Location: Uralla, Australia
Wow, I thought I closed this blog. I was googling my own name (doesn't everybody do it?) and somehow found it. Now the reason I stopped using this blog was because I had a bit of a scary experience. Well the experience wasn't scary in itself, quite the opposite, but let to scary revelations. Suffice to say, it's not a good idea to put your address on a publicly accessable blog. For any potential stalkers out there, the address shown is no longer my address...
Now I've grown slightly more internet savvy, I think I can start up again.
So since my last entry, I have moved back to Australia and recently quit my job of 2.5 years. It was a great job, sending me all over the world and financing my own world travels and of course good experience and great workmates, but it has come time to move on.
I've spent the last few weeks exploring New Zealand with some friends from Europe. After all my world travels, it was always hard to hear the amazing stories about our neighbor just accross the Tasman and admit to never having been there. I have to say, it really lived up to it's reputation. We went hiking on a glacier, blackwater rafting (a bit like whitewater rafting, but underground), sandboarding, tree-hugging (giant Kauri Pines), skiing and lots more.
Now I'm back in my parents town, I've decided to take up farming for a while. Let's see if I'm still cut out for it...
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Finally, a real Scottish winter. I have been here for 6 weeks and have seen very little of what I was told to expect up here. In the first 5 weeks it only snowed once and it was melted in a day. Now THIS is real snow. It's funny that it had to wait until official spring before it happened.
For the last week, it has been dumping down every day, interspersed with periods of beatiful warm sunshine. The snow melts quite quickly, but is then topped up before the day is over. It is about a foot deep in most places. Overnight, the roads turn to ice, which is great fun, because you get a good runup on the snow and then sometimes you can slide for 3 or 4 metres. The real problem is that sometimes cars do the same thing. People really don't know what to do with this ice. Apparently north-east Scotland hasn't had such a good fall of snow in over 10 years.
The funny thing is that when there is snow, everyone becomes a kid again. It is just so much fun! You can do the silliest things and if you fall over, you land in soft snow.
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Welcome to Aberdeen, Scotland. This is going to be my home for the best part of a year. I'm working for a company called Matrikon, which creates and implements specialist engineering software amongst other things. (People are really surprised around here that I'm Australian and not working behind a bar).
So I've been here a bit over a month now and I'm starting to settle in. I've stopped speaking French to the waiters, but I still can't quite get used to being overseas but surrounded by english-speakers. They even drive on the correct side of the road, well most of the time anyway.
Aberdeen is known as the granite city, mostly because the majority of the buildings are made of granite. It has a population of 250,000 and lies between the rivers Don and Dee, on the North-East coast of Scotland.