Australia!

Last Update: June 01, 2017

Hello everyone! my trip to Australia was amazing to say the least! I listened to several different speakers, from Steve Glaveski, Dr. Margaret Heffernan, Dr. Marcus Powe, Damien Jones, General Manager of 3M, Janelle Blue who is the head of marketing and tourism at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, and several others. These speakers showed us the ins and outs of maintaining a successful business, how to become people that are respected and sought after, as well as expressing ourselves and our ideas.

I Traveled from Melbourne, to Sydney, and then to Cairns, where we were put into groups under 4 advisors, mine being Robert Baumann, an architect from Sonoma, California. We then created our own teams, and worked through the week on a project pertaining to the disparity in Australian wages, and then presented it to the group.

In Cairns, I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and swam with sea turtles, a shark, and saw the largest brain coral in the world. I also went skydiving for the first time, which was one of the most thrilling experiences ever.

I now have an even firmer grasp on having an online business, and i understand more all of the aspects surrounding it. I have networked with many people, have made life long friends, and can see that the future I desire is even close than I thought.

Thank you to the International Scholar Laureate Program for helping my dreams become a reality, and giving me the experience of a life time. I hope all of you here at WA are doing well, are pursuing all of your endeavors, and making new friends. Thank you all here as well for the endless support. Have a wonderful day!

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KYMDAWN01 Premium
Sounds like you had a lot fun. I'm so happy you enjoyed your trip and also learned a lot too. :-)
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cdawg989 Premium
Thank you!
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laparra1 Premium
That really sounds like a great and interesting trip.
I am worried about the Great Barrier Reef, how did you find it?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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cdawg989 Premium
We took a boat ride about an hour and a half from Cairns, if that is what you're asking. The Reef is actually okay. A lot of what the media says about it is false or misinterpreted. We had a marine biologist on board, and he said that a lot of the analysis of the Reef is done from helicopter, and they misinterpret coral with no algae as dead. The coral itself actually has no color, it is the microscopic algae that gives the Reef its color.

Although some of it is dying due to temperature increases, ( the algae starts to die as the temp increases, not sure what number exactly) and if the temp does not go down within 6 weeks of the algae dying, then the coral starts to die too. However, the Reef is actually moving south towards Antarctica, for colder temperatures. You can find who I explored the Reef with at https://reefexperience.com.au/
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kasage00 Premium
Sounds nice! I hope to visit Australia in the near future
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cdawg989 Premium
It is beautiful! I highly recommend it!
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BradB18 Premium
Well done,
If I would have known I could have given you my phone number.
I am happy you enjoyed yourself in OZ.

Cheers mate,
Brad
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cdawg989 Premium
What part do you live in?
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BradB18 Premium
Round the Botany Bay area.
Southern suburbs - Brighton Le Sands.
Very close to the airport. As you fly out you will notice Botany Bay. I live on that long road
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BradB18 Premium
That's if you flew out or into Sydney
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cdawg989 Premium
I probably drove right by there. That is very interesting, hopefully next time I come to Australia we can connect!
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BradB18 Premium
Look forward to it.
I notice you have a new profile with some interesting friends.
I just got back to Sydney 3 days ago. I went to Lightning Ridge.
Plenty of Kangaroos and Emus up there.
You have to be very careful driving cause if one jumps out in front of you at 110 km you are in big trouble. Of a night you can see their eyes on the side of the road. Of a daytime in early morning, they are hard to see in the shadows of the trees and blend in with the grass.
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cdawg989 Premium
That was a lucky picture, what is Lightning ridge? and yes, the first kangaroo I saw was unfortunately, on the side of the road.
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BradB18 Premium
The big road trains clean up the Roos.
Lightning Ridge is an opal mining town approximately 8 and a half hours drive North West of Sydney.
Not one traffic light in LR.
I went down a mine but didn't get any opal.
It is the only place in the world where black opal is mined.
It was disappointing to find out there are some people up there you cannot trust - RATTERS - and I believe in the old days if you were caught ratting you would go missing.
RATTERS steal from your mine when you are not around. I was told by one miner it is widespread.
But really nice Australian outback.
I will send some pictures when I transfer them through.
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BradB18 Premium
When you went to the Barrier Reef did you FIND NEMO OR DORY? :))
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cdawg989 Premium
Lol, neither. I did see a sea cucumber though, that was pretty cool.
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MKearns Premium
An great continent. Glad you enjoyed it!
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cdawg989 Premium
Thank you!
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