Down Under in Darwin...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Jim & Sue's

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, July 25, 2008

I made it to Australia finally...after seven months of traveling mostly with a little bit of helping out on the way. It was absolutely brillant! I'm ready for Aus now so let's begin...gonna have to take a dash back, to Darwin, my first stop in Australia.

My plane arrived 6am Darwin time, only 2 1/2 hrs flight but 1 1/2 time change...that's definitely the best way to make your way to Aus i have found, in tiny increments or stages, to avoid the very long unbearable flight, there is so much to see on the way..perfect! Anyways i had the great pleasure to picked up from the airport (what a concept!) by Jim & Sue, the couple that i met briefly on my bus to Bangkok, a few months ago. I was a bit nervous and apprehension as i didn't really know that well and never want to put anyone out. They were lovely though. I stayed with them for 4 nights on their so-many hectare block of land, in the town of Humpty Doo (for real), 40mins out of the city. I had the best night of sleep i had ever had since England, most defnitely! It was like heaven, i slept for 14 hrs - no roosters, no motorbikes, no noise at all matter of fact..and the most divine bed - soft but still hard enough and the most fluffiest, comfiest duvet, and no sweating like a mof - couldn't ask for anything more.

I had no problem relaxing and not doing too much, just sitting outside on their porch enjoying the lovely weather (this is their dry season, so about 30 during daytime, don't go to Darwin in the wet seasion, hot hot and humid) with a breeze. I saw wallabies one ngiht right outside their door, very cute! Sue took me to an Aboriginal Didgeridoo shop which was great, can't play one though. Went to the local pub called the humpty doo of course with Jim for lunch one day. Then on the Saturday they took me to one of the National Parks, Litchfield. It was very pretty, lovely river and lots of waterfalls, had a nice picnic in the one of the many areas. It was actually possible to go swimming without taking your own life into your own hands. As most places are too dangersous to swim in, ocean, lakes, rivers, filled with crocodiles, sharks and/or deadly jellyfish...hmmmmm....just lovely eh! ya i don't like all the formidable animals that Aus inhabits, just gotta relax though and remembering safety first.

Darwin has many markes in the high (dry) season, we went to one called Mindl Sunset Market. It was on beach with a beautiful sunset and many food stalls, a lot Asian ones, felt right back at home...mmmm, no i'm not sick of rice! It had clothing stalls, didgeridoo players, other music. I found it amusing though and you guys probably won't actually but everyone, and i mean everyone all had a portable foldup camping table and those foldup chairs that everyone has now, with their coolers. Now that i'm saying it dones't even sound funny but compared to Asia and the markets i'm used it, it was hilarious - i was most definitely in a different world! Don't get me wrong i appreciated my chair...everyone just had so much stuff, like they were there for a few days.

Anyways then on the Friday night Jim and Sue always have a few peeps over for a bbq potluck (as cdns would say) after Jims' golfing. So had a mofo meal of meat (chicken, pork and fish) and salad, lovely...and some beer of course. It was lovely to be in a home! Not mine but someone's...
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