Hey Class 2 - still in Port Douglas
Trip Start Nov 21, 2009
6Trip End Aug 09, 2010
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Glad you are enjoying the pictures as much as i am enjoying doing this blog for you all! Philippa, Joe, Jake, Josh, Luck, Aaron and Neve, I don't blame you! The leech was pretty gross! ha ha! Australia is a cool place, lots of friendly people and plently to learn about their culture. I will be heading to Uluru soon so I will be sure to put lots of photos up for you all.
Aaron, Joel and Jack, the bed of nails didn't hurt! But I wouldn't recommend it without proper training, its all about your Chi and focusing your energy, some of the masters can do some incredible things with their Chi. Louis, spending time in a very remote part of China and seeing how they live was an incredible experience and the training, although hard work was also a great experience!
Amy, the Spiders aren't tickly, well atleast i didn't think so
Aaron, thankfully I haven't seen any Black Widows on my travels, i have seen a red back though. They are pretty dangerous also, would hurt Nick a little bit but he is big, for someone your size of mine it would do alot more damage! So don't play with those if you see one!
Unfortunately Zach, Nick didn't see any dolphins on his dive but did see some small crabs, lots of fish including a stone fish and a lion fish. He said that was pretty cool! With the Sharks, some of them were young and some were the parents, but all too big to be nursing still, sorry about that Joel. I will make sure he gets a photo if he sees one anytime soon. Good question Jack, the Green Turtles we have been seeing do not have teeth. They have a modified beak, which helps them eat their food, which consists of vegetation, shrimp and even jellyfish! Sadly I haven't seen any camels, I don't know how many camels there are in Australia but if i see one i will try and get a photo with him!
Thomas, if you ever get a chance to go on a green reindeer, don't miss the opportunity
Ok, over to Nick now!
Just coming on to answer some questions about diving. Well Lucy, scuba diving is brilliant! Have you ever been swimming and held your breath and gone under water? Imagine that, but being able to breath while your down there and you can stay down there for a long time! My last dive was 45minutes! You have a big cyclinder of compressed air on your back, regulators to get the air from the cylinder into your lungs and then a mask and fins to helps you see and propel you through the water, a bit like a fish with legs and arms! Diving is great because there is a whole other world underwater, I did lots of diving in the UK too and although different to the barrier reef was still good. Shipwrecks covered with fish and sea life. The barrier reef is huge and has so much life. From big sharks and turtles all the way down to tiny little fish and living coral. There can be a whole community around one small piece of coral. BBear is going to update the blog after answering your questions and there are some photos which show this. He will also answer your question Amy.
Philippa, I haven't seen a giant squid
There are lots of whales around certain parts of Australia at certain times of the year. The main type of whale you get near where I am is the humpback whale, but sadly not this time of year so i haven't seen one yet.
Zach, when i was in Sydney there were some Aboriginal people there playing didgeridoos but I didn't have a go, need lots of puff to get one working!!
Ok going to pass back to BBear now for another brief update on the blog.
Ok, so what have I been upto since the last update, we are now in Port Douglas, which is about an hour north of Cairns. Have been here for a couple of weeks now and Nick is working in the kitchen of a bar cleaning dishes! But he says its not as boring as it sounds. But the most important part of the blog is I FOUND A SMALL WETSUIT!!!
We also went on a croc hunt! Well too look at them anyway, we managed to find a few and that included a mum and her babies. After that we went off to the rainforest and did some swimming in a place called Mossman Gorge. Its very pretty.
Other than that, its been pretty chilled out, lots of diving, and spending time on the beach.
Hope you like the photos and if you have anymore questions please don't hesistate to ask