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September 6, 2015

Student Blog Update: Australia Post Two – Into the Bush

UW junior Lara Millman is currently documenting her experience with the OMA&D-affiliated study abroad program in Brisbane, Australia for the OMA&D student blog.

by Lara Millman

Alright, weekend one-point-five (I’m counting Melbourne as a .5): done! And what a busy one it was. We spent all day Saturday wandering around Stradbroke Island and all day Sunday in the Tambourine Rainforest. Both were equally beautiful and completely different experiences. Oh, and hey, I saw my first kangaroo!

We woke up on Saturday and left earlier than usual, eager to catch the ferry to the island. Upon getting on the ferry we then scuttled across the water (snapping selfies galore) and arrived on the island around 10. We then walked around the small town there and explored this tiny little museum about the island’s history (it was originally founded as a mental institution and run by the convicts) and met a sweet wandering dog. From there, we bussed to another, larger, more touristy town, with impressive views of the beach and even more impressive waves slapping against the cliff face. Pictures say a million words, so look at the pictures below because they say more about how pretty it was then I ever could.

Sunday morning we were picked up from our apartments by two gentlemen both by the name of Brian and driven promptly (and enjoyably) to beautiful waterfalls (it has a fancy name and is quite famous but I cannot remember it right now and my internet is out as I type this so…look at the pictures. Sorry), a parasailing/gliding launch point, and glow worm caves. We even got to talking to the other folks on the tour with us and made particular friends with a girl from the UK named Bonnie who had just finished her bachelor’s and was about to start medical school (if you ever find this Bonnie, Hi!).

Overall this weekend was about enjoying the atmosphere of being abroad and just having fun. Letting go of the little things and all that and just being in the moment with the whole group. Anyways, hope to see you back here soon!

Parasailers jumping from a takeoff point near the glow worm caves

Parasailers jumping from a takeoff point near the glow worm caves

Nicole Riley and Jennifer Look on the Ferry to Stradbroke Island

Nicole Riley and Jennifer Look on the Ferry to Stradbroke Island

Group Photo

Jennifer Look, Jessica Trinh, Gizelle Gando, Maximallian Mantola, and Nicole Riley posing for a selfie (One should always selfie when abroad.)

Your Author (Lara Millman) In front of a lagoon in the Tambourine Rainforest

Your Author (Lara Millman) In front of a lagoon in the Tambourine Rainforest

(From back to front) Gizelle Gando, Hannah Olliges, Jessica Trinh, and Dr. Chris Lum walking in the Tambourine Rainforest

(From back to front) Gizelle Gando, Hannah Olliges, Jessica Trinh, and Dr. Chris Lum walking in the Tambourine Rainforest

Kangaroo

First Kangaroo of the trip!!!

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