Well I love ecology and took a class on Tropical Biology with a mandatory trip to Costa Rica We were there for 10 days and all of my TAs were herpetologists so I just hung out with them the entire time. I don't think I slept honestly because they would herp at night and we were there to learn about Tropical Biology but mostly to do field work, which also turned out to be herping because we were sifting through tons of leaf litter to discover the type and density of the herps that make up leaf litter communities. I discovered my absolute love of amphibians and reptiles, found out I can turn that love into a career, and I never looked back. Now my whole day revolves around herps. My boyfriend makes fun of me because we talked about stuff other than herps before I went to Costa Rica... of course neither of us can remember what kind of stuff lol Oh I would looove to go to South Korea!!! I have also been invited and am seriously considering going if some other friends do. I hope to be doing many more trips! I would love to go to Oz and would definitely need a guide! I have heard there are some pretty brutal spiders there And I forgot all about the bull ants! I bet they're a lot less enjoyable than the leaf cutter ants I saw in CR! I went to Costa Rica looking forward to the bats specifically! One of our liaisons was actually studying under THE definitive bat expert in the country!!! We would be walking along and he'd stop talking and then present some bats out of nowhere! That's where the mother and baby bat in the pic came from. We were ziplining and he just found them! We thought it was just a single adult bat and then she reared up to reveal the tiniest baby! and she was flipping out, which is to be expected, so he immediately put them back. What a surprise! He was just full of all kinds of interesting bat knowledge too. Like unpublished bat details.