Katherine Lasdin: Study Break Bali Trip

Hey guys! So during the study break, like many internationals, I went away to Bali! I was immediately impressed with the amount of detail and respect required there. The temples had so much detail, and rules requiring what was and was not appropriate clothing. I stayed in a Airbnb villa, and it was super nice! We had two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a dining/kitchenette, and a pool! Even though we didn’t spend much time there it was nice coming home to our own place each night. We were secluded, but within walking distance of markets and restaurants. Continue reading

Katherine Lasdin: Diving Yongala

One of my biggest dreams when coming to Australia was coming to dive. This past weekend I got to fulfil that dream again. I decided I wanted to scuba dive the reefs off Townsville, so I went through ProDive on Maggie!

Friday consisted of just getting to the island, and preparing for what would be an exhausting two days. Saturday morning, I got picked up at 6:45 from my hotel and got brought to the shop! Immediately, I put on a wet suit and got ready to board the boat. The ride out to the reefs was rough! I do not get sea sick, and I was starting to feel it badly! But we finally made it to the reefs! They were so incredibly beautiful! We worked on a few skills and got to navigate ourselves around the reef. I made three short dives! After a full day out in the sun, we headed back to Maggie and I passed out! I don’t think I was in my hotel for more than 20 minutes before fallings asleep. Continue reading

Katherine Lasdin: Blog Post 3

I would not trade my time abroad for anything, but I am a home body. My family means everything to me, and I have missed some big events and will continue to miss some big events.

I was so lucky to have my family visit Australia last week. I really wanted them to get a small experience of my time here. During their time in the southern hemisphere they went to Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, and Auckland. I fortunately got to meet them in Cairns for 48 hours last week in between two field trips to Orpheus Island. Continue reading

Introducing Katherine Lasdin

Hey ya’ll I’m your travel loving, adventure seeking, Bostonian studying at JCU for a single semester. I am from North Reading, Massachusetts (USA) and study at the University of Maine. And surprise surprise like many international students I am a marine science major. Hey I love the ocean, and we really cannot survive without them. Continue reading