| Just after sunset on
the island, mini penguins start emerging from the ocean in small
groups. Hundreds end up appearing and they all start waddling their
way up to their nests on the hills. They are adorable, I felt like
I was present during the filming of a penguin special on the discovery
My road trip to the Prom for a weekend of hiking and camping was
loads of fun. Beautiful scenery, great company and another great
opportunity to drive on the left. It was incredibly difficult obeying
the speed limit. There are speed cameras everywhere including the
highways so no one really drives over 105km/hr. We did a good 8
hour hike one day, and several picturesque coastal hikes on the
second day. My knees were killing me by the time I finally got home
on Sunday night.
I've been to a few sporting events such as track and field, and
soccer at the Deaflympics which are being held here in Melbourne.
I got free tickets from work. The 2006 Commonwealth games are going
to be held in Melbourne, which would be great to attend if I was
still here. Other than that I have just been up to the usual activities
one does when working full time, as well as starting to wrap things
Colin and Phil - there are lots of geocaching sites in Australia,
I'm sure they would be fun, but I don't have my GPS with me.
It's now time to say goodbye...sniff sniff. Australia will always
hold a special place in my heart. It's an amazing country and I
have loved every moment of it here. If I'm ever missing any Aussie
food I can always order some from http://www.greataussiefood.com.au/
I'm so excited that I have another opportunity to be living out
of a backpack again and to start exploring a whole new country.
Living out of a backpack can be so empowering. It's going to be
strange arriving in a new country again where I don't know anybody.
Gotta love arriving at 1am on a Saturday night. It's all part of
the experience of travelling solo, a part which I enjoy, however
it can be overwhelming with so many (sometimes uninformed) decisions
to be made. But I can do whatever I want. Soon I will have lots
more travel adventures and stories. Next time that I go travelling
I would like to go with someone, I think it would be a refreshing
change, a new experience in itself. I have heard from many people
that they would never travel by themselves and think that I'm extremely
brave to do so. At this point in time I wouldn't want it any other
way. There are pros and cons to both types of travelling, probably
the biggest difference between the two is that you are forced to
leave your own comfort zone on more occasions, since you don't have
the comfort of a good companion.
I love Canada it's such a great place to call home, one that I expect
will become my permanent home in the future. Goodbye hairdryers,
a clean and comfy bed and house, good food, knowledge of the surrounding
world. Hello dirty clothes, hostels, dorm beds, flip flops in grubby
showers, looking like a tourist, and being in the backpacker bubble.
I'm leaving Australia on Saturday, January 29th, so from that point
on I no longer have a permanent address or phone number. I still
haven't decided if I'm going to activate my mobile in New Zealand.
If you need to get in touch with me, just send an email. I would
love to hear from all of you even if you think that you haven't
been up to much. It's a great feeling to receive emails from home.
I'm thinking of smuggling a wombat, miniature penguin, kiwi bird
and koala. Kangaroos are cool, but they require too much space.
Any insights on how to smuggle foreign animals would be great.
My travel plans have not changed due to the recent Tsunami events.
It's terrible what happened, and something that I hope to never
experience personally. I feel that I must continue as planned with
this segment of my journey. Australia is great and I'm sure that
I will love New Zealand given that it offers a lot of what I like
to do. I feel that I need to experience the culture of countries
outside of the first world to complete my travels. I believe that
this opportunity will give me a slightly new perspective on life
and on my values. I must admit that I am a bit nervous of when I
first arrive in these countries. This would be one of the few times
where I wish that I had somebody with me. However, I'm sure that
within 1-2 days I will feel totally comfortable in my new surroundings.
Until New Zealand...the land of the kiwis and my long awaited sighting
of a kiwi bird...