Happy Birthday Margaret!
By John Galdi
First off, I’d like to wish my younger sister a Happy 16th Birthday! Have a good one! I’ll be home before you know it.
In other news, Australia is one of the most incredible countries that I have ever been so lucky to travel to. As my time here winds down, I am starting to reflect on how great of an experience this has been for me. There has never been a dull moment, whether it’s at work or on a journey through the bush. Mostly I’ve been boring you with information about Australia…but don’t worry, I won’t do that again today. This post is strictly to share with you how incredible my journey has been and maybe give you some tips on what to do when you’re in Australia.
One of the coolest views of Sydney’s skyline can be seen from the top of the harbor bridge. Yes, the top of the harbor bridge. BridgeClimb is a company that organizes “climbs” to the top of the bridge (which is much higher than I thought it would be… don’t look down) via a staircase on the arch of it. Once we got to the top (pictured below), we were able to look back on the city and stare in awe. This had to be one of the most impressive views I’ve seen.
Luckily, Vivid Sydney was going on during our bridge climb, so we were able to look down on the projections on the Sydney Opera house and many of the buildings.
Taronga Zoo is a very famous zoo in Sydney. It has animals from all over the world. I don’t have much else to say about it. You have to go to really experience it. Definitely worth the trip though!
The Blue Mountains are a mountain range in Australia that has a bunch of impressive hikes down into the valley. Some of the plants there cause the valley to have a blue hint to it when you look down on it, hence the name Blue Mountains. We went on a nice hike down to the bottom of the valley, followed by a train ride back to the top… on the steepest railway in the world.
If you ever come to Australia in the “winter” (our summer), you MUST go to Cairns. Make sure you pronounce it “Cains”, or you will be corrected immediately. Apparently, summer is not the time to go to Cairns because of all their cyclones (hurricanes that spin the other way) and unpredictable weather. Fortunately for us, we went at the right time of year and got incredible weather. Cairns is a relatively small town, but it has tons of things to do for tourists. From great food, to scuba diving at the reef, to walking through the beautiful rainforest, Cairns was breath taking. Scuba diving was much harder than it looks, but definitely worth the experience. (Sorry for the scare mom & dad)
Only 2 weeks left! See you soon College Park! Cheers!