I thought it would be fun to throw in some flashback (FB) travel stories about places that we’ve been before we moved to Asia – even some from before we got married, so here is one for today…the time I kissed a kangaroo! I’m not lying…there is photo evidence to prove it!
Ryan and I both caught the travel bug during university and this is partly because we both went abroad our junior year of college to complete our interdisciplinary project. This wasn’t your typical go study at an international school kind of experience, but rather we worked for companies or non-profits to help them solve a problem that has an impact on humanity (right up my alley!). It was a great experience – I’ll write more about it later because it’s all apart of how I became an engineer and this is part of the reason that I chose to go to WPI in the first place. Back to the story – six years ago, this project requirement sent me all the way to Melbourne, Australia where I lived for nearly 2 months. We spent our week-days taking the train into the science education center to work on our project all day and then we had our weekends free for ourselves. On one of our free weekends, we decided to go to the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria. We got there early to maximize our kangaroo time and bought some kangaroo feed and entered the park right as it opened…our initial site looked something like this…hello kangaroos!
We got in and started feeding them…they came in swarms ready for food. The park rangers told us that they come from a place called Kangaroo Island where they don’t have any predators, so they aren’t afraid of people – hence, the no fear mob-style mentality here.
They were smart enough to figure out we may have stashed some of the extra food we bought in our back packs, so they started poking around that, too.
My project partners and I decided it was best to sit down and just let them come to us.
From the ground, it looked something like this…
I had joked the whole time that I thought one of those crazy, unbelievable travel pictures would be if a kangaroo kissed me – fat chance that would happen, right? Wrong…I closed my eyes for a second, mockingly making a kissy face and he turned around and laid a wet one on me…so weird. Luckily my friend snapped a photo at the exact moment it happened so I now have this picture to keep forever.
Have you ever snapped a crazy photo while traveling?