Ariel, Australia Specialist
I was born and raised in rural New York and got my first taste of adventure by participating in an exchange program to Japan. I then studied in Spain and Peru before getting my degree in Spanish and Human Rights Law from UMass Amherst.
After graduating, I moved to Australia to work with universities sending students on exchange programs. I was based on the Gold Coast in Queensland but had the opportunity to explore all the best travel spots across the country and can proudly say I am now fluent in Australian slang.
I have visited many places around the world but always find my way back to Australia because of the special place it holds in my heart. During my free time, I love to spend time with my rescue dogs and relax in coffee shops with a good book.
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I'll never forget when…
There is something very special about seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. To me it felt very personal and served as tangible evidence of achieving a life dream. To be on the other side of the world, to experience this beautiful country and to see such an iconic sight really spoke to me. Once you've soaked up the view you can wander around The Rocks, a heritage listed area with cobblestone walkways, quaint cafes and a rich history. Grab a coffee and watch the sun rise over the peaks of the Opera House for a life-long memory.