New Job, New Hair & New Horizon
Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
69Trip End Nov 29, 2008
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God, is it really already February?? Where the hell has this year gone?? Has it honestly nearly been 10 full months since I saw all your pretty faces?! How the hell am I surviving?!?!
How are you all anyway? Some of you are going quiet on me.. not a good sign. I trust that the new year is starting well?? Now be honest.. who has already broken their new years resolutions??! I didn't have any new years resolutions this year, mainly because I break them within 2 weeks and then start the year off disappointed in myself. SO instead I just promised myself that this year I will have fun, be healthy and safe. It seems to be working well so far. I have since quit smoking.. "well done me" I think is in order!! It's been over two weeks now since I last touched a cigarette and the cravings are ceasing, although I seem to be drinking more tea.
Anyway, so what do I have to tell you all?? Erm, not much has been happening to be honest. Stef and I moved out of the apartment on 25th January and moved in with Daiji on the Gold Coast. Stef stayed for just over a week and then moved into a house share in New Farm with some guys she works with.... all of which are gay. Oh and a hairdressing head called Corrine, which they dress up and take everywhere with them. She even has her own facebook page. They also have a dog, a three legged cat, a turtle which could of possibly died by the time this goes to press, some fish, lizards and an abundance of mosquitoes and cockroaches... not to mention the aboriginal man living on the sofa which no one knows who he is or where he came from. A houseful of the misdemeanours.. it's like Cairns all over again.
I'm living on the Gold Coast, just off Surfers Paradise with Daiji.. who I am driving mental as you can all imagine!! We're both Taurean so we're battling with each other to get the last word all the time. Its amusing I guess. I commute to Brisbane every day by train which they call the Bombay Express. It's ram packed to the point where people are sat on the floor in the isles and by the doors so you have to step over everyone to get on and off the train. Not a health and safety hazard by any means. It takes just over an hour each way so I count my blessings that I own an ipod.. and I am currently re-reading the last Harry Potter book again, I read it too fast the first time so I'm re-capping!!
I still work for the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (DPI&F) but no longer work for Industry & Investment
On Saturday 2nd February Stef and I headed out into Surfer's to meet up with Tanya and her mate Becky (aka fluffy) as Tanya was doing the east coast again with her mate and was dropping in to say hello.. as she usually does! It was going to be the last time Stef would see Tanya in Australia so we all headed into Surfers for a few drinks... which as normal turned out to be quite messy. We couldn't get hold of a taxi so we walked back to Tanya's boyfriend's apartment at stupid o'clock in the morning in the pouring rain. We were soaked to the bone by the time we got there but thankfully managed to get a taxi straight home and straight to bed. It was like a crime scene in the morning.. we kept finding items of clothes and contents of bags thrown across the house as we stripped once we got in!
Last Thursday (07th Feb) it chucked it down all day.. I have never seen so much rain. When it rains here, it bloody pours! Pure tropical rain, which is amazing if you're sitting inside.. not so great if you're on your way home from work! To get to the station from my office you have to cross Edward Street which is a really steep hill. The water was running down the hill like a waterfall.. it was gushing down so fast that it was sweeping people's shoes off their feet!! I had pumps on so had to keep the toes curled to hold on to my shoes!! Anyway, thankfully we made it to the train ok, although the humidity down in the underground station was almost unbearable. Being drenched right through your clothing is one thing but then standing in the equivalent to a sauna with wet clothes on is awful. Anyway, we managed to make it through alive and got back to Nerang station slightly dryer. On the way home we spotted the most amazing rainbow I have ever seen in my life. It's so hard to explain and I have tried to capture it in a photo but it doesn't do it justice. It was so bright that it hurt your eyes to look directly at it.. and this rainbow went all the way over! Usually they disappear into the clouds but this one had a beginning and an end... we didn't find any gold though. Doh. I tried to get it into a single photo but didn't succeed I'm afraid. We even went to the nearest skyscraper to go to the cafe on the top floor just so we could try and get a picture but unfortunately still no luck. We did however catch an amazing sunset. I know it sounds completely and utterly stupid but the sky here is massive! It's never ending and the landscape is the same. You kind of have to see it to believe it. Anyway, we sat on the 22nd floor of the Plaza Hotel in the cafe drinking hot chocolate and watching the sun go down
Anyway, Katie has now sent me all the information I need to apply for my second year visa, I have sat and worked out how much time I have had off work so I can say that in that time I was working for this tree planting business. In total I am missing 12 days, which is brilliant... I can get that together when I next set off on my travels.
SO.. the grand plan now....
Hopefully get my temping contract at DPI&F extended until 14th March
Head to Vanuatu on 18th March
Get back from Vanuatu on 24th March
Aimee should get here 25th March (ish)
Spend a week at Daiji's with Aimee, showing her Brisbane/Surfer's/Broadbeach/Byron Bay
Fly to Melbourne roughly 2nd April
Spend a week in Melbourne.
Then roughly 9th April fly into Perth.. meet Katie there, get a house share/apartment and job/s.
Save enough $$ in Perth to do the west coast up to Darwin (either by renting a campervan or by coach tour)
Then fly from Darwin to Singapore and spend 3 months travelling around Asia
Home. Just in time for Christmas.
We'll see how much that changes in the next month or so!!!
For now though, I am off to stay with Stef in Dr Doolittle's house for the rest of this week as Daiji is in Japan and it's a pain for me to get to and from work whilst he is away. Plus Stef and I have booked up to go to a festival on Friday called Ragamuffin (http://www.raggamuffin.com.au/) which is a half day reggae festival with UB40 headlining. It's actually their last tour together before Ali Campbell goes off to do his solo stuff so should be pretty good. Really looking forward to that. Then on Saturday Stef is having her 'new home' party so obviously I've got to stick around!!
I was meant to be heading up to Cairns the following weekend as it's Jake's birthday and a whole load of people from the Woolshed are meeting up but I cant really afford it now. I need to save as much as I can to do a bit of travelling to Melbourne and then to Perth. So for now it's all work and no play!!
So that's the plan in the grand scheme of things.
So until the next time.. sending loads of love as always