One down six more to go because I have officially visited one of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef. Although there has been a lot of talk about the death of this beautiful landmark, I am here to report that it is thriving and teeming with life. I visited the reef once when I was much younger, however, due to my pure hatred for the cold, I decided I would sit on the boat and miss out on everything, what a buzzkill. Thankfully this past weekend I had a chance to not only experience snorkeling in the GBR but also experience scuba diving for the first time, and let me tell you, once you go scuba you never go back.
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There are days that you know you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Days that will stick out in your memory forever when you look back on adventures you had or experiences you made. I was lucky enough to have just a few of these magical moments in Cairns. For the first week of mid-semester break my two flatmates and I traveled 3 hours by plane up North to the Australian state of Queensland. We were looking forward to spending 5 days swimming, exploring, snorkeling, and just soaking in the warm, tropical weather. It’s been quite windy and rainy in Adelaide lately, and we were dying for some Australian sun. Cairns gave us all that we asked for.
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is like a different country than the western half. More beaches, of course, but beautiful in a different way. The culture is spectacularly Rastafarian and carefree, and all of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where I stayed for a weekend, is filled with surfers and bikers.
I also made a trip to Bribri, an indigenous reserve that included waterfalls and an indigenous reserve.
Finally, I went snorkeling at Punta Uva (“Point Grape”) to explore some of the best coral reefs in Costa Rica.
Right before we left, a view of River Sixaola and, just beyond, Panama.