Sunday, September 19, 2010

"...you think I'm funny, when I tell the punch line wrong..."

Where did I go? Tasmania! Where is it? Way down south in Australia! Nothing stops you from reaching Antarctica except freezing waters and Great Whites that could eat your face off!

So, I hopped down to Tasmania and I have always heard great things about the place and it lived up to its' reputation.

The first thing that you have to remember is that it is quiet. There is nothing to do at night and there are tons of crazy animals lurking in the dark to eat you! I experienced that when I almost ran over a wallaby that jumped in front of the car and the spider that nested on the couch next to me. I had to beat it to death because catching and releasing is not my style.

I drove on the other side of the road and the funny thing about that is that the indicators and windshield wiper buttons are on opposite sides in Australia, so every time that I went to make a turn, I cleaned the windshield. I, also, went on a tour to watch the penguins come in from the ocean at dusk. They would waddle on to shore and just walk past like it was nobody's business but some of them cross a major road in order to get to their dens and I would freak out if I ran over a penguin. Could you even imagine? "Oh wow, I just hit something! What was it? A PENGUIN!?!?!?!"

There was also a random snow sighting at the top of Mount Wellington in Hobart, so naturally I had a snowball fight with myself because that's how I roll.

So, I made a video and it is posted at www.facebook.com/stuckatseven, so check it out and see how the rest of the journey went! Up next, Uluru in 3 weeks...





Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"...well I heard there was a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord but you don't really care for music, do ya..."

So the time finally arrived in which the student became the teacher and I held my first official tour of Sydney. Odessa, one of the adventurers associated with my Costa Rica trips, made her way down to the current tundra of Australia to visit a few spots and her first was in Sydney.



I am pretty sure she hates me because within her 2 days to explore, I made her walk a lot. No time to waste here, kids! Lots to see. We went to the Opera House, Aquarium, Wild Life World, Sydney Tower, Bondi Beach, Newtown and more.



It was good showing someone around this city because I do enjoy it and it has so many great spots but Sweet Jesus, I was ready for a nap. Each night, I came home and passed out. It was no joke.



My highlight was riding on a fake wombat (see below). Who knew wombats were so neat? It was nice to explore the city with fresh eyes because, like anything, you become complacent and things become normal, so exploring with someone else re-opened my eyes to a lot of things in the city.


So this weekend, I make my way down to Tasmania. That's right! I am going into even colder climate and will whine even more. Yeah! Then in October, I am off to The Outback (finally!). I just booked myself a trip to Uluru. Until next time...





(Bondi Beach.)

(Giddy up!)



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