Riley

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Meerkat Encounter at the Wellington Zoo

Hey people! I’m Riley.  I’m twelve years old and in the seventh grade.

I’m starting to get excited about the trip now that school has started.  In the summer, I ALWAYS get so excited about school starting; however, now that math is getting hard and social studies confusing, I’m pretty excited about leaving for five months.  The thing is, I just don’t get excited about stuff like temples or history, no matter how elaborate.  So I’m hoping we just don’t go to too many cathedrals.  I’m also not happy at all about having to share a bed with my sister for five months.  She is such a bed hog!

But enough with the negatives, ’cause I’m not a negative person.  The things I am excited about are the Gili Islands (the destination that I chose), Zorbing, riding a luge down the Great Wall of China, and animal encounters.  I know I should be excited about the Great Barrier Reef, but after years of watching Shark Week, I’m nervous about the sharks.  However, my absolute favorite animals are meerkats.  I’m begging my parents to let me do a meerkat encounter somewhere along the way. They are so cute; I just want to gobble them up!

I know I’ll really look back at how this was a life-changing experience (believe me, I’ve had plenty of people tell me that).   But for now, g’day mates!  See, I’m ready for Australia.