Scenes from the Skeens

Here we go again!

February 4, 2007 2:05 pm by Melissa

I told myself I would never do it again. After three years in the Bay Area of California I didn’t think I would ever leave Canada again for more than a couple of weeks at a time. My mind was quickly changed when on a whim I applied to The University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and was accepted into the Primary Teaching program.

Having gone through probably the most difficult and stressful month of our lives in our first month in California, (Maddy was only 15 months at the time) I knew the transition here couldn’t be anywhere as difficult. I can honestly say now, 11 days into our stay here in Australia, things have definitely been easier.

As you can see from Maddy and Nate’s ‘Top Five Things they love about Australia’, a lot of it has to do with the hot climate and the water. Lucky for us there is endless amounts of both here. I have to agree with the sun and heat vote as one of my top five. There is nothing better than waking up at 6:00 a.m. to the sun shining and the temperature already at 24 C.

Dicky Beach

As for the water, I love being so close to the ocean. Unlike Northern California, you can actually put your feet in without them immediately freezing. It is much different being close to the ocean versus a lake as much as I love that experience also. The smell of the salty air and the collection of seashells that wash ashore are different everyday. For now we haven’t seen anything too exotic clouding my peaceful viewpoint.

My travel partners (Dan, Maddy and Nate),love the ocean for other reasons, mainly they love to be IN the ocean, as much as possible. I am definitely a watcher and not a partaker in that respect. And as Maddy kindly vouched for me after seeing some photos I had taken while they were bodyboarding, ‘Wow, Mom! I can see why you’re always freaking out when we are in the waves.’ I am sure by the end of our trip here you will see at least one picture of me on a body board. Just as long as I can get one of the other Skeens out of the water to take the picture.

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