Simon Locke having fun at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
Simon Locke having fun at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Simon laps up exchange experience

FROM acting at Jumpers and Jazz and studying in 2009 to mixing with travellers in London, Paris and Rome in 2010.

Simon Locke has certainly had an adventure after setting off to Belgium in January on a Rotary Exchange and seeing everything the world has to offer.

Mr Locke, Warwick State High School vice-school captain, was accepted in the Rotary Exchange program in 2009 for a gap year after he finished Year 12.

“Since arriving in Belgium in January of this year I have travelled to some of the most well known cities in the world including Rome, London and Paris. I love how everything is so close in Europe and with the trains it makes travelling so easy,” Mr Locke said.

He said it has been a bit strange being away from Warwick for a year, and one thing he had really missed was his involvement in acting in the region.

“I didn’t get to mime this year at Jumpers and Jazz festival or play a part in a Warwick High musical but at least I got to go and see Wicked the musical on the west end in London, which was just amazing,” Mr Locke said.

Mr Locke said exchange had been a huge challenge but he was glad he had the memories of all the wonderful places he had been able to visit. That made any harder times seem worthwhile.

“One of my highlights from the time I have had in Europe was my two-week tour of Italy which started from the Vatican City where I stood in the Sistine Chapel, then down to the amazing Amalfi Coast, then to Pompei, Pisa and finishing the trip in Venice,” he said.

Mr Locke is looking forward to his first white Christmas and will return home in seven weeks before attending university in Brisbane.


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