Cuddling koalas

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


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ENGLISH:
Right, so where did I finish last time? Sorry guys, I`ve been terrible with my blog updates, but sooo much is going on in my life nowadays! It`s September now, I just moved to London like less than a fortnight ago, earlier on I had been dealing with my health issues, but now I`m on a good way to recover. From the latest news - I got a photographer job in London, 10 after having moved in here! Anyway, lets get back on the track in Australia...
The guy that George (the truck driver) had spoken on the CB radio the night before, and whom with I was supposed to come along to Townsville, never showed up. Together with the dawn I went to the road and was just about to find myself a spot to hitchhike from. But then an old truckie guy walked up to me and asked me where I was heading to. A minute later on I was sitting in his cabin, driving towards Townsville. It was right after 5am and I`d had a sleepless night because of the mozzies and humidity. The driver could see my eyes were shutting down, so he told me to crush in his bed while he was driving. I thought I`d take an hour nap or sth, but I woke up like 4 hours later on - that`s how tired I was! When we passed by MacKay, I realized that I could make it to Townsville on that day, so I called my friend Steve and told him to expect me some time soon. After the old truckie guy who was nice, but who`s accent I could barely understand (he`d pronounce "hours" as "ieeeeuers"), I drove with another truckie for 2h or so. In that time Norm managed to tell me his lifetime story, which actually was quite interesting. Time flew by, I couldn`t believe that I actually made like 1400km in just several hours! Crrrazy!
Then I was dropped off at a gas station in Townsville and my friend Steve came to pick me up from there. I had not seen him in 5 years (last time I saw him was in America in 2005), but I swear he hasn`t changed! As soon as I dropped off my stuff in his place, he said we were going to climb up a hill. I was like "okaaay". It was a pretty nice, although steep and physically quite demanding walk. Steve was laughing at me that I "flew up there". But then, on the way down, my legs felt like jelly!
I spent like 4 days in Townsville, which were chillin`, but quite entertaining. Steve is a hilarious guy and quite a type of a party boy, so we went to a couple of bbq parties at his mates, to a club on the Valentines night (where I slapped a guy who pinched my bum. Steve`s reaction to that:"can`t believe you slapped him! In Australia people pinch each other`s butts, it`s normal!" I was like:"not for me! I HATE it!"). Also, Mary, half Swedish and half Thai friend of Steve that he met at camp in 2006, arrived into Townsville a couple of days after me. We had a good laugh altogether! One day we went to the Billabong Sanctuary and now I can tell it was one of my most favourite experiences from Australia! I loved all the animals there - wombats running around and trying to bite your legs, but falling asleep on the laps of their carers once given bottled milk; kangaroos checking your pockets for food; snake wiggling around your neck (creepy!) or kissing a baby croc. My favourites out of all though were definitely the KOALAS. God, they were soooo adorable! You`d just want to cuddle one forever and not let it go ever! "Koala" in the Aborigins language means sth like "the one that does not drink [water]". It is true - koala gets all the water and nutrients from the eucaliptus leaves only. And one more thing - koala is actually NOT a bear - it`s a marsupial!
So, after having a good laugh with Steve and Mary for a few days, gossiping about camp Anne we all went to at some stage, it was time for me to leave - on the Valentines day. I was heading up towards North and the the city of Cairns... But that`s a story for another entry - so stay tuned!

POLSKI:
Gdzie ja ostatnio skonczylam? Kochani, wybaczcie mi, tyle sie ostatnio dzieje w moim zyciu, ze totalnie zaniedbalam uzupelnianie bloga! Teraz mamy wrzesien, mniej niz 2 tygodnie temu przeprowadzilam sie do Londynu; wczesniej musialam sie uporac z problemami zdrowotnymi, ale jestem juz na dobrej drodze do kompletnego wyzdrowienia. Z najnowszych wiesci - wlasnie dostalam prace jako fotograf w Londynie, 10 dni od przyjazdu tutaj! W kazdym razie, wrocmy do Australii...
Facet, z ktorym George (kierowca tira) gadal przez CB radio noc wczesniej, i ktory mial mnie o 5 rano zabrac ze soba w strone Townsville, nigdy sie nie pokazal. Wraz ze switem skierowalam sie na droge i juz obralam sobiepunkt do lapania stopa... Ale wtedy dosc wiekowy kierowca tira podszedl do mnie i zapytal, dokad sie wybieram. Minute pozniej siedzialam w jego kabinie, jadac z kierunku Townsville. Bylo tuz po 5 rano, a ja bylam po praktycznie nieprzespanej nocy ze wzgledu na komary i duchote. Kierowca zauwazyl, ze oczy same mi sie zamykaly, wiec zaproponowal, zebym sie polozyla na jego kabinowym lozku, podczas gdy on mial prowadzic. Myslalam, ze zdrzemne sie na godzinke lub cos w tym stylu, ale obudzilam sie... 4h pozniej - taka bylam zmeczona! Gdy przejechalismy przez MacKay, zdalam sobie sprawe, ze dotre do Townsville jeszcze tego samego dnia, wiec zdecydowalam sie zadzwonic do mojego kolegi Steve`a i uprzedzic go o tym. Po jezdzie ze z milym, wiekowym kierowca, ktorego akcent ledwie moglam zrozumiec, nastepne 2h przejechalam z kolejnym kierowca tira. W tym czasie Norm zdolal mi opowiedziec historie swojego  zycia, ktora byla dosc ciekawa. Czas zlecial tak szybko, ze wlasciwie trudno mi bylo uwierzyc, ze pokonalam 1400km tylko w kilkanascie godzin! Szalenstwo!
Zostalam wysadzona na stacji benzynowej w Townsville, z ktorej zabral mnie moj kolega Steve. Nie widzialam go od jakis 5 lat (ostatnim razem w widzielismy sie w USA w 2005 roku), ale moglabym przysiac, ze nic sie nie zmienil. Jak tylko zostawilam u niego swoj bagaz, stwierdzil, ze idziemy wspiac sie na wzgorze. Pomyslalam "okeeej". Spacer byl calkiem przyjemny, choc dosc stromy i fizycznie niezle wypompowujacy. Steve smial sie ze mnie, ze doslownie "wlecialam na gore". Ale w drodze na dol moje nogi byly jak galareta!
Spedzilam w Townsville okolo 4 dni, ktore byly odprezajace, ale dosc rozrywkowe. Steve jest przesmieszny i do tego niezly z niego imprezowicz, wiec pare razy bylismy na grillu u jego przyjaciol, a w Walentynkowa noc do klubu (gdzie chlasnelam po gebie goscia, ktory chwycil mnie za tylek. Reakcja Steve`a: "nie moge uwierzyc, ze mu wymierzylas policzek! W Australii wszyscy chwytaja sie za tylki! to normalne!", na co ja odparlam "Ale nie dla mnie, ja tego NIENAWIDZE!"). Mary, ktora pracowala ze Stevem na campie w 2006 roku, pol-Szwedka, pol-Tajka, przyjechala do Townsville pare dni po mnie. Dobrze sie wszyscy razem bawilismy. Pojechalismy np. do Sanktuarium Billabong i teraz moge powiedziec, ze to bylo jedno z moich najlepszych doswiadczen z Australii! Wszystkie zwierzeta byly urocze na swoj sposob - maly wombat biegajacy jak opetany iprobujacy gryzc ludzi po nogach, ktory w koncu zasnal na kolanach swojej opiekunki, gdy ta dala mu butelke z mlekiem; kangury sprawdzajace kieszenie ludzi w poszukiwaniu jedzenia; waz wijacy sie wokol twojej szyi (troche dziwne!), czy dawanie buzi malemu krokodylkowi. Moimi ulubiencami jednak bezsprzecznie zostaly KOALA. Jejku, jakieone sa kochane! Chcialbys je tulic i trzymac na rekach bez przerwy, i nigdy nie puscic! Koala w jezyku Aborygenow oznacza cos w stylu "ten, ktory nie pije [wody]". To prawda - koala cala wode i skladniki odzywcze czerpie tylko i wylacznie z lisci eukaliptusa. I jeszcze jedno - koala to nie mis - to torbacz!
Po kilku dniach dobrej zabawy ze Stevem i Mary, plotkach z campu Anne, na ktorym sie poznalismy, w dzien Walentynek czas byl ruszac dalej. Udawalam sie jeszcze bardziej na polnoc, w kierunku Cairns. Ale to historia na nastepne wejscie - wiec badzcie cierpliwi!
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