Published: November 9th 2011November 9th 2011
1st house in Australia and the dog thinks I'm his bed
I am a horrible blogger.
But you haven't really missed much. And to make up for being MIA for so long, I'm adding some more pictures (yay!). This is not even close to all of them, but my camera died mid-download, so I'll give you what I can :)
Besides my parents, the Robinson/O'Shea clan, and the few people I have talked to online, no one has had any idea of our whereabouts for the past 3 or so weeks. Not gonna lie, it's kind of fun to disappear, at least for a little while. But because I know you have all been waiting in suspense, constantly worried about whether or not we had been eaten by rabid koala bears, here's what we've been up to:
We visited with the afore mentioned Robinson/O'Shea clan in the Gold Coast for 4 days and enjoyed catching up with my cousins and their children who I had not seen in over 8 years (and the two little ones I had never even met!). We spent the time going for nature walks, on which I saw my first WILD koala (6 of them actaully...), and feeding the gigantic pelicans. It was a
lovely weekend with them, but then it was back on the road.
The next two days were spent driving many long, hot hours up the coast, making stops to sleep in Gladstone and Townsville, both of which are not really worth more than just the pass through.
Finally we made it to Cairns, our northernmost destination! Unfortunately we were forced to cave and pay for 2 nights in a hostel, as our couch requests were not answered in time. But 76 out of 78 nights on the road without paying?! I still consider us on a roll, especially since we have the next month of accommodation covered. Anyway, Cairns basically went like this:
Try to get our car fixed
Still trying to get the car fixed
Going to kill a mechanic if we don't get this car fixed
And finally Betty White is fixed! We did not intend to spend more than a week here, but one thing lead to another and 3 weeks later we are finally heading out. Don't get me wrong we've had
fun. We've made lots of friends, I've caught up with old ones, we got to dive on the Great Barrier Reef, take a helicopter ride, and spend lots of time just relaxing. We also lived down the street from a Botanic Garden/Nature Reserve where I went for a run, walk, or hike every morning. It was like having my own personal jungle to explore, so I leave with great memories. But I'm ready to move on....
I'll leave you all with a passage from the book I'm currently reading, the well-known Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Cliche but so relevant to my life right now!):
"Still, despite all this, travel is the great true love of my life. I have always felt that to travel is worth any cost or sacrafice...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it is mine."
Will write again SOON, promise.
There are more photos below