When I boarded the plane for the 1st time while going to Germany in 2012, that was like a dream come true for me and I was so much excited that I was opening the window every now and then to have a look at the clouds, ocean and mountains. Again after 2 years, I was going to fly in a plane and that too, to Australia where I had always dreamt of going to. So, as you might guess, I was very much excited. I was late for the airport and I almost missed my Jet Airways flight from New Delhi. I was the last person to reach the plane and I had to run to board the plane. The moment I boarded the plane, they closed the door and I called my mom to tell that I am inside the plane and about to take off. Minutes later we were in the sky. There was 1.5 hour stop at Changi Airport in Singapore which is the best Airport in the world according to various surveys. First of all I collected my boarding pass for the next flight to Perth and then I explored the Airport which was all decorated for Christmas.
I again boarded on the plane. This time in Qantas Airways, one of the Gold Sponsor for the Competition. We reached Perth on time i.e. 23:50. I collected my luggage and found Marie Hill waiting for me and 3 other finalist from Vietnam (Minh), Philippines (Mark) and Indonesia (Aditya). We all then took a Taxi to our hotel “The Seasons of Perth Hotel”.
Next day, we met at the reception of the hotel after breakfast and then went out for sightseeing. Yaroslava from Russia also joined us. Two other finalists from USA (Abbey) and Brazil (Juliana) were yet to arrive. We went to Bell Tower (This photo is from the internet).
and then took a bus to Kings Park and Botanical Garden from which one can enjoy the beautiful view of Perth Skyline and river.
We then rushed back to Hotel for a meeting with Marie. In the meeting we were given Apple ipad mini and the whole schedule of the tour. We all were introduced with each other and our photographer Michael also joined us there. After that we went out for dinner at Stable’s bar.
Next day, we checked out from the hotel and left for The University of Western Australia in Perth. The representatives of the university were very welcoming and nice people. This is where Michael had our 1st group shot.
We had a campus tour and then all of us were assigned to a faculty member from our field to visit the labs and to discuss about the current research and potential areas to work.
After that we had a look at the residential apartments and then went to canteen for our lunch.
After the lunch we were interviewed on how did we like the University?
Then we said goodbye to everybody at UWA and left for the airport to catch our flight to our next destination, Adelaide.