02.09.2009 - 18.10.2009
Been there, done that, that, that and that...
I notice that it has been several days since my last post. Since the time I started the blog, I was telling myself that I do not want to write a chronological report on what I'm doing hour after hour. Luckily, i just changed the country (yes, it is over with Australia), and some conclusions can be expected in this place.
So - Australia - it is first about meeting hundreds of people, who happened to have had this same idea of coming to Australia this year. Every conversation starts in similar way: where are you from, what have you seen till now, where do you go next, what do you do back home. The answers, however, are much different, and each story is in some way unique. You meet a New Zealand car mechanic who - after few beers - performs a perfect haka, then a Welsh guy who writes speeches for its health minister, a German raised in Berlin who loves the idea of living deep in the Outback... Personally, i feel that the big prize for the story should go to Maurizio, who traveled 10 months from Europe to Australia, "hitchhiking" the yachts. This is quite cheap way of travel, usually you just pay for food. Then, after a few days on the land he... pays some hundred bucks to join the 3-day tourist sailing cruise, just to be again on the sea.
Then, it is about Australians, about learning their way of life - relaxed and friendly. As they say: not a drama.
Australia is surely about seeing the nature, either from the road (looong overnight drives) or by bushwalking. In Europe, it is difficult to find a multi-day walk, because a National Park is just not big enough. In Australia, you have first to travel a considerable distance in order to access the walking path.
It is much about cuisine, especially since Italians, Greek, Turks, Asians, etc. migrated here in great numbers. Therefore, living in a big city is like never ending cuisine festival, whereas in the Outback you meet good, old, uncomplicated Anglo-American kitchen, meaning burgers, pies and fish&chips. If a burger - than it might be a kangaroo burger, if a hotdog - an emu sausage. On my last day in Queensland i tried a grilled crocodile's tail. Tastes like chicken
Australia is also about active holiday. Like one of my colleagues said: this is the place where you run, jump, swim, surf, etc. As this is not my thing - there'll be no much talk about it
Ok, no pictures this time. A movie, instead...