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Home Again

Posted by Leanne on November 13, 2006

This is what London looked like to me after 54 hours in transit:

London

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Christmas Already?

Posted by Leanne on November 12, 2006

Only 12th November, and Singapore is going for Christmas in a big way…

Christmas lights in Singapore

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Smoothies

Posted by Leanne on November 11, 2006

Can you believe it, five weeks in Australia and I hadn’t had a smoothie yet. Spent my last day putting that right!

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The Great Ocean Road

Posted by Leanne on November 10, 2006

On a day trip to the Great Ocean Road, I saw Bells Beach, Torquay where surfing was invented (and which also features at the end of Point Break), hand-fed some king parrots, chatted to a kookaburra, visited The Twelve Apostles (of which there are now only eleven after one fell down) and paid a visit to Loch Ard Gorge which , as you can see is very pretty. 

View from the beach

We watched Point Break on the way back to Melbourne.

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March of the Penguins

Posted by Leanne on November 9, 2006

Every night at sunset, hundreds of fairy penguins come in from a hard days hunting at sea and waddle back across the beach on Phillip Island, back to their nests. And every night, a couple of thousand tourists sit on the freezing beach waiting for them to do just that. But you’re not allowed to to take photos of that, so here’s one of me hand-feeding a kangaroo, which was the highlight of my day anyway: 

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The Maori Wrasse

Posted by Leanne on November 8, 2006

I went to Melbourne Aquarium, which was a bit of a waste of money as it wasn’t very good. Seeing this Maori Wrasse fish almost made up for it though. I’ve never really liked fish that much (to eat or to look at) but since seeing a couple of these babies, they’re now one of my favourite animals… they’re just so cool!

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Melbourne Cup Day

Posted by Leanne on November 7, 2006

I arrived in Melbourne on an aeroplane on the day of the Melbourne Cup. To be honest, the horse race that the whole of Australia stands still for kind of passed me by. The cabin crew got into to spirit though, wearing hats and doing their announcements in a horse race commentary stylee. Some Japanese horse won.

I was delighted to find that Melbourne has this street though:

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There is also a ‘Batman Street’ and ‘Batman Park’.

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White Water Rafting

Posted by Leanne on November 6, 2006

A day of rafting on the Tully was truly the highlight of my trip- I enjoyed every single minute. When we weren’t paddling (or swimming) over rapids, jumping from 4m high rocks into the water, racing the other rafts, splashing around and getting pushed into the water, we had the chance to look around us at the amazing scenery, the dragon flies and Ulysees butterflies passing by and, at one point, a massive floating spider (non venomous). 

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Not for the first time since I arrived in Australia, I felt like I was in paradise. It’s strange, because when I was in New Zealand, which is arguably the most beautiful country in the world, I don’t really remember sitting back and thinking like that. Maybe because I’m travelling alone I have more time to sit back and reflect. Maybe this year, I’ve just learned to appreciate being alive more.

There’s an Australian film I saw on the plane called Look Both Ways which is essentially about death. In it there’s a woman who sees death and destruction everywhere she looks. When she’s walking past a railway line, the film cuts to an animation of the train derailing and ploughing into her. If she looks at people swimming in the ocean, she sees sharks rush in to devour them. You get the idea.

I really liked this film, partly because I identified with this character. When my brother died this year, it was like I suddenly realised that death doesn’t just happen to other people. It happens to 23 year olds and to people who are close to me. And it might happen to me too, so sometimes, I’d get the feeling that the film portrayed through animation-that I might get hit if I cross the road or something bad might happen when I walk home alone at night.

I was worried that maybe this might prevent me from partaking in some of the more adventurous activities such as jumping out of planes and paddling (or swimming) over rapids because maybe I’d developed a fear that wasn’t there when I was doing all these things in New Zealand last year.

Turns out that I had nothing to worry about. Which makes me very happy because that day of white water rafting is truly amongst one of the best days of my life.

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Horse Riding

Posted by Leanne on November 5, 2006

Me on Gonzo after riding through the sea to get onto the beach. He was a pretty lazy horse and needed a tap with a ‘go-go-Gonzo’ stick to get him up to a canter.

Horse riding in Cape Trib

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Cape Trap

Posted by Leanne on November 4, 2006

Today was the start of an overnight trip to Cape Tribulation- or Cape Trap as it’s known to the locals who apparently weren’t locals until they went there for a holiday and ended up staying.

The jungle in Cape Trib is straight out of a Tarzan movie and is host to these green ants, amongst other things. 

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