Down Down Under in Tasmania!

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

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The last piece of land before Antarctica (to be dramatic) is Tasmania! And here i am! I have been here a month now, arrived middle of January, in Launceston..the second largest city of Tassie. The entire population is aboot 500 000 i think and you can drive around the island in a day if you really wanted to but its best obviously to take your time as there is loads to see here apparently. Which i haven't seen much of yet as i have been taking the time to 'sort' oot my life for the time being, finding all the essentials, ya know, like a job, place to live. And it is all sorted, yeehaw!!

I came here to spend time with my Roaddog, Lucy, while i have the ability to work and live in Aus (won't be another chance), until my visa expires in July. I stayed with Lucy and her family for the first month. I met her two wee ones finally which was fantastic. And have managed to babysit a few times without any major damage or altercations as my expereince with kids is very minimal and basic. It's brillant though, a whole new experiencce again...witnessing how kids are, they're amazing eh! And very hard work obviously so i'm happy being Aunty Roaddog!

Time has literally just flown by and i'm sorry i have been so slack with my blog. I was veryyy fortunate again with finding a job, if possible, it was even easier than Brisbane. The first resume i handed oot i was successful. It was purely good timing on my part, as this very fancy (award winning apparently) restaurant called Stillwater needed experienced staff asap. So i was hired on the spot. I found oot later that the reason Stillwater couldn't find staff because one of the owners has such a bad reputaiton within Launceston and the hospitality field that NO locals will apply (word of mouth goes fast as there aren't a lot of people) of course the happy innocent foriegner (me) gets sucked in. But i'm happy with being a sucker for the time being, the boss isn't all that bad, i just smile and nod which seems to work. I make pretty good money since its fine dining and i'm definitely getting enough its all good.

My non-working time has been filled by hanging with my Roaddog and the kids...going to the Cataract Gorge which is literally a 5 min walk from downtown. It's a lovely naturistic area to swim with loads of walking trails. We went to the beach one day, aboot an hour's drive. The scenery is gorgeous here, everywhere....lovely rolling hills with a backdrop of mountains. The Tamar River runs through Tasmania with vineyards nearby (climate is perfect for cooler climate wines like pinot noir). Even driving the streets of Launceston, there is views everywhere as the actual city is in a valley so the surrounding surburbs atop hills allow gorgeous views (pictures to come).

I haven't had a chance to do much as of yet, beyond Launceston. But there's definitely time as i feel sorted now and can now find the time to experience and enjoy and embrace a bit more...
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