Saturday, January 14, 2017

Student Reflection - Britny Hoag

This trip to Australia has really turned into an experience of a lifetime for me. It was my first time leaving the country and stepping on foreign soil, and I could not be happier with the way these last 17 days have turned out! I've seen and learned so many different things not only about the history of Australia, but the laws, culture, and even wildlife! For example, Aussie's don't believe in you will never get ice in any drink...ever...unless you specifically request it.

I traveled from Sydney, to Brisbane, then to Cairns and all the way back down to Sydney again; essentially traveling more than half of the east coast of Australia! I snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, got spit on by Archer fish in the Daintree Rainforest river, and unintentionally swam in a shark infested harbour at Manly Wharf. I've witnessed the kindness of strangers here, felt the proud and strong belief within the aboriginal community, and stood in the office of hard working attorneys, judges, and business men and women from around the world who all have one thing in common: they've fallen in love with the city of Sydney. If there is one thing this trip did, it certainly opened my eyes to how vast and enormous our world truly is. From the different cultures of people who live every day side by side, to the greatly different standards in the law, and even to the small but deadly critters that live in the wild. But I still saw the similarities within the foundations of humanity through the governmental people we met as a class and also individuals of the community we happened to chat with while riding the train or walking at Circular Quay. In conclusion, this was by far the best trip of my life thus far, and I can't wait to come back to the city that has stolen my heart too!

Ps. I know everyone back home is probably wondering about what Vegemite tastes like and if the toilets truly flush the opposite direction than in America? Vegemite is awful and the toilets don't flush backwards, the water just rushes in everywhere. I know, mind = blown

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