Sarah's Adventures Down Under
Chronicles of my adventure down under!
Friday, December 14
I went to dinner last night with my friends at a pub across from IH and then I said good-bye to everyone this morning. On the way to the airport, I think the taxi driver was a little concerned for my mental health because I couldn't stop crying. I won't lie- it was really, really hard to leave Sydney. I feel like I was just starting to get comfortable there and I made some really great friendships. But it was such a big mix of emotions because I am so excited to be home. I cried all the way through customs until I saw several other study abroad kids crying when I knew I needed to pull it together.
The last several months have been such an emotional roller coaster. I feel like I have grown up so much and learned so much about myself and other people. The future is pretty exciting- I have 3 interviews tomorrow for internships with the government (Treasury and OPIC), and I have 2 more lined up next week. I also got an offer yesterday from a friend for an all expenses paid trip to Ecuador next spring (pretty amazing, huh?) I plan to graduate next fall and then hopefully get a full time job in trade policy with the federal government. I'm also planning to take the foreign service exam next spring because I think I'd really like to be a diplomat (on the economic track) in the future. Who knows, I'd also love the chance to live in Sydney for a few years sometime in the future.
I hope that you have enjoyed this journey with me! That's all folks :)
Thursday, December 13
View of the Sydney skyline from the IH roof
View from Victoria Park
Friends out at the Rose Hotel
Me and a Aborigine performer down at Circular Quay- awesome music
It took about 8 tries to get this! :)
I present to you the Opera House!
Tuesday, December 11
I freakin' love this country even in the rain (I'm jumping even though it looks like I'm sitting down...)
Christmas decorations in the CBD
View from the Sydney Tower... we didn't get a very good sunset because of the rain...
The green part in the middle is Victoria Park which is right across the street from where I live
Since we didn't have a good sunset, I made up for it by taking ridiculous photos in the souvenir shop!! (that's a outback hat and boomerang)
The store David Jones has the entire Nutcracker story in the store windows- it played music and the puppets were moving!
View of the Pacific from Bald Hill
Sunday, December 9
Guess you can tell by now this is the Opera House...
CBD (Central Business District = downtown Sydney)
I love this city!!!!
Yay! We made it across what my internship supervisor called "Guantanamo Bay"- see all the fences and security cameras? I also think we saw at least 4 security guards in 30 minutes.
I'm getting good at these self-portraits!
Can you tell I was really into it? ;) It took us about an hour to go like 100 yards because my arms are so week and uncoordinated, hahaha
We rowed over to a beach on the other side and decided the water was so nice just to go swimming in our clothes. Hey, I'm not gonna come back for a long time! ;)
Me soaking wet and freezing cold- maybe the whole swimming in my clothes wasn't the best idea I've ever come up with. Let's just say it was a long bus ride home! :)
Me on the ferry- it was a windy day!
At Shelly Beach- a huge lizard! I'm starting to develop an obsession with these reptiles
Took the bus up to North Head where you can see the Sydney skyline in the background- so pretty!
Pacific Ocean - you can almost see the US on the other side! ;)
What it looked like below if I fell off the cliff