The sun shone through my window this morning and awoke my sleepy eyes to a beautiful new day in Australia. I instantly jumped out of bed with excitement, for I was about to swim with dolphins today.
My good friend from Sweden, Nadja, and I arrived to the marina around 7:30 in the morning. Then off we were to the wide-open sea with 15 other people. We cruised up and down the coast on this beautiful Tuesday morning looking for dolphins. When one of the guides spotted a pod of dolphins we carefully inserted our bodies in the water with our snorkel masks on. We held tightly on a rope behind the boat while we were being pulled. The dolphins were very playful today. A momma dolphin and her baby by her side swam right below me, and then two other dolphins came up behind me and swam on my right side. These creatures are amazing and peaceful. They gracefully swam through the ocean free as could be. The dolphins reminded me of little children with smiles on their faces playing free of care and worries. We were able to jump in the water three times to see the dolphins underwater. I saw around ten dolphins today altogether. The water was crystal clear and turquoise blue. I felt like I was in a whole new world, euphoria. After a few swims with the playful dolphins we sat on the front deck of the boat and enjoyed the scenery. I was able to see what Glenelg looked like from the sea for the first time. I have spent a lot of my time and have had countless memories in the little suburb of Adelaide.
As I stood on the boat and stared into the open sea, I had many deep thoughts about life. My life down here has taught me a lot and has also shaped me into the person I am today. Back home in MT, I thought that I was open-minded and accepting. But, being here in Australia has made me realize that I wasn’t as open-minded as I thought I was. I’m more acceptable of people and their background now. I learned that someone’s actions are what define him or her as a person. I learned that some people have horrible habits, but are some of the loveliest human beings I have ever met. I learned that you have to trust your instincts. I learned that you need to follow your heart and let your head guide you. I learned patience. I learned that you need to give in order to receive, but you don’t need to receive gifts, just receive attention and love is enough, those are the best gifts you can give someone. I learned that If you have a problem with someone you need to confront them about it In a mature way. I learned how people view America (selfish, war starters, fat, closed-minded, uneducated on worldly things, patriotic, lucky, and rich) Pretty much Hollywood defines who America is with Shows like Beta house and Greek. I learned that people in other countries follow American politics more than I do. I learned that I could make a best friend and many other good friends anywhere I go under any circumstances. I learned how to drive on the other side of the road (haha). There are so many things that I have learned while down in Australia, and a lot of them are unexplainable.
Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things someone can do. I had to say goodbye to a lot of the friends I have made down here in Australia this past week. I have two worlds in my life, one is in Bozeman, MT and the other is in Adelaide, SA. I love both of my lives and would be happy wherever I end up. I definitely want to come back to this wonderful land of Aussies someday to visit my good mates and explore the regions I didn’t get a chance to explore. School is now finished and I’m off to travel the Great Ocean Road with one of my best friends I met down here. I will keep you all updated on my travels and share many photos with you. So far I have been packing up my room and preparing myself for an “epic” experience in Melbourne and Sydney. Here are some pictures. Enjoy!
(the place i have been living at for the last six months)
(the sunset from the uni hall)
(all of my girlfriends)
(bike riding in the city)
(building my first sand castle)
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