"For my eighth birthday I received a Cockatiel, native to Australia, and my fascination for that country grew. Time passed and my sister studied abroad in New Zealand, only increasing my dream to visit Australia. Finally the opportunity came to go around the world and without a glance back I was on a seventeen-hour flight to Melbourne. Soon after that with nothing much more than a backpack I was ‘in the bush’ exploring places some Australians never get to visit. Time flew after that and here I am writing to you.
In the beginning this trip was another thing on my checklist but it has turned out to be so much more. I found a place I love that has become a home and friends that have turned into family. Australia has become a place of comfort, a place of joy, and a place full of memories.
Cheers Big Ears!"