The 2013 Alumni Photo Contest Winner 3rd Place

Congrats to the 2013 GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumni Photo Contest winners! We wondered, what is the story behind these photos? So we asked! 3rd place –  Korina Harman, Photo: “Baby Tiger” (Korina studied at Murdoch University)

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Photo “Baby Tiger” By Korina Harman

The Story Behind the Photo: “Benjamin Disraeli once said “Like all great travelers I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”   Spring 2012 was as much a mission of self discovery as a time to geographically discover and explore life outside of the United States.  I chose to study in Perth, Australia with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad because it provided me with the opportunity and courage to leave behind a life that became familiar and brought comfort to experience the anxious excitement of unknown people, places and experiences.   I went to Australia without knowing a single person, but that quickly changed.  I made friends from the West and East coasts of the United States while exploring the Great Barrier Reef, jungle and animals of the eastern coast of Australia.  I then left for Perth (Western) Australia where I lived for five months with two men from Singapore, a woman from Europe and another woman from Australia.  We were all very different from each other, but had one commonality; we wanted to experience more of the unfamiliar and see what we could offer the world.  I quickly bonded with a group of Australian men, a woman from Canada, another woman from Europe, and a woman from South Africa.  The Australian men took us in and showed us the ways of the Australian culture; taking us to their homes, letting us drive their cars (it takes a while to get use to the left side of the road!), taking us to restaurants, sporting and also inviting us into their group of social events.   While experiencing Australia’s rich culture, I still felt that there was more to discover while being abroad.  This is when my Canadian friend and I decided to travel to Thailand and Indonesia.  In Thailand, we trekked the jungle of Chaing Mia with a 50 pound backpack for five days sleeping in villages, riding elephants, building bamboo rafts and learning the ways of the people who lived in these villages.

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We visited the Tiger Kingdom where we each played with tigers of all sizes, danced the night away in Phuket, visited the Grand Palace in Bangkok, and took a boat through the Chia Thye Poh Islands.  After Thailand we made our way over to Indonesia.  Here we visited the temples and sacred religious sanctions of their land, spoke with monks and learned about their culture.  We then visited Monkey Temple, swam in a hot spring and waterfall, walked through a rice paddy and made a splash in the Indian Ocean.  Those five months allowed me to see the world in a way that I never could have imagined.  It allowed me to make friendships that will last a lifetime and experience events that I never knew existed.  Like Benjamin said, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” - Korina Harman

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