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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Okay, so I haven't written since Geelong.

To pick up where I left off...

Thursday I spent the day on a tour down the Great Ocean Road. It was really awesome. Definitely a similar caliber to Big Sur although I don't know if I'd go as far as to say its better. But it was amazing. Great views, and with the tour we got commentary and stories and information which I really enjoyed. I also scored with the seat! I sat in the front right next to the bus driver so the huge front window was right in front of me! We stopped at beaches, at overlooks, and the major attractions for pictures. We also stopped at a place and we saw lots of koalas! And it wasn't a park or a sanctuary or anything- just in the wild, which is pretty rare with koalas. That was cool. I met some cool American girls and had a fun time with them-- just laughing and having fun. I hadn't been around Americans that much...I dont know...since I was in America.

It was a long day- 12 hours..I got back to Melbourne and one of my old friends Katie Bell came and met me! It was great- she was my co-counselor when I went to Isle Royale in the summer of 2000! So it had been awhile but it was great to see her. We went out for a few drinks and then I crashed at her house. We met up for lunch again the next day. So yeah on Friday I walked around Melbourne a little bit. It is absolutely PSYCHO there right now because of the Commonwealth Games-- I had never heard of it-- but it's almost the equivalant of the Olympics for all those people who believe in the Queen. Then I went out and met up with my friend Zoe who was kind enough to drive me out to the airport. I was pretty sad to say goodbye-- its sort of the end of friends for awhile!

It is hard- I have had the most amazing time here in Australia connecting with all these old friends of mine. I can't even really describe it. Just that I've learned that it doesn't matter how many years pass. If you've been connected-- its not that hard to reestablish that. The Australians have been really good to me. They have treated me absolutely royally. I just can't believe I am across the world and so many people made me feel at home- so many people invited me to their homes, and to their lives. They have fed me, put me in beds, bought me drinks and refused for me to pay, and drove me around showing me their town and their country. I feel really lucky for that. I've spent my summers for years and years with Australians and I just have to thank camp I guess. Like, I have a worldwide network of friends out there. It doesn't even matter if you didn't know somebody well- they will take you in- gossip with you, get caught up. I wonder if camp just attracts amazing people or if camp encourages this kind of kindness and love in people. So, I miss every single person I've left, I miss them all over again...but I'm pretty happy to know they are out there and that the next time we meet up it will be just as wonderful. And, they will surely be welcome wherever I am. I get by with a little help from my friends.

After an amazing few months of being with old friends, I'm about to begin a bit of a stint on my own. It surely will take a little bit of getting used to. There are advantages to travelling on your own...and there are lots of opportunities for new friends. But I will really miss travelling around the world with old friends.

So I arrived late night Friday to Sydney and I was pretty beat after plane delays and airport closings. I had a hostel booked and its pretty nice. I am in a room with just one other girl which is pretty cool. But its a little dirty- there was a dead cockroach lying belly up on the floor when I woke up this morning. Saturday I got up early and caught one of the hop on/hop off open topped bus tours. It was really good because I got to see a lot of the city and get my bearings. I went to the Opera House then I walked up through some beautiful botanic gardens. Then I went to the Government House where some Australian who represents the Monarchy lives or works sometimes. There was a free tour and they described all the crazy formalities and I don't know...I think its sort of bullshit. But, some people are into it. I just can't believe there are still people living in palaces. Real palaces.

Then I hopped back on the bus and went to Darling Harbor where there was an Indonesian festival where I picked up some cheap lunch. It was really beautiful and I walked through town just looking around. After completing the bus loop I went back to the hostel.

My roommate from Contiki lives in Sydney, and we met up last night and had a big night out. It was a lot of fun. The club/bar was right on Darling Harbour with a beautiful view. It was a great night-- haven't felt too good today though.

Today I slept too late and then caught the subway to Bondi Beach. Its a really cool area, and I sort of wish I was staying there because I'm in Kings Cross and its pretty seedy but for some reason most of the hostels are here. But Bondi was beautiful and the beach was packed to the brim. I had a swim and a nice lie down on the beach for a few hours. Seemed like a must on my last day down under. Tonight will be a quiet one as I fly on to New Zealand tomorrow morning!

I have 7 weeks to go! What I'm doing during that time is still slightly up in the air so I won't really go into that because I change my mind all the time. For now I'm playing it by ear. Which I've learned to do well. Its crazy when you have a lifestyle like mine at the moment, you have to spend a good deal of time just figuring out what you're doing that day, or the next. Planning is a daily part of my life. I guess thats what happens when you are changing places and doing different things every day.

So I say goodbye to Australia, where Kangaroos outnumber people 3 to 1- Where the beaches are golden, and the skies are (often) blue- Where grapevines grow like weeds- where the accents are thick- where the people's hearts are made of gold! Send me on my way!
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feif27
feif27 on

Kangaroos
I wanna be somewhere where there are 3 kangaroos per person. That is way too much fun. And the accents! I love Australian accents. I am stil jealous like you wouldnt believe of your adventures.

cedah22
cedah22 on

Toasting to Hads
Haderator,
Oh man. Your adventures keep me going. They just sound fantastic. I'm glad that Australia was so good to you. Take this next little bit of time in New Zealand to really have as Hadley time. Write a lot, take lots of pictures, just keep soaking it up like you always do. I just had to tell you a funny story- friday night I went to a St. Patty's day apartment at Nikkis place in Adams Morgan- and Chris, his roomate Matt, Liz and many others were there and I have to say we toasted to you a good 4 or 5 times. I had a fantastic time, and I just wanted you to know.. in case you had forgotten, you are loved, missed and talked about. : )
love you hots,
Sar

lizberliant
lizberliant on

what sarah says is true...
.... tons of toasting to you! all night long.

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