Global: Session 2 - Billabong: Australia

Posted: Tue, Jul 12, 2011

To The Whitsundays

Location: The Whitsundays
Author: Griffin Remick
We all got up at 5 a.m. to catch an early flight from Sydney to Brisbane. We waited at Brisbane airport for a few hours before catching another short flight to the Proserpine/ Whitsunday Coast Airport (not actually in Proserpine). Amazing views of clear blue and green water could be seen from our plane windows. We arrived to the tiny airport in the Whitsundays and from there caught a bus to get to a marina where our ship would be leaving from. On the bus ride we saw giant mountains covered in trees to our right, and could catch glimpses of the beautiful ocean and beaches to our left. Our bus driver was a little weird but very helpful in pointing out different sights as we headed toward Airley Beach in the Whitsundays. We got dropped at the marina and after a short wait boarded our sailing vessel, Eureka II, where we will spend the next 3 days and nights living. We somehow managed to fit our luggage onto the boat and set sail towards the Whitsunday Islands. We all helped raise sails and learned some basics of sailing on a boat like Eureka II. After watching a beautiful sunset from the ship, we had a great dinner of roasted chicken and vegetables. After dinner we completed our first Lifeworks Forum and learned the basic idea of how to run the programs. Then we sat on the deck watching the hundreds of bright stars surrounding the moon which looked the brightest I had ever seen it. After the long day we went back to our cabins for our first night of sleep aboard the ship.

Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Too Many Stairs

Location: Blue Mountains Syndey
Author: Jessica Castech
This morning we woke up bright and early to prepare for what was to be a physically exhausting, yet rewarding and picturesque day! We spent the majority of the day hiking in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia. When we first got to the Blue Mountains we saw several kangaroos and a poisonous spider. I know we were all surprised by how close we got to the kangaroos! After observing the unique wildlife Australia has to offer we drove to another location on the Blue Mountains to begin hiking down to a waterfall. Our hike consisted of a seemingly never-ending series of stairs, but also- several breathtaking view points. During our hike our talkative guide Smokey taught us a lot about the different types of plants in the rainforest and the Aboriginal people who are indigenous to Australia. Finally we reached the bottom. When we looked up, we saw a beautiful waterfall and we all took advantage of this Kodak moment. After admiring this amazing waterfall we embarked on our treacherous hike back up those steep series of stairs. By the time we had reached the top we had all worked up an appetite and had lunch. After lunch we drove to yet another location in the Blue Mountains, where we walked down nearly 1,000 stairs to ride the world’s steepest railway all the way back up! It was quite an amazing experience and I’m sure we will not soon forget it. By this point we were all thoroughly exhausted and returned to Sydney for a dinner of Fish and Chips! If today had a theme, I would definitely say it was STAIRS, maybe even too many stairs. In this case however, the ends did justify the means and the stairs were well worth the breathtaking views, picturesque scenes, and memories we experienced.

Posted: Sun, Jul 10, 2011

Walking and more walking

Location: Sydney
Author: Sonia Chevli
Today we woke up really early for a walk along the beach. We saw the sunrise over the ocean which was absolutely stunning. Afterwards we headed back to the hostel for breakfast and to get ready for our long adventurous day. We then went over to the Opera House for a tour. We learned about the interesting architecture and go to see the many different rooms. After we went to The Rocks where we walked around the market and had lunch. We played two truths and a lie and found out interesting facts about each other. Later we walked across the Sydney Bridge and got to experience the amazing view. For the rest of the afternoon we walked around Sydney. Finally we headed over to Steph’s house where we enjoyed an amazing ziti in her cozy home. Now everyone is back at the hostel and going straight to bed after that long, exhausting, fun day!

Posted: Sat, Jul 9, 2011

Surfing AUS

Location: Sydney
Author: Dana Luukko
After hours of flying we finally arrived in the scenic city of Sydney We stopped at the hostel for showers, breakfast, and a quick program run through. As skipper I was given the job of navigating the group to our next destination – Manly Beach. With some help from the desk clerk and the rest of the group we arrived safely and on time. Once at Manly Beach we hit the supermarket for some bread, deli meats, peanut butter, jelly and duck and chicken crackers. After scarfing down the sandwiches and questioning the ingredients of duck and chicken chips we set out for surfing lessons. Despite the cold outside the water was delightful. Everyone really enjoyed surfing. After, we enjoyed the Australian delicacy, meat pies, which were absolutely delicious. Then we headed home on the ferry ride, getting some amazing pictures of the Sydney skyline. Overall it was a fantastic day!

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