The country escape.
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Don't be fooled by the photos of the skyscrapers in Sydney and Melbourne, majority of Australia is made up of many country and rural towns. I was introduced to the real Australian country culture when I started dating my boyfriend, who comes from Griffith in NSW, which interestingly has a strong Italian influence.
Australia is well known for its fresh produces such as fruits, vegetables, wine, meat and dairy. Most of these products come from the rural farming regions outside of the handful of major cities in Australia, according to a source Australian farmers own, manage and care for 48% of Australia's land mass, and that's not including the red desert in the middle of the continent.
I'm a city girl through and through, I was born in Hong Kong - can't get anymore city than that, but I love the country. There is a certain pride and identity of being a person from the country, they have so much more wisdom and life knowledge than one can learn from a book or university degree. Nothing beats a good old country pie too!
Do you like the country too?
The secret is out, #australia is home
So I've been very hesitant on doing my kinda "end of the semester post" because I honestly just want to move on from the semester. I posted this photo on my personal account some time ago, and so I wasn't sure about putting it on here too, but I like it so here it is.
This semester wasn't perfect, and well it was probably one of the worst semesters I've ever had that started out with so many signs that I shouldn't go to Australia. But that doesn't mean there weren't some positives in it. I got to see a new continent that I never knew I'd ever see. I made some amazing Aussie friends who I am so excited for to come visit me. I went on some adventures, discovered one of my now absolute favorite places in the entire world (The South Island of New Zealand), went bungee jumping off a bridge (a childhood dream of mine), learned a few things here and there, and ultimately had quite an interesting semester abroad that I was lucky to have the opportunity to experience.
I think the issue was that I had too high of expectations for this experience coming into it. I imagined that it would be the best semester ever. That I would fall in love with Sydney and Australia in general like I did with London 1 1/2 years ago being abroad. But that's not what happened. And I've realized that's completely ok.
Not every place you visit in your life is going to be your favorite. And like I said, that is completely ok and that's just life. Not every experience you have will be the best. But I can guarantee you there will be positives in everything in life. No matter if they outweigh the negatives or not, be grateful for them. Nothing will be perfect, nothing ever in life will be perfect. And that's ok in every single way.
So here's to a not perfect semester, another not perfect semester. Because no semester has ever been perfect. But here's to all the new places I saw, the new friends I made (who I know I'll stay in touch with), the new experiences I had, and everything in between. Here's to an imperfect semester, filled with both positives as well as many negatives. I'm grateful for all the lessons I learned over the past 4 1/2 months.
The beautiful and extraordinary glow worms shining brightly just out of reach of the light coming in from the tunnel entrance.
The tunnel is 400 metres in length. Originally constructed for a railway line to Newnes oil shale works.
Just over 30 kilometres from Lithgow, on what has to be the worst gravel road I have ever driven on. The pot holes and corrugations had you crawling along and it took over an hour to get to the car park.
All I could think about on the way, apart from trying not to break the suspension, was that these glow worms had better be worth it.
Needless to say, they were worth it.
A Short History
The Newnes oil-shale industrial development, constructed in the early 1900s, was, for a time, a large scale operation. To service such an undertaking, it was deemed necessary to construct a standard gauge railway into the Wolgan valley to connect the works at Newneswith the nearest main railway to Sydney. The resulting railway connected with the Western Main Line at Newnes Junction, some 50 kms south of Newnes.
To get from the Newnes Plateau, past the sandstone cliffs and into the Wolgan valley proper, the railway had to be built with steep grades and sharp curves and squeeze through the narrow gorge of what is now known as Tunnel Creek.
The line opened in late 1906, while the last regular train ran in the 1930s. The line was dismantled in 1940, following the transfer of the Newnes operation to Glen Davis, north of Newnes.
The Glow Worm Tunnel
The Glow Worm Tunnel is one of two now abandoned tunnels on this railway. This tunnel curves through almost 180 degrees and consequently it is very dark.
Breakfast is served at @crystalcreekrainforestretreat 🍽☕️️️ Perfect for a romantic weekend getaway in the beautiful hinterland of the Tweed, surrounded by 250 acres of rainforest in your own private bungalow 🌿 This Saturday at 5.30pm as part of double episode special of Sydney Weekender!
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Did you enjoy the impressive show Syndey’s lilac trees put on this season? First time for me to see the city in purple haze and @genevieve.michelle , Jordan and I certainly found some Jacaranda trees to dance front of.