Things I Love About Batchelor

Trip Start Oct 12, 2005
Trip End May 04, 2006

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Okay, so I've been here at the Batchelor Butterfly Farm for two weeks now .... although it feels like I've been here forever. This is a funny little place, reminds me a lot of the north actually .... all the same drama and what not. But here is a list of the things that really make me laugh/shake my head:

Everyone here has a nickname .. I'm a bit jelous cause now I want one. Lets see; Buffalo Mark, Boog, Scumbag, Emotionable Mick, Plucker, Fantastic ... and anyone who is from England or has ever lived in England is refered to as "Pom" or "Pommy".

Cane Toad Slaughters:
The cane toads really are wicked here. They're big and fat and are hesitant to move out of the way when you're walking. At night after a nice rain they are in full corouse and it can be hard to sleep. They also distroy all the natural habitat. So, we kill them. Well ... not ME but everyone else. Apparently, some of the local weirdos like to lick them .... helusinate off them. Ummmm, no thanks.

So, the mosquitos or "mozzies" are not any where close to being as bad as they are in Iqaluit ... however, here where it's a million degress and nobody really wears clothes, it's like you're a free-for-all buffet for the mozzies.

Sexual Harrassment:
When you say "sexual harrasment" here, you get a blanc stare. It is not understood. Chris thinks it's the funniest thing in the world, and just about every single one of his friends that comes to visit, he makes sure to bring it up "Shannon came all the way from Canada and reckons I'm ... hey Shannon, what's that thing called again??" "Sexual Harrassement Chris" "that's right, sexual harrasement, she reckons I'm sexually harrassing her!" then theres a bit of laughter, sometimes followed by an ass slap .... but as Chris says ... I like it.

B.O. is a wonderful thing. Deoderant is useless ... not that I was wearing it back in Canada ... but sweating has been brought to a whole new level for me. You sweat when you're not hot, you sweat in your sleep, you sweat in the shower. There have been many moments when I have been sitting alone and caught a wiff of a man, looked around to see who was there ... then when I can't find anyone, give myself a sniff and realize it's me emitting a nice manly smell. Trying to smell nice is useless, and I love my manly stink.

Batchelor Men:
The men here are old and hairy, and will treat you like you are a supermodel ... even though you wear no makeup and smell like a man. Its a wonderful thing about small towns .... new meat is always to most covetted. My first week here, they organized a series of photoshoots for a calendar for some sort of fundraiser "Bachelors of Batchlor" where they did nude photos off a bunch of the men ... one for each month ... Chris did his in the pool while I happened to be taking a nice leisurly swim. I'm quite looking forward to getting my hands on a copy .... dirty hair men in the buck .... you think I'm being sarcastic but there is something stragly alluring about some of the men here ... I think it's all the paramones in the BO.

Not Knowing What Day it Is:
Henrike, Niki and I (the two other female wwoofers) had an argument with Chris the other day .. all separately ... about what day it was. We were all convinced it was Wednesday and Chris kept insisting that it was Thrusday. Turns out he was right. Once we realized we had all had the same argument with him we sat down and really thougth about it. Conclusion: We were drugged and likely violated on Wednesday, hence waking up Thursday thinking it was Wednesday. As I write this, I realize it's Hallowe'en ... HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!!!

I'm sure there are many other things I could list off ... but I'm tired and now must partake in the tedioius task of attaching photos to this link so you can all enjoy. ENJOY!
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