G'day Mates! Intern Sarah here to chronicle my adventures to the land down under..Men at Work style.
One the first day of the tour, we were given the option to go zorbing (or as this company calls it, H20GO) and of course I had to try it out!
This specific company did a special type of zorbing. Not only are you in a ball with a partner, but you also have warm water slushing around with you as you tumble down the great hills. Without further ado, my friend Jen and I decided to partner up and tackle the Zig Zag hill. This particular track consisted of a winding track that lasted for about two minutes. Needless to say, this probably had to have been the best two minutes of my life. The zorb must have been filled with ecstasy because I’ve never had so much fun rolling in a rubber ball, while choking on water, and randomly getting smushed by miscellaneous body parts. After we were done the adventure and were literally birthed from the zorb, all my friends and I enjoyed the warmth of the jacuzzi.
Zorbing was a great experience and brought back memories of simple times where I collected sticker books and dreamed about unicorns. (those simple times may not have ever gone away) I definitely recommend zorbing to everyone who’s willing to roll.
I just got back from New Zealand and am going to break down my trip into different posts. Ready, set, GO!
and yes, if you were wondering, that is maori, english and elvish.
TRYIN’ TO BE KEWL N STUFF.
Australia has basically turned me into Bear Grylls, just minus the whole “I like to drink pee” and “I enjoy living in dead zebra bodies.” A realization came to be a few weeks ago, I thoroughly enjoy exploring. I know this is quite a bizarre and rather simple realization, but I felt as though I needed to express it!
At the beginning of the year, my friend and I joined the Outdoors club. Yes, I am sure you’re shocked. Australia has a club that is strictly based upon exploring the great outback. Unlike Philadelphia, if we were to have an Outdoor club it would be more to sightsee homeless people and who could dodge a bullet the fastest. Every week, the outdoor club likes to go rock climbing at a gym. More recently, we’ve all been adventuring outside to do random bad ass real rock climbs.
A couple of weeks ago, Jen and I decided to sign up for a camping excursion with the outdoor club to Mt. Arapiles (or as Jen and I kept calling it Mt. Air Piles). Needless to say, our adventure (as always) did not have one dull moment. From setting our tent up on a hill so we would slide during the night to being the human garbage cans at dinner, we constantly had fun. *insert cheesy quote about wonderlust and friends here* Jen and I, being the fearless women we are climbed 80 feet without ropes. Sorry Mom. Here’s a cool picture at the top of the mountain:
Overall, Mt. Air Piles was amazing. It’s a great time for anyone, but especially if you enjoy rock climbing or if you’re an Eliza Thornberry impersonator and enjoy talking to Lizards.
That last part may or may not have happened.
Recently, I made the adventure to Sydney and was able to see the Opera House.
Can I just say how amazed I was by the sheer beauty of that building. Yes, I just called a building beautiful. DEAL WITH IT.
Fun fact: the roof is made completely out of tiles. That means that someone had to lay each one down individually. Could you even imagine if one didn’t fit and he had to do the whole thing over again? I’d be pissed.
I recently just got back from a short little vacation down the great ocean road. The Great Ocean road is one of the best surf and scenic spots in Victoria. Our adventure started off with a trip to a winery. Little did the owners know that they were letting in a bunch of college students who were practically going to shut their tasting party down. My friends and I tried many beers and wine and yes, they were all better than Goon.
Our next stop down the Great Ocean road was to a waterfall. Or as us Philly natives like to say “wudderfawl.” I seriously felt like I was in Jurassic Park and kept looking around for Jeff Goldblum. Since many of the students were buzzed from the winery, they all decided to have a contest of who could walk up this tree stump without falling in. My friends and I all took bets, yes I won. You can see the girl half way in the water in this next picture…
From there we went to a cute Cafe and my friend proceeded to buy a 22 dollar burger. 22 mother fucking dollars. Australia, what are you doing. I just decided to be the raccoon of the table and eat everyone’s left overs. After that, we ventured down to the Twelve Apostles. I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than this sight.
We headed to our friend’s house where we spent the rest of the night singing around the camp fire and searching for kangaroos/koala bears. YES I SAW BOTH AND LITERALLY ALMOST DIED FROM A CUTENESS EXPLOSION. The koala bear looked like a baby in a fur suit. The next day was horribly rainy, but we made the most of it. The group headed out to another beach and ran around for a bit. Here’s a couple photos from the beach:
I didn’t want to get my feet wet…
We ended our adventure with the London Bridge. Yeah, the Great Ocean road leads you all the way to London. loljk got u. Australians have this cool rock formation that kind of looks like a bridge. Here it is!
When we finally made it home, my body proceeded to hate me and give me the flu. So that was fun. Check back for a couple more stories and videos :)
Me and the gang embarked on another adventure these past couple of days. We were all invited to come to Torquay for the day and hang out at the beach with a few friends. Well, little did we know, that this day trip would turn into an over night back packing adventure.
First off, look at that picture. Yes, that is real and is not some mass-created wallpaper off of a Windows ‘99 computer. From the moment I stepped foot in Torquay, I was truly mesmerized by beauty. My friend Jen and I spent most of the first day bumming it on the beach. We decided to play a new game, Sand Monster, which basically is what dingus can put the most sand on their body in the middle of the ocean and still have the most once we hit the shore line. I swear we are 20. Oh, Jen and I also started this thing where we are getting bracelets where ever we go. Here’s a picture of our current bracelet collection. Yes, mine is the one with Ganesha.
After our long day at the beach, we went back to our friend’s house and had a BBQ. I’m almost sure I closed down the local super market and possibly ate a whole family of cows with how much I ate that night. LAY OFF ME, I WAS STARVING. As the night progressed, everything just turned into a huge jam session. I don’t think I have sung so loud in my entire life and shockingly Good Charlotte was not involved.
The next day was just filled with more beach moments and attempts of jumping over tsunami-like waves. I’ll post a panoramic video of the main surfing beach in Torquay. I’ll actually post it this time! Unlike my China Town video that was shot like I was blind folded and would lead me to be kicked out of the Communication Honors Society. For now, I’m going to shower. I’ve been in the same clothes for a few days and kind of smell like a homeless man…
…And yes boys, I am single.
Over the past weekend, a few of my friends and I took an hour journey to Melbourne. Our original plan was to stay the whole weekend, but little did we know that there was a huge music festival happening up there. Oh, did I mention Australia loves Blink 182 and Good Charlotte. YES I SAID IT, GOOD CHARLOTTE. That band where you thought you were a rebel as you listened to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” while apply more eyeliner all over your face and telling your mom you only wear Hot Topic.
Anyways, Australia loves both of those bands and we couldn’t get a hostel anywhere because Blink was playing. So we made of the best of the day and proceeded to explore Melbourne.
First off, Melbourne is extremely beautiful and clean. Their Chinatown (I’ll post a little walking video later) may only be a couple of blocks, but holds some cool stores. I seriously had the second best sandwich of my entire life in Melbourne. For my family reading at home, yes the sandwich included eggs. I feel the same way Ann from Arrested Development feels about eggs, ok. My friends and I decided to go to the Melbourne Museum because we heard they had a spider exhibit. Yes, a very strange thing to be excited about, but it ended up being really awesome.
As we were walking, we found this cool history museum and decided to jump. The girl jumping with me is Jen and is my closest friend here, you’ll see a lot of her on here. We eventually made our way to the Melbourne Museum, which was wicked.
When we were inside, Jen and I were looking at the dinosaur exhibit and a lady decided to lecture us on how dinosaurs weren’t real. Needless to say, it was interestingly strange.
Other than our odd lecture, Melbourne was a cool city, filled with interesting boutiques and tiny, yet delicious places to eat. Hopefully, I’ll get to explore around more! Stay tuned for a video and more stories :)
There is a main road in Geelong called The Great Australian highway. With some of the best beaches in the world, many locals go here to surf and get away from the big town.
As you can tell, the area is absolutely beautiful. It’s filled with awesome surf, great shops, and beautiful wild life. Our adventure started with a mountain biking tour of the town. Like the asshole I am, I totally fell off the bike and got road burn. Even though it sucked, we got to see some great things, like the Lorne Pier. I’m very thankful that all of these pictures were taken before I decided to eat dirt.
The first day started out a little harsh, but the next day definitely made up for it. Our first activity of the day was 2 hour surfing lessons. Towards the end of the lessons, I actually became pretty decent. One of the instructors took my friend and I out farther to catch longer waves. After the lesson was over, he invited us back to do more surfing lessons. In total, we were surfing for four hours and in all honesty, I loved every moment. Here’s a picture of my good friend, Jen and I before the first lesson:
After surfing, we played in the Loutitt Bay forever and then decided to go hiking. Literally everywhere in Lorne there are Cockatoos. They are absolutely beautiful, but terrifyingly annoying. I managed to get a glamour shot of the one bird. I should be a bird photographer
The rest of the night, well you know, was interesting. Overall, with a few exceptions, Lorne was beautiful. I would recommend this place to any person who sincerely enjoys being outside and has a boner for birds.
That is all. I’ll catch you soon with this weeks updates!
Sorry I haven’t been on here recently! I just traveled back from Lorne, which is on the great ocean road. It was absolutely beautiful and I will definitely be posting pictures of my adventures after I finish this hilarious story.
Okay, so as I found out this past week, Australians are very into drinking. Since everything is really expensive here, a lot of college students drink something called “Goon.” Goon is extremely cheap and is basically comparable to our version of Franzia. However, it will get you drunk off your ass in a matter of a few sips.
I didn’t drink much and was too tired to go to the bar, which in the long run ended up being the right decision. Later in the night, I was awoken by someone walking into the hostel room I was sleeping in. This person suddenly pulled down their pants and pissed all over the floor while speaking something that sounded like German. I found out later that this person wasn’t German, nor did they know any German. Horrified, I closed the door until my friends and I came up with a piss attack plan. We thought the best decision would be to get the person out of their urine, make them go to bed, and cover the pee with towels. As we began to hurdle over pee and throw this german speaking person in bed, we smelt something.
Imagine walking into an air chamber of Hugh Hefner’s diaper mixed with baby farts that have been bottled up in rotten cheese. Someone very obviously shat in the next room. My first thought was that someone pooped in the toilet and forgot to spray, but why would someone do that? It’s too normal of a poo laying plan. So, at 3 in the morning, not only was I jumping over piss puddles but I was also attempting to find shit. Human shit none the less.
After a while of sniffing out the crime scene, I found the culprit. One person, who did not even make it to the bar because they were too drunk, was passed out on the ground with a hershey-gooey highway leading up to their ass. If my night didn’t already seem bad, it only gets worse.
In the mist of trying to wake up this person, more drunkies came into the room and proceeded to stare at the situation while standing in the piss puddles. So not only was their shit all over the kitchen floor, now their was piss foot prints everywhere.
Eventually, I got the person awake, made them clean themselves, and proceed to clean the room.
…Long story short, this 10 dollar box of wine should come with a diaper.