From Airlie Beach

Aboard the Derwent Hunter: Sailing Around the Whitsunday Islands, Australia

They stood in the middle of the deck and spoke, “Today, you’re gonna be part of the crew. Sweet?”

The announcement triggered a strange mixture of excitement and nervousness. Excitement because I had never boarded a tall ship before, and it is always a delight to open myself to new wonderful things. Nervousness because, er, I had never boarded a tall ship before, and the idea of working on one was a little too intimidating.

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From Cairns to Airlie Beach, Australia

When I woke up, I thought I was still dreaming. The images that flashed before my eyes were both familiar and strange. Familiar, because these were things that filled my days growing up in the Philippine countryside: banana farms, cane fields, and other verdant seas. Strange, because I didn’t expect to see them here, in Australia.

When I think about Australia, I think about crimson deserts, vibrant reefs, and glowing cityscapes. None of the Aussie postcards I had bragged about the greener pastures. A stupid misconception, given that Australia is a continent on its own, and thus harbors a wide array of landscapes.

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