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Men’s Basketball Update from Australia/New Zealand (Sept. 15)


We began our morning with a two-hour drive to the famous Blue Mountains. It is striking that a giant city like Sydney can be within short driving distance of both beaches and this majestic green scenery. Once there, we watched an Aboriginal cultural show, that included a history lesson, traditional dances, and some didgeridoo of course. Afterwards, we took the world's steepest passenger railway, The Mountain Devil, down to the bottom of the valley. This looked a lot like Jurassic Park except with different kinds of deadly animals. The 52-degree plunge was so thrilling that Collin screamed. After a hike through the forest filled with thick vines Tarzan would be proud of, we took a gondola back up above the trees while having an awesome view of The Three Sisters rock formation and Mt. Solitary. The view was so awe-inspiring that even E-Rob stood up to his fear of heights to take in the scenery. On our way back, we drove by Saint Mary's Cathedral and other old-timey buildings which reminded us a lot of the old masterpieces we have on our campus back in Chicago. We capped our packed day off with a very satisfying dinner in nearby Chinatown where Blaine was able to impress the locals with his Mandarin. As we are soon reaching the end of the trip, I just want to say thank you to the alumni for giving us the opportunity to have this trip of a lifetime with 14 of my best friends. As always, it's a great day to be a Maroon!

- Ryan Shearmire ('18)