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Armidale Dumaresq

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  • Day59

    Armidale

    January 17 in Australia

    Weer langzaamaan in het meer bewoonde deel van NSW, doe ik een tour langs een kort (12jr) geleden gesloten goudmijn. De wegen en natuurpark worden nu op kosten van de delvers onderhouden en opgeknapt. Bij een volgende stop zie ik dat in het eerstvolgende stadje het grootste jaarlijkse Elvis festival gehouden wordt, dus de volgende dag het feestgedruis in. Na deze mensenmassa weer leuk de kleine dorpsweggetjes opgezocht, inclusief een bergweg die op een boerenerf lijkt te eindigen, maar verbaasde farmer zet t hek open, en ik kan weer verder.
    Nu beland in Armidale, een van de mooiere victoriaans bebouwde steden. De attractie voor mij is de gorge, met een hike naar beneden, 3 uur dalen, en weer 3 uur omhoog.
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  • Day16

    Waterfall Way Continued...

    April 19, 2017 in Australia

    After a cold night (for Aussie) we still managed an outdoor hair wash, etc... unlike the friendly Aussie's in the caravan next to us with their own hot shower. These free (very basic) rest areas area much more social places to camp than most campsites. Hope we will still be doing this sort of thing when we are their age, at 82! We had to get the waterproofs out for our walk at Cathedral Rocks but thankfully the sun came out later in the afternoon. The scramble up and over these huge boulders, finally using a chain to get to the top was brilliant fun. They are huge granite rocks piled up like giant marbles. From here we went along to Wollomombi Gorge and walked to Chandler Lookout where we had a great view of both Wollomombi and Chandler Falls that plunge into an enormous ravine. The 2nd highest falls in Australia at 220 metres. Found another rest area in the nearby tiny hamlet of Wollomombi, on a piece of grassland just across from the small village shop. Wandered across to have a look, turns out that the young couple who have recently taken over also run a pub at the back. About as rustic as it gets, the locals were very friendly and we enjoyed a couple of beers and a long chat. Great to see a slice of backcountry life off the tourist trail.Read more

  • Day53

    42 • Wollomombi Falls

    September 7, 2016 in Australia

    Ein eiskalter Wind hat uns recht schnell vom bisher höchsten Punkt der Reise vertrieben. Der Morgen in Guyra (1330 m) war trotzdem recht entspannt, Mia ist wieder ganz die alte und meist quietschvergnügt :)
    Unser nächstes Ziel waren die Wollomombi und Chandler Falls, zwei riesige Wasserfälle die sich in eine tiefe Schlucht stürzen. Die Wanderung zu verschiedenen Aussichtspunkten hat sich gelohnt. Und zwischendrin haben wir wieder BBQ gemacht; in Australien mangelt es jedenfalls nicht an schönen Picnicplätzen und öffentlichen Toiletten!
    Für Abends haben wir einen stillen Platz an einem Fluss gefunden. Unserer einziger Campnachbar Greg hat uns seinen alten Feuereimer überlassen und gleich noch Feuer gemacht.
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  • Day29

    Armidale

    January 5, 2017 in Australia

    3 nights at the Showground. Great place. We really enjoyed Armidale with its heritage buildings, churches, colleges and of course universities. Went on a 2.5 hour heritage bus tour run by the Visitor Centre which was fantastic. The Teachers College and University of New England were highlights. Very much cooler than the coast...11-25° Armidale is the highest city in Australia.

  • Day6

    Armidale, our home away from home

    July 22, 2016 in Australia

    Home at last. 💕
    We had the first weekend to settle in. We got our own little house on the school ground which by the way is enormous.
    The school even has its own equestrian center as well as a junior school, a gym with a pool, four boarding houses and of course the senior school buildings. 💕
    I work in Transition which is a class of 3-5year olds.
    I love these kids and I love the concept of Transition. It is the perfect combination of learning and playing. We do everything from writing, reading, music, drawing, crafts, swimming, horse riding, gymnastics to excursions to the fire and police station.
    There is never a boring day in Transition. 💕
    We even decided to get a guinea pig. 💕
    Our school has lots of special days and events throughout the year. Since we arrived we had a Harry Potter night and we dressed up for book week as our favourite book character and also for French day. 💕
    The people here and especially the ones I work with are the most welcoming and kind people I could ever wish for. If there is something we need we just have to ask for it (we even got a new TV). 💕
    We are slowly getting used to all the colourful birds and the different landscape around here. A lot of the birds look like the ones we have in zoos (especially Rosellas).
    I also met my first Australian spider which nearly gave me a heart attack. Just google Hunstman Spider and you will know what I mean.
    Apparently they are completely harmless (yet terrifying) not like Magpies (birds) who are the personified devil. Fortunately they only really attack you during nesting season in spring but they can't be trusted all year around.
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  • Day198

    Back home (Armidale)

    January 30, 2017 in Australia

    After 8 weeks of travelling, 4 flights and around 15.000km I arrived back home in Armidale.
    Those 8 weeks have been more than amazing. 💕
    I am truly thankful for all the magical things I got to see/do. and it really has been an adventure of a lifetime. 💕
    Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible for me. 💕

  • Day331

    Back home to Armidale for the last time

    June 12, 2017 in Australia

    After four amazing days in Sydney it was time to say goodbye. Goodbye to this extraordinary city which we visited so many times in the last year and if it was only as a stopover at the airport.
    We left heavy hearted because it will probably be quite some time (I do plan on coming back one day💕) before we will see Sydney again.
    Next week we will fly to Sydney but only to change planes and fly to Melbourne so that wasn't much of a help.
    Those last four days showed me a new side of Sydney (not quite as crowded as on New Years Eve and somehow more relaxed than usual) which I've come to love and I think I can say that Brisbane and Sydney are now equal at first place in my top Australian cities ranking. 💕
    It was not only our last time exploring Sydney, it was also our last time flying home to Armidale. The place we got to call home for the last year.
    I still can't believe how fast time has flown by and that we only have 8 days left (it is the 15th as I'm writing this) until we have to leave this place and all our friends here behind.
    Two days ago on Tuesday we had our farewell at the school assembly (one week early because the last week tends to get quite hectic).
    We were praised by the girls and got a goodbye card from the people we worked with and a NEGS sports bag with our names embroided on them as a gift (quite handy because I needed a second piece of luggage anyway and they really are beautiful). 💕
    Heather also said a few words about us and we gave a short thank you speech to the school and everyone we worked with. 💕
    It was one of the hardest things we had to do simply because it meant recalling all the wonderful friendships that have formed and all the amazing experiences we got to make with the knowledge that it will soon be over and we will have to leave.
    Anyway I'm immensely grateful for everything and everyone that has happened to me during this year and I'm so lucky to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. 💕
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  • Day127

    Blue Hole Picnic

    November 20, 2016 in Australia

    Another fun trip with some of the boarders to the Blue Hole for a picnic and some swimming. 💕
    The weather was stunning and a lot of girls went for a swim while Sophie and I sat on the rocks and enjoyed the sun.
    When it was time to go back Soph decided to be a mermaid (involuntary) and went for a dip in the water. She very gracefully slipped and landed there but at least it was warm and it was definitely very funny. 💕Read more

  • Day265

    Costumes, Cleaning and heaps of fun

    April 7, 2017 in Australia

    Who would've thought cleaning and tidying up could be so much fun?
    The drama department finally found a key for one of their store rooms and of course that one looked like an absolute mess.
    One day before we left for the holidays we started cleaning and throwing things out because most of the things in there were ready for the bin (we even found mummified lemons).
    Some of the costumes were still wearable though and we had heaps of fun dressing up in all the crazy ways
    possible. And of course we took pictures of our favourite creations. 💕
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  • Day301

    ESC Sleepover

    May 13, 2017 in Australia

    What do you do when you really want to watch the Eurovision Song Contest but you are in Australia and it starts at 5am and your TV doesn't really work?
    You have a sleepover in Dickens House (empty boarding house) and just put three mattresses right in front of the TV so you only have to open your eyes and turn the TV on at 4:59am the next day.
    We also ordered pizza that day and made an extraordinary desert consisting of chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows, caramel, peanuts, cookie dough and pretzels. 💕
    We ate and watched some DVDs before we set our alarms and went to sleep.
    The next morning we had lots of fun watching the ESC even though it was yet again a huge fail for Germany.
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