Darwin: The Northern Territory
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
32Trip End May 31, 2008
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For two days I did nothing but stroke the shiny stainless steel of the kitchen sink; open and shut the refridgerator door in awe and snuggle with the peanut butter jar on the couch making crude animal noises whenever someone tried to pry it from my white-knuckled grip. Back off it's MINE....my preciousssss!
It's strange what you miss from home
It wasn't, necessarily, that Asia was "so hard" as everyone assumed it would be and still assumes it was. It was more that I missed being able to make my own food (going to restaurants for every meal gets old) even though I abhor cooking. Sometimes you want to know exactly what's in your food, how it's being cooked and what is NOT going in it.
I enjoyed not having to leave the house and be in the Heat and Sun for another 16 hours, instead I lazed around in Fiona's subzero temperature pool that no one in her house uses because it's too cold and caught up on other people's lives. Which was nice.
Wallabies. WALLABIES! Wallabieswallabieswallabies!!!!!!!!!
Darwin reminds me a bit of a bigger version of Banff. It's a quaint, sweet little city with not too much in it but I can see why people would come here seeking "the good life" as it was explained to me the other day. Fiona has done a marvelous job as Darwin Tourguide Extraordinaire, showing me all the keys points of the city (East Point, the Warf, Wallabies!!!) and some not so key (car park adventure).
Australia is so similar to home that it keeps fooling me into thinking I can walk out the door and hop onto the TTC. A friend commented that it was only similar because I had been to Asia - if I had come directly here it wouldn't be so familiar which makes total sense
Exploded tire bits lay like bloody carnage all along the side of the road and I thought to myself, "So this is why a less than two hour drive to Litchfield was accompanied with warnings, much preparation and some questions and comments that I never thought I would hear such as 'do you know how to check the battery' and 'take out the CDs or they'll melt'." You just don't need that sort of preparation when you're driving in Canada. I took a roadtrip to Red Deer once, had a flat tire, changed it and drove on with the spare. No big deal. I didn't have to worry about tires exploding while going just over 100 km/hr or that I would die of thirst. Or that I would have a sunburn on my hands from holding into the steering wheel (poor Fi!). Those just aren't concerns in Canada. We have winter weather concerns, I guess.
Like girls do, we cranked up the CDs and sang along at a god awful pitch that only dogs can hear (well, I did anyway...I'm not sure what Fi sounds like, my voice was blocking hers out)
I have a whirlwind tour of Australia; heading down to Melbourne tomorrow for a couple weeks then up to Cairns to check off the third main reason I was heading here - diving the Great Barrier Reef - and then back down to Sydney where I fly out to Auckland at the end of the month. I'm trying to budget in a trip to the Red Center but we'll see how that pans out. Like Canada, everything is far apart from each other and quite expensive to get to. Luckily, unlike Canada, they have reasonable domestic flights.
Hope all is well back home (at both my homes)!