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  • Day8

    Evening Strolls Along the Beach

    November 22, 2016 in Australia

    Decided to take a 'quick' walk along the beach this evening. 15 minutes from my cousin's place and just paste Mereweather beach there's a huge stretch of rocks that form hundreds of rock pools when the tide goes out. It got too dark for me to explore it properly but I got to see all sorts of amazing little critters (I've managed to snap the ones that don't move). I intend to explore further afield tomorrow if I can.
    On the way back I saw something a bit more creepy. Bats. Not just any bats. Bats the size of flipping terriers! They are huge and climb up and down the palm trees eating fruits with their massive claws! Tried to get some pictures but the neighbours were looking at me weird.
    I've relaxed enough now and want to do some more exploring so hopefully there will be more updates soon!
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  • Day24

    Anzac Memorial Walk

    December 8, 2016 in Australia

    Hello All. Sorry I've been a bit rubbish at updating this so you can all see what I've been up to. I've been pretty busy so I'm going to bombard you with it all now but I'll keep it short and sweet.
    This was a lovely long walk I did from Mereweather Beach to the top of the Anzac Memorial Walk and Bridge. It was quite a trek but the views make it totally worth it.
    Hope you are all doing well, I miss you all loads.Read more

  • Day5

    Newcastle

    November 19, 2016 in Australia

    I'm here! Sorry it's taken a while guys bit I'm finally here! Newcastle is BEAUTIFUL. It's 33 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and just enough breeze that I don't want to melt. The train journey from Sydney was stunning, it's a long one but definitely has to be the best way to do that journey. The beaches here are proper beaches, lots of sand, sea and surf.
    I have yet to see a kangaroo or koala (sorry to disappoint) but it's impossible to miss the hundreds of parrots. It's too hot to do anything today so I'm trying to get a tan as everyone here looks like they've just walked off a Hollywood movie set and I've been cast as quosimodo.
    Everything here seems to be gluten, dairy, wheat, meat, fun and taste free so shouldn't be too long before I lose some weight!
    On the plus side, looking like the ugly step sister compared to these people means I've spent all day being completely ignored by men! Its like a dream come true 😍
    Missing you all loads already, hope you're all well.
    Will update when I get off my fat behind and do something worth blogging about xD
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  • Day24

    Carly's Hen Do

    December 8, 2016 in Australia

    A lovely long weekend spent with some lovely family and friends. We stayed at Sanley Park Manor which was a beautiful old house, built in 1897 and right on the water. Lots of fun, games, crafts and dancing as well as sandboarding on the nearby dunes and a beautiful lunch under an amazing fig tree behind the house. The sand dunes are 32km long and 1/2km wide and by the time you've taken the bus or camel into the heart of them you feel like you're in the heart of the sahara desert. If the hen do was anything to go by, the wedding should be pretty amazing.Read more

  • Day171

    Unsere letzten Tage standen ganz im Zeichen von Wasserreichtum 💧
    Zwar fuhren wir von der Küste weg Richtung Blue Mountains aber dennoch war plötzlich auftretender Regen unser ständiger Begleiter.
    Immerhin konnten wir die Lookouts der Blue Mountains ebenso wie einige Wanderungen noch bei Sonnenschein erleben☀️ Zwar suchten wir bei den Waterfall Walk vergeblich nach Wasserfällen, wasserreich ging es dann aber bei m 3h Grand Canyon Walk durch die Bergsschluchten zu, bei dem man die Wasserfälle gerne als Dusche nutzte🚿
    Übrigens einer der schönsten Walks die wir bisher gemacht haben. *

    Als es nach diesem genialen Tag dann plötzlich zu pissen anfing, ging auch das gegenseitige rumpissen in der vom Morgen ausgepowerten Gruppe los. Letztlich schliefen Kati und ich als einzigen im Auto auf dem verregneten Campingplatz während die anderen dem das trockene Hostel vorzogen, wo wir dank Goonvorrat auch zu zweit eine feucht fröhliche Nacht hatten.
    Am nächsten Morgen scheiterte der Versuch beim Lookout durch den dichten Nebel durch zu sehen und als sämtliche Klamotten nicht mehr hätten nasser werden können, entschieden wir einen Spa Tag, einschließlich Outdoorpool, Whirlpool und Sauna einzulegen. Und das für nur 10$ pp, Studentenrabatt sei dank 💱
    Während unsere Füße im Pool bis zum geht nicht mehr schrumpelten und unsere Bikinis 👙im chemiereichen Whirlpool sich fast auflösten, fühlten wir uns kurzzeitig wie Götter😇
    Doch der Abend, für den wir uns alle für den Campingplatz entschieden, führte uns auf den Boden der Tatsachen zurück. Und der war nass, ebenso wie der Regen.
    Kochen auf der Toilette war angesagt. Versuchen dem Regen zu trotzen.
    Zu zweit in einem Zelt auf einer 90cm breiten Bank übernachten, die immerhin überdacht war. Damit die anderen im Auto schlafen konnten, opferten Hannah und ich uns für diese Schlaf Option zum Wohl der Allgemeinheit 😂 Doch auch die Überdachung konnte die Feuchtigkeit im Zelt nicht verringern⛈️

    Nach dieser Nacht, die wir trotz Gewitter und Platzmangel erstaunlicherweise durchschliefen, folgte der erschwerliche Weg nach Newcastle. Dominierendes Wetter und Stimmung waren erneut pissig, da alle Klamotten durchnässt und Newcastles Verkehrsnetzt zum Ausrasten war 🚏🚘
    Auch Komplikationen mit dem beim Regen nicht optimal funktionierenden Autoschloss verbesserten die Lage & Laune nicht gerade.
    McDonald's Luftballons schon 🎈 #kleineDingeimLeben
    Das empfehlenswerte Museum hellte ebenso wie der Laundrybesuch zum Wäschetrocknen und abends der am Hafen gelegene Campground wieder auf.

    Insgesamt stellten wir auf den von Backpackern wimmelnden Campingplatzen fest, dass hier eine ganz andere Atmosphäre herrscht als an der verlassenen Westcoast. Dass kann zwar Überlaufenheit an Hot Spots veranlassen aber andererseits auch spannende Bekanntschaften zur Folge haben.. und Gespräche mit Leuten aus aller Welt die sich dem selben ärmlichen/ bereichernden Lebensstil hingegeben haben.
    Und wenn nicht aus aller Welt, dann aus ganz Deutschland 😀 immer wieder freuen wir uns darüber Walliserin Hannah Part des Rudels und dieses somit "International" zu nennen.
    Heute haben wir seit Tagen mal wieder Sonne☀️ gesehen und beim m Stoppen dort, wo wir ursprünglich nur eine Toilette vermuteten, offenbarte sich uns plötzlich ein kostenloses, unglaublich sauberes und einsames Schwimmbad🏊
    Einsam war es nur so lange bis 14 deutsche Backpacker zu uns stießen, die von den Wassermöglicheiten ebenso profitieren wie wir! Whoop whoop

    *TOP 8: Walks in Australia
    1. The Pinnacles ⚪The Grampians
    2. Venus Baths/ Wonderland Loop ⚪Grampians
    3. Hills Gap Walk around Info centre ⚪Grampians
    4. The Grand Canyon Walk ⚪Blue Mountains
    5. Eskina Waterfall ⚪Great Ocean Road
    6.Sand Dunes ⚪Wilson's Promotory
    7. Bluff Knoll Bergerklimmung⚪iwo in WA 😁
    8. Rangertour Aborigines culture Uluru ⚪Uluru Katja Tjuta Nationalpark

    TOP 8: Backpackerideen/Dummheiten
    1. Autos Namen geben 🚘
    2. Schlangenlinien fahren
    3. Die Radioantenne (die bestenfalls ein Kleiderbügel ist) zu Herzen o.ä. verformen
    3. Lustige halbnackte Gruppenfotos schießen, wo man so steht und geht 📷
    4. Kinderspiele zu Trinkspielen umfunktionieren
    5. Summer of 69 hören, sich cool fühlen und lautstark mitrocken 🎤🎶
    6. Sich einen Traumfänger zulegen
    7. Alles kostenlose mitnehmen, sei es Weinprobe, Testschokolade oder McDonald's Bastelset 🍫🍭🍷
    8. Nudeln mit Veg 🍛

    FUNFAKT: Egal wie sehr du dein verdammtes Kmart nicht wasserresistentes Zelt auch unter Dächern zu schützen versuchst, iwie findet der australische Regen immer seinen Weg darein. ☔
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  • Day46

    Newcastle .. nein nicht England

    July 20, 2017 in Australia

    Heute früh mit einen Sonnenaufgang am Ayers Rock aufgewacht. Wir haben kurz gestern die Location gewechselt und sind noch schnell ein paar tausend Kilometer Landinwärts gefahren😋 Spaß, natürlich nicht. Aber unsere Rest Area war neben einem Roadhouse das eine Nachbildung des Ayers Rock darstellen sollte 😁
    Nach kurzem Frühstück machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Newcastle. Als erstes ging es an den Nobby Beach der am Ende der Sand Dünen einen Leuchtturm stehen hat.
    Dann gingen wir eine Runde durch die Stadt bis zur Christ Church Cathedral und am Ufer zurück zum Auto.
    In der Stadt trafen wir immer wieder auf sehr schöne und riesige Wand Malereien, echt cool👌
    Nun suchten wir eine Laundry um wieder frische Wäsche zu haben 😉
    Kurz in ein Shopping Center um Essen einzukaufen und ab auf die Rest Area, Heute Mal ohne doofe "No Camping" Schilder aufzufinden.
    Zum Abendessen gab's Chicken Burger mit Bacon Käse und diesmal sogar mit Salat, war im Angebot 😝
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  • Day31

    Planes Trains and Automobiles

    October 1 in Australia

    Hawai'i is amazing. But even the amazing eventually must come to an end. Ah the impermanence of everything. The Buddhists would be proud. All packed up, Chris and I took the hotel shuttle to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for a 10.30 flight to Sydney. It's about ten hours in the air, so you know before you start that by the time you get to your destination, you are going to be a bit stiff and sore and probably somewhat dehydrated and generally not feeling your absolute best. The flight was unremarkable, as you want them to be. The food was good. I actually enjoyed the stir fried pork in rice and vegetables and the chardonnay I eased them down with.

    I watched a movie. I was too tired for anything cerebral, so I settled for a sci fi I had seen before, the Pacific Rim sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising. It was fun and the guy is hot and the monsters get defeated in the end, which is what you want and all about I could cope with after a month travelling. I listened to the Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos, both in A Minor and tried to fall asleep whilst doing so. 'Tried' being the oeprative word there. Sleep alas eluded both of us for most of the flight. Finally, I also read. I had downloaded the Ursula LeGuin translation and commentary of the 6th century Chinese classic, The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. This is a truly amazing work and one that is very challenging to those of us brought up in the West with our Western ideas of success and effort and money and power. I like these small poems, gobbets of profound wisdom that you have to suck like a lolly to start to unravel the layers inside.

    Travelling west is easier than travelling east. You follow the sun and even though you may be in the air for ten or more hours, you would still probably be up and doing things at your point of departure had you not left. Yes, it's all very confusing.

    We left at 10.30am Saturday, flew ten hours, crossed the date line, and landed at 4.30pm the following day. We had already decided that upon arriving in Sydney after such a long flight, we simply could not face a three hour train journey back to Newcastle in the world's slowest train. So we would stay in Sydney for the night and catch a morning train today back to Newcastle. Which we did. An excellent decision.

    We showered and headed back to Ruby's pub, the pub in Surry Hills we dined at the night before we left for the US, and had their 'jerk fries' again which are to die for. A nice bookend. Today, the train trip was slow as expected, but somewhat painful too in that although we chose the quiet carriage, a middle aged man and his friend talked conversationally the entire trip. In a carriage full of silent people, they sounded like they had megaphones. I listened to music, just my Daily Feed (Classical) on Spotify, and read, and eventually when their incessant chattering got to me, I tweeted about them and even wrote a twitter poem to help pass the time.

    We are home now. We were met by Chris' parents at the station who welcomed us in loving arms and took us home to barbecued chicken, fresh bread rolls, some beer and some tiny doughnuts. A king's feast, truly. We have unpacked, gotten the washing ready for tomorrow, and done some grocery shopping. We have even gone for a walk along Throsby Creek, our favourite walking track. It was nice to be back.

    I am missing my mother. Normally, I would have gone up to see her this afternoon. I would have looked forward to holding her and feeling her lovely embrace. I would have been looking forward to sharing with her the pics and stories of our time away. It is not maudlin, just the truth of one part of me this afternoon. Chris feels it too.

    It will take a few weeks to process our trip. We have started already, but there was so much to see and do. We travelled in six states and crossed so many time zones, our body clocks don't know whether they are Arthur or Martha. Some quick observations:

    1. America's poverty in the cities is much more on show than it is here. The down and outs are greater in number. They do not have the safety net that Australia has.
    2. The politics on TV every night is both a blessing and a curse. They are the most politicised nation on earth. Trump only has to scratch his arse and they talk about it in panels and discussions for hour after after hour after hour. Each show dissecting the scratch from every angle and what it means he's not scratching. I follow politics, but boy, this gets a bit much.
    3. American coffee. What can I say? It's shit! Australia is blessed with a wonderful European coffee culture and you really notice its lack when you're in the States. To be fair, there were one or two dedicated cafés, but realistically, you could walk ten blocks and not find an outlet that does espresso. And don't get me started on creamer and non-dairy creamer!
    4. American food, oh sorry American friends, is not as good as Australian food. We are so spoiled for choice here. American food is not as adventurous, neither their everyday food or their fancy schmancy food in restaurants. When you're on the road, you like to eat simple nutritious food that sits well and not always some gargantuan serving of whatever it is would you like fries with that? I look forward to my American buddies coming to Australia so I can show them some great places to eat.
    5. Trump and the Republicans. We were very discreet in our opinions about their President and his Party. Of course, we felt we had to. But when there were like-minded people around us, we did let them know what the rest of the world thinks about the man they voted in. There is actually a lot of shame and embarrassment about this. I hope this blip in time teaches them that in a system where there is non-compuslory voting, they simply have to get out and vote, for the good of the whole damn world.
    6. The endless, relentless pharmaceutical commercials on TV aimed, not at the medical profession, but at us, the consumer. Just wow! Like I said with the politics shows, I am so glad we do not have these types of commerical on tv in Australia.

    Highlights: Too many. I loved San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Dallas and Honolulu. I loved the opera on opening night of the San Fran season. I loved the California Zephyr as a great train experience. It was exciting getting into SLC at 3 in the morning before the city woke up. The galleries, the museums, the swims, our hotel rooms, epsecially the Presidential Suite in the Sheraton Dallas. We bought some clothes and some souvenirs. I have a few more owls - as if the house needed more owls. What fun!

    Of course, we had our moments too. Fortunately, they were rare. Chris and I have an understanding that if either of us needs some 'me time', it's ours. Generally, we can get along very well even when we spend vast amounts of time in each other's company. The most surreal and maybe difficult time we had was the evacuation at 3am from the 31st floor of the Sheraton in Dallas. It took our calf muscles three full days to settle down after running down 62 flights of stairs in fear with adrenalin pumping through us. Surely, a night to remember. Oh, how we laughed.

    Stu's and Chris' America Trip is over. we had a blast.

    But of course the human element was the best. For Chris (and me) to be able to meet Micah and his partner Jason in SLC was so wonderful. And for me (and Chris) to meet up with Ben and his partner Tino in Dallas was amazing.

    Chris and I have already begun the conversation about whether this trip will change us, whether we will grow, or whether we will just settle back into what was before. Both of us want some change in our lives. Chris has hit his early forties and is keen to move. I turn 60 next year and that brings a whole lot of existential ponderiing to me. I think our America trip will be influential for us both in trying to engage wisely what comes next and how it comes next.

    I read yesterday Lao tzu's thoughts on travelling in the Tao in Poem 47 - Looking Far.

    You don't have to go out the door
    to know what goes on in the world.
    You don't have to look out the window
    to see the way of heaven.

    The farther you go,
    The less you know

    So the wise soul
    doesn't go, but knows;
    doesn't look, but sees;
    doesn't do, but gets it done.

    Ursula Le Guin makes the point that a Roman poet once said that travellers change their sky, but not their souls. I hope Chris and I take from our journeying what we need in this part of our life together.

    And thank you for sharing it with us.
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  • Day104

    Surfen und Wale beobachten

    October 9, 2017 in Australia

    Das muss mal gesagt werden: YHA Newcastle, das bisher beste Hostel in Australien. Sauber, groß, gratis Surfboards und coole Leute.
    Heute habe ich es zum dritten mal versucht zu surfen. Das erste mal mit einem Softboard war richtig gut. Es kam zu ersten Erfolgserlebnissen und es macht Spaß.
    Das Tageshighlight war jedoch ein Wal, welcher sich total verspielt vor der Küste zeigte.

  • Day72

    Newcastle

    December 5, 2016 in Australia

    Wir sind heute morgen ganz früh in die zweitälteste Stadt Australiens gefahren. Hier haben wir zur Abwechslung mal bisschen Geschichte gemacht. 😛
    In einer Festung aus dem 1. & 2. Weltkrieg, die die Stadt überragt, werden sogar heute noch täglich Feuerschüsse aus der Kanone gefeuert.
    Bei hitzigen Temperaturen haben wir dann noch eine Abkühlung im Ocean Bath, einem großen Salzwasserpool, genommen. Da waren sogar die Newcastle Jets, die in der ersten australischen Liga spielen, am regenerieren.😆
    Lustigerweise haben wir sogar David & Nika abends auf einem Campingplatz in den Blue Mountains wieder getroffen. Darauf haben wir erstmal einen getrunken. 😀🍺
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