Beaches, sea food and more

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Mar 22, 2010


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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I arrived in the Gold Coast in the morning. I was so excited that I wanted to jump in my plane seat. I actually had 3 seats for myself, as surprisingly there were not too many passengers onboard, so even I managed to take a nap.The passport control went quite smoothly. There were 2 lines formed – for the Australians and the New Zealanders and for the whole rest. The first ones didn`t have a luggage control, we did – a quite detailed one.


Australia has a veeery strict law regarding transportation ofcertain items, e.g. the food. It is absolutely forbidden to bring to the country any type of it – powdered, liquids, cooked or uncooked – regardless the substance. Any kind of animals is obviously not allowed either. You`d think of the innocent rabits that were brought there in the XIXth centrury and spread out so much that now are a real Australia`s plague. Despite the strict luggage control, nothing was going to spoil my mood – my feet were standing on the Aussie land!!!

I was supposed to meet my host that I had found through the cuchsurfing.org I was greeted by a tall, red-haired guy with a big smile: "Welcome to Australia!". He drove me to his appartment located in a sky scapper. I negotiated with Andy that he would pick me up from the airport and I`d give him certain amount of money for the fuel.  Thank to him I didn`t have to take bus and travel on it with all my luggage – which would have costed me about the same money. I got my own room with a bunk bed (almost like on the ship! ALMOST makes a difference hehe…) and a marvelous view at the whole coast.

I had spent 2,5 days at Andy`s place. During that time I managed to visit the beach in the famous Surfers Paradise, wander around and go with Andy to a dance lesson. It was quite a funny experience. I really am awkward when I try to dance. We went to a dance club where Andy goes on a regular basis. Firstly I was sitting and observing other people dancing. After a while Andy managed to drag me to the dance floor – and I was as awkward as usually. A certain woman that was dancing really well, came up to us and asked if we would like her to show us some basic steps. And… she taught us salsa. It took me an hour or so to get the basics of the basics. But after that “private” lesson on the side we were able to get back to the dance floor and dance somehow.

I adore couchsurfing, because it makes me feel safe. I get to choose my hosts/guests myself, and I can properly check on their profile before meeting them. Andy was another fantastic CS host. He`s a great cook, we got along with each other really well and, what`s most important, he kept the safe distance I needed. I also could use all the facilities of the place where he`s living – internet, gym, sauna and swimming pool. In an exchange he asked me to write a note for him in the guest book (he invented it himself!) and cooked a dinner for him once.

On the third day of stay Andy arranged the metting with my auntie Jadzia that I managed to contact yet after arriving in Australia. My first plan was to stay in the Gold Coast for a couple of days then fly into Sydney where I was supposed to join the Rhapsody of the Seas, as a passenger. Unfortunately, a friend of mine that had invited me there, informed me literally in the very last minute that she wouldn`t be able to invite me on a cruise due to personal reasons. This meant that I had to completely change my plans. I missed my flight to Sydney, because my friend informed me about the change of her plans so late that I couldn`t change the date of it. I was angry, but then I thought: “let it be and live by the moment! I am not gonna plan anything and just see what happens”. Therefore I contacted with auntie Jadzia, who actually is my mum`s best friend from the youth times, and she invited me to her house for a few days. Jadzia also lives in the Gold Coast, although in another part of it. Her reaction when she saw me was as if you`d have imagined: “my little girl is not so little any longer!...” I said goodbye to Andy and auntie drove me to her place.

I spent 5 fantastic days there. Auntie Jadzia and uncle Chris have lived in Australia for the past 30 years, and for the last 3 years they have lived in the Gold Coast. Jadzia is a very classy woman and full of energy. She`s so funny, too.  For instance, she`d say once: “It`s so hot in here, probably like 34 degrees. I can`t wait for the July and the winter!” [July is actually in the middle of the Aussie winter as that continent is located in the Southern Hemisphere]. “Auntie, what do you mean by the winter?” – I asked. “Well, like 23-24 degrees…” – Celcius obviously, plus!  :o)

Whilst my stay at Jadzia`s, I sorted my luggage out once more. I decided that when travelling on my own, with a different kind of transportation, I won`t be able to carry around e.g. my laptop. I had already given away a lot of stuff when still on the ship, but after arriving in Australia I decided I still had too much of it. 2 packages, about 5kg each, send via ship mail, costed me almost 130$. My wallet was crying that I reckon better this than carrying everything around with me, all over the continent.

During my stay at Jadzia`s and Chris`es, I used to go to the beach (15 min walk) or was relaxing in the jaccuzzi in their garden. We also went for a fresh sea food dinner – calamari, shrimps (called in Australia prawns)… mmm. They also took me for a local comedian`s show. One day me and Jadzia went for a trip to the Byron Bay, but stay tuned to hear about it in my next entry…




POLSKI:

Na Gold Coast przylecialam rano. Bylam tak podekscytowana, ze prawie skakalam na swoim samolotowym siedzeniu. Mialam z reszta 3 siedzenia dla siebie, bo jakos malo pasazerow lecialo, wiec nawet udalo mi sie nawet przespac.
Kontrola paszportowa przebiegla dosc gladko. Byly dwie kolejki - dla obywateli australijskich i nowozelandzkich oraz dla calej reszty. Ci pierwsi nie mieli kontroli bagazu, my - owszem, i to szczegolowa. Australia ma baaardzo stryktyczne prawo odnosnie przewozu epwnych rzeczy - zabronione jest jakikolwiek rodzaj jedzenia - w proszku, plynie, gotowane lub nie - niezaleznie od postaci. Odpadaja rowniez zwierzeta - ale to chyba oczywiste. Pomyslec by chociaz, ze ktos kiedys przywiozl tam w XIX wieku niewinne kroliki, ktore tak sie rozmnozyly, ze teraz sa prawdziwa plaga tego kraju. Zadna kontrola bagazu nie byla mi w stanie zniszczyc humoru - moja noga stanela na Australijskiej ziemi!!!!
Bylam umowiona z moim hostem, ktorego znalazlam przez couchsurfing.org Przywital mnie wysoki, rudowlosy i usmiechniety chlopak: "Witamy w Australii!". Samochodem zawiozl mnie do swojego mieszkania w kilkunastopietrowym apartamentowcu. Umowilam sie z nim, ze dam mu na benzyne, zeby odebral mnie z lotniska. Dzieki temu nie musialam tarabanic sie autobusem z calym tym bagazem - co cenowo wyniosloby mnie podobnie. Dostalam swoj wlasny pokoj, z lozkiem pietrowym (prawie jak na statku - PRAWIE robi roznice hehe...) i wspanialym widokiem na cale wybrzeze.
U Andy`ego spedzilam 2,5 dnia. W tym czasie zdazylam pojechac na plaze do slynnego Surfers Paradise, pozwiedzac okolice, ktoregos wieczoru poszlam tez z Andym na lekcje tanca. To bylo calkiem zabawne doswiadczenie. Mam cholernie niezreczne ruchy, gdy probuje tanczyc. Poszlismy do klubu, do ktorego regularnie chodzi Andy. Najpierw siedzialam i oberwowalam, jak tancza inni. Po jakims czasie Andy zdolal wyciagnac mnie na parkiet - ale kompletnie mi nie szlo. Jakas pani, ktora swietnie tanczyla, podeszla do nas i spytala, czy chcemy, zeby pokazala nam podstawowe kroki. I... nauczyla nas salsy. Zajelo mi to z godzine, zanim opanowalam podstawy podstaw. Ale po tej "prywatnej" lekcji na boku poszlismy na parkiet i szlo nam juz znacznie lepiej.
Uwielbiam couchsurfing, bo daje mi poczucie bezpieczenstwa. Sama wybieram sobie hostow/gosci, dokladnie sprawdzam ich profil przed potencjalnym spotkaniem. Andy okazal sie kolejnym fantastycznym gospodarzem. Swietnie gotuje, bardzo dobrze nam sie rozmawialo i, co chyba najwazniejsze, trzymal bezpieczny dystans. Moglam tez korzystac z dobrodziejstw jego miejsca mieszkania - internetu, silowni, sauny i basenu. W zamian mialam tylko wpisac mu sie do ksiegi pamiatkowej (sam sobie wymyslil cos takiego!) i ugotowalam mu obiad.
Na trzeci dzien Andy odstawil mnie do cioci Jadzi, z ktora udalo mi sie skontaktowac dopiero po przylocie do Australii. Moj pierwotny plan zakladal 2 dni na Gold Coast, a potem lot do Sydney, gdzie mialam wsiasc na poklad Rhapsody of the Seas, jako pasazer. Niestety, kolezanka, ktora mnie tam zaprosila, nawalila i doslownie w ostatniej chwili powiadomila mnie, ze nie bedzie w stanie mnie goscic na statku z przyczyn osobistych. Musialam komletnie zmieniac plany. Lot do Sydney mi przepadl, bo kumpela powiadomila mnie na tyle pozno, ze nie moglam zmienic daty lotu. Bylam wsciekla, ale stwierdzilam: “co ma byc, to bedzie. W takim razie nic nie planuje, tylko poddaje sie chwili.” Skontaktowalam sie wiec z ciocia Jadzia - a wlasciwie przyjaciolka z mlodosci mojej Mamy - ktora zaprosila mnie do siebie na kilka dni. Jadzia rowniez mieszka na Gold Coast, tylko w innej czesci. Jej reakcja na moj widok byla typowo "ciotkowa": "moja mala dziewczynka nie jest juz taka mala!"... Pozegnalam sie z Andym i ciocia zawiozla mnie do siebie.
Tam spedzilam 5 fantastycznych dni. Ciocia Jadzia i wujek Chris (wlasciwie to Krzys) mieszkaja w Australii od 30tu lat, a na Gold Coast od trzech. Ciotka to babka z klasa i ogromna energia. Zabawna z niej istota. Mowi na przyklad: "oh, jak tu goraco, chyba ze 34 stopnie. Juz nie moge doczekac sie lipca i zimy!" [lipiec to w Australii srodek zimy, bo kontynent ten lezy w poludniowej hemisferze]. "Ciociu, co masz na mysli pod wzgledem zimy?" - spytalam. "No, tak ze 23-24 stopnie..." - oczywiscie Celsjusza, dodatnie! :o)
Bedac u ciotki, na nowo przesortowalam swoj bagaz. Stwierdzilam, ze jezdzac sama, roznymi srodkami transportu, nie bede w stanie tarabanic ze soba np. laptopa. Jeszcze na statku zostawilam mnostwo rzeczy, ale po przyjezdzie do Australii stwierdzilam, ze i tak mam tego wszystkiego za duzo. 2 paczki, kazda po ok. 5 kg, wyslane droga morska wyniosly mnie prawie 130$. Moj portfel zaplakal, ale lepsze to, niz dzwiganie wszystkiego przez caly kontynent.
Od ciotki i wujka chodzilam na plaze (15minut spacerem), albo wylegiwalam sie w ich jacuzzi. Bylismy tez na przepysznych, swiezych owocach morza - kalmary, krewetki… mmmm.  Zabrali mnie takze na przedstawienie komikow. Ktoregos dnia wybralam sie rowniez z Jadzia na Byron Bay, ale o tym w nastepnym "odcinku"...
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