Goodbye Nepal and G'day Australia

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Jun 11, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Firstly I must apologise to those of you who read my last blog which was a shocking 6 weeks ago and who are concerned I might have drowned on my white water rafting expedition. Although I did come scarily close, I am alive and well and have made it to Australia.

So I will endeavour to keep this brief as I don't want to spend too long boasting about the sunshine when everyone in England is under a foot of snow and ice with seriously sub zero temperatures!

I left you last in Pokhara in Nepal so that is where I will begin. The white water rafting was a lot of fun but also pretty scary stuff! Intially, I really loved it but after a near death experience on the second day where our raft capsized into a 'hole’ and I got washed around in a rapid aptly called the ‘washing bowl’ I had a panic attack and then lost my nerve a little. Our guide had kindly pointed out all the places on the river where people had died which did not help matters! Even so, we spent the evenings camping on isolated beaches under the stars and drinking whiskey around the camp fire which was amazing. Nepal is truly the most stunningly beautiful country and well worth a visit!

My next stop was Kathmandu where I checked into the Himalayan International Yoga Academy for a yoga and meditation ‘retreat’ for 7 days. I loved it!! Our teacher was an amazing and very inspirational guru and he just taught you to be aware of your mind and body in such a positive way. I slept in a little luxury tent called harmony, indulged in massages, learnt how to cook some fab Nepalese dishes and drank wonderful cups of mint, lemongrass and tulsi tea with herbs picked straight out of the beautiful garden.

I left with a vow to be kinder to my body and keep up the yoga and meditation (which has not entirely happened but the intention remains!).

Next stop Australia and I spent the next week travelling the west coast with my cousin Steven who lives in Bunbury, a couple of hours south of Perth. We visited the most stunning beaches, went to an abundance of wineries in Margaret River, went out on his friend’s boat and swam with dolphins, saw whales doing tail flips out in the ocean, visited caves, ate wonderful (western!) food, watched surfers, climbed rocks and spent a night camping on a little beach where we collected shells and watched the sunset. It is a truly beautiful part of Australia. I then headed down to Albany where I stayed with another friend of the family for a few nights and enjoyed the western tip of the southern coast.

I am now in Adelaide and have been reunited with my wonderful Australian family (not real family just adopted!). I am living with my adopted Aussie Mum and Dad up in the Adelaide Hills in a little place called Crafers and we have koalas in the back garden which is super cool. I am doing some voluntary work with World Vision and am in the process of hunting for work for when I get to New Zealand at the beginning of February. I imagine this will be my last entry for a while as the adventure side of things has been temporarily put on hold whilst I find my feet again, figure out what happens next and enjoy Christmas in the sun.

Wishing everyone back home a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year

I’ll be back with my next instalment in 2011...

Sending lots of festive love, hugs and a sprinkling of sunshine to warm you all up!

Maria x
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