08.02.07 - 19.03.07
08.02.2007 - 19.03.2007 30 °C
[*]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!