Two days after I graduated from high school, my parents, my three best friends, and I were boarding a plane to Sydney, Australia for our first international adventure together. Most people will never travel outside of America, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to experience this once in a lifetime vacation! We travel all across Australia. We stayed for a total of three weeks, and we were not bored once! My parents are excellent trip planners. So, we had a good combination of structured tours and free time to roam as we pleased. We always seemed to have the most interesting and fun adventures when we were exploring on our own without a brochure, which is how I think a vacation should really be like. We went during the summer (June) so that means it was winter in Australia; and let me tell you - it was COLD! If you ever find yourself in Australia during the winter months, make sure you put on plenty of layers to prepare yourself for the freeze! Although it was cold, and we couldn't really enjoy the beach, there were still plenty of shenanigans for us to get in to. The number one MUST do in Australia is spend a day in the Outback. Out of everything I experienced in Australia, that was by far my favorite activity. The six of us spent the day four-wheeling all throughout the Outback seeing the beautiful country from a different perspective. There is nothing like experiencing an Australian sunset across the whole horizon with your best friends. Everything in life seems so much more small when you realize how big and magnificent the world is. If there is any moment in my life that is unforgetable, it's that one. That picture will forever be in my mind! Now, four-wheeling was exceptional but let's be honest - i'm a city girl. Sydney, Australia is the place to go if you are in need of a shopping trip. Between the exotic food choices, and funky clothing stores, you have plenty of adventure to choose from. One day inparticular, us four girls went out on the town to do some shopping. Of course, being in a foreign country, we didn't exactly know where we were going. By the end of the day, we were lost and weren't sure how to get back to our hotel. That's when we met Caeser. Caeser had a two-person-mini-carriage set up to the back of his bicycle, offering people rides to wherever their destination was. Somehow, we convinced this rather small man to take us back to our hotel. So, poor Caesar struggled his way UPHILL, 2 miles back to our hotel, with four teenage girls stuffed in the back. Needless to say, he got an excellent tip and we got a memory that will never be forgotten. Thankfully, my parents spoiled us, so were able to have some of Australia's nicest and most delecious foods. But - of course teenagers get tired of five star restaraunts occasionally and like to take on the sometimes scary food the locals enjoy. My parents knew about Vegemite, but we had no idea what is was or what it tasted like; So when my parents told us to taste it, we did. They video'd it, and made us do it all at once. That should have been an obvious enough sign to put it down, but we were oblivious. Long story short - Vegemite is the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted in my entire life and I hope to never come across it again. There are no words to describe how mad my taste buds were at me for putting such vile things on them. So a little words of wisdom to whoever comes across Vegemite, STAY AWAY FROM IT! Trust me, you will be thankfull you did.
I am so thankful and blessed to have had this opportunity to visit Australia. It was so much fun and it was full of awesome memories that will never be forgotten. It was a time when I was allowed to just have fun and put the worries of the world behind me for three short weeks and I advise everyone to do the same. Medicine cannot compete with pure relaxation!
Oh and P.S. - if you're looking forward to seeing that "blonde hair, blue eyed, surfer guy" while in Australia, he doesn't exist. There were none.