll need to know when we get there! Our internship is all about environmental conservation and sea turtle research. So that means we’ll have to know the different kind of mangroves around the island, how to distinguish them from one another, how to know what kind of sea turtle we’re looking at, how to know what kind of sea turtle came on the beach based solely on it’s tracks and everything in between. So, what better way to study this then to make flash cards?! IMG_0073

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Can anyone guess what kind of turtle this is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Props to you if you knew this WITHOUT looking at the card with the answer 🙂

Wish us luck with our studying!

Plus, Look at how full our “travel corner” is getting!!

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“One’s Destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Only 176 Days to Go!

So here we are. Finally creating a blog to follow us on our journey of journeys. Too bad we didn’t make this for Ireland this past spring break.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re going to Seychelles in January. Seychelles is a not-so-well known island north of Madagascar. If you have never seen pictures, I’m telling you right now GOOGLE IT. It is the most gorgeous place I have ever seen, and I’m saying that just by seeing pictures online. I’m sure I will be saying that and much more when we actually experience it first hand. We will be going for 2 months as part of an internship that is all about wildlife conservation. Specifically, we will be doing a lot of research of the islands flora and fauna including the sea turtles, tortoises, the famous coco de mer, and get this: WHALE SHARKS. We will be snorkeling pretty much everyday, making notes and observations of everything that we see and taking that and doing actual research based on those observations! It is really a dream come true for both of us. We’ll be keeping you updated through our entire journey, not only to Seychelles but wherever the wind takes us, which will be anywhere and everywhere.

I have also decided to delete my Facebook. Brody deleted his a long time ago and it’s time I follow. This blog will be the only way of seeing what we’re doing. Either that or you can still text or email us 😉

Wish us luck!

– Brody and Carolyn

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain