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Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I am now sitting in Alice Springs midway through my 14 day tour of the red center of Australia. I have one day off here before rejoining the tour for my trip to Darwin. The trip began with a 6:00 am pick up at my hostel in Adelaide. I was the first one to be picked up and proceeded to meet my very energetic guides who had such interesting names as Horti and Doc. These are not there real names of course, but merely nicknames that they have either decided to grace themselves with, or have been given to them by others. We then went around Adelaide and picked up the rest of the people on the tour. The final group consisted of 10 people (8 girls, two guys, and two male guides). The group was made up of two Koreans, two Mexicans, one Spanish, one French, one German, two Swiss, and me. I was the oldest person in the group with the exception of one of the guides who was 30. I belive the youngest person was 21. After completing all the paper work we started on our way. The bus we were in held up to 21 people so we had lots of room to spread out. We began to do the usual things that happen when you throw people together. We introduced ourselves to each other with the help of such musical classics as Ghostbusters to help break the ice. We soon left the city behind and made our way to Parachilna which was our first stop for the night. [read on]


Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

I have spent the last four days exploring Adelaide and attempting to wrangle up someone to share fuel costs with for a trip through the Outback. As usual and much to my frustration, I have had no luck in this regard either here or in Melbourne. Despite several promising leads and lots of leg work nothing has materialized. The two girls that I wrote about in my last entry decided to do a package tour despite it being cheaper to rent a car. They said they were scared what would happen if we broke down (a valid point I guess, but the cars are brand new and from a well known rental company). As a result, I have had to cross over to the dark side and book a package tour myself. No matter how I work the math, it is significantly cheaper to do the package tour than renting a car (going by bus means missing out on most of the sights) by myself and traveling to Darwin. I will spend the next thirteen days going from Adelaide to Darwin, stopping at all the interesting points in between. This will be my first multi day package tour I have ever done. It will be fun, but I still prefer to be around fewer people when hiking and viewing natural sights. [read on]

Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
On Friday, I caught a Country Link XPT train for the 12 hour trip from Sydney to Melbourne. I passed the time reading and talking to people on the train. For a good part of the trip, I sat next ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sydney – The Beginning of A New Journey

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
A rather turbulent airplane trip over the Tasman Sea (or "the Ditch" as its called here) took me to Australia's largest city of Sydney. I arrived at the airport and unlike New Zealand I positively flew through customs. I did ... [Continue reading this entry]

Winding down in Akaroa

Friday, June 8th, 2007
This week has been one of my slower weeks since I have been in New Zealand. I spent a day walking around Christchurch exploring the cathedral and the surrounding area. On Monday, I woke up to a beautiful day and ... [Continue reading this entry]

South and Eastern South Island

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
As mentioned in the last post, Jayne and I left Te Anua to explore the Caitlins (an area of remote beaches, lighthouses, farms, seals, whales, sea lions, and penguins) in a vehicle that Jayne was borrowing from her future employer. ... [Continue reading this entry]