Sydney, Australia is truly as magical as it seems in the pictures. Our first trip into the city was spent on a cruise around the harbor that was organized by The Macquarie Village staff. It was breathtaking. Most of the people who live in The Village are exchange students, so it was cool to meet all of them. We met a lot of people from New Jersey and the east coast! Funny we had to travel across the world to meet people who live within an hour from us! It gets dark around 6 p.m. here, so when we got to boat at 6:30p.m. the night-scene had already begun. But Sydney is lit with lights and music radiates through the streets! We got to see the Opera House and got to sail under the Sydney Harbor Bridge. There was even fireworks! I couldn’t stop staring and thinking about how thankful and blessed I was to be where I was.
The next morning, Bianca and I attended a trip with the other exchange students to Sydney Harbour’s Aquarium and Zoo. As an Australian geared museum, all the animals and fish were native to Australia. The zoo and aquarium labeled where on the continent the different species were found and if they are close to extinction. Surprisingly, most of the species at the zoo and aquarium were nearing extinction due to climate change and human activities such as hunting and changing their ecosystems. The visit definitely inspired me to continue my education in environmental sciences so I can help save these animals and educate humans on how to more cautiously conduct activities that might affect different species. In the end, it’ll be better for humans and animals alike if we start reverting and fixing some of our destruction.
One of the amazing parts of the museum was the Kangaroo Walk. The Kangaroos were only several feet away from us, only blocked off by a measly rope. I was hoping they would come close to us but they all of looked so tired and miserable cooped up in such a small space. It was more sad than exhilarating to see. I think it’ll be a more comfortable experience when we go to a zoo out of the city.
All in all, our first full week abroad has thrown a lot of new experiences in our faces. I don’t think I was prepared for it but I’m easing into each new endeavor at a speed that is right for me. Making friends and getting comfortable takes time and I am okay with that. I don’t expect myself to automatically be acclimated and comfortable because that’s not who I am. It takes me awhile to feel safe. Anyways, this weekend we are going to the Blue Mountains and visiting a wildlife reserve that is more natural for the animals we are hoping to see like koalas and kangaroo!
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