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08.02.07 - 19.03.07

sunny 30 °C
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[*]My time in OZ was just flying by and I can't believe I have been here 6 weeks already. I had an absolutely amazing time though. I have seen so many things, done so many things and met so many great people!
Australia was certainly the right country to start with and it is the perfect place to get into the whole travelling lifestyle, so I am very happy with the choice I have made!

[*]Downsides about the country: I was disappointed about the racism and the whole way of handling the Aboriginal Culture. Would have loved to find out more about that but it wasn't that easy.
They certainly have a lack of history. Nothing is more than 200 years old and the history seems quite often a bit made up (for an European anyway...)
And the only realy history they have, the Aboriginals, which is also one of the oldest in the world isn't really valued and mentioned enough.

[*]Great things about Australia: weather, diversity of countryside, wonderful beaches, great rainforests, incredible animals that don't exist anywhere else, the Aussies themselves: so relaxed, friendly, constantly taking the piss, a great sense of humour and so blund, which I of course love!

[*]Animals I have seen here: kangaroos, wallabies, turtles, sharks, sea snakes, crocodils, kassowaries, pelicans, dolphins, seals, sea lions, echidnas, koala bears, possums, cockatoos, parots, goana, black swans, emus, etc.

[*]songs for my movie: Down Under (of course!!!), Snow Petrol as memory of Whitsundays

[*]Highlights: Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest), Whitsunday Islands and Kangaroo Island

[*]Next time/visit: If I would come back (which I hopefully will) I would love to seas the west coast, Uluru and the outback, Darwin and the Kimberley
Would also need to research the weather and situation better, i.e. rainy season, jelly fish etc.

[*]Regrets: would never let a travel agency book my accomodation again, but that's all! :-)

[*]Things I realised about me: I love being by myself, I can make decisions if I have to...;-), I love my independency and travelling by myself. So far I really love travelling and it is definitely the best thing I have ever done, and I am so glad and appreciate it so much that I have the opportunity. There are so many days and moments where I still have to pinch myself....

[*]Australia is just an absolutely amazing, fascinating and beautiful country. I am 6 weeks into my travelling now are having a ball. I am very sad to say good bye to Australia but are also really looking forward to New Zealand and especially Antje and my Mum!

Posted by Julia1976 05:59 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Kangaroo Island

16.03 - 18.03.07

semi-overcast 25 °C

What a brilliant trip that was! I had the so far most boring group which was a bit disappointing but the trip itself completely "exceeded expectations" (to use the favourite CMS phrase). We were 11 people - 2 Americans - highly annoying as you expect. Completely spoilt brats who didn't do a thing and didn't speak to anyone but never shut up. 2 quite sweet Danish girls, Kamilla and Nenne, 2 very sweet French girls, Elodie and Anneloch, and 4 Germans: a very nice couple, Stefanie and Matthias and a complete weirdo, Mark and nice girl called Anne. Our tour guide, Hue, was very nice too.
We started with the peninsula Fleuneu. As it wasn't very warm we headed off to do some wine testing instead of swimming. As it was only 11 am we left the winery quite happy :-)
We continued with Horseshoe Bay where we spotted our first seals relaxing in the water. After climbing over the rocks, or falling between them, we got really close and could watch them floating in the water. Really sweet and amazing swimmers but certainly know how to relax. We then went to another amazing beach with big waves, endless long and wonderful turqouis water. I just can't get enough of those wonderful beaches and went for a nice long walk with Anne.
After some fantastic pastry in one of the small villages we made our way to the charter boat, which I was allowed to drive. Not as easy as it looks but good fun. The weather was brilliant but the waves were really high.
Our first campsite was Penneshoo. We stayed in what seemed like shed but open on one side, so basically just a roof. They even had toilets and showers there which is a luxury I am certainly not used to anymore. They were the coolest bush toilets you could possibly imagine. They even had music and you could watch the kangaroos while sitting on the toilet. The showers were just round basins with no roof, so showering under the stars. Being bush showers and having very limited water resources you were of course only allowed to use them if you have been swimming in the sea to rinse off the salt.
We were just 3 minutes away from the beach which was beautiful. We straight away spotted a pelican and some black swans in the remains of a riverbed. After dinner and sunset we went out with the jeep again to find more kangaroos and wallabies. Our crazy tour guide almost ran them over but we certainly saw loads of them. We found penguins on the beach as well. So cute those little ones when the waddel out of the water. His torch scared them though which I didn't really like. Almost running over several possums we finally got back to our camp.
After some convincing Hue agreed to have a fire on the beach and also let us sleep on the beach which was just brilliant. So romantic with the fire and the stars above you. The sky is just incredible here. You really can't see anything like that at home. Well certainly not the Southern Cross! :-)
My first night ever sleeping on the beach was therefore a full success. Each of us had a swag which is a very robust sleeping bag with a mattress inside it and you then slip your actual sleeping bag into it. That way you are protect agains rain and all sorts of stuff. It was one of the best things I have ever done. The sound of the ocean, the fire which was burning all night and the stars. Occasionally it rained a little bit but never mind. We woke up with the sunrise and I decided to follow Hue and be very brave and go for a swim. Again, one of the most incredible things I have ever done, swimming at 6am into the rising sun. So peaceful and wonderful that it is difficult to describe. That way you didn't feel the cold very much. I also had the pleasure to use the funky shower afterwards. What a start into a day.
Our first stop was Cape Willonghby. Really nice cliffs, great view and a light house.
I also found out what the difference is between wallabies and kangaroos. Wallabies have a slightly different shaped head, are quite a bit smaller and most importantly breed every 12 months, in a poach like the kangaroo as well. The kangaroo has 3 babies on the go at any one time. It has one on foot, one in the poach and one in the womb. The one in the womb can be put "on hold" for up to 18 months if need be, i.e. if there is no food or water. Incredible how nature has adapted to the extreme conditions of Australia.
The same goes for the bush fires. I always thought that a bush fire would kill and burn all the trees but it actually doesn't. It acutally helps growth and all that and is really good for the forest and they do need the fires from time to time. It looks really strange though when you all these black tree trunks, completely burnt and dead looking but full of green leaves. After a fire the moment the first rain falls the leaves start growing again. Some trees look fine after a while, as some trees in Australia actually loose their bark once a year (insted of their leaves....) As I said, everything seems to be different here... Once they have lost their bark, they look normal again and you would't be able to tell that they ever have been in a fire.
We then went to seal bay to watch the sea lions at the beach. They go out fishing for 2-3 days and then come back to the same beach and rest for 2-3 days. They can get 25 years old and weigh up to 350 kg. Incredible animals. We could get quite close and watch them. A lot of them had scars from shark attacks who is their biggest enemy. They go hunting alone as they eat crayfish and don't want any competition. Different to the seals who hunt in groups to be able to have a better watch out for the sharks and they go for fish schools which is easier to catch in a group. As they go hunting for up to 9 days, they can even sleep in the water. They build a circle and hold toghethere by the feet and then sleep lying in the water. Sea lions can Apparently outrun you on the beach. Difficult to imagine but you certainly don't want to try it with a 350kg animal. They are so cute and quite funny. When they are not sleeping they seem to enjoy annoying the ones that are still sleeping. Very funny. It was brilliant. I have never seen sea lions in the wild before and it certainly was an amazing experience. As there were so many there was quite a lot happening. Some arriving after going fishing. Some otheres leaving, some sleeping, fighting, annying each other etc. Absolutely loved it!
After Seal Bay we went to Little Sahara to do some sand boarding. Really good fun. You walk up the sand dunes and then board down. Similar to snow boarding just in sand, although you can also sit and lie on the board instead of standing. Apart from having sand everywhere it was great fun. The last race was to just roll down. I completly lost control and promptly fell over when I tried to stand up at the bottom of the dune.
It was then time to get to our next campsite which was on the other side of the island - Western River Cove. We set up our campsite by a creek just by another beach. Unfortunately I had to find out that Hue left my swag behind but kindly offered me another one. Clever me left the sleeping bag in the other sway though, so I was facing a cold night!!! Got some blankets and a silk sleeping bag from Hue but it wasn't really enouh...! Dough! Always watch your sleeping bag while camping outside was the lesson I learned from that.
When we went to the beach to do some snorkelling some fishermen in need of some company were inviting us for a boat trip. What an afternoon. The coastline around kangaroo island is just beautiful and we got to see some seals too. What a nice surprise that was. In return we invited them to have dinner with us which was a great idea as fishing crayfish all day long they kindly brought a 3 kilo lobster!! Wow!! Never seen or eaten a lobster that size. If they would have sold it to another boat which then sells it to restaurants it would have been $200 already! I don't even want to know what a restaurant would have charged you. It certainly was the best lobster I have ever had and definitely the freshest one too! with a 3 kilo lobster there was certainly enough for everyone but fortunately a lot of the people were quite young and it wasn't really their thing, so I had certainly most of it as no one else seemed really that bothered! Fantastic! What a feast! Camping, sleeping outside, no shower in 3 days but eating lobster! Happy Days :-)
The younger guy of the fishermen brought his guitar, so we had some great entertainment at our fire. Unfortunately the older one seemed to think that in return for the lobster he would get something none of the girls was prepared to give. And he did try it with every single one! Dirty old men! ;-)
We slept outside again and the sky was even better. It certainly helped that it didn't rain. But the cheeky possums kept us awake being so noisy while trying to eat our stuff. Lost all my chocolate to them. Damn possums!
On our way to Little Sahara we saw an echidna and then loads of koala bears. We went on to a farmer's land thinking we spotted a koala in one of the big gum trees to find out that more than half the tree was already dead, killed by the koalas and that there were actually 7 including a tiny little one. Amazing. So many koalas and for once they weren't sleeping. One was so close you could have almost touched it. EVen our tour guide said that he had never been so close to a wild koala and was quite pissed off that he didn't have his camera. Fortunately I had mine and got some great pics. Couldn't get enough of those litte cute faces. I know they are quite stupid from all the eucalyptus they eat but they are so cute! You just have to love them. One of the big one even walked which apparently hardly ever happens and one of the small ones jumped to another branch and almost fell down but managed in the last moment to pull himself up. Very funny! Absolutley fantastic that was. Certainly one of my highlights in Australia!
What a day that was, probably one of the best ones ever in my live: waking up at the beach, swimming into the sun rise just by myself, sea lions, koalas, possums, seals, kangaroos sand surfing, boat trip, a 3 kilo lobster, another fire with guitar! Incredible day!!!
Hue kindly woke us up at sunrise again.... grrr.... and we went to Flinders Chase National Park, the biggest park on the island. We started with the Remarkable Rocks, which were remarkable! :-) We then had a look at some rocks and caves and watched some more seals. Unbelievable how they climb these really high rocks. We walked through a dried river bed hoping to see some platypus but that is almost impossible. They had a whole German film crew set up there for 2 weeks to do a documentary on them and they didn't see one! :-) No surprise then that we didn't see any either. We then got a wonderful beach. Unfortunately there was a huge dead seal lying there. Not so nice. Hue the weirdo ripped out a couple of teeth to put them on a chain! Aussies!!! On our way back to the boat we passed some amazing vegetation that is apparently more dense than in the amazon! Looked really cool, like a carpet!
On our boat trip back to the mainland we then had our last hightlight of the trip with bumping into so many dolphins which were very playful and swimming and jumping for ever around the boat. I still can't believe how many animals I have seen. So well worth the trip. Absolutley fantastic ending to my time in Australia. I am so glad I made it all the way down here. Certainly one of my highlights in Australia, beside the Whitsunday Islands and Cape Tribulation.

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Great Ocean Road and Adelaide

11.03 - 15.03.07

semi-overcast 25 °C

Another early start at 6.30am to get onto the Great Ocean Road Tour. I had a great group, although so there were a lot of Germans :-). We were only 10 including our really nice tour guide Jas. 4 Dutch - 2 friends and her Mum and aunt, 4 Germans: Alena, Sabine and Mathias and a Polish girl, Justyna, who lives also lives in Kingston and loves it as much as I do :-). Reunion arranged in La Tasca! For a change I really enjoyed my German company, all very nice and interesting stories to tell, like so many other travellers...

On our first day we started the Great Ocean Road and had our first stop at Bells Beach. Unfortunately it was completely overcast again, but I think I am getting used to it. Be grateful when it doesn't rain! ;-) Bell's Beach was used in the bank robbing surfing movie Point Break for the last scene. We then continued to Apollo Bay where we stopped for some lunch and some walking along the beach and went then for another walk in the rainforest. By now means as impressive as in the North but still nice.
I then found out that the 12 Apostels are actually only 8 as the others have fallen apart over time. The last bit that fell down was London Bridge while an unfaithful couple was walking on top of it and had to be rescued under a lot of effort. Try to explain that one...
Although it was still overcast at the 12 Apostels it was still very impressive and the scenary and whole atmosphare was incredible.
I have also seen my first Koalas today. They are so cute and it is just unbelievable how the tiny little twigs they choose as there sleeping spot is actually carrying them.
We went to see more rocks and rock fomations along the coast and then went to our hostel Port Campell. We all cooked toghether, Kangaroo Burritos... yummy.... and then had a few drinks, went to the harbour to meet some local fisher men and had a nice evening. We also went back to the 12 Apostels for the sunset which was really cool and we even saw some cute little penguins wabbling out of the water to get into their little caves and wholes. They are just adorable and I really hope to see them on Kangaroo Island again, maybe even a bit closer.
Another early start at 6.30 again. I don't think I ever had to get up that early that often while being on "holiday" :-). It's great though, you just have so much more of your day.
We carried on with some more rock formations including London Bridge and continued to Grottay a really impressive grotto. Lunch in a park and unfortunately we stayed for a while as Sabine was feeling so ill that Jas had to bring her into hospital. She is even thinking of flying back home again, which would be such a shame now that is finally fulfilling her dream. I really feel for her. I would be devastated if I would need to end my trip.
On our way to the National Park the Grampions we also passed an old vulcano but more importantly we saw some more koalas, a lot of emus and kangaroos which was great. I just love seeing all these animals! We had our own house in Halls Gap which was great. It is really nice here. Straight after arrival some of us decided to go for a quick walk and have a look around and besides all the cockatoos we bumped into hundreds of kangaroos. They were quite shy so we could only get to about 10-15 meters distance to them before they started jumping away, but it was just incredible to see a whole herd of kangaroos jumping around. Parots, cockatoos, kangaroos, koalas, I am certainly in Australia now! :-)
While we were having our BBQ on the veranda (fortunately we had the kangaroo the night before which actually made feel really guilty) kangaroos and cockatoos joined us again for our dinner outside our terrace. What a dinner that was, just amazing!
And another 6.30 start brought us to the Grampions on our last day of the tour. We climbed up to the Hollow Mountain and had fantastic weather and breath taking views. The climb was quite steep and not all of us managed it but I loved it. It was quite scary at certain points as you just had really steep cliffs next to you while it was very windy and the tour guide had actually never been up the mountain when it was so windy. Great! Heath and Safety doesn't really seem to exist in Australia. I suppose they don't really care about these kind of things, with all the lethal animals around.
We also climbed into the mountain, which was hollow as the name says :-) Again, nothing for someone who is a little claustrophobic but absolutely worth it. What a view you had once you got up there. The landscape here is so different. Nothing about rainforest and all that green anymore. Completely sparse and almost like prairie. Definitely a pre-stage to the proper outback. I really regret now that I don't have time to get properly into the outback, but the country is just too big. Apart from a really nice long walk and some Aboriginal rock art we spent most of the day driving to Adelaide through great scenary and some more kangaroos, koalas and emu! Tried my first Coopers for lunch which was nice but the fact that I was eaten alive by flies put a little downside to it.

Finally arrived in Adelaide I had another wonderful hostel, the Blue Galah. Clean, but so cramped.... beyond believe. I was fuming again for a couple of minutes and then decided to have a shower and quickly proceed with getting drunk! :-) What a plan. Strange how your standards sink and change when you travel. I also realised that it is probably the last hostel I am staying in on this trip which cheered me up. On the other hand I did have a great time in hostels and love how many and easily you meet people so I am actually getting a bit sad the more I think about it... Anyway...
We all met up in a pub and had some dinner and a few drinks before we went to the Fringe Festival to watch some comedians and some live music. After several drinks and good entertainment, Mathias, Sabine and myself decided it was time to explore Adelaide's night life and ended up in pretty much the only club that was open called Sugar. After convincing the DJ to change the music and meeting some very funny comedians from Scotland and the Ozzy Ozborne look-alike we had a great drunken evening ending with a water battle in a park with some lawn sprinkler and me being completely soaked....
Worst hangover the next morning though which resultet in my first lie-in. Still no change with regards to the headache. Damn alcopops!!!
I met Mathias and Sabine on the beach around lunch time still feeling very sorry for myself. We were joined by the other girls later on and decided to have some proper sophisticated dinner, meaning to sit down on a table and to eat with knife and fork :-)
We all had a great seafood platter and back on the white wine...;-) Had an early night though and unfortunately had to say good bye to most of them as they were all moving on apart from Sabine. I had one more day in Adelaide and had a proper culture day which started with the National Aboriginal Cultural Center (Tandanya), where I got some great souvenirs and a proper painting from the workshop. Aboriginals where painting in the workshop and you could watch them and see how they produced the paper and so on. It wasn't quite what I suspected, as I was hoping to learn a bit more about their culture and traditions etc. but again was disappointed. However, the center and the art exhibition was great and I really enjoyed it and was most happy about my great purchases. After that I did a sightseeing tour and saw things like the old and current Parlaments House, the Government House, SA Uni, Adelaide Uni, the Art Gallery and so on... I went into the South Australia Museum where I had a look at the Aboriginal department to eventually get some of the info I was looking for. I finished the day with the Migration Museum and met up for dinner with Sabine who had a complete nightmare day. We had a really nice evening and were just chatting away completely forgetting the time getting much later back to the hostel than planned.
I am getting ready for my last and final trip here in OZ now and although I am really looking forward to it, I am very sad that my time here is almost over. Of course I am really looking forward to New Zealand but it is also very difficult to leave Australia. It's a great place and I had a wonderful time here, that's for sure. And it certainly was the perfect place to start my travelling, exactely how I planned it.
The lack of history is sometime a bit strange and you can get quite fed up with it and I was also shocked how racist the place was and in certain places still is and how little the Aboriginal Culture and everything about it not integrated. I didn't expect it so difficult to find out anything about them. Strange.... how the only real history they have is not really spoken about that much but all that other made up history is in your face whereever you go....

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Melbourne

sunny 24 °C

After my flight disaster I arrived in my hostel in Melbourne in the early afternoon. It looked great, nice reception and great bar, but I am in a 10 dorm! Bloody PeterPans, never let them book my accomodation! But at least it's all clean! I think demands are sinking lower and lower! Amazing! :-)
As I was quite hung over, I was quite happy to find out that my friend Evelyn wasn't able to make it that day as she had a work do in the evening, so I set off myself to explore the city.
I started at Federation Square, which is great with all its glas and steel buildings. I went to the Yara river where they had a festival on with a water skiing jumping competition. Wow! Quite cool! and did then a walk from the LonelyPlanet through the city and immediately fell in love with it. It's a really cool place and has so much more atmosphare to it. There is a real buzz in the city and I love it. Especially all the tiny little lanes which have so many cafes and restaurants squeezed in, just brilliant! It also seems so much more relaxed than Sydney. People are just chilling out on the square or in one of the many little cafes and it's just not as hectic. Maybe I just needed a bit more time in Sydney but for now I have to say I prefer Melbourne.
I had a brilliant day! One of the things I have noticed here, that I actually really like spending time by myself and quite often really need that. Just one of things I have figured out so far...:-)
It probably helped that the weather was good. Not that warm, I think only 24 C but not a single cloud in the sky which seems like a novelty to me at the moment!
On my second day I walked even more and went to the Paraments House, several cathedrals and churches and to Chinatown, where I stopped for lunch. I then headed to Queen Victoria Market to the famous Brunswick Street, but I couldn't see why it was so famous.... and after that met Evelyn at Flinders Station. She brought another friend, Lauren, an Aussie moving to Holland. We spent the afteroon by the river, chatting and watching the competion, went to the Botanical Gardens, which were amazing. Apparently they are one of the best and went then for dinner and drinks to Lauren's place.
All in all, great time in Melbourne and now I am having another very early start at 6.30 to leave for the Great Ocean Road, another 3 day trip!

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Sydney

overcast 24 °C

After my last and final overnight bus journey with Greyhound, I arrived at 6am in Sydney. After waiting for 1.5 hours for my hostel to pick me up they told me that the driver didn't bother showing up that day and that there wouldn't be a bus. Great start! I got to the hostel and after not finding my booking, then having booked me for only 1 instead of 3 nights, I finally got to my room and was in complete shock. Not sure what hit me first, the mess or the smell.... Lovely! Exactely what you need after being sick and being on a nightbus. I was in such shock that I had to leave the room straight away. It turned out that I am sharing my with another 4 Swedish guys, probably around 20 (at the most) who have been living in that room for several weeks and that is exactely how it looked and how it smelled! Damn Swedes! They were really nice but so messy! I couldn't help pointing the mess out when I was talking to them which at least got one of the girls to start cleaning in a complete panic being slightly embarrassed. At least you could see parts of the floor again, but the smell stayed. On my last day I saw a notice on the door saying that everyone had to out of the room by 11am for pest contral spraying! Thank God I didn't see that beforehand. So far, I have managed without bed bugs and hope my luck continues :-)
The only good thing about the hostel was one PC that had been unlocked by someone, so you didn't need to pay, which I took full advantag of, spending several hours on it. Stupidly enough I was so happy about it that I told quite a few people about it and never got to use it again! :-(
My first action in Sydney was meeting up with Alex for lunch at the fish market, which was great. Still feeling in treating myself mood and feeling sorry for myself for being sick, I decided that I really need to have the biggest seafood platter I could find on the whole market! Yummmyy........ Lobster, prawns, salmon... the whole lot! Delicious! After that I started exploring the city with Alex. We went to Darling Harbour, the famous bridge, which I found a bit disappointing and the Opera House, which is even more expressive than you expect. As per usual, it wasn't a sunny day, so unfortunately my pics all overcast :-(
Went to the Botanic Gardens, which were great. Great views over the city and the bridge and opera house. Had fun watching the cockatoos and bats. I don't think I have mentioned that before, it's absolutely amazing but wherever you go you see wild cockatoos.... I only know them in cages. Also, several other parots are flying around. We found the bats in the garden.... Well, they are absolutely fascianting and absolutely huge. Never seen anything like it. Absolutely massive. They are hanging in the trees and you can even see their little fury faces and quite often they stretch out their wings and you see how massive they are. Fascinating but also very eery. We saw them the next night flying in big flocks through the city. Most bizarre, huge bats flying through all these modern office blocks.
I had the evening to myself, as Alex was meeting a friend which I was quite glad about to spend more time updating my journal, doing my laundry etc. Damn hostel washing machines. Some of my stuff came out with staines that weren't on there before. I think I probably have to through most of my stuff away before I come back.
So far I have to say, Sydney is a very nice city, but I can't see the big fuss about it. It's very busy, very modern, no history like anywhere else here, loads of business people running around in suits.... But I will see... It is definitely quite strange being in a big city again, it's been a month now without a city and I have to say I didn't miss much....
On my second day in Sydney I went to the Rocks, which is an area in that in the good old days was full with criminals and prostitues and English convicts. It's now all been made up and looks great. Loads of little houses and cottages and narrow lanes and squares. Really nice. I really liked it there, as it was the only place where I felt there was a bit of history to it and although it's all made up now you can still very well imagine what it must have been like in those times. Great! I then took the bus to Coggee beach to meet Alex, who had been to the embassy to pick up her visa for Indonesia. We did the whole walk from Coggee to Bondi beach and it was relly nice. Great beaches, a lot of little bays. I have to say Sydney is already growing on me. It is great to have all that close by. Although a lot of people seem really disappointed with Bondi Beach, I really liked it. Of course, I have seen much better beaches in Australia but considering that it right in big city, is quite impressive. The weather wasn't great though apart from a couple of hours. It starts getting a bit annoying. It is constantly overcast and raining. Chris, the Blue Mountain Park Ranger I met on the diving boat, sent me an email and said he was flying with a helicopter over his area and he saw waterfalls that have been dry for the last 6-7 years. Great for that but not great for me. Bloody Rain, I am in Australia and want sunshine!! :-)
We then met up with some of Alex friends (Tom & Eugena and Miles and Lisa) who where very nice and funny. We went to the north part and went to Vietnamese restaurant which was the best food I had in whole of Australia. Absolutely delicious!
On my last day we went on a tour to the Blue Mountains, which was great. I wished I could have stayed their for 3 days caming in the National Park. We saw kangaroos, so cute! I finally saw my first proper wild kangaroos. As they are quite used to humans in the National Park you could even get quite close to them.
The scenary and the views were great. We went for some walks, to a waterfull, took the steepest railway in the world down and came up again with the cable car. It was really cold that day though and raining quite a bit, as usual. Alex and myself are just laughing by now.... it seems jinxed. Whereever we go, it's raining.
The tour guide was outrageous though. He was patronising and also blamaed the Europeans and English for everything. Killing the Aboriginals, the lack of water, pigeons, cattle, basically everything. He was talking so bad about English that even I got offended and couldn't keep my mouth shut. So, I started one of my favourite provoking arguements with him, which was very amusing for Alex. I don't think he liked me much afterwards, but who cares.... :-)
On my last evening in Sydney I went out with Alex and Kivi and we went to a really nice bar in Darling Harbour overlooking the harbour. For the first time in Australia I got completely pissed, which was a well chosen evening, as per usual. It ended up that I forgot to set my alarm and woke up at 9am, which was the exact time for the take off of my plane! Damn! Went a in a complete rush to the airport and fortunately they just booked me on the next flight without even charging me! Happy Days....:-)

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