Eva Olin

Eva 2010

Eva Olin

I recently graduated from graduate school and decided I wasn't ready to "join the real world". Plus jobs are hard to find and I probably won't find a job until about April or May anyway. So I decided to do some traveling while I'm looking for a job to come back home to.

I decided on Australia first of all because it's summer there and traveling around there seems easy and like tons of fun. I will be spending two months doing some solo traveling around the east coast, and maybe to Uluru.

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay March 14th 2010

I got to Byron Bay about 4:30pm and called the hostel for them to come and pick me up from the bus stop. Now, most hostels have a van that has the name of the hostel on it. Not this one! This in-descript silver van with a for sale sign pulled up to the curb and some guy got out and started looking for someone…me. Anyway it was kind of strange. So off we go to the hostel with some of the other hostel guests in tow. The check-in process was really strange too. I gave them a credit card number over the phone but I couldn’t pay with the card once I got there. Um..OK. Then they didn’t give me a key for the room or anything. Strange. But they did have free wireless internet!! ... read more
Byron Bay Lighthouse
Tallow Beach
Byron Bay Lighthouse II

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Murwillumbah March 13th 2010

After a lovely 4 days on the Gold Coast, and catching a bit of sun there I headed in to the mountains near Murwillumbah. What a breath of fresh air! The town was so laid back and had a hippy vibe going on. The hostel was situated on the Tweed River and had an excellent view of Mt. Warning. The hostel had the most character of any that I’ve stayed at so far. Most of the hostels are fairly large and impersonal. This one is ran by an old man known as Tassie; presumably because he is from Tasmania originally. But he now runs a hostel in the small town of Murwillumbah. The hostel is a converted house and each room is painted in different funky colors and patterns. There are funny blow-up and stuffed animals ... read more
Hiking up Mt. Warning
Steep Climb
View from the Top

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast March 11th 2010

After my rainy week in Brisbane, Seanna, a friend of a friend, offered her place to me for a few days. Seanna totally had the hook-up on the Gold Coast! It was nice to stay in an actual apartment for a change. It was so much more peaceful and relaxing than most of the hostels. And it was clean! It was also nice to be around someone who understands things from back home. At times I feel very isolated here since there aren’t that many American travelers. There are a few Canadians and that is reassuring sometimes. Plus Seanna and I got along really well. It was really great to have someone to pal around with for a few days. It was Friday morning when she picked me up in Brisbane and drove me down the ... read more
Surfers Paradise
Nobby Beach

Way back at the beginning of March I arrived in Brisbane, my next stop after Noosa. I was only planning to stay in Brisbane for a few days since I still had a lot of ground to cover before arriving in Melbourne on the 21st. Funny how a few days can turn in to a week. First, I met some cool people at the hostel. The hostel actually had a good vibe for meeting people, unlike some of the hostels I’ve stayed at. So I made friends with a few people. Then the second day or so I was there it poured rain. It continued to pour rain for the next few days. In fact, the entire east coast was getting dumped on so I didn’t see much of a point in getting to the beach ... read more
Water Dragon
Brisbane River Walk
Random Flower

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa Heads February 25th 2010

After the somewhat dull towns of Hervey Bay (a retirement community) and Rainbow Beach (just small) I was looking forward to getting to a town with more character. It’s somewhat hard to find here in Australia. Probably because the culture here is not that different from that of back home. But I found what I was looking for in Noosa. I arrived in the late afternoon so most of the day was already gone but the hostel was advertising for a cheap evening river cruise so I bought a ticket. The cruise wasn’t for a while and I needed some groceries since mine were either thrown away or stolen when I was on Fraser Island. Bummer. So I booked it over to the supermarket and back. But then I was sweating like crazy so decided to ... read more
Tree Lizard
Alexandria Bay
Sunshine Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island February 23rd 2010

Tuesday evening I took the overnight bus down to Hervey Bay from Airlie Beach. I was very glad to leave my accommodation in Airlie Beach but now I can say that I’ve had a “true” backpacking experience. The hostel I stayed in had bed bugs, which is actually quite common. Thankfully I did not get them. The hostel also had a terrible kitchen that was about the size of a smallish bedroom. It didn’t even have real stoves or cookware. That’s because of course they want you to eat at their restaurant. One night the guy in the bunk next to me brought some girl over and they had sex with 10 other people in the room. I actually didn’t wake up because I was so tired and had earplugs in. Thank goodness! But the girl ... read more
Patterns in the Sand
Indian Head
Champagne Pools

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays » Hayman Island February 16th 2010

I had an amazing two days cruising around the Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands that are at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Since they are islands, the only way to see them is to have your own boat or book a boat tour. There are some day tours but the most popular option is a 2 day/2 night trip; this is exactly what I did! We boarded the boat at about noon on Sunday, Valentine's Day. How romantic it would have been had I not been alone! HA! Anyway, it was a perfect way to spend not celebrating V-Day. When we left land it was looking like it was going to rain, and it had been earlier that day. But as we got away from the mainland the ... read more
Whitehaven Beach
Enjoying the View
Secluded Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island February 13th 2010

I have had enough rain and humidity to last me a lifetime so I was excited to start traveling south. My first stop after leaving Cairns was Magnetic Island. I heard from many travelers that the island was really awesome and a must-do; I was warned though that it sucked in the rain. But then again anything sucks in the rain. (Sorry to complain about the rain so much but I think I've had 4 days in the past three weeks that it didn't rain and even when it's not raining it's very cloudy; So it's been a major part, and bummer, of my trip. But despite the rain I've still had a good time.) I had to spend about 6 hours on a bus from Cairns down to Townsville and then I had to catch ... read more
Secluded Radical Bay
Dexter the Koala
Kiss Kiss!

Friday morning I left for my 3 day little road trip. I rented an old Toyota Corolla with no A/C…a big sacrifice to make this time of year in the wet tropics. But it was the cheapest option. So I headed out to Babinda Boulders to take a look at the smooth, carved granite of the boulders and to take a dip in the clear rock pools there. It was quite refreshing even at 10 in the morning. After that I headed down to the two-tier Josephine Falls. The waterfalls are quite spectacular this time of year with all the rain. I had another dip there and took a turn sliding down a huge granite boulder. After that there was a small afternoon shower, of course. But I found a campground near another set of waterfalls ... read more
Cathedral Fig
Babinda Boulders

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water February 7th 2010

On Wednesday I went for a day long snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Since it’s the off-season they had some deals going so I signed up for a free introductory dive. I would really like to be able to get diver certified but I don’t have the money for it right now. But anyway this gave me a chance to see what diving is like; now I know it’s something I want to do in the future. They put weight belts and oxygen tanks on us and everything. We did pretty much have to hold hands the entire time though. I didn’t mind since my instructor was very attractive. People here in general are just so damn attractive. The boat had a buffet lunch so I finally got to eat some decent food, plus ... read more

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