Carmen S - Gold Coast, Australia - Spring 2014
Hello from Australia!
My name is Carmen and I am currently spending the semester at Griffith University in Gold Coast. I live a block away from the beach in Sufers Paradise, Queensland where I relax at almost everyday. My experience has been undescribable so far. My first few days were in Brisbane, where we walked along the river and through the Botanical Gardens. It was the most beautiful city I've ever been to. Jessica and I then flew up to Cairns for orientation where we went scuba diving (I touched a sea turtle and got stung by a jellyfish but it was totally worth it!), hung out with Kangaroos and Koalas in the Rainforestation, and hiked through the Botanical Gardens. I highly recommend going to Cairns, it was well worth the trip and there were so many things to do there! Jessica and I later went to Sydney for the weekend! Although it was raining the whole time and I didnt pack well, we still were able to see everything we wanted to in the short amount of time. Bondi Beach was only an hour bus ride from Sydney and that was probably my favorite part because it was the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. We then hiked through the Blue Mountains where I was attack by leeches and we saw the 3 Sisters, still worth it.
Lately, Ive been doing my best to stay focused on my school work in this beautiful weather. I tried Kangaroo meat and LOVED it. A group of us also took surfing lessons last week and I just signed up to become a licensed scube diver!
We plan on traveling to New Zealand soon and hopefully see more of Australia. I've loved every second of the trip so far and I cant wait to see what else I can see and learn!