The Land Down Under

 

“Crikey!”

-Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter”

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The Crocodile Show at the Australia Zoo

It’s been almost a year since I left for a 6-month adventure to Australia. Granted, it was for work; but, it was still quite the adventure! It was my first time out of the United States and I don’t know of too many better places I could have gone. I figured this would be a good place to begin this blog.

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A terrifyingly large termite mound

Here are some of the highlights:

We arrived in Australia April 22, I believe. Regardless of that date, we were there for April 25 – which is known as ANZAC Day in Australia. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the day commemorates the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915. Although the Australians were defeated, this was the first battle Australia fought in after becoming its own country (although it is still apart of the British Commonwealth of Nations). The best way to describe it would be to say it is Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Fourth of July all mixed in to one. It was an incredible event to experience.

Most of my time was spent in Darwin in the Northern Territory. It was a heavily migrant city as many people come in to work and leave during the wet season. It was a full of

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Emmalie and I at the Sydney Opera House

wildlife as the city quickly turned into “the bush”. I was fortunate to meet some great people to show me around. They tried to convince us it was winter, but, I don’t think it ever dropped below 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

At the end of July, Emmalie, Mom, Amanda, Ty, Grandma, and Grandpa were able to meet me in Brisbane. Of course, we had to go to the Australian Zoo (Steve Irwin’s zoo). We drove down the coast and visited Guy Fawkes National Park and a couple beautiful waterfalls. We even saw kangaroos hopping around! We stopped in Port Macquarie to saw a picturesque lighthouse and some amazing tide pools. We made it to our destination of Sydney and took a terrific walking tour to see all the sights. We stayed across the harbor in the city of Man and took the ferry across to Sydney. What an incredible view of the city!

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Emmalie, Amanda, Ty, and myself at the tidal pools in Port Macquarie

Just a few weeks before heading back home, I had the extraordinary opportunity to visit the Warruwi people. We flew to their island and worked with them on some projects. They were so kind and inviting. The men caught fish and crabs as a send-off dinner on the last night. It was a terrific four days there.

In the end, it was a wonderful trip and the more a reflect on it, the more grateful I am for it!

Thank you for reading!

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Some friends from the Warruwi tribe

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