So, how did I end up in the beautiful cities of Melbourne, Syndey, Christchurch, and Queenstown?
Here's my surprising story:
During this early summer day, I woke up to my aunt's phone call. She asked, "Do you want to go to Australia with me for a relative's wedding. We would be staying there for 2 weeks." I had thought to myself that it was some sort of dream or I was clearly hallucinating. But, it was actually real! I packed my bags and flew to Chicago to meet up with my aunt, and we flew overseas to Melbourne.
I could still remember the adrenaline rush due to my excitement before the plane departs at the Melbourne International Airport. I thought to myself: wow, I am living in reality. I am actually in Australia. Our relatives had arranged for us to stay in an apartment complex near the Melbourne Museum. We decided to go for early "Dim Sum" the next morning. I had never seen such busy atmosphere! The people were very busy due to the location of the restaurant (It was in the center of the City), but they were still very polite and took time to serve us. During dinner one night, one suggested to take us down to the underground subway. I actually have never been to one before, and it definitely an eye opening for myself. The only time that I have seen such thing would be in movies. It was really cool to actually experience the underground ride.
My next destination was Sydney, Australia. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to for the past 17 years of my life. The rich, white sand of the Bondi Beach is incredibly breathtaking. The water, sand, air, sky, just about everything seemed so pure at the time. I felt as if I had been granted to early heaven. After, my cousins took me out to an authentic Malaysian restaurant called Mamak near Chinatown, and the foods there were delicious. It opened every day at 5pm, and people were standing in line before 5 to get in. Another absolutely incredible part of my Sydney stay was being able to see the legendary Opera House and Sydney Harbour. You always see and hear about these places on TV or the internet, but I was actually able to see such places in real life. No words could describe how amazing these two infrastructures were present. Photographers, video bloggers, etc were everywhere around the Harbour to get views of the landscape.
Overall, this trip has been incredible. I have always live in the suburban areas, and there are no opportunities to experience the city life. The restaurants, cafes, attractions have opened my eyes about the world. The world that we live in is actually very beautiful. Traveling here and there is the only way to see what our world gives us.
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