Recently, I hit the 2 1/2 year mark of living in Australia. It seems surreal still and I know that I mention it often but I just can't believe it. It's funny...the other day, I was walking down the street and I smelled something and it was just the smell of the city but it reminded me of my first week here when I would walk around. Everything smelled so new and exciting. It was a breath of fresh air. A new chance at a new life. I am the same me but in a very different place, geographically and emotionally. My life has gone from a dream to a reality.
Lately, I have been enjoying random adventures around the city because too many times in life, I have let things pass me by and I am over that. So, over the past couple of weeks I have re-explored Taronga Zoo and this past weekend, I went to a koala sanctuary. The zoo is one of the most amazing just based on scenery. It could never been accurately described in words. The koala sanctuary can be described as...failure. It was shabby and a bit tattered. However, the key adventure there was that I saw a Mama Kangaroo with her joey in her pouch with his head sticking out. Also, my finger was almost mutilated by a bird.
I was standing next to her cage and she jumped up and perched her head out to be petted. I did so and she held her claw out to grab my finger. She did so gently and I obliged and then BAM! That bird brain clamped down on my finger and then violated me with her mouth. It was a betrayal of trust and innocence and I will forever remember her face. I may have said a few cuss words in front of some children and blood may have gushed from my finger but it made for a great memory.
Within the next two weeks, I will take my first trip to Asia. I am going to Indonesia (Bali) and Singapore. I am excited but a little bit nervous. Bali has had some terrorist attacks in the past and I am not really down with shrapnel, so I am going to wear a bullet proof vest and prayer card. However, I think it is going to be amazing and I hope to explore some temples and see monkeys with rabies. For Singapore, I just want to see what it has to offer and eat some good food. I am looking forward to being a little removed with no phone or internet. I need a break from communication and I want to find a beach and an elephant and ride it.
(Me in my penguin costume.)
(You will never find a better view than from Sydney Harbour.)