the beauty of a coral reef…

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06/06/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

Great Barrier Reef Australia

I am currently taking part in the Trust30 Challenge from The Domino Project (a Seth Godin initiative). I receive one email prompt per day, for 30 days which is designed to make you think, then you are encouraged to either blog or write about your response, or create something.

This is the Trust30 email received yesterday:

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?” (Chris Guillebeau)

Do you have a “bucket list”? That is a list of things you want to achieve in life before you “kick the bucket”. I don’t, but am not adverse to setting achievable goals and then doing what you can to achieve them.

I am hardly what you would call “well travelled”, though I have seen places as diverse as Jerusalem, Paris and New York. For a Kiwi, anywhere not in New Zealand, Austalia or the Pacific Islands is considered fairly far away and expensive, so overseas travel becomes more of a luxury than a convenient weekend retreat.

One place that I have wanted to visit, for a very long time, is the Great Barrier Reef (Australia). We got close, once. Simon and I visited the Gold Coast, and I hoped we might just “pop up” to The Great Barrier Reef while we were there, only to discover that it was actually 1700 kms away (note, Reader, that the total length of New Zealand is 1600 km!). The domestic airfare was going to be rather steep, so we had to say “next time” (whenever that might be).

Listed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” by CNN, The Great Barrier Reef is also a World Heritage Trust protected site. I would so love to don my snorkelling gear and get in the crystal clear water amongst the incredible coral and marine life. It must be a fantastic experience!

The varied colours of the reef’s fish and other marine life will astound the visitor with colour combinations that artists haven’t even dreamed of“. (

Enough said. Sold to the lady in New Zealand!


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