Looking at the big rock
Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
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The sunrise itself was magnificent, there weren't too many clouds around and so we got a nice view of the sun coming up over this beautiful scenery. Although it is pretty much only a big boulder, the fact that it is sitting in the middle of nowhere (not inbetween other mountains) makes it pretty special. After the sunrise and a bit of brekky we
I had a short walk to see some of the rock, while getting some information from a ranger that was giving a tour to other people and showing aboriginal sites. You could not climb the rock (it was too hot), which I wasn't planning on doing anyway, but you can walk around it. But since this means walking 10 kilometers in 37 degrees heat and Uluru actually looks better from a distance I didn't bother.
And, here it was, for the first time during my now 17 month long trip I randomly met people I knew from before: Linde and Alette. Linde and I lived on the same campus for half a year in 2005 in Port Alfred, South Africa. After we finished that semester I travelled for a few weeks with Linde, her twin-sister Alette (who was visiting) and two other guys through Zululand and Lesotho. We hadn't met since, but it turned out that Linde and her boyfriend
Anyway, after a bit of walking we were done here and moved on. We drove to Kata Tjuta, which is a mountain range 50 KM's from Uluru and similarly famous. Due to the high temperatures the walks here were also closed off, so we only drove to a viewing area (also to spare more driving in the heat), took some pictures and drove back to Yulara. It was all nice, but a bit of an 'ok, been there, seen that - let's get on with it' feeling. Maybe because in my mind I was more thinking about the engine-troubles and whether or not the van would get us into Alice Springs or let us perish in the outback... Not sure.