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Hello there! For my next installment of study abroad posts, I’ve decided to share a little bit about my trip to Sydney, Australia. As I mentioned in my last post, I studied abroad in New Zealand last winter on the anthropology foreign study program. Many of the Dartmouth study abroad programs have breaks in the middle to give students the opportunity to travel, so for our five day break in February two friends and I decided to travel to Sydney, Australia. Contrary to what it might look like on a map, New Zealand and Australia are not actually that close to each other. Before going on this program, I had this vision that I could take a ferry between the two countries, which is a crazy thought in retrospect. In reality, it takes about 2.5 hours to fly from Auckland, NZ to Sydney, Australia. Nevertheless, I chose to go to Australia because I there is a pretty small probability that I will ever be on that side of the world again.

Me in front of the Sydney Opera House
Sydney is a much, much larger city than Auckland. The comparison I hear frequently is that Sydney resembles New York City, whereas Auckland is more like Seattle, Washington. One of my favorite parts about Sydney was the public transportation system. It consisted of ferries, trains and buses and they incredibly inexpensive and so clean. On Sundays, you can get unlimited access to the entire transportation system for $2! Some of the highlights of the trip were seeing a show at the Sydney Opera House and walking the famous Bondi-Bronte coastal walk.

Cheers ! Gabrielle ‘18