In Zanzibar at the moment and it is paradise. Drinking from coconuts, eating pineapple on the beach, white sands, warm turquoise waters, hot clear skies, not a worry in the world, beach parties, etc etc.
looking forward to seeing people when i get back!
I went for 5 days to ndarakwai where I worked on a watering hole in a safari park. The group had to increase the water capacity of the hole which ment manually digging all day which was hard work yet so rewarding when each day we had to finish early to allow the zebras to come drink from the watering hole!
the place is tradtionalafrica. Orange african planes, Mount Kililmanjaro on one side of camp and Mount meru on the other. Slept in tents, hole for a toilet and showers consited of bucket showers in the bush!
One day our walk back from project was disturbed by a heard of wild elephants. We couldn't leave camp without a ranger with a gun! The nearest building for miles around was the rangers ranch! A true african experience!
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Have been working in at a local school on the c anteen, have made a door frame and named it Gary Kelis in tribute to my new ca rpentry skills!
Visited orphange which was pretty emo tional.
Africa meets all the stereotypes. Kids walk miles to school, they have 3rd hand s hoes and they aree a LOT less priviliged than kids back at home.
Its truely an amzin g place to live though.
Going to a village with no electri city for a while so i wont be updating this next week.
Location: Moshi, Tanzania
Africa is every bit as crazy as i thought it would be
Location: Perth, Australasia
In 12 hours i will be in Johanessburg!
Can't wait to go to Africa now. I may even see Mr. Stephensons relatives!
I want to wish anyone who has exams good luck btw. I'll try and spare you a thought when I'm on my travels :D
Plus, I think the Leeds line up is sweet. It's alot better than last year, I like the extended line up big time, especially Chiddy Bang! If you read this Mayo or Joe (Cpt. No0b) we are gonna have a sick time this year! I'm can't wait to go! I think Temper Trap and Ellie Goulding should play though!
Location: Alice Springs, Asia - South East
I got my piercing taken out as it was being rejected. I don't regret getting it as it looked good but it was high maintainance, it will leave a scar and it was painfull when i slept on it!
I had a Kangaroo burger (Thanks to Olivia and Mick my next door neighbours) and man it was good! Kangaroo meat is soo good! The burger was soo good! everything about it was soo good!
I chilled at the Hostel with the people from the trip which was cool we played some AFL and we got a flight to Melbourne together. Good times.
That night i had another nights sleep in melbourne airport which saves a good $50 :D
Mulga tour- day 3
5.30am start was brutal. I was soo cold it was hard to funtion. We drove to a look out point viewing Uluru and watched the sun rise. it was amazing as now the clouds had completely cleared allowing for an amazing mornings breakfast (peanut butter and jelly sanwiches) and tea wathing Uluru. Again, as I always keep saying it was stunning. The iconic rock of Australi, in the middle of the outback simply looked incredible,it's reasons like that why I'm in Australia!
After, we went to thebase of Uluru and a group of us started the climb. It was increbly hard. It was soo steep and only 2 weeks before a man had died on the climb (totalling 38 deaths on the rock)
In the UK, health and safety would have a hissy fit over the climb and never allow it! If you stumble or lose your footing at points you're dead,no question. Climbing was hard but I found motivation in the camaraderee between the group, the fact that Asian people were sprawled across the rock all the way up the climb absolutley exhausted and the simple fact that you got an insane adrenaline rush. About half way up, there was a kit by himslef just hugging a pole for dear life, no parents near him or anything, that was kind of random but funny!
They say not toclimb he rock because Uluru hold sacred vaalues for aboriginals. however, it was only a requist not a rule and plus, the Aborignals don't seem to say anythiong to promote there culture so i felt little guilt in climbing the rock.
Once at the top, it litearally was one of the best feelings i've ever felt. Clear blue skies, the Olga's on the horizon, the red ocks, the flat hoizon, the bush terrain and the team spirit was soo good.
It was one of the most memorable experiences of my trip so far!
Climbing down was scary, you see where you can fall and it messes with your head. At the bottom, there was a massive sence of relief having not died. The tour guide was saying that the climb will close soondue to it's dangerous nature. In summation, the Uluru climb was the bomb.
On the road trip back we sopped at a camel farm. they can go 2 weeks without water in the desert and can drink 100 litresof water per minute... WTF
We listened to more tunes on the drive back and it was a good day driving in the outback, clear blue skies, hot sunny weather and roads for as far as the eye can see!
That night we went to a bar to celebrate such a great trip. I had a snake bite which was soo good. It was a great night despite the women playing the Eucalaly and singing! Plus my fishand chips were soo good.
Location: Outback, Australasia
Mulga tour Day 2!
Again, it was a 6am start. We were up, packed our swags and had breakfast in the dark. It was strange to watcht he moon set on the horizon! I had a cup of ea, sood on a sand dune and watched the sunrise wich was spectacualr.
From themiddle of nowhere we drove to the Olgas. Along the way, we saw wild camels, horses and wedgetail eagles (2nd largest wingspan in the world)
We hiked though the Olgas which is a massive ock outcrop which is in the middle of nowhere. the rocks where o big it's hard o get your head around why they are there. We used rocks and water to create tribal aboriginal body paints and grafittied outselves.
After the hike we had lunch... The flies in the outback are literally the most annoying thing ever. they just diveomb you and ry and drinkthe water from your eye and eat your food. it got soo bad I actually wanted them all to die in the most paifull way possible!
After that was the moment id been waiting for for over 6months now... ULuru!It was an incredible sight. we went to the Uluru cenre and learnt about some of the Aboriginal stories.My favourite beig LungKata, the snake that stole an Emu! they have a sorry book at the centre for people who steal rocks or sand from Uluru as it is so sacred it gives you badluck. Some of the letters where hard core. People sending the rock back appollogizing and saying they'd lost half there family from disease which occured straigh after they stole the rock!
We went for a walk around the rock which was cool, however by sunset, clouds had rolled in and it began to rain.
That night we had a fire again and ate rediculous amaounts of Spag bol.
That night i turned inearly as the previous early starts were getting to me. And that was the start of the end....
I was in my swag again on the desert floor, I was a little colder this time. And i clearly recall the need to pee at 2am... Just as I was thinking about Peeing it started to rain... It's ok, Swags are waterproof,i just made sure everthing seemed ok... after the first rain came there was a torrential downpour, it was savage. i was just lying in my Swag hoping I wouldn't drown!
When the rain stopped, i sat up in my swag and puddles that had formed on my gushed off, i unzipped my Swag to go pee only to find I hadn't origianlly done my swag up properly... My sleeping bag and shoes were soaked! For the rest of the 3 and a half hours I lay there cold and wet driftingin and out of conciousness! I'm going to class that as an experience and leave it a that!
Location: Outback!, Australasia
We set off at 6am, it was dark cold but I had a great trip to look forward to so it was good times!
Day 1- Kings Canyon
This place is amazing, it's a canyon as you can guesse. It was 26degrees which was hot to hikein. I cant imagine doing the hike in the heat of summer when temperatures can exceed 45degrees!
There was a swimming hole called the garden of Eden, it was in theCanyon and was not exposed to much sun light. As a result, it was freezing! It was soo nice though as I got so hot during the hike. That swim really was a great experience, i can't really put it into context how much fun it was. Swimming in a Canyon in the Outback!
On the hike, there was a part where we could put our heads over the ege of the cliff... that screwed with your head. Such a long drop!
We were in the car for over 7hours driving which sounds boring but we had a good group and we had some good tunes playing which men good times.
We collected firewood at one pointand me and this Brazilian guy Gus saw huge spider! we watched the sun set which was ok, over rated though. And that night we ended up driving down a sand track and stopped literally in the middle of nowhere! YThat was our camp ground! A patch of sand in the outback with noting around us for miles andmiles!
That night we drank beers around the fire and tried to play the didgeree doo. They are quality instruments (if you can play them!) Non of us other tha the tour guild could though unfortunatley!
We were all sataroud the fire, under the stars in the Outback. ican't explain what a great feeling that was!
That night we all slept in things called a Swag bag, it's basically a big waterproof sleeping bag where you can fit your own sleeping bag inside. We rolled these out onthe sand and slept under the stars they were really warm (surpisingly) and i had an ace night sleep. Falling asleep under the stars was literally one of themost amazing things ever!
Location: Alice Springs, Australasia
After a night sleeping in an airport, I flew to Alice Springs and was there by 9.30am.
It was soo good to be in the outback. I'vebeen waiting for this ever since I left the UK. My first impresions were that it was alot greener than I expected. Not simply barron red sand for as far as the eye couldsee!
I walked around the town to see what it had to offer. I remember before I left Vicky (my old next door neighbour) saying that aborignal people sit in the dry river creeks and just drink. I was walking around before the bottle shops were open and there were literally over 100 aboriginals waiting outside the bottle shop. Alto of them just sit there doing sweet fanny adams. i think it's tragic that they are like that. Their traditions and culture have been destroyed by British and European settlement. I kid of feel bad for them.
That night, i went to a Steak house were i had a Crocodile, Kangaroo, Emu and Camel and not one of them tasted like Chicken suprisingly, they all tasted soo different and really nice, a very strong taste. It was great to try such wierd meats in an old school steak house! My favourite was Camel, then croc, kangaroo and then emu.
Location: Melbourne, Australasia
I went to the cinema and saw Robin Hood, it was ok. His accent is piss poor though.
I walked around melbourne city during the day. It's a really nice city, it has soo much about it. There is a really strong sports culture, china town is awesome, it's really trendy and has lots to offer. I really liked Melbourne and walking through the sports grounds you get a realy good view of the city and it's skyline.
It was really cold though.
That night I had a triple cheeseburger from Hungry Jacks... ow righhhttttt
Location: Melbourne, Australasia
I went and saw an AFL game (Aussie rules). It's a mixture between football and rugby and if i'm going to be honest with you I was kind of expecting it to be lame. It was actually really good. Non stop, loads of die hard fans. I was sat next to this excentric guy who was explaining the rules to me. The crowd was 47,000 and the atmosphere was electric. Was pretty cool to go see, a little taster to watching NUFC week in week out at uni next year :D
Location: Sydney, Australasia
I ate cornflakes and raisens again until the evening where I had to go back to Sydney to catch an overnight bus... When I was in Sydney Central station toilets a man, who was drugged of his face, was looking over my cubical and staring at me... I didn't realise him straight away but when I did it scared the hell out of me. How long had he been staring at me and why would you do that !? FAG
Location: Katoomba, Australasia
Recovery day, I ate cornflakes with raisens all day whilst watching south park! Good times
Location: Blue mountains, Australia
Hike- Victoria falls to Blackheath Station Via the Grose valley.
Early start, after catching a train to my starting point, I hiked 6K to the start of the walk. On the first day i passed victoria falls, victoria cascades and victoria lookout, all were stunning in their own right. The look out was a view from the top of the valley across the grand canyon style landscape. Truely amazing.
The cascades were amazing too, i too the time to take a wash in the water which was really nice but also extremely refreshing (It's winter in Oz now so the water is cool!)
My favourite part of day 1 was the top of the waterfalls. You could sit at the top of the falls and look over the edge which really made your stomach turn! i had my lunch stop there and sat in the sun, on the edge of a waterfall, looking across Grose Valley, eating peanut and jam sandwiches NOT getting pestered by birds! good times.
On the walk to the bottom of the waterfall, I encountered a snake, I was about to stand on the little fellow when i saw him, i jumped a mile. the snake (little jimmy i'll call him) was happy to just lie in the sun, on a rock, in the middle of the path. and there was no way past him. Whilst i was trying to negotiate my way round, All i could think of was the man at steve irwin zoosaying most incidents involving snake attacks occur because males provoke them... It's fair to say i was going no where near this guy as well over half the snakes in Oz are poisenous!
15 minutes later, when he decided to move, i made my way to the bottom of the falls. Again it was nice thhere and i had another litle wash in the falls. By then it was about 2 and i needed to press on to the campsite (It was ment to be a 3 day hike but i decided to do it in 2 days)
I passed the first campsite and pressed on to the second. however, by half 4 i was still 6 K away and I was only doing 2-3K's and hour as the paths were really rough often with trees lieing across and parts had fallen away in landslides, plus there was 400m incline 300 decline. Basically it was up and down alot or undulating as the internet described it... now when i first read the path undulates i didn't know what it ment, but from experience, i can now say that i know what undulate means, and it sucks.
Anyway, pitched my tent in the middle of no where by the creek which i washed in. I star gazed for a bit before going to bed. At night the temperatures were savagely cold, about 2-3degrees which compared to what im used to is freezing!
It was pretty cool being in the middle of nowhere, drinking and washing in chrystal clear creeks. it was the perfect remote camp out.
Next day i was up by 7 packed fed and washed by 8 and on the road for 8.15. i continued down the creek where I eventually got to campsite 2. There, therewas no electricity, running water, toilets, nothing. there i met 2 other hikers who were going to Govetts leap too so I joined up with them. It was a good days hike, we had lunch at the bottow of a huge waterfall, by them, my legs were knackered and my feet were sore. we were looking up this 350m high rock knowing we had to climb to the top of it with our rucksacks. After pasta, cookies and a cuppa, we headed up. It literally zigzagged up the side of the rock and 45 minutes later we were at Govett leaps lookout looking back across the valley. It was a great few days!
That night, i celebrated by having Pizza and chips (thats a real luxury for a backpacker) I claimed the double bed in the dorm too which was good.