|My fellow destinations companions and I visited the|
Sydney Opera House shortly after arriving.
Ambassador Girl Scout
Whether it’s hearing the plane engine's roar that marks the start of a new adventure or the first steps on unfamiliar land where your identity is not known, destinations definitely gives you the thrilling experience of other cultures, dialects and surroundings. It is more than the itinerary in that it is a journey of discovery. It includes new animals, new friends and new ideas while discovering who you are and what you are capability of accomplishing.
My excitement was barely containable as I took my first achy steps in Australia (achy only because I didn’t stand during the 14-hour plane ride...). Our first stop was the famous city of Sydney. The animation in the movie, Finding Nemo, doesn’t do the amazing Sydney Opera House justice! The gleaming tiles on the roof and spectacular architecture were definitely sights to see. Our walking tour of Sydney included historical sites where convicts were kept, a harbor cruise exploring the waterfronts and harbor bridge, the botanical gardens and the art museum of New South Wales.
We flew north to Cairns for the remainder of the trip and learned so much about Aboriginal culture while we hunted with spears in the ocean for crabs, then climbed over mangroves in the mud to find mussels and periwinkle which we cooked for an afternoon snack. We also carved our own didgeridoos and learned how to play that interesting instrument. The Aboriginals we stayed with also taught us how to throw boomerangs (which do actually return to you!). We also experienced nature by camping many nights in tents while listening to the creek and waterfalls. My favorite waterfall was the eight-degree Celsius (that’s 46 degrees Fahrenheit) Milla Milla Falls in which we swam and froze!
|We got to meet Girl Guides from Australia - they loved|
our patches and sashes!
We jungle-surfed through the rainforest and went on a challenge hike up Kalphalim Rock. Believe me, it was a challenging nine-mile round trip and took us about seven hours. The view at the top was definitely worth the trek as we looked over the valley below.
We ended our trip with a phenomenal trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Nothing could be more perfect than seeing whales splashing around, and snorkeling to see blue sea stars, sea cucumbers, squid, clams, sea turtles and a zillion colorful fish. Our final night included bowling with local Girl Guides who were so impressed with our Girl Scout sashes and patches. It was funny as they asked me, “Is it true that Texas is like the movies where there’s just tumbleweed blowing around?” And they also picked up on my “y'all” in our conversation! We were all amazed as the 10 days flew by and Friday came, the day to fly home.
Exploring the wonders of Australia was amazing and I made lifelong friendships that I will cherish. I learned so much through the activities we did and about other people. This destination also included rich cultural experiences as we got a taste of the Aboriginal culture and the life of an Aussie. This trip was surely a one-of-a-kind experience, and I look forward to traveling somewhere else again next summer!
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