Aloha! The past two weeks have been quality time offline, mainly due to the fact that the hostel(s) that advertised free Wifi had free Wifi for about 5 minutes and then it was 20AUD per day to keep it running. Makes me feel glad that I don’t have an online business, I would’ve been screwed if that was the case. So what has happened between now and my last blog post?
A lot! Lots of great news from friends at home, lots of people connecting with me, also lots of sunburn and mosquito bites (about 20 bites and trust me, I’ve tried everything I could think of and I’m not amused because it itches like hell and there is Dengue Fever going on around Australia). Lots of animals, some I took pictures of, some I didn’t because they were too fast/it was too dark/I didn’t have my camera with me/they were in the water. I really love animals in general, especially mammals but they’re hard to come by here on this continent. Nevertheless, I love them and so most encounters were special for me and made me happy:
- Possum (with baby)
- Snake (black, slightly poisonous)
- Spider as big as your face (literally)
- Rock Wallaby
- Tropical fish (starring Dory and Nemo and his Dad and many many more)
- Tortoise (two of them)
- Flying foxes
- Cockatoos (8 of them at once)
- Weird birds that walk on very very long legs, like tiny emu
- Tiny crocodile
- Mosquitoes, sand flies, regular flies, tiny spiders, other tiny animals that can do some damage and are annoying
- no koalas (damn them, they’re too shy to find in the wild and I didn’t want to pay to see them in a zoo – yet)
I also had the great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and face my fears.
- fear of the deep sea (big)
- fear of drowning and being eaten by fish (yes, that’s a thing for me)
- fear of being alone (that’s a classic, really)
- fear of getting sick in a foreign country (just this morning as I was in pretty bad shape due to severe sunburn and mosquito bites)
- fear of birds (but I got bitten….)
- fear of snakes
- fear of spiders (including panic attack in the middle of the Australian bush)
- fear of getting robbed and worse (thank you Mr possum for hissing and scaring me that night in the tent…)
Ain’t that something… in a nutshell.
…and because I was too lazy to write a diary of some sort during that time, I’m pretty sure I forgot some of them. But I will blog about some in more detail in the future. The major theme of the past 2 weeks was mostly “Why am I doing this to myself???” but I had fun tackling some of my fears, not that they are completely gone (some far from it) but I feel like I’ve had great adventures and lots of new experiences.