Rachel in Australia

Rachel is a junior majoring in management science in Lyle School of Engineering, with a minor in business administration in Cox School of Business. During spring 2013, she is studying in Perth with SMU-in-Australia and is looking forward to exploring the country.

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Exploring Bali

DSC01839A lot has happened since my last blog. I went on a weekend trip to Swan Valley, which is well known in Western Australia for great wineries.  We stopped at a few wineries, and in the afternoon we went to Caversham Wildlife Park. Caversham was the highlight of the trip.  I was able to feed a kangaroo and see lots of other animals like koalas and dingoes.
For the Easter holiday Curtin gives everyone Good Friday off and no classes the following week. So, I took my time off to go on a nine-day trip to Bali, Indonesia, with two other Americans. The trip was fantastic! We stayed for six days in Kuta and another three in Ubud. While in Kuta, I learned a lot about bartering and even got a Dallas Mavericks jersey from one of the vendors. The Balinese food was great and very cheap compared to Australia. My favorite part about Kuta was the sunset. Definitely the best sunset I have ever seen. The only downside was that any time you are on the beach or in the streets, people are constantly trying to sell you things.
The last three days in Ubud were just what I needed to relax. Ubud is further inland on the island and is known for Balinese Art. There were many art galleries and yoga studios. When walking on the street in Ubud you were not hassled nearly as much as when in Kuta. The second day there we had arranged to go to an elephant park and ride on elephants. The elephant park was more like a country club for elephants. We got to feed them, go for a ride, and then watch a show. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to go to Bali. 
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