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My First Few Days in India

India is a lot like Vegemite (a lesson I learned in Australia): you either hate it or you love it. Some people warned me that it was overpopulated, overwhelming, and most definitely under sanitized. They were right. Cities are overflowing with people, blanketed in trash, engulfed by a cacophony of noise – and I absolutely love it.

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On Travel + Growth: Traveling with my Parents

This trip has been something that I’ve been looking forward to for almost a full year now. It’s taken tons of time to do the research and save up enough money, and now I’m finally here. Well worth all of the hard work, and certainly not easy, there are a few lessons that I’ve taken away from this experience even during these first few months.

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My First Bungee Jump

Some people have a real knack for extreme adventure sports, live for the thrill of adrenaline pumping through their veins, nerves that heighten the senses. Some might even say that jumping out of a plane or off a cliff are moments that make them feel the most alive. Those are the seconds that invigorate the soul.

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Kaikoura: Hike, Sea Life, and Reconnect

Nestled into a peninsula on New Zealand’s east coast, Kaikoura is simultaneously more and less than I ever could have asked for. More in its amazing scenery, nature, and ability to me bring back to those core essentials. Less because it did all of this with its beautiful, simple charm which reminds me that sometimes we don’t need so much to be ‘happy.’

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Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter

When I was younger, I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could swim with dolphins and spend my days on the water. Sadly, I came to the realization that that’s isn’t exactly what marine biologists do…

While those hopes may have been shattered, I did finally get to live out my dream of swimming with dolphins! In Kaikoura, New Zealand, we went out on a tour that was more than I ever could have hoped for. We spent an hour on the boat looking for a pod of dolphins, keeping an eye out for any splashing or fins. When we finally found them, they plopped us right into the water and off we went.

It’s more than I’ll ever be able to explain with words, so I put together this little video of my once in a lifetime experience. It still doesn’t do the experience justice, but it gives you a good idea of just how magical it was.

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Snapshot: Sydney Flyby

It has been the craziest few days of what feels like nonstop flights: Newark to San Fran, San Fran to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, we took a two day stop in Sydney before continuing on to Christchurch. It simultaneously feels like a lifetime ago and yesterday. The altitude has definitely done a number on my brain cells’ ability to keep track of the days.

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Saying Goodbye – Sophie’s Solo Adventure

July 11 has rapidly crept up on me, and in just about a week I will be leaving for the adventure of a lifetime. It feels like the timing is right for me to share this little goodbye video I put together for my friends and family. It has certainly made me realize how lucky I am to have such positive, strong, supportive people in my life. Goodbye will be hard, but I’m thankful to have a home that’s hard to leave.