Australia 3

Australia - 03

Page three of my trip to Australia. This page focuses on my time after holiday, when I had exams, so not quite as many pictures.


Page 1 - Arrival to Holiday - 2009.07.26-2009.09.05

Page 2 - Holiday on the East Coast - 2009.09.18-2009.10.04

Page 3 - In Australia after Holiday - 2009.10.31-2009.12.04

After mid semester break there was about two months left, however I also had exams during this period, and I figured I should study a little for them. I still managed to go surfing, celebrate Thanksgiving, and go to Alice Springs.

If you go to Australia, you are somewhat expected to go surfing at least once. As much as I dislike watersports and sand, I went with George, Kamil, and Gerhard on Halloween. Which made it a pretty awesome Halloween, as the Americans showed the Europeans how silly the holiday is, and I was warm on the beach instead of cold as I remember from previous years.

2009-10-31 We went to Manly, as we had never gone before, largely because it involves switching busses. photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 Here is us walking to our destination with the surf board we borrowed from Rachel (lives upstairs). photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 I am posing with the surfboard here. I don't know what to do with it. Also, you may notice some dangerous pipes in the background, that is where we surfed. photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 George was the first one in the water, and the first one out. photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 I totally know what I am doing. photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 We were too cheap to buy a surf lesson, however we weren't too cheap to try to listen to this one. I don't think it would have helped much, and it was funny to watch. photo credit - Kamil

2009-10-31 Just as we were leaving we saw someone dressed as Santa march into the water, and get handed a waiting surfboard. Unfortunately he never did manage to stand (for a great boost to our egos), and his costume slowly fell apart. photo credit - Kamil

It was brought to my attention that there was art being presented on the very same walk at Bondi which I had walked earlier in the year. Leaping at the opportunity to become more cultured, I forced Gerhard, Natasha, and Zdiska to join me. I forgot I had my camera in my bag for half the walk, so I only have two pictures from it.

2009-11-07 It was cloudy all day, and about half way through it started really raining. So we tried to wait it out under a bush, and I took this photo of the people still getting wet.

2009-11-07 There was no rabbits or mirrors involved, yet I still was powerless to stop the giant dominoes.

For some reason Australians don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Consequently, I had an exam on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, so I was lazy and did not cook a dish. It is always fun to try to explain American stuff to foreigners.

2009-11-26 We actually had too much food, which is impressive as we are all students. However, we weren't able to finish dinner before the sunset, but here is a picture of half of what we made. It was fun explain casseroles to people, especially the French who use the word casserole for something different.

2009-11-26 Luckily I gave my camera to Natasha (from my building, not the one who I travelled with). She took a lot of photos, including this one. From left to right, we have Marie, Jenna, Hannah, and Ann.

2009-11-26 Just as we were finishing dinner (candlelit, so not too many photos), it started to rain, so all the food was rushed into the first floor, where my flat is. Consequently, I proceeded to clean up most of the dinner. Featured here is our excellent photographer Natasha.

2009-11-26 Unfortunately my flatmates were not at dinner with us, due to schedules and such. However I did get to show them how delicious everything is when there is butter involved. Ryu, Natasha, and Allen.

2009-11-26 Ryu wears a hat when it is sunny out, and he wanted a picture with me because of the similarities. I don't know who looks more silly wearing a hat.

2009-11-26 Natasha was wearing pigtales, and Ryu preceded to put his hear similar for this photograph. Once again, I don't know who looks more silly.

2009-11-26 John lived in the flat across the hall from us, and he seemed to make most of the social gatherings happen. For example, this Thanksgiving he made a lot of food, four birds, green peas and macaroni and cheese.

After exams I had some time before I could meet up with Jeff in New Zealand. I really wanted to see the classic Australian Outback, as my trip so far mostly involved beaches or forests. So I decided to go to Alice Springs and see the big rocks they have there, as Uluru is supposed to be one of the major attractions in Australia. After completing the trip, let me say that if you are passing through Alice then you should take a tour, however flying from Sydney is expensive, and for the same airfare you could go somewhere more like Fiji or New Zealand. Also, I must caution any Aborigine people viewing this site.

2009-11-30 As I furiously packed (sorry roomies for anything I left not clean), I realised I did not have enough space to pack all the stuff I had accumulated. Because all stores except Woolworths is closed Sunday night, I proceeded to construct a bag out of my pillowcase and some cord. I took this photo before sending it to be checked, just in case it is destroyed, however it has survived beautifully. I took it camping with me too, and it resumed its original function of a pillowcase along with my overnight bag.

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2009-12-01 Alice Springs is actually a pretty boring town, as I did not want to visit the reptile exhibit. This is a picture of ANZAC hill, with the moon in the background, as I walk up it.

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2009-12-01 Alice Springs.

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2009-12-01 I watched quite a few sunsets and sunrises on this holiday.

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2009-12-01 As sunsets are pretty boring, I started trying some artsy photo stuff with them.

2009-12-02 The next day I joined a tour bus early morning, and the first stop was a camel farm where you could ride a camel for five dollars. Naturally I was much more interested in trying a camel burger. I want to say the meat is somewhere between lamb and beef, however the burger was pretty mediocre, I must try a better one.

2009-12-02 We stopped to look at a guana crossing the road. You don't want to be bit by these guys, because they have enough bacteria in their mouth to make anything sick, and they just follow you until you die. A car of Aborigines pulled up shortly after us, and this guy proceeded to knock the lizard out by throwing a stone at it. They then took the lizard with them. Our bus's vegetarian asked them to kill it so it wouldn't suffer, but instead the Aborigine broke its legs, which horrified her. This is leftover from not having refrigeration, so breaking it's legs stops the lizard from running away, but the meat dosen't go bad.

2009-12-02 Here is the Wedge Tailed Eagle which flew away as soon as anyone got remotely close to it. It used to hunt medium size animals in the desert, however now it dines mostly on roadkill.

2009-12-02 Here is Uluru from the first campsite.

2009-12-02 We were lucky as it was not too hot (mid 30's) during the holiday. This let us hike through Kata Tjuta, with the Valley of the Winds walk.

2009-12-02 On our walk to the valley we saw some kangaroos. Can you see it in this picture?

2009-12-02 Here is the valley of the wind. It was windy, however not windy enough to take my hat.

2009-12-02 As we drive away, you can now see where I was hiking.

2009-12-02 A wild dromedary.

2009-12-02 My tour guide (Doc) said this overlook is supposed to look like Africa. Well, now that I've seen this and the Lion King, I no longer need to go to an entire continent.

2009-12-02 It's me! And I haven't shaved!

2009-12-02 The colour change is supposed to be very drastic, however I was under impressed. You tell me if you see the difference. Here is me waiting for the sun to set. I was hungry.

2009-12-02 Here is after the sun set, in one of the worst panoramas I took.

Day two of my trip was mostly Uluru, followed by an hour at the pool.

2009-12-03 On our way to the sunrise observation, we stopped at the sunset observation area to get a silhouette photograph. I would have preferred to have watched the sun rise from here, I already saw it change colour yesterday and it was boring!

2009-12-03 Before and after again, but reversed! Sorta. Not really. Yet from the other side.

2009-12-03 After the sun rise. The only thing I was thinking was "we could be doing the basewalk now, as it is light enough to see and 15 degrees cooler than the afternoon".

Aborginies should just skip my next photos

2009-12-03 I walked around the big rock in the ground. Not much to photograph besides rocks and trees. There are areas of Uluru which people aren't supposed to take photographs of, because Aboriginie culture designates certain areas forbidden for men or women to view. National Geographic accidentally got a guy in trouble for seeing some rock he wasn't supposed to, so now the park says not to photograph certain sections. However to me it all looks like a big rock.

2009-12-03 The actual colour of Uluru is supposed to be white, however the red dirt of the outback colours it rust red.

2009-12-03 Formations are really smooth because the formation is sandstone. We received an informative lecture on the creation of all of the rock formations, with the valley of the winds formed from rocks deposited from glacier movements, and Uluru as a sedimentation deposit. There used to be a big sea in the middle of Australia, so I figure if we warm the planet and raise the sea level a hundred metres or two, we'll have TWICE as much beachfront property in Australia. Flawless.

2009-12-03 A bunch of drawings are under these rocks. Almost all caves had drawings. The people who live in this area would reuse a rock for new drawings, so most are relatively simple and recent. There was one picture of a plane even.

2009-12-03 As I did not bring a razor with me on this trip, I am looking more scruffy. However, water is always a fantastic thing to photograph, especially in the Outback.

2009-12-03 Me in the green area provided by the watering hole. I think (not sure) that this is the area that the Aborginies of the area wouldn't harvest from. That way they would exhaust the resources in the rest of the area, and leave for six months, allowing plants to regrow.

2009-12-03 Once again bored with rocks and trees, I photograph the sun. It tried to avoid the photo.

2009-12-03 This is the waiting cave. After doing a walkabout, the young men would wait here until the elders called them to initiate them into manhood. The story is that some boys were waiting here while the rest of their people were attacked and forced to leave. So the boys waited until they grew beards, and they melded with the cave.

2009-12-03 Driving to Kings Canyon, we stopped at a dune which looks at Mount Conner, also know as Attila.

2009-12-03 Opposite Mount Conner is this salt plane, and I have never seen one before, so I am interested in it more than the rest of my bus.

2009-12-03 This is at the campsite we stayed for the night. As uneventful as this picture looks, I was thrilled by all the telephone poles being made of steel! Also, we passed a bank of solar panels which probably powers these lines. I am still underimpressed by the solar adoption in Australia, even in Alice Springs it seems like solar water heaters are on maybe one out of three buildings, and photovoltaic cells are one in ten.

2009-12-03 There was two Dutch sisters who wanted to have a silent disco - everyone listens to their ipod and dances to whatever they are listening to. While the sisters danced next foundation over, the Koreans and Taiwan couple started doing organised dances, with arm movements and everything. Jay in the middle here was really good at it. I now want to go to a Korean disco, it must be awesome to see.

Day three took us for a hike through King's Canyon. I really enjoyed this hike, as the terrain was the hardest we saw (still very reasonable), and the scenes changed.

2009-12-04 Here is the canyon which we hiked around the outside of. Even though there is no water right now, you can tell riverbeds in the outback by the gum trees which line the riverbed.

2009-12-04 This is to the left of the above picture (west?). Really I just like the tree on the right hand side, it reminds me of the beginning of LOOM.

2009-12-04 This is taken in "the amphitheatre", which is a name made buy travel agents. Still looked pretty cool.

2009-12-04 Looking back at my tour group. If you look closely you can see some of the overhangs on the cliff edge, so we were supposed to stay well clear of the edge. However, I feel that there is a fatter tourist who already went on the overhang before me, so I'm fine.

2009-12-04 A bird. It has the same name as the grass next to it, and I can't remember either.

2009-12-04 Here is the canyon again.

2009-12-04 These domes are pretty cool looking. They are all over the place at the top of the canyon, with one area being called the lost city. Which is a real disappointment if you are looking for an old building.

2009-12-04 This is the "Garden of Eden". When it rains, this area is damned up, and fills a couple metres high with water. So these plants live underwater for a couple of days a year. However, it lets these ferns survive, as they are normally native to rainforests near Cairns.

2009-12-04 The two major sheared faces.

2009-12-04 Ignoring the overhang warning, I got a little close to an edge. Luckily, Doc (pictured here), leaped to my rescue.

2009-12-04 My shoes bit the dust during this trip. It was interesting to find the source of rocks in my shoe was a gash in my heel. It was more interesting when I tripped on the other shoe as bits of the tread tore away.

2009-12-04 At the pub Alice's Place with my tour group. I can't believe that I gave rabbit ears to Jergen, however he had a peace sign, so I went for it. Still, I though I was better than that.

2009-12-04 I asked all the Germans I met if they work in the ShamWow! factory. I guess it is the primary reason that Germany has faired so well during the Global Financial Crisis.

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