Thought it takes time, preparing a salt water tank is an exciting endeavor. The preparations are never hurriedly done. This helps reduce the chances of losing your new pets. Here are some steps that you should consider following when setting up your new reef tank.
I. The first step its identifying a location for the tank.
Pick the location where you feel will be an appropriate place to have the tank. Make sure it is has plenty of space for the exact size of tank you planning for. It should not be exposed to direct sunlight to reduce chances of algae growth in the tank.
The locations should be near a source of electric power for purposes of lighting the tanks and running the water filtration system. In addition, the location should had be of room temperature and well ventilated. You should also go for a location that will give you ample access for an easier maintenance of the reef tank.
II. The next step will be to get all the necessary supplies
You will need to a tank and a canopy (lid) for the tank. Get a stand on which to place the tank. The tank should have a natural aquatic look hence you will need some sand, plant, and rock and ensure you know the fish you wish to have in your tank. You also need a heater and thermometer.
You need to check for any leaks as you clean the tank, the rocks, and plastic plants using a teaspoon of pure bleach and 5 gallons of water and thoroughly rinse will clean water. Do not use any soap or detergents.
III. Proceed to install the filtration system, the lighting, and substrate
The best way of doing this is working with filtration system that comes with an installation manual. You need to make sure that you thoroughly clean the substrate before placing it into your salt water tank. Carefully add the sand or gravel then place the rocks and plastic plants and make sure they are properly secured at the bottom. Make sure you are working with 1lb of these installations per the gallon of water the tank will need.
Light is an important element need for a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Since you will have the tank in a place with limited sunlight, artificial lighting will be necessary. Install the heater and the thermometer and set the heater to about 78 degree.
IV. Add the salt water and run the entire set up
You need to make sure the whole set up is running without any glitch. Give it a test run of at least 3 – 4 days just to make sure the water is at the right temperature, the filtration system is working properly, and the tank have proper lighting.
V. The final step will be adding the livestock
Avoid rushing to add the fish in to a just completed salt water tank since it lacks the proper biological settings need to support an aquatic ecosystem. Hence, giving the system those few days to run creates those right conditions. Then and only then should you add the fish.
Goldfish aren’t the only fresh water fish that you’ll find in aquariums across the globe. There are actually several hundred species of fresh water fish regularly available to the public. You can find quite a few of those available at most local pet stores. With so many different options, it might seem difficult to choose the best fish for you and your aquarium.
If this is your first tank and first fish, then the decision is that much more difficult. Luckily, there is some helpful advice, guidelines, and suggestions provided throughout the article below.
1. Start With Research.
You never want to purchase a fish unless you know they are going to do well with your aquarium. If you’ve already got an aquarium, then you need to choose a suitable species of fish that has adapted to survive in that environment. If you haven’t chosen the aquarium and are choosing the fish first, then remember that you’ll have to find the appropriate aquarium.
Often times, first-time fish buyers will choose the fish they like the most without doing any real research. This means they won’t actually know what the fish eats, how big the fish will get, and what personal care requirements it might have. All fish are different in their own ways, which makes the research absolutely necessary if you want to give the fish a proper living environment.
If this isn’t your first fish or if you’re planning on adding more in the future, then you need to make sure you buy fish that are compatible with one another. Many people buy various fish of different colors and sizes without thinking too much about how well they will live together.
When these fish originate from different parts of the world and are accustomed to different water conditions and temperatures it’s make it hard for them to coexist. It’s important to find fish that live in a similar environment and are not particularly hostile to other fish. There are some fish who simply won’t share a tank with others.
Fish that are constantly hostile towards one another are more likely to become sick and die. This is true even if the water conditions are set at ideal levels. Once again, the compatibility of the fish can be learned through some diligent research.
When considering compatibility, you’ll also need to think of the fish’s various behavior patterns. For example, there are some fish that swim very fast and quite often. Other fish are considered slow swimmers and might not move much in the water.
Not only could these two disturb one another, but fast fish are also believed to be more aggressive. There are also fish that are very territorial. These types of fish won’t do well in a tank with other fish. At best, having these fish together in a tank would limit their space to swim.
There really is no “best” fish out there. It’s up to you to do the research and learn which fish would survive best in your aquarium and with the other fish that are already there.
When you need to clean your aquarium there are a few supplies you will need before you begin. These items include a algae scraper, a large bowl or a clean bucket and a gravel vacuum and siphon.
The first step in cleaning your aquarium will be to prepare new and clean water that will replace the dirty water that is removed from the tank. This water will need to stand for at least 48 hours, alternatively you use a dechlorinization solution that will eliminate stress on your fish that can be caused from minerals present in tap water. Keep your clean water in a clean bucket or bowl. Make sure you unplug the electric components and filter before you begin.
1. Use Your Algae Scrapper
Purchase a fish-safe solution from your local pet store to clean the outside of the tank with a majority of the dirt and build-up. If the algae scraper is not working well enough, you can even try using a razor blade.
2. Siphon Out The Water
When you siphon out the water, be sure to leave some water for the fish to still feel comfortable. It is extremely important not to disturb the fish when you change the water conditions of the aquarium too much at once. Fish are sensitive and their environment needs to remain in balance. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on your siphon for desirable results and drain your siphoned water into a sink or down a drain.
3. Sort Through Your Gravel, Sand or Rocks On The Bottom Of Your Tank
The material that you use to line your aquarium requires cleaning to remove any waste, debris and food. Instead of taking the material out of the tank to clean them, use your gravel vacuum and your siphon to remove and suck up all the accumulated waste and debris from the bottom of the tank.
4. Clean Your Treasure Chests, Ships, Plants, etc.
In general you are able to clean nearly every type of aquarium accessory with the algae scrubber. However, if your accessories have become too dirty you will need to remove them from tank and wash them under a tap without using any detergents or cleaners. Allow these accessories to air dry before placing them back into your aquarium.
Once you have completed cleaning the inside of your aquarium you can begin to slowly introduce the new water. It is advisable to use your siphon to add the new water so that you don’t distress your fish in any way. Lastly, plug your lights, heater and any other devices back in and enjoy your easy to clean aquarium.
Maintaining Your Aquarium
To keep up the appearance of a clean fish tank, repeat this process at least once in a week. You can avoid algae build up by investing in algae eaters like the sucker mouth catfish. For any further advice on your type of aquarium, visit your closest pet or aquarium store.
We all have our hobbies. Some of us like sports, other play games and some of us (like me) like to keep fish. You do a hobby because it interests you. So you read about it, gather knowledge, do it and try to get better at it. That’s also what I do. I search the internet about topics related to fish, water, aquaria and I apply what I’ve learned. I have already found a lot of interesting reads.
Recently I read somewhere that hard water could be harmful to certain species of fish. My first thought was of course what is hard water? I found this thorough explanation on Wikipedia and it seems a rather common problem. Our water contains minerals and some are called hard minerals because they aren’t good for household appliances that use water. But it’s also not good for fish. They spend the whole time in water so it’s important that they swim in really clean water. Because we only drink water, it’s less important for us.
So what can you do about it? Luckily there is a solution: a water softener. This looks like a water purification system for home use. But it actually only softens your water which means it takes out the hard minerals that are in the water. But it doesn’t totally purify your water from pollutants.
Which water softener did I get? I bought the NuvoH20 Manor Complete Water Softening System. It’s one that is too powerful for the number of people in our household. We are only 4 and this water softener is ideal for households of 6 or more. However I have 2 big aquaria that need a lot of softened water. Therefore I looked at one that would be strong enough to provide both my family and fish clean water all day long. I compared some water softener reviews on water softener king and the NuvoH20 Manor Complete Water Softening System came out as the best water softener for its capacity. It’s quite a big investment as these water softeners aren’t cheap, but I have some expensive exotic fishes so I think it’s worth the money. This NuvoH20 is one of the most expensive that you can buy but it does exactly what it promises and Manor is one of the better known brands for water softeners.
Has it health benefits for my fish? Since I’ve used a water softening system at my home the health of my fish has improved a lot. It seems they are a lot more active and happy with this soft water. It seems that the hard minerals that are in abundance in our groundwater aren’t that abundant in natural sources of fresh water. Therefore most fish aren’t comfortable residing in this hard water and they need soft water like they had before captivity. You could compare it with you breathing air that contains a lot of smog. You won’t die, but it won’t be healthy.
Are there any other benefits? Something I didn’t immediately think of but soft water will also prevent my dishwasher and other household appliances from breaking up. Even my fish tank will reap the benefits of this water softener. It will last much longer and will need less maintenance which will save me costs in the long run. I think I made a good investment, but only future will tell. At least my fish seem to like this soft water.
One of my favorite marine animals is the Manatee, which is an endangered species. These giant and gentle creatures are commonly known as “sea cows” for good reason. They can grow over 10 feet long and weigh in at over 1,000 pounds! They might not look this large when you see them on TV as they are slow moving and docile creatures, but believe me they are massive. These herbivores have always been one of my favorite creatures and it has been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to swim with them in the water. Every winter they will migrate into the warmer rivers in Florida, with one of the most popular locations being the Crystal River in Citrus County Florida. This past winter I was able to make the trip down to Florida and finally swim with these incredible animals.
Florida is quite the journey, but it was well worth the road trip down there with a few friends. We had a great time and didn’t run into any major issues while driving on the highways. I made sure to have my car completely tuned up before making the journey. The only issue that needed to be taken care of was my alignment, but fortunately I found a great wheel alignment cost guide here. After the tune up we were all ready for this great experience and the warm Florida weather.
We finally arrived at the hotel late and night and could not hide our excitement for the once in a lifetime experience in the morning. We were up and out early to get there before the rest of the crowds arrived. We were surprise to find that there weren’t too many people and there were manatees everywhere in the river! The tour guide told us that spring of 2015 was one of the largest concentrations of Manatees in the Crystal River that they have ever seen. This is great since we were not going to miss them and that the endangered species is starting to make a recovery.
Even though the manatees are warm in the water, it was still a cool 65 degrees. We were all provided wetsuits to help maintain body temperature to be able to spend more time in the water. Manatees generally stay near the surface so we only needed snorkel gear which is great. Some of my other expeditions require scuba gear which is much more cumbersome and difficult to maneuver. We were amazed that these gentle giants were actually a bit curious and playful while we were in the water with them. Their sheer size is a bit intimidating, but once you were able to sense their calm temperament that bit of fear increased the amount of excitement that I experienced.
We spent most of the day near the river and took a break for lunch to warm up before heading back into the water. We met a few great people while there including a couple who own a furniture store called Furnish Me Vintage. Overall the entire trip was a great time and I am so glad that we took the time to travel to Florida to swim with the Manatees.
Have any of you heard of the Aquamarine brand fountain pen? Recently BestPensInTheWorld.com named it as a potential candidate for their list of best fountain pens. Apparently, each pen’s ink is mixed specially with octopus ink, giving the ink a more lustrous and bold color. I would say I am split on the issue regarding how I feel about this specific brand of fountain pen.
On one hand, nothing seems cooler than owning a pen with actual octopus ink in it. That is so spectacular and so rare that to have it would be an amazing addition to my collection. I assuredly would never use the pen for its proper use, but to just have it on display and being able to share what is inside would be so spectacular. Moreover, I’d like to see that thing write first hand and truly see the ink leaving the pen.
On the other hand, an octopus is such a grand, majestic creature. I have seen many, many in my life up close enough to be truly inspired. My most favorite run in with an octopus probably happened to me while I was exploring Belize. I happened to run into a group of University of South Florida marine biology students on a study abroad trip. It was great to hear their enthusiasm and awe as they studied the marine life up close. The two main things we saw that day were a piranha and an octopus. Usually, an octopus will scatter pretty quickly. However, the one we saw that day is a bit more at ease with humans than the average octopus as there are always people exploring the one bit we were at. It was amazing to see these kids’ eyes light up as the octopus slowly swam from one end of the boat to the other, like he was checking us out as much as we were looking towards him.
I digress, but what I’m attempting to say is that it is unfair to just take this poor creature’s ink and put it in a pen. Although the company assuredly guarantees no sea creatures or animals are hurt in the process of making the pens, I have never been one to trust everything I read until I know for sure first hand.
If I truly knew that the company was doing no harm to the marine environment, than I most likely would already own an Aquamarine fountain pen. I’ve written to the company and have yet to receive a response about the process that is utilized to secure the ink from the octopus. Although it has been a mere 48 hours, I’m pretty impatient.
To also get some input from marine experts, I’ve written to the local aquarium that I am a member of and asked what their take is on the Aquamarine fountain pens. I’m hoping to get a well-rounded look regarding my decision on whether or not to buy this pen.
Even if I do decide not to buy the pen, I will assuredly still come in close quarters with an octopus in my near future. My next trip to the Floridian Keys is quickly approaching and I know that the aquarium down there works with an octopus or two.
For the best part of ten years, I have been an aquarium hobbyist. I have spent thousands of dollars in setting up my aquarium and buying just the right fish for it. I love my fishes! I have lots of discus fish, killifish, a pair of Betta fish, Boeseman’s Rainbowfish and many others. My day begins like clockwork: I get up, brush my teeth, and go out to feed the fish. I have spent many hours on setting up the filters and tinkering with the interior of my aquarium. Currently, I have a very large aquarium that I designed myself. I used Starphire glass, bought a special stand and canopy and customized the aquarium just to my liking.
It wasn’t easy, I have to say. A year or so ago, I had to shift houses. This was also the time when I had just completed my aquarium. I was stuck in a huge conundrum. How do you move a humongous glass cade, a large wooden stand and separate canopy from one place to another? While the wooden stand and canopy were not a problem, the glass cage left me in a real fix. After all, can you really trust any moving company with a glass cage that has to be tilted just to get through the door?
For the next couple of days, I began searching for reliable moving companies. I read many reviews online, placed calls to different companies and asked about any specific measures they took while moving such delicate items. At the end of my search, I hadn’t found one decent place. That’s when I discovered Conin St. Removalists Sydney based moving service. I stumbled on their website by mistake.
They seemed really professional. So, I placed a call to the company and asked them about moving my aquarium. I gave them the dimensions of the glass tank and waited for their response. Amazingly, they were willing to do it, and quoted me a significantly affordable price. I asked them to pack everything and move it to my new place, since they offer a complete moving service.
When the big day arrived, I was still pretty flustered. The guys came two days before and packed each and everything in different boxes. Every box was neatly labeled, and all the fragile material placed in cartons with lots of packing material. I was really pleased with all their work so far. However, my heart came in my throat when they began dismantling the aquarium.
At first, they took off the canopy (expected). Then, they began dismantling the glass tank. At the moment, the whole experience was harrowing. I was worried they may scratch the glass. Now that I look back on it, I can’t help but admire the manner with which they dealt with the whole thing. They neatly placed the glass on a special mat (to protect the edges), and began wrapping it up. Then, they precariously carried it out and put it in their moving vehicle. For any aquarium hobbyist, moving is difficult. Thankfully, my experience was so much better because of these guys!
When you think of viewing great aquariums and marine life, you might think exclusively of California, Florida and other such places along the east and west coasts. But, don’t underestimate what Missouri has to offer! You wouldn’t necessarily think about Missouri being a place that has some great marine spots, yet it sure does. I recently had the pleasure of visiting a few places in Missouri and was able to experience some really great marine life exhibits. While I had heard of some of the aquariums and marine life exhibits, I wasn’t expecting to experience what I did and I was surprised at how great they really are. I’ll lay out some of the places that you should visit if you ever find yourself in the area and want to take in some marine life exhibits.
Bass Pro Shops
Many are aware of Bass Pro Shops and their headquarters being located in Springfield, Missouri, but not many are aware of their fantastic aquariums they have all over the store. They also have the World of Wildlife Museum that is connected to the store and has some really amazing things in there. They have some exotic fish, rare turtles, and great learning opportunities for kids and adults alike (ideal if you’re into fishing and hunting). No doubt, if you are looking for fun things to do in Springfield, Missouri, you should check out Bass Pro Shops. If you’re in the area and looking for some other things to do as well, you can click here to see some more attractions that are available to you.
Sea Life Aquarium
One of the best surprises of my entire trip was this amazing aquarium that is located in Kansas City. This is a brand new attraction that was just completed a few years ago. What is especially great about it is that they host a large number of unique and rare fish. They have various breeds of sharks, stingrays, turtles, jelly fish, clownfish, and plenty of interactive areas to explore. Kids absolutely love this aquarium. I really enjoyed the interactive rockpool where you can handle different types of creatures like crabs and starfish, with professional supervision (of course). The whole place is geared towards kids in general, but it’s still a lot of fun if you’re an adult. I found myself and the other adults I was traveling with really enjoying ourselves the whole time.
St Louis Zoo & World Aquarium
The St. Louis Zoo is very well known and is always ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. It has a pretty nice marine life area as well. In this zoo, it’s the sea life area is referred to as “Lakeside Crossing” and they have a pretty good amount of interesting fish there to see and learn about. The best option, though, if you are in St Louis and looking for marine life is the World Aquarium, as they have a much more vast collection of marine life to see than the St. Louis Zoo. It is much like the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City, but it’s just a bit older. If you were to choose only one between the two, I would say definitely go to the Sea Life Aquarium, but the World Aquarium is still a great place to visit. They have stingrays, jellyfish, sharks, turtles and more for you to see.
One of my biggest passions in life is traveling. I love going out and exploring the world, particularly if I get to combine it with my love of marine life. Recently, I have been looking into visiting Costa Rica. It is well known for its beautiful beaches and impressive marine life and would be a dream holiday destination.
I want to make the most of my trip, so apart from visiting the beaches and getting to experience leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs, I want to do a bit of volunteering. I have read about different volunteering opportunities, but the one that really caught my attention was the one that lets you build homes for underprivileged families.
Help to Build Futures
Volunteering will give me the opportunity to not only help a family improve their living situation, but it will also allow me to experience the country’s way of life and immerse myself in the culture. These projects take people out of sub-standard housing and into a safe and sanitary environment.
With an option to learn some Spanish in the process, this is just the opportunity I’ve been looking for. This trip will combine my two biggest passions in life and give me the chance to help those less fortunate. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.
Getting to Learn New Skills
I love the idea of getting to learn some new skills in the process. The projects include training and involve helping the local community with every aspect of building and renovating a house. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and get stuck in with the project.
Volunteers learn to do things like building septic tanks, put on roofs, mix cement and concrete, dig trenches and lay floors. That means I’ll be getting the toolbox out and using hammers, drills, nails, saws, cement mixers and who knows what else.
Practice Starts Today
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit nervous about the building, even though they say no building experience is required. I know it will come in handy to have some skills when you get started, as it only means getting the building work done more quickly.
Therefore, I have set myself a challenge to learn some building techniques early on. This will allow me to get plenty of work done while I am there and maybe even teach other volunteers a trick or two. Anything I can do to help will really make the experience more valuable, not just for me but for others as well.
Getting My Toolbox Ready
I’ve been thinking of a few small building projects already, but the first step was to get my toolbox in order. While I had some of the basics, I am ashamed to say that my collection of tools was quite limited. With my hammer, nails and screwdriver at the ready, it was time for a bit of research.
Being a bit of a newbie, I have found comparison tables quite useful for learning about the different tools and their pros and cons. Doing the research is getting me excited about the building opportunities. I can’t wait to start using power tools. This should be a great experience for me, especially since it involves working with my hands.
Looking Forward To A Great Experience
Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to explore another country and experience the culture. I love travelling, but it’s even better when I get to help people along the way. I really feel that this could be an amazing experience for me and a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and maybe even a learn new language!
My blogging about my aquarium hobby finally paid off! The local aquarium manager apparently discovered my blog when searching around Google for tips on how to properly clean his home-based aquarium. Yeah, I was surprised too that he didn’t already know how to do this, being an aquarium manager and all. But whatever, it got my a cool adventure volunteering there. He actually emailed me a few weeks back and asked me if I would be interested and I, of course, jumped at the opportunity before even knowing what it would entail. As it turned out, I would get to spend a few hours a week helping out and in return I got to explore the aquarium when it was closed to the public – at night-time…
It’s been a few weeks now and some interesting things have happened. Here’s 3 stories that I think you’ll find neat.
1. Pressure Cleaning The Tunnel Under The HUGE Fish Tank At Night-time
If you’ve been to any decent sized aquarium you probably know what a shark tunnel is, yeah? It’s the tunnel that has mostly glass walls so you walk through it under the shark or whale tank and it feels like you’re immersed in the tank. Here’s a pic of what I mean. So one of my first tasks was to pressure clean the floor of the tunnel – at night nonetheless. They even asked me to search around and choose the best pressure cleaner for this task. I think okay no problem and while I’m searching around online I start getting excited because I realize that I’ll get to be all alone in the tunnel at night with the sharks and such.
So I arrive the next day with this highly recommended Greenworks Tools brand electric pressure washer and get to work after some instruction from the manager. So here I am in the middle of the tunnel when all of a sudden I look up and see one of the sharks brushing up against the glass, then another one shows up and another… I think that the noise frequency of the electric motor in the pressure washer attracted them all. It was an amazing experience. The entire time I was in the tunnel there were 4 or 5 sharks all rushing around just outside the glass.
2. Another Volunteer Accidentally Falls In And Gets To Swim With The Dolphins
So this story happened on one of the weekend days that a few of us were helping the trainers at the dolphin pool. The trainers were trying to teach the dolphins to do that trick where they jump through the hoop you’re holding at the edge of the pool. One of the trainers asked this volunteer girl if she wanted to hold the hoop from the edge and she obliged. The first few dolphins jumped through no worries. But then the fourth dolphin came in at an angle and caught the edge of the hoop which had just enough force to pull the girl into the pool. She screamed as she fell but was all good once in. She was laughing and one of the dolphins even came up to her and was playing around.
3. Beluga Whales Are Jerks
There are many instances of beluga whales being jerks: here is a .gif short video and here is a pic. Both of which show they love getting people wet. And I got to experience it first hand. Here’s what happened.
I was walking to take a short break in the break room with one of the other volunteers when out of nowhere we get splashed. It was unexpected so we quickly moved away and realized we were walking past the beluga pool. All of a sudden splashed again and again. Haha. We ended up just darting away after already getting soaked by the beluga named Bertha. Good times!
Yeah so I just wanted to share some of the fun times I’ve had so far volunteering at the aquarium. It’s only a few hours a week so nothing too crazy but it is very enjoyable and I’m learned loads about marine life first hand.
There is nothing wrong in pursuing a hobby as long as you do it the right way.
Many people don’t understand why there are those who pursue a certain hobby. For instance, when someone loves collecting items, people find it fancy and a waste of money. Those who are passionate about mountain climbing are also deemed extremely adventurous and even crazy by some. However, when you are passionate about something, you will really look for it no matter what happens. You might try to stop yourself from doing it, but you just can’t. Your feet will surely lead you back to what you are most passionate of.
For instance, my interest is on aquariums and exploration of marine life. This is something that many of the people around me don’t understand at first. They think that I am wasting my time in the waters without accomplishing anything. For them, it seems like there is no accomplishment at all, but for me, it is everything. However, I also understand where they are coming from. I should have done something first before pursuing this passion.
Let your loved one know
To begin with, you need to inform the people around you what makes you happy or what gives you a sense of satisfaction. Before you marry someone, make sure she understands what you love doing and how passionate you are of it. If you have kids, then let them understand your passion as well. You might be free to do whatever you want, but you are responsible to these people. Therefore, they need to at least know why you do what you do.
Make them involved
You don’t have to pursue your interest on your own. In fact, it would be fun if you can bring other people along with you. If you can have your partner and kids tag along, it would even be better. Let them be interested in what makes you happy. By then, you won’t feel guilty pursuing it because you know you are pursuing it with them.
Don’t be afraid to teach them certain skills. For instance, if you are into archery, you can teach them some basic skills. You can even buy the right equipment for them to use. If you want them to use the best recurve bow, you can go here. You can also invest on the best bow sights at www.astraightarrow.com. This might seem over the top, but if you want them to be as passionate as you are, don’t be afraid to invest.
A time for everything
The most important thing when pursuing an interest is that you learn how to balance things in your life. You don’t have to do what you love most all the time. You also have to focus on your career and your children’s education. You can also spend some time off with your friends. In the end, it is just a matter of how you make the most out of your time. In the end, if you keep pursuing your interest to the point that you don’t have time doing other important things, you won’t be happy anymore.
We all see these posts on Social Media Websites with the hashtags goals, travel, et cetera. And you can see just how many shares and likes those posts get, because let’s face it — who doesn’t want to travel? Who doesn’t dream of going on a road trip with friends, of getting out of the house and go somewhere far away. Who doesn’t love the idea of hopping on a plane, going to an exotic country, take beautiful pictures of all the sights, both above and under the sea? Travelling really is an adventure, and a privilege, that everyone should experience at least just once in their lifetime. I consider myself lucky and blessed to have seen the places I have been to, to experience other cultures, to try exotic foods. And I am glad that I could share it with you through this blog.
But the thing about these posts is that they do not include the other side of travelling no one seems to fully grasp just yet. It’s the sad side that most travelers experience, and very few of those reading about travelling realize. It’s called Broadconnect Unified Communications. My friend, a fellow traveler whom I have met in the airport on the way to Washington, has recommended the service to me. He said that it was truly a gift to have used Broadconnect, because now, he can communicate with his family no matter where he is.
So I tried and looked it up, I signed up for their service, and next thing you know, I’m communicating with my family full time wherever I go. Don’t get me wrong, the feeling of being homesick is still there, because I can’t fully be with them. But it has lessen to a lot, in fact, I call and video call my family and friend so often that they get pretty annoyed with my sometime – partly kidding! It’s pretty amazing how I can share what I experience with my loved ones with just a simple tool of technology. And now, I don’t have to worry about what’s going on back home while I’m far away because I get to speak to them every now and then.
I would love to bring my family and friends with me when I travel. Seeing great marine life, and being a part of different cultures are just part of the privilege I get to experience. But at the end of the day, there is nothing more I wish and hope for than going home to my family who miss me as much as I do miss them. So I guess what I’m trying to say here is that for those who are planning to travel, and leave their love ones behind, be prepared for a great experience, but be prepared for the moments where you will feel a bit out of place because of the different people. Or the times where you just want to go home, sleep in your bed, cuddle with your partner, hang out with your friends.
Yes, you heard it right. I went to Australia with only my carry-on bag. Impossible you think? Not really.
Why did I pick Australia?
First of all I got family over there. That’s right, real Aussies. My aunt and uncle live over there. They migrated some 20 years ago. It seems Australia has a shortage for certain qualified people and if you’re one of them they like to welcome you as a citizen. Otherwise it’s rather hard to get in, if not impossible to become an Australian. My aunt and uncle have 2 kids of 16 and 20. I had only seen them through Skype, but never face to face. So it was really cool to see them live for the first them. Only a shame it took so long!
The other reason I went to Australia was because of my passion for aquaria and sea life. There is a lot of water there. For those who don’t know this: Australia is an island, meaning it’s surrounded by water. And yes I like to see fishes: small fishes, big fishes, colorful fishes and many more. They also have a cool sailing race, called the Hobart race. It’s something important over there and I really wanted to follow this while I was there.
Why did I travel with only a carry-on bag?
Why? Well most people would say because of the ecological footprint. That’s partially true. I think we all need to be conscious about our planet and how grateful we should be that it’s habitable.
But also there was no need to pack more. I was staying at my family over there. So there was no need to bring towels and stuff. I only took the necessary items such as some clothes with me. They had a washing machine so it was no problem at all to do my laundry at their home.
So before I left I looked up some of the best carry-on luggage I could find on the internet and purchased one from Samsonite. I know the brand, so I know I bought decent quality I guess.
What did I see and how was it?
I stayed 3 weeks in Australia, more precisely in Adelaide. It’s most known for its Formula 1 circuit called “Albert Park”. It has been the opening race for the Formula 1 season for many years now. So that’s one of the first things I did visit while I was there.
The other cities I visited were Canberra and Sydney. For those who don’t know this Canberra is the capital of Australia and not Sydney like a lot of people mistakenly think.
In Canberra I visited the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Parliament. In Sydney I went to the Sydney Harbor. It’s not like an ordinary harbor which is quite dull. Here there’s a lot of activity going on and tourist like to visit it. Next to it I also stepped onto the Sydney Harbor Bridge. With my aunt and uncle and their kids I also watched an opera in the Sydney Opera House. It was fantastic and a memory for life.
I can only say that those who didn’t visit Australia yet are missing out a lot. I only did a small part of Australia during my 3 weeks stay but there’s a lot more to watch and do. I can’t wait to go back!