I left a piece of heart in Australia, going to need to go pick it up next year. I’ve only seen Perth and some areas relatively nearby, but just the few places that I got to see made me wish I could have stayed. But there are some things I found a bit odd about it, so here’s a few notes I made on the Land of Oz:
-The birds laugh at you. Kookaburras yes, but the crows in particular have a strange laugh, quite different from Vancouver crows, but equally annoying. A part of me wants to take a sling shot to them all and ask them what’s so funny now. But then I remember I’m not a violent person.
-There is never soap in the public restrooms. What’s up with that??? Luckily, being the savvy traveller I am, I always carry soap. I’m such a smart cookie.
-Funny road/city names. I knew Australia had some strange names, but really some of them made me look twice to make sure I read them right. And every time I did.
-Excuse my language here, but people like to start sh*t. And they like to finish it. I encountered this one guy who was talking to his friend about something, and said “I think *this* about *this*”. Then some guy behind them, who had seemingly no connection to them whatsoever, turned around and said “WELL I think *THAT* about *this*”. And a very heated argument ensued. Also apparently the people next door to where I was staying in Two Rocks started threatening to pull out their guns over some other argument. I wasn’t there for this, but this is what my cousin told me. I wouldn’t doubt it.
-The vehicles there are fully prepared for roadkill, in particular the kangaroos. They look pretty badass.
-People don’t say hi to you at the supermarkets, you have to say hi to them or let it be awkward.
-They have a coin operated dog wash. I’m not sure if it’s only me, but I find that hilarious.
So, despite all of it’s strange ways, I am ready to up and move my butt over there for a while. I think Perth has bumped its way up to the city I want to live in, but still considering Brisbane and Melbourne. If anyone has any suggestions on why I should live where in Australia, please let me know. So long as it’s not a place with high humidity I will survive.
Right when I got into the airport, I met up with a friend and off we went on a mini road trip in a truck he recently bought and supped up to be a half decent live-in SUV. After having to sleep in that thing for a few nights, the only complaint I have is that it was far too hot. In keeping the windows open I’d get mauled by mosquitos so I had to choose between the lesser of two evils. When I go do my own trip like that next year, I’m definitely not doing it in the summer. Aside from that the vehicle was perfect. We did have a minor hiccup though, we blew out one of the tires. We were driving along and then suddenly we heard this sound that sounded like a rattle snake and we joked about it. Then we felt that familiar “thump………..thump……..thump…..thump…thump thumpthumpthump” and for a moment we stopped joking. But then we had to joke some more, because what better to do when you’re in a situation like that? Those things are inevitable on road trips and all you can really do is laugh it off and make a good story out of it.
We got to see Margaret river, which had an incredible viewpoint. So breathtaking, and very serine. And at night I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Milky Way that clearly before, I couldn’t believe it, I would have never guessed that a place so close to civilization would still have such a great view of the night sky. I wish I had my proper gear from home for capturing it, but I at least still got a bit of something magical. Just thinking about it sends tingles up my spine, I’m really itching to go back.
Another really cool place I got to see was either in or not too far outside of Pemberton, and it was this really tall tree that gave you a 360 degree view of everything around you. We made it there for sunset, so perfect. you couldn’t see much other than treetops, but it was so beautiful and well worth the lengthy climb up. We met a couple who came up a bit after up who actually slept there for the night, not a bad idea. Great way to see sunrise. And if you’re wondering, yes there is a platform up there with caged railings so no one could fall over. Perfect for a good nights sleep, as long as you have a good sleeping pad and a mosquito net.
Other than that, I saw some cool beaches along the way with super soft sand and crystal clear water, for people from Vancouver it’s really something you see in a postcard and don’t think it really exists, like unicorns. But it does exist, like unicorns (just because I’m 25 doesn’t mean I can’t dream).
After my road trip, my friend was so nice and brought me all the way up to Two Rocks (I think only because he could see how much I was panicking to be on time for the rehearsal dinner). And then the wedding happened!! Being behind the camera again was great, I had such a good time getting back to what I know. And it was such a beautiful wedding, so perfect. I’m really not sure if it could have gone better. I got to marry Todd Sinclair to Angelina Jol- I mean Angela Jolie Rodgers (a few of you will understand that reference). On the wedding day I even got to see some kangaroos and koalas, a true Australia wedding experience. While the ladies were getting ready I also fed some magpies from my hand. Then 10 more showed up and I had to stop before they started pecking the girls heads off. So much fun though. Again, can’t wait to go back.
And now I’m in India! Namaste, everyone. I didn’t think I’d like New Delhi at all, but I actually do. It’s not as crazy as i thought it’d be, and yes it’s dirty and polluted but again, not as much as I thought. I guess I just had pretty low expectations because I know some people would look at me like I’m crazy for saying that. Travelling alone as a woman here has been ok so far, I think one guy tried to marry me on one of the bus rides but even he was harmless. And as long as I wear a scarf over my head no one tries to touch my hair.
I went up to Amritsar to see the golden temple, which was pretty cool. I took an overnight sleeper class train there (that’s nearly the cheapest ticket you can get…it was an experience to say the least) and got there just after sunrise. After that I went to go visit my Glimmer crew in Chandigarh. There’s really nothing there to see, very boring, but it was nice to see some more familiar faces and be back in the Indian wedding environment.
Now I’m back in Delhi, tomorrow I will leave for Jodhpur. Everything here is dirt cheap so I can actually afford “nicer” accommodations and food on occasions, it’s great. I already know that I’m not going to have enough time here so I’m thinking about coming back next year, around the same time but maybe a little later. Then I can experience Holi and rent a bike and drive north through the Himalayas. That would be the other thing I’m really itching to do right now, I’m already ready to come back to a place I haven’t even left yet. So next year I will definitely be giving Australia and India another go!