Wow it feels like years since i last logged into the blog. It’s surprising how quick time goes by when you’re in a job wishing the days away for the weekend to arrive. So far this year has been pretty full on and i’ve got to see a fair few places in Australia which i’m really pleased about.
The year kicked off with a visit to Melbourne and some of the hottest weather i’ve been in since coming to Oz. Melbourne lived up to it’s hype and i really liked the place. I would have loved to of spent longer there as the city is a very cool place, and i loved walking through all the lanes passing the small bars and cafes Melbourne is famous for. We also chose the worst time to do some shopping, and it was the first time i had to purposely walk in the shade and hop into shops just for a nice bit of air conditioning!
On top of that there was a quick trip up to Brisbane for a friend’s engagement party, a festival up the north of NSW and my introduction to Aussie Hip Hop, and our most recent trip, our summer holiday to Darwin.
It had been a while since going anywhere so when June finally came along i couldn’t wait to get on that plane for the four hour trip to the north of the country. There were seven of us going in all and the trip included a 3-day tour through the Northern Territory, my first visit to some proper Aussie outback and hopefully to see some Crocs!
Before the trip we had a couple of days in the main strip of Darwin, staying in a hostel. It was fun going back to the backpacker lifestyle, and the area reminded me a lot of Khao San in Bangkok and Vang Vien in Laos. Darwin itself is a tiny place, so there was literally one road of bars and restaurants where all the travellers would hang out. To be honest the place wasn’t quite what i expected but we were only there for a couple of days, and i was keen to see more of the country rather than the city anyway.
Needless to say the tour was awesome. On the first day we headed to some amazing waterfalls and got to chill out at the pools and perfect my canonballs. My highlight though was getting onto a boat and looking out for Crocodiles down one of the many billabongs running through the area. At first it didn’t look like we would see any, with the tour guide giving the old excuse “We saw loads of them this morning!!!” but thankfully a few minutes later we got to see a couple of beauty’s chilling out on the bank. It was amazing to get right up close to them, and my new camera lens came in very handy.
The evening’s we spent at camping sites dotted through Litchfield and Kakadu national park, and the group all got a go at a playing a Didgeridoo, another tick through my list of things to see and do in Australia. Surprisingly it wasn’t as hard as i expected and i’m now keen to bring a Didge back home with me to annoy all my family and friends.
The second day was somewhat of a history and culture lesson, as the tour guide took us through an area of Kakadu which held lots of various aboriginal paintings on the rock walls and weirdly the ceilings too. To be honest he went a little overboard and it turned into a series of lectures which were interesting at first but a bit tedious after a while. On a number of occasions i freaked out when mosquitos started homing in on my face and i think i was good entertainment for the rest of the group as i jumped around swinging like a crazy person.
The last day of the trip was a walk through the bush to a waterfall but it felt like we were walking for hours. Finally getting to our destination we were gobsmacked at how amazing the waterfall and pool looked. It’s just a shame the water was so damn cold otherwise i could have spent all day there. If we had got there a few hours later it would have been perfect, though the tour guide and i both had the same ideals close to our heart. Get there before everyone else as people suck. Just as we were leaving a horde of other tour groups started arriving, so i was glad to have got there early in the end.
Sadly the tour had gone by far too quickly, and before we knew it we were on the long car ride back to Darwin. Instead of a hostel though, we had a lovely apartment in one of the northern suberbs directly opposite the sea waiting for us. It was in a lovely quiet area and the sunsets each evening were beautiful. The remaining days of the trip we spent doing absolutely nothing other than basking in the 30 degree weather each day.
All in all it was a great trip and flying back to a cold and wet Sydney was a depressing sight, never mind the fact work was waiting for me the next day.
The good news is my first trip home is slowly approaching, and i can’t wait to see friends and family who i haven’t seen in nearly two years now. On top of that i’m heading to Ireland for the first time with Lorna and i’ll be showing her the delights of my home town in Essex. I’m still working out what they are.