This article was originally written in a journal on Sunday, May 06, 2018.
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea what I had planned for the day. My apartment mates seemed to have their whole days figured out. Some were going out exploring, and others were taking the day to catch up on their studies. I sat on the couch in my pajamas Facetiming my family back in Florida who also had their day filled with up and coming adventures.
Considering I finished a majority of my homework yesterday, I had a free day. A whole day and I needed to figure out how to spend it since everyone in the apartment was already gone.
Little did I know, I would end up on the edge of a rock hovering over Clovelly Beach writing in my journal as the sea mist brushes against my face and the Australian sun warms my back.
Now I found myself getting dressed, packing my water, journal, granola bar, and apple and walking to Central Station to catch a train. Sundays are the days when transportation is the cheapest, so I decided to venture on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. A 3.5-mile, ocean viewing, picturesque, sunny, and beautiful walk.
I started at Bondi Beach. After taking the train and then the bus, I stood from the popular picture perfect, Instagram-worthy look-out spot, a view that never gets old. There were plenty of surfers cruising the cold waves and families basking in the sun. Today was only 75 degrees.
After reminding myself that I am actually in Australia for the one-millionth time, I began my 3.5-mile hike to Coogee Beach.
As you walk through the trail, you pass about 3 different beaches in between. Today everyone is out enjoying the weather before winter kicks in. There are runners, babies, families, young people, old people, and plenty of dogs. Everyone is taking pictures of the beautiful scenery, capturing the moment on their phones, selfie sticks, and even their drones.
There was a point in the morning when I thought I would be better off lying in bed, catching up on sleep, but how can you stay inside when Australia has so much to offer? The sun is glistening on the water as the waves splash onto the rocks. The grass is the greenest grass you have ever seen in your life, and you can’t help but smile at the view.
I can’t believe I am in Australia. It is a fact that I will never get over. Every time I step outside, I am completely star struck by whatever Australia has to show me that day.
As I have been sitting on this rock for almost 45 minutes, the temperature has started to drop, the tide is becoming stronger, and people are coming and going like the waves below this very cliff. The sky is cascading from blue to sky blue, and ending in a nice rosy pink.
As I pack up my stuff to finish my walk to Coogee, I watch the last wave crash onto the rocks with such force that the mist that rises forms the biggest rainbow. I can’t help but smile.
I am in Australia.