Its been a while since I last added an entry, so its about time I did one. I have now found employment with ING working for there pension departments!!!! It really is as amazing as it sounds!!! Well maybe not that good but it does have some pretty fantastic views of the harbour. The only problem being that those fantastic views have been blocked by 2 weeks of rain! Plus its actually rather cold, about 16 at its hottest! Apparently its been the worst rainful for 45 years, what are the chances! Still, ignoring the grey skies there is a light at the end of the tunnel....well bathroom as we finally replaced the light bulb. Due to the huge amounts of rain our apartment did flood in 2 places. We obviously reported this as soon as it happened to the furnished property group (landlord) emergency number. In fact its been reported 3 times now plus messages and emails. Its been one week and we've heard nothing! The wet patch has dried up but it doesnt stop it from smelling of wet dog!
Ash leaves are apartment on Saturday to go North to Cairns, which means we have to find ourselves a new flatmate. This has proved particularly difficult as the rain has forced us inside the house. Which inturn brings us back to TV or poker.
Right I have one minute before the internet runs out so i'll add some more tomorrow. Take care and enjoy the English weather!!!
Location: Waterloo, Australia
Hello, firstly I now have a permanent address: 1504/6 Lachlan Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017 Australia. Its brand new, open plan. Kitchens a bit small for 6 people, but it does have a nice bbq area. The 2 Irish girls seem nice, I can just about understand them. They drink a lot and eat potatos so the stereotype seems to fit! I'm just about to go back to the job agency, as they gave me a ring this morning so hopefully they've found me some work .
The weather has brightened up after the past week of rain. Its about 23 most days, although living in area surrounded by apartment blocks means you permanently spend your time in the shade. We actually live right next to the huge Centenial park in Sydney. The Aussie and Telstra stadiums are right next to us, so should be going to watch some AFL this week. Sydney FC play at the Telstra but their best player is Stan Lazaradis so I think i'll give that a miss!
Time for me to get a job, take care!
I believe its about time for an update! At the moment were all still stayin in a hostel untill the 24th of April when we finaly move out into our own apartment! After 1 month sharing a room with 4 others I cant wait to get out of our smelly room! Its in a place called Waterloo, about 2 miles south of the city centre. Its a brand new complex that has a bit of a centre parks feel to it, free swimming pools and gym, very nice. I should also mention that were moving in with 2 Irish girls that we havent met yet. Hopefully its like that Carlsberg ad, and they love to cook and clean!
Yesterday we went over to Bondi beach, which isnt quite what we imagined, its actually not very big, in fact Newquay has a better beach. Although the waves here are pretty massive. Its not really high season anymore so its not too busy, so plenty of room to kick a ball about on.
As yet I am still unemployed, but CV is looking good so just going to print it off and drop it into some agencys. Theres more jobs in Sydney for backpackers then backpackers themselves so its pretty easy to get a job. However the beach is definately more fun then an office!
Still metting lots of different people, Swedish is my new favourite nationality! Still havent seen any Kangaroos but we have seen Possums and Kookaburas (excuse the spelling). We are finaly going to Waratah park on Friday so thats when we should see all the wildlife.
At the moment we just all cant wait to move into the apartment, so were basically waiting for that then we can settle in that bit more. Im now off to the supermarket, but before I go some cultural differences I've discovered so far. Firstly they dont do pints as they believe they get to warm at the bottom so they only do half pints called sconers. You cant buy any microwave meals here, its like theres a whole isle missing at the supermarket. But they have so much meat its unbelieveable. Eating out is really cheap, steak meals cost about 4 pounds. Also the Aussie women are all loud, nuts but extremely hot! They really dont care about footie here, its rugby, cricket and AFL thats it. Thats about all I have learnt so far, problem is that you seem to only meet backpackers from Europe. But im sure that'll change.
Well time to get busy, take care
Location: Duffys Forest, Australia
Hello, James has pointed out to me that my number is actually +61449140557, thats the Australian area code that has to be added. We've arrived at Joels friends house, Next to Warrata national park. In fact the local beach which is about 30 mins away is where home and away is filmed! So watch channel 5 and you'll see what it looks like. We have a fantastic tennis court outside with swimming pool. We've been told that we will be seeing snakes, possums, bandicoots, koala bears and kangaroos. Problem is there not tame so its pretty difficult to get pictures, but we shall try.
Tomorrow, as its Easter and everythings closed, tennis in the morning then we'll head down to the beach. Hopefully in the evening we'll head to warrata night park, to see all the Australian animals you can think off. There actually mostly nocturnal hence the night park. Then we sample the rest of the local animals later that night (equally as wild, but tend to be blonde). Take care
Location: Sydney, Australia
Hello everyone! Still having a really good time. Went to see Oprah Winfreys house last night as well as the bridge. The harbourside seems to go on forever with bars and resteraunts. Even then its still quite quiet. The weathers nice and cool in the evenings, and really clear skies. Today we went to the royal botanical gardens, mum you would have loved it. We arrived just before sunset so we saw thousands of fruit bats just above our heads in the trees. We've got lots of pictures which i'll put on here later. There the biggest of the bat species so im told, they look like flying foxes.
We also had a huge game of footie a few days ago. Started with 4 of us playing then before you know it we had 22 players with more nationalitys then Arsenal! We have also been samplying the nightlife we is brilliant. Lots of people from all over the world, the only time we speak to an Aussie is when we ask for a drink!
We leave our hostel tomorrow because we are moving just outside of the city to stay with Joels friends in a little village. Joels friends are actually going away for the week so we have their house plus tennis court and swimming pool rent free, which is a very kind thing of them to do. Hopefully we can use the week to find some permanent accomodation in the centre of Sydney, and jobs.
Time to pack my extremely smelly bag, and eat some fruit. Take care
Location: Sydney, Australia
G'day mates! Its nice to be out of the heat of Sydney. It feels about 25 degrees here. From the top o four hostel you can see the Sydney opera house, the nightime views are amazing. Had a wander round the centre of Sydney today, its like a miny New York. The harbour area was amazing, like Gunwharf Quays but 10 time bigger, warmer and no Chavs! Its not the cheapest of places, about the same as England. I think a few more days of exploring then we'll try to find somewhere to rent and a job, maybe!
Just about to find somewhere to eat now, so take care! also before I forget my new number for the next 7 months 0449140557
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Well, we leave Bangkok at about 6pm. Arrive in Sydney tomorrow at 6am, so this is my last few hours in Thailand. Which means its time to sum up my trip. We've met lots of people since we arrived from all over the world. On the trek we had Tine and Mette from Denmark, Chris from Exeter and Detlef from Germany (appologies for not knowing how to spell!). In South Thailand Victor and Manuel from Spain, Claire form Gosport, Geof from Belgium, Annetta from Norway, the Scottish guy that bought us all drinks all night long even when we couldnt handle anymore, yet he was still sober. These are just some of the people I've remembered, there were many more that I've forgotten to mention. Every single Thai person we have met has been really kind to us helped in every way they could. Always smiling and joking, everything said and done with the upmost respect. We've travelled all round Thailand and loved every minute of it. Hopefully im a lot more wiser for my experiences, if not redder (bloody sumburn!).
The wildlife has been amazing, the colours and smells have been fascinating. The food has been great, not as spicy as I imagined. I even tried squid last night, didnt like it, but I came to try new things! At the moment this sounds a bit like an Oscar speech so I should also say thanks to everyone at home for giving me the opportunity to travel the world!
I should also probably say the things that I've enjoyed the most. Firstly the trek through the jungle was fantastic, sleeping next to a waterfull was such a brilliant thing, if a little cold! But who wouldnt want to have a shower in the morining like that! I also thought that the 1239 odd steps to the Budha, although hardwork was a great feeling once we reached the top. Visiting Bamboo island was fantastic too, white sands turquoise water, the pictures dont do it justice! But for me I think the best thing about this whole trip so far is meeting people.
Thailand has been brilliant but now its time for Sydney!
Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Well we've done a lot over the last few days. Firstly we went to see the Thai boxing. It was in an open arena, about 500 people. We sat ringside in massive leather seats. We watched 10 fights which was pretty lethal. There were 8 knockouts and plenty of blood spilt. They can do anything they want to each other as long as they dont headbutt. The strangest thing is that after the main event fight, you have 8 year olds taking each other on. Just as brutal as the adults, but everything is done with the upmost respect. They pray before the fight and hug each other as soon as the fights finished.
The next 2 days we decided we needed to get some exercise. The first day we went kayaking for 4 hours through the jungle. Although it was quite jungley it was through huge cliffs and canyons, Very difficult to describe so look at the photos. The best part of the kayaking involved the monkeys. We stopped at a tiny beach with about 30 monkeys. You would just have to hand out some watermelon and they would come right up to your hands a grab it. Absolutely fantastic to watch, the mother monkeys have the baby monkeys hanging on to there fronts, whilst the 'king mokey' would only eat food if you peeled the banana for him, lazy sod! I even managed to play peek a boo with the baby monkey. Great day but absolutely shattering!
Moving swiftly on to the next day. That was real hard work! Woke up as ever at stupid o clock in the morning, travelled for about an hour untill we reached a huge statue of a budha. Only this Budha was 1237 steps up a huge cliff! 32 degrees, really steep steps. I stopped every 100 steps and prayed for Budha to come pick me up in a helicopter, he didnt, so im definately giving up on that religion. After half way I went barefoot, put my flip flops on my hands and walked up like a dog! The annoying thing is all the people walking back down telling you how close you are, they talk rubbish your always too far away. Eventually I made it to the top, to tired to do my Rocky moment I opted to fall to the floor. The views were fantastic, although the Budha did look a bit tacky. After half an hour of recuperation we attempted the walk back, only the mini monsoon hit us so we had to shelter under the big Budha. But the Budha obviously didnt take to me because whilst exploring at the top I smacked my head full wack against a bean and hit the floor, it made a huge noise, but failed to knock any sense into me. The walk back down was a lot easier, although due to my dizzy feeling and the slippery steps the risk fator was high. But I battled on didnt slip and made it to a heros welcome (Joel said well done).
Walking over, we headed to the hot springs. We were the only foreigners there, we did get stared at a lot! Unfortunately due to the sulphur fumes or my cracked head and could only manage 10 minutes before feeling sick and heading to the cold water. But at least it relaxed my rock hard walking muscles.
Next step on this trip was to fossil beach. About as intresting as it gets....Not! Really boring, just a big rock with shells. No pictures taken Im afraid. Also I will add that im so tired writing this, so I apologise for the 5 year olds writing. Plus we leave in the moring for Bangkok and I havent done any packing, so im rushing through this!
Right on to today, Phi Phi islands! Stunning white sand beaches. Impossible to explain so i'll get the pistures on as soon as I can. White sands and turquoise water just like the postcards you see. We also spent an hour snorkeling which wasnt to great for me as I realised that fish scare me! I have a fish phobia, but still swam with the evil things. It was good fun, but after all the walking and kayaking was pretty tiring. Time for bed for me, feeling a little bit sun burnt and knackered. Back to Bangkok tomorrow and then Sydnery the following day. Jet setting lifestyle, great fun! Take care
Location: Krabi, Thailand
Well we have arrived in South Thailand. The weather has not been to great today, a bit showery but still hot! A little burnt on the neck but nothing like the others. Just about to go get some food, Krabi is a nice little place, a bit touristy but apart from that really good. Im hungry now, time for some Thai, take care
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Well that was hard work! Back from the trek now, it was hot! The first day we wenthe elephant trek, they are big beasts, constantly eating bananas. Quite slow moving but fairly comfortable. Lots of pictures but still cant download them. Once that was done we headed into the jungle. It was hot, sticky and humid and not much shade. After about two hours we finally reached are cabin, which was a bamboo hut with leaves for a roof, built on the side of a hill. That night we played drinking games with the locals, which involved them painting our faces with ash. I forgot to mention, there's 8 people in our group, us 4 plus someone from Exeter, a German and 2 stunning Danes! Were all going out later so should be good! My Danish has improved from Peter Schmeichel, but not much! On the second day we trekked for about an hour untill we reached the waterful, which was fantastic especially after we've been sweating so much. Its a really cold power shower and some! whilst we did this the thai people were being sick due to last night yet they continued to drink from 9am whilst smoking opium. We trekked again till we reached another waterfull. This time we played some thai beachball, but played like keep ups with a bamboo fottie (my feet were hurting). Next stop was were we stayed the night. This was right next to an even bigger waterful. One thing I should also mention is the toilet, this is basically a whole in the ground with a hose to wash your bum. I managed 2 days without going, but felt I needed to go so i had 2 Imodium tablets because we thought they stop you pooing, they dont. It was an experience, only problem is that just been to the toilet now and that was a struggle! Anyway...
Back to the jungle! We started to run out off fire wood on the second night, so we grabbed the nearest big logs we could find and put them on the fire, but it turned out that they were being used to build the new hut with. The thai peoplw were not impressed, but they smoked more opium and forgot all about it. It was hard to get to sleep that night because of the waterful being so loud, but who cares when your sleeping next to one of natures wonders! On our final day we carried on with more trekking, yet again in the midday sun. It was uphill but thankfully I found that extra 10%, that I thought had been lost due to eating mars bar. This time we went on the river for some bamboo rafting. Unfortuntely I left my balance in England and got drenched! But it was really good fun. The whole trek was realy fantastic and we got so see the real Thailand as well eat the food. Very tranquil, exotic and calm. Back in Chiang Mai now for a night out then we fly south to Krabbe and all those islands that you see on the beach. Right I better get back to trying to learn Danish, take care, Farvel!
Location: Chaing Mai, Thailand
Well the 14 hour train was an experience, quite good fun but didnt get much sleep. We were sleeping right next to the door which was opening and closing all night long! In Chaing Mai now which is much better, really laid back and nobody comes up to you trying to sell things, although I have been buying lots of noodles! Just been to the massive market, had a Thai Massage! not what I thought it was going to be, had an 80 year old granny punching my back, not the greatest! early night tonight as were of on our 3 day trek at 9am. Which means i'll be riding elephants tomorrow, the guide also warned us thats theres been loads of forest fires lately,but if I use sun cream does that mean I cant burn?! The second night on the trek we'll be lseeping next to a waterfull in our sleeping bags, will definately be taking lots of pictures. Apparently Sly Stallone was here filming the new Rambo film last week. Its a bit cooler in north Thailand but still pretty smoggy, havent learnt any Thai yet, but if you speak in English and add a mime they understand! Right better get off this thing and sort stuff out for the trek, take care