Dry place??yeh right! -Floods

Trip Start Dec 06, 2009
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Trip End Apr 24, 2010


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What a difference flying from Cairns to Alice Springs, it goes from blue and greens to red and rusty colour: beautiful. I stayed in the YHA which is by the river and usually dry, rarely rains. Usually only rains once a year well when I was there it was that "once a year". The river overflooded, roads and bridges were closed; quite spectacular. I went for a walk by the river and the road signs were totally over flooded, quite the scene. The water is not clear its mucky brown and the current was quite strong. Two guys (stupid) decided to go for a ride in the river flowing, being carried by the current, well when they got out…the police was waiting for them. It rained quite a bit and even had a storm! Lucky me…no really I am lucky as this is a rare event in Alice Spring, I was just hoping it would not happen on my trip. No trains were leaving, people had to take flights and some tours had to leave their truck and cross the river, everyone side by side, holding hands and having there stuff on the head. Dangerous....not because of crocodiles (none there) but because of snakes!

I went for a hike up Anzac Hill which gives a nice view of Alice Springs. Lucky me I twisted my ankle…yup the same one as my surf injury! But I am fine now :). Then I went to visit the “Flying Doctors Centre”, these doctors fly to remote location around Alice Springs to attend remote communities. It is really amazing what they do. Their planes are fully equipped just like a hospital.

I went to the “National Women's Hall of Fame”; a women’s jail way back when. It was interesting, their cells actually are not too shabby. For the tourists they had a normal toilet but they also had a toilet in the cells! Quite interesting. 

Okay so I forgot to write a bit more or I was tired when I wrote the blogs. At the YHA, I was watching TV when a girl I met in Airlie Beach walked in, yay Eva was here! She had a room all for herself, normally holding 8 people. She was a little uncomfortable staying by herself so she migrated to my room. There was another lady from Korea who did want to stay in her room either, so I said she could come to my room - hence my room was a full house now! Really good atmosphere in the room. Okay Eva, I gotta tell your story. Evahas never been bitten by mosquitoes and she had these two bites that were quite swollen from when she was in Cairns. We asked around if she should go to the hospital (on a saturday night). There were lots of yes and no, which made Eva panic a little bit as it is really expensive to see a doctor here for backpackers - minimum $135 a visit. I had to get up the next day at 5am to go on my tour but I suggested to walk to the hospital with her and even Rachel, the receptionist proposed to do the same. Really suportive environment. Eva decided to put some desinfectant cream and go tomorrow to the pharmacy. It was a little scary for her, and I was worried for her too. So, when I came back from my tour I asked at the desk what happen to the girl with the mosquito bites. They told me she was still here taking antibiotics after going to the hospital! So of course I asked to be in the same room. She told me that she had to pay $280 upfront and it was infected. She has to take antibiotics and had to change all her plans around as the bites really hurt her knee and could not really walk! Poor Eva, but she said the roomates were really supportive (New Zealand girl and 2 from Perth). I was relieved to know she was okay. So that was a little story at the YHA.  
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