Hello from the land of kangaroos, beautiful harbours, and charming accents. There are northern tropics, cities on the coast, deserts, and lots of range country. Our winter is their summer, cars drive on the left side of the road, and everyone is either a “mate”, “bloke, or “dahling”. It’s a fascinating mix of England and America. They even have morning and afternoon tea!
Australia, the land down under.
We spent 24 hours in the air, just getting here. Let’s just say if you hate traveling, coming to Australia is not for you. You fly and fly and fly, and then you fly some more. Itinerary looked like this: PA to IL. IL to CA. CA to Sydney. Sydney to Darwin, AU. The killer was the 14 hour flight to Sydney. Since then we have flown three times within the country, and have four flights ahead of us. (One being that long fourteen hour flight over the ocean, on a chock full flight yet to boot. Groan.)
It’s been such a good trip. I’ve enjoyed so many aspects.
We got to experience the suffocating humidity of the tropics in Darwin. The 90+ degree with 100* heat index blast when we got off the plane was quite shocking. Our winter blood wasn’t quite used to that! Our contact Bluey took us to the Darwin Harbour and we ate some wonderful Greek food by the water. Edwin introduced us to a new concept of how to avoid jet lag. Once you get to the country you’re traveling to, walk around barefoot on the grass/soil for about 10 minutes, and it will align your body (somehow) to the time zone/magnetic pull of where you are. It felt silly to do, but it actually really worked. We had absolutely no jet lag or waking up in the middle of the night. Of course we were tired when we arrived, but after we actually DID get to lay our head on a pillow for the night (2 nights is a long time to be away from a bed), all was well and our bodies were adjusted to Australia. Amazing!
Sydney is a beautiful city full of so many neat sights: the Botanical Gardens, Opera House, ferry to Manly, seeing the Pacific Ocean from the other side of the world, the famous Harbour bridge, and fish and chips at a cute ocean side restaurant. We even got to see the huge Queen Mary 2 cruise ship leave the harbour after dark.
We flew to the brand new airport in Canberra, which is the capital of Australia. Drove about two hours to a farm out on the range, and stayed in their charming stone house, which even had tennis courts and a swimming pool in the front. It was nice to be able to settle in and stay for a few days, as they held three days worth of workshops there. It gets old having to pack up your suitcase every night! The Australian farmers are very friendly and hospitable.
One of the top sights though, would have to be the ‘roos on the range. They call kangaroos “roos” for short. Bill (the farmer) took us out on the range one night in the “ute” (utility vehicle) and we went cruising through the paddocks (fields) chasing ‘roos. They are everywhere! I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long. They are so hysterical to see hopping at high speeds!
I am taking lots of photos – however, I don’t have a lot of Wifi data to upload much right now. I promise, they are coming! I was hoping to have a lot more access to Wifi, but they don’t have it very readily available over here. And then when it is, you have to pay for it.
Until next time, g’day mates!