Oceania

Queenstown, New Zealand: the very last stop on my six month round-the-world adventure and what turned out to be my most favorite…

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I couldn’t have asked for a better place to end my round-the-world adventure than New Zealand. Though the island nation is often overshadowed by its massive Aussie neighbor located 900 miles (roughly the distance between Seattle and Los Angeles) to the west, in reality New Zealand has a super distinct kiwi culture all of its own.

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For our last few days down under we headed to the cultural and geographical center of the country to experience the authentic Australian Outback.

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Oh Australia. After eventually adjusting to the counter-culture shock of rejoining western society and moving past the subconscious need to continuously compare Australia’s beautiful east coast to my beloved American west coast, every day of our final two weeks in Australia outdid the last.

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How interesting to experience the biggest jolt of culture shock in months in Sydney, Australia of all places. After growing accustomed to the crazy crowds, chaotic traffic and constant noise of Asia, stepping into sleepy Sydney left an echoed ringing in my travel-deafened ears.

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