Ayers Rock

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

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ayers Rock: I went with the tour called "wayoutback", great company on a three day, 2 nights sleeping in swags under the stars. We passed a river that is usually dry but was flowing very well when we passed. The group was composed of 13 people: French, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland (me). Varied age, a few in25's and then it was more 30’s and 40-50’s. Really good bunch, the guide Soena (pronounced Shona) is from Melbourne and a great guide. She knew a lot about the culture, the aboriginals etc.  On our way to “Uluru” we saw some wild camels, yes wild ones! They were first imported way back when as they could transport heavy things for long period of times without water which was much better than horses at that time.  We had lunch at our campsite for the night and put the swags to dry in the sun as it poured the nights before.  Went to see Uluru or Ayers Rock in English. Some went on a little tour and the rest of us walked for a good 3 to 4hrs around the base. Looong walk and really hot! I did not do the climb out of respect for the aboriginals as it is a sacred place for them.  I have a good eye to spot things BEFORE the person steps on it! 1 was ok the other one could have been deadly or at least REALLY painful. The first one I stopped a guy who was about to walk on a “thorny devil”, a cute lizard with thorns all over. The second one is the best and will keep it for last in the blog of Olgas so keep reading.  It was a really nice walk and I took so many pictures of Uluru. We saw the sunset which was really nice too. Lots of clouds so not the usual but still special. Sunrise was much better. 

While on the walk around Uluru...thats when everyone wore their fliy nets. There are a lot of flies, sometimes more than other times. A couple of people didnt have any and said they didnt know! Hmmm.....its advertised everywhere and IN the bus...ah well....

Our first night…interesting…there were centipedes, (these little disgusting guys sting and it hurts badly…doesn’t kill you though. Walking to the washroom you had to be carefull not to step on it and in the washroom as well! Especially in shower! Fast shower for sure! The most interesting part was in the morning….the toilets were filled with insects: butterfly things (hundreds of them), centipedes and other black things….DIGUSTING!!!! Took pictures so no worries, will show you.

Hmmm okay I have A LOT to write but instead of writing all the three days together I will do one blog each, I think I will write more later or when I am in Adelaide. I am taking the GHAN train tomorrow to Adelaide: 24hrs ride.
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