Back on the Red Soils

Posted on: July 27, 2011

Hello Everyone!

As most of you know, I just finished a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.  Wow, what a trip!  I still can’t believe that I was at all these places!

We first flew to LA and since we had an 11 hour layover, EF provided us with a tour of Hollywood, so we went to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice and probably a few more places that I just can’t remember haha.  Then we had a red-eye 13 hour flight to Auckland, NZ.  There was our group and a group from Virginia that arrived on that flight, but we were still waiting for Texas and our tour guide to come in on a flight from Fiji, so we went to the mall for about an hour and a half.  Once the other group and our tour guide arrived, we headed for Rotorua, which is about a three hour drive from Auckland.  Along the way we did some ice breakers and slept a lot haha!  We went to Rotorua because it is very famous for its geographical/thermal activity.  It is full of natural hot springs and mud baths.  It was very beautiful, however smelled like sulfur!  The night we arrived we had a traditional Mauri dinner, and watched a Mauri dance.  We did various activities the next day.  The last morning we were in Rotorua, I went running in the morning.  It. Was. Freezing.  I got quite warm and took my sweater off, so my arms were starting to turn purple.  I had purchased a hat and mitts prior to the run!  When I got back to my hotel our tour guide, Vic, told us to stay out and watch the sunrise over the lake and the mountains.  It was beautiful!  I got some pictures of me doing yoga infront of the sunrise which turned out awesome!  We then went inside ate breakfast and headed out for Auckland.  Along the way we stopped at a little amusement part type thingy, and also something called OGO.  What OGO is is a giant bubble-ball type thing that you get in and they basically roll you down a hill.  There was two that we could go down, one that we were strapped in, and one with water.  I decided to do the water one twice, and oh my gosh I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard!! After that was done we headed to Auckland.  Once we got there we went to the top of a mountain (Mt Eden, I believe) and saw a view of the city.  After that, we went to the hotel and had the rest of the night to ourselves.  The next morning we woke up bright and early and headed to the airport.  We arrived in Sydney, Australia at around 9am.  We walked around a bit, went through High Park and headed to the Sydney Tower.  After that we went on a harbour tour, and then ended things off at the Wildlife Park that was next to the Sydney Aquarium.  That night we were blessed to walk half hour in the absolute downpour rain, which would continue throughout the four days we were there.  The next day we did about half a day of activities and then the next half we had to ourselves, so my group went to the Aquarium.  The next day we had free so we went surfing in the morning at Manly Beach and then basically stayed in the room and watched rugby for the rest of the night!  We were absolutely exhausted and it was still raining out, so we decided to take a chill night.  The next morning before we left we went to the famous Paddy’s Markets and got some suveniers.  We then left around 6 on a flight to Hawaii.  When we got to Hawaii we immediately changed from the pants and sweaters we had to wear in Sydney to shorts and a tank top.  We went for a tour around the city and then had the rest of the time to ourselves.  So, we did what anyone would do in Waikiki, went to the beach!  The next morning we got up and went snorkling and then went to the beach.  That afternoon four of us went Boogie Boarding and then that night we went to a luau.  The last day, Jacky and myself went on a little shopping spree and then laid out by the pool for the rest of the afternoon.  We left our hotel around 6, with our flights headed for home.  When we arrived in LA our flight ended up getting delayed so it was quite the experience trying to get home.  Running through airports should be a national sport!! But the main thing is we got home, this morning around 9am, and made it safely!

I can honestly say that I will definitely be going back to Australia!  I loved it so much, and would love to learn more about it.  I am actually considering doing a semester or two of school in Sydney.  It would be great to be able to go surfing whenever I wanted to, and just being in a place I love!

I am very tired now, I haven’t slept a whole lot in the last three days so I will probably pass out for 17 hours or so!




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  • John Martni: Emily Cool blog! I'm so proud of you. Pretty darn good for a Milburn (suburb of O'Leary, PEI, Canada) girl! John Martin


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