We spent the day checking out the MacDonnell Ranges and Simpsons Gap amongst other naturally awe-inspiring things before heading into town to see what Alice Springs was all about. To put it simply – there’s nothing in Alice Springs as the highlight of that particular afternoon was the McDonald’s. Sad but true folks!
After experiencing Alice Springs first hand, I totally understand the warnings I received prior to the trip. Here was a town that left you feeling unsafe due to the fact that the locals are not overly welcoming and slightly crazy and not in a good way. In my opinion, if this is a place that could be avoided during your travels in Australia then I would highly recommend it.
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No Meal Is Ever Complete Without Dessert
I refuse to write anything about the train trip as it was everything that I had imagined. It was while I was trapped on the train that I realized that I was better off taking the refund and attempting to find another way from Adelaide to Melbourne as anything else would have been better than a wasted day.
This feeling might be related to the lack of real food on the train. Spending the day eating a bag of rice cakes since they were more appealing than what’s being sold on the train is a sad state of affairs. What made it better was the food that was awaiting me in Melbourne.
There was a buffet called Kitchen Workshop in the Casino that my Melbourne buddy wanted to try out. Even though we only had an hour left to eat – we had hit the jackpot. Yum! It was a solid 45 minutes of power eating before we were so stuffed that it was time to head home. Nothing else to say other than a beautiful ending to a rather horrible day.
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A View Of The Hidden Beach
Day 2 of the Kangaroo Island was supposed to begin with a bush walk. It all seemed to go according to plan as we made our way to Flinders Chase National Park and started off on a dusty red trail leading into a forest like area. You could hear a stream nearby as we made our way through the bush.
Once we hit the water, it became very obvious we would have to make our own way to the beach by climbing on/over/around rocks that were scattered everywhere. Even though my heart was filled with hesitation (I had images of tripping and falling as I’m slightly accident prone), I trekked upwards and onwards. I jumped over rocks and scaled them as required. I may have even slipped on one only to find myself in a fight with a branch hidden behind another rock – I won’t say who won but I think the bruise and scrape on my knee is all to telling. On the verge of throwing in the towel, the hidden beach was within sight. Phew. It was beautiful and worth every exhausting moment it took to get there.
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Yes, I’ve been waking every morning at 5am or earlier and finding it impossible to go back to sleep. I’m
tired but when have I ever said no to a party. It was yet another fancy dress party and the theme was Bro’Town. Yes, I found out about this when I returned back to work on Thursday and since it’s impossible for me to sleep – I was up at 5am Friday morning researching what the hell I was going to wear!
Sadly, the only thought that occurred to me was I’d go dressed similar to the male characters on the show. Things like sexy school-girl or cute island girl didn’t even enter my mind! Yup the only thoughts were hoodie, sneakers, and a baseball cap. Forget sexy and cute – I was all about baggy and comfy! I’m starting to think it’s another epic fail on my part when it comes to translating fancy dress to something the ordinary girl will wear as I’m the girl who’s first thought is to cross-dress!
As I started seeing the other costumes for the night – it was an eye-opener. Some of the outfits were absolutely fabulous. Despite my exhaustion, it was a good night and at the end of the day I’m glad I went with baggy and comfy as I don’t think I would have been able to handle much more than that.
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I left Canada on Sunday and was arriving in Auckland on Tuesday (Monday…what the hell happened to you!!!) and would need to hit the ground running. Forget jet lag as I needed to get the keys to my new flat (yes, I get how I could have gotten screwed in this scenario but thankfully it didn’t happen); organize the movers and get all my things from storage and into the new flat; get over to the pub by noon to watch Game 3; and then get back to the flat to deal with getting settled once again.
Big day with a lot to get done but I was focused. I kept telling myself that this wasn’t as bad as it seemed and that soon I would be at the pub. I struggled to keep my eyes open as the movers hauled everything into my new flat. What kept me motivated was that I was going to see the Canucks win game 3.
Everything had gone exactly as planned until I got to the pub. There is only one pub in Auckland that plays the game and I was there amongst all the people who were on my Vancouver – Auckland flight. It was nice to be surrounded by fellow Canadians (mainly from Vancouver) who were as excited about the game as I was. What I hadn’t accounted for in my plan was Boston winning game 3. It was disgusting. It was devastating. It was too much for all of us.
I was counting on the win to give me my second wind but I was out of luck. All I could do was the slow walk back to my new flat (sadly, there’s also a slight hill), a quick search for my bedding and dumping the mattress on the ground and calling it a day. What a day! I was back in Auckland…my Canucks had lost…and I now had to call this strange new place home! I knew that going to bed before 5pm was a bad idea that would make adjusting to the time zone rather difficult but at that moment nothing mattered as the only thing that would brighten my day was sleep.
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