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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 channel.

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 up here.

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...