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BRISBANE

...........FOR A SHORT WHILE

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WOW ....SO THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE INDEPENDANT
TRAVELLED TO BRISSY ON A LATE FLIGHT ARRIVING THERE AT 5AM. FELT STRANGE FLYING ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME THOUGH HAD A GOOD BOOK AND OF COURSE MY IPOD TO GET ME THROUGH.

AFTER LANDING STAYED IN THE AIRPORT FOR 5 HOURS SO GOT SOME SLEEP ON A BENCH CLUTCHING ONTO MY VALUABLES AND LOOKING ALOT LIKE A TRAMP WHEN I WOKE UP.

HAD ARRANGED TO MEET LIAM AND BETH HERE AT 10AM AS THEY CAME DOWN FROM DARWIN IN A CAMPERVAN SO FELT A BIT HAPPIER KNOWING THEY HAD BOOKED US ALL IN A HOSTEL AND I WOULDNT BE ALONE.

THE HOSTEL WAS CALLED BUNK AND WAS PRETTY GOOD,VERY BUSY WITH A BAR AND RESTAURANT.

BRISBANE IS A LOT COLDER THAN DARWIN WITH THE ODD RAIN SHOWER.
LIAM AND BETH WERENT IMPRESSED BUT I WONDERED AROUND ON MY OWN SEEING WHAT THERE WAS TO SEE IN THE CITY. MOST BACKPACKERS DONT STAY IN THE CITY LONG AND HEAD OFF TO THE COAST AND SURFERS PARADISE BUT AT THE MOMENT THE WEATHER AINT RIGHT FOR THAT.

ON THE 3RD DAY ME LIAM AND BETH WENT TO THE AUSTRALIAN ZOO MADE FAMOUS OF COURSE BY THE LATE STEVE IRWIN.
IT WAS GREAT. GETTING UP CLOSE TO KANGEROOS,CROCS,KOALAS,TAZ DEVILS AND TIGER CUBS.
BETH AND LIAM HAVE DECIDED TO HEAD BACK UP TO DARWIN FOR WORK AND TO MEET BACK UP WITH FRIENDS. I HAD A THOUGHT TO DO THE SAME FOR THE SAKE OF A JOB BUT IN THE END DECIDED TO HEAD UP TO THE NORTH OF QUEENSLAND TO CAIRNS. HOME OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND HOPEFULLY A JOB I CAN DO FOR A WHILE UNTIL HEADING BACK DOWN SOUTH FOLLOWING THE SUN.

I THINK THIS IS GONNA BE HARD FOR ME AS THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME ON MY OWN BUT I KNOW THAT AFTER A WHILE ILL GET USED TO THIS AND IT CAN ONLY MAKE ME A BETTER MORE CONFIDENT PERSON.
SO NEXT STOP CAIRNS......................ILL KEEP YOU ALL POSTED
TUTS

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LEAVING DARWIN........2 MONTHS LATER

YIPPEEEEEEE!!

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HELLO ALL
HEADED OFF FROM DARWIN RATHER QUICKLY....WITHIN 2 HOURS OF DECIDING TO BE EXACT !
TRIED TO GRAB A FLIGHT TO THE EAST COAST CAIRNS BUT THE PRICES WERE TOO HIGH SO GRABBED A QUICKIE TO BRISBANE WHICH IS IN QUEENSLAND BUT FURTHER SOUTH.

I HAD MIXED EMOTIONS WHEN LEAVING,REGRETTING NOT SAYING GOODBYE TO SOME FANTASTIC PEOPLE THAT IVE MET
BUT THINK ITS FOR THE BEST AS SETTLING SOMEWHERE IS FATAL WHEN YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD MOVE ON. MY JOB WAS GREAT THE MONEY WAS GOOD BUT I NEEDED TO SEE MORE.

ILL TALK YOU THRU SOME OF THE PICS I HAVE POSTED

KATIE WORKED WITH ME IN MELALEUCAS BEHIND THE BAR SHE IS JUST 19 AND TRAVELLING ALONE...SHE HAS BEEN IN DARWIN 6 MONTHS N PLANS TO STAY FOREVER.....

STEVE WORKS BEHIND THE BAR ALSO. HE IS AUSTRALIAN ORIGINALLY FROM MELBOURNE

LIAM AND BETH ARE FROM BURNLEY AND ARE ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED.... A LOVELY COUPLE

ALEX IS FROM OXFORD
LEO IS A TOUR GUIDE IN DARWIN
RICK IS A LOVELY DUTCH GUY

LORRAINE AND OLIVIA ARE THE TWO IRISH GIRLS I SHARED A ROOM WITH.... THERE GREAT

AILSA IS FROM LIVERPOOL AND IS TRAVELLING ALONE
KIRSTY IS FROM MELBOURNE BUT WORKS IN DARWIN
RICHARD IS 19 AND DOES A WICKED DANCE CALLED THE BANANA DANCE.... A BIT CRAZY

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TUTS IN OZ..... 3 WEEKS LATER

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THIS PLACE IS SO CHILLED THE YEARS ARE DROPPING OFF ME HERE.
I HAVE A JOB NOW TOOK ME A WEEK TO GET ONE. WORKING IN THE HOSTEL IM STAYING AT BEHIND THE POOL BAR REALLY TOUGH GOING !!!!I HAD THE NERVE TO TELL THE GUY ID DONE BAR WORK BEFORE I KNEW IT WOULDNT BE HARD. ITS JUST CASUAL BUT DONE 20 HOURS THIS WEEK AND 28 NEXT SO GETTIND A GOOD BIT OF LOLLY.
ALSO WORKED 1 DAY AT DARWIN SHOW ON A TEDDY BEAR STALL. 'ROLL UP ROLL UP $2 FOR 5 TICKETS' THATS ALL I DID ALL DAY (13 HOURS) CASH IN HAND. WORKED AT THE RACES YESTERDAY AT FANNIE BAY RACECOURSE BEHIND THE BAR FOR THE DARWIN CUP IT WAS GOOD FUN AND GOOD MONEY TOO. THERE IS ALOT OF ODD DAY JOBS LIKE THIS POSTED ON THE BOARDS IN THE HOSTEL.

LAST WEEK MYSELF AND MY ROOMIES(ROOM MATES) HIRED A CAR AND WENT TO LITCHFIELD PARK FOR THE DAY ITS A NATIONAL PARK ABOUT 2 HOURS FROM DARWIN. IT WAS GORGEOUS(SEE PICS) AND WE SWAM IN GORGEOUS WATERFALLS ALL DAY BEING CAREFUL NOT TO BE EATEN BY CROCS ! VISITED WANGI FALLS TOLMER FALLS AND FLORENCE FALLS WHICH WAS MY FAVE

IVE GOT MYSELF A PUSH BIKE SO I CAN GO EXPLORING AND GET SOME EXERCISE TOO. I ACTUALLY HELPED MYSELF TO IT IT WAS BEHIND A SHED WHERE I WORK AND ONE OF THE GUYS SAID IT HAD BEEN THERE A WHILE SO TO JUST TAKE IT. WENT ON A LONG RIDE ABOUT 2 HOURS TO THE EAST POINT RESERVE WAS HOPING TO SEE SOME WILDLIFE BUT WAS OUT OF LUCK SO WILL TRY AGAIN ANOTHER TIME. ON THE WAY BACK I RODE ALONG THE COAST AS THE SUN WAS SETTING IT WAS AWRESOME !

ONCE A YEAR IN DARWIN THEY HAVE A BEER CAN REGATTA WHERE THE LOCALS SAVE UP THEIR BEER CANS AND MAKE BOATS TO RACE THEM AT THE BEACH......IT WAS GOOD FUN AND THEY HAD TUG OF WAR CONTESTS AND LOTS GOING ON. MET SOME GIRLS FROM WORK HERE SO WENT DRINKING AFTER AS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY THE NEXT DAY ENDED UP OUT ALL NIGHT !

WHILST HERE ITS BEEN MY B DAY WHICH WAS RATHER STRANGE BEING AWAY. THE GIRLS FROM MY ROOM BOUGHT ME CHOCS AND A CARD (MY ONLY 1) WHICH WAS NICE. CHILLED OUT ON MY TODD ALL DAY HAD A FEW BEERS ROUND THE POOL THEN A NICE STEAK FROM THE HOGS BREATH FOR DINNER.

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TUTS IN OZ....DARWIN

THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

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HEY
AT LAST MY TOP DESTINATION.
AFTER A DODGY FLIGHT...TAKING OFF AND AFTER AN HOUR HEADING BACK TO SINGAPORE WITH NAVIGATION PROBLEMS WE EVENTUALLY ARRIVE IN DARWIN APPROX 8AM.
THE SUN THROUGH THE WINDOWS OF THE PLANE IS BLINDING. I WAS SO TIRED BUT REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE.
AFTER GOING THROUGH A STRICT IMMIGRATION WE HEAD OFF IN AN AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS TO DARWIN CITY TO A HOSTEL CALLED MALEUCA WHICH I HAD BOOKED PREVIOUSLY. THE WOMAN DRIVER IS A TOTAL SHEILA ABOUT 50 YEAR OLD REALLY JOLLY AND EVER SO FRIENDLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC.
WE ARRIVE ON MITCHELL STREET THE BACKPACKER STREET AND CHECK IN OUR HOSTEL. THIS TIME A 6 BED DORM FOR DOUBLE THE PRICE OF THE ONE AT SINGAPORE. LOOKS LIKE THIS IS HOW ILL BE SLEEPING FOR THE NEXT 8 MONTHS OR SO ! YOU WALK INTO YOUR DORM ITS ALL FEMALE YOUR HOPING THE GIRLS YOUR SHARING WITH ARE CLEAN AND DONT SNORE BUT UNFORTUNATELY THERE NOT AND THEY OFTEN DO.
THE HOSTELS HAVE A POOL AND A LAUNDRY AND A COMMUNAL KITCHEN WHICH IS QUITE FUN COME 6PM AND 475 PEOPLE ARE TRING TO GET AROUND 6 STOVES !!

NOT SEEN MUCH OF DARWIN AND THE AREA AS OF YET. THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY BUT OFTEN SPOILT BY THE SIGHT OF A DRUNKEN ABORIGINIE GUY YELLING ABUSE. THERE ARE LOTS OF OUTBACK TRIPS TO DO INCLUDING THE FAMOUS KAKADU AND LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARKS AND OF COURSE AYRES ROCK WHICH I PLAN TO DO BEFORE HEADING OFF. THE WEATHER IS AWESOME 32 DEGREES AND NOT A CLOUD IN SIGHT REALLY COOL ON AN EVENING TOO.

WENT TO MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET ABOUT HALF AN HOURS WALK FROM MITCHELL STREET. IT HAS LOTS OF STALLS SELLING CROCODILE AND KANGEROO MEAT,DIDGERIDOOS AND BOOMERANGS. THERE IS A COOL ATMOSPHERE WITH AUSTARLIAN MUSIC PLAYING AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERING ON THE BEACH FOR THE MOST AWESOME SUNSET EVER !!

GONNA BE LOOKING FOR A JOB OVER THE NEXT WEEK AROUND TOWN AS PLANNING TO STAY HERE A COUPLE OF MONTHS BEFORE HEADING OFF EAST TOWARDS CAIRNS.
THE JOBS IVE LOOKED AT SO FAR INCLUDE WORKING ON A CROCODILE FARM BUILDING CROC CAGES, WORKING AT FANNIE BAY RACECOURSE FOR THE DARWIN CUP FOR A WEEK OR BASIC BAR AND HOSPITALITY WORK OF WHICH THERE IS LOTS BUT ALSO LOTS MORE COMPETITION.
WILL KEEP U ALL POSTED
BYE FOR NOW XX

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TUTS ON TOUR..... SINGAPORE

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HELLO ALL
SORRY FOR THE LATE UPDATE BEEN BUSY SUN BATHING !!!

SINGAPORE..... A NICE PLACE TO SEE. IT TOOK US 6 HOURS ON A BUS FROM KL AND WE HAD TO GET OFF ON THE BORDER TO HAVE OUR PASSPORTS STAMPED.
SINGAPORE IS VERY CLEAN AND WELL ORGANISED. THERE IS A HUGE MIX OF PEOPLE ABIT LIKE WHEN YOU GO TO LONDON.

WE ARRIVED AT SINGAPORE BUS STATION LATE. DURING THE BUS JOURNEY WE ASKED A FEW PEOPLE WHERE WAS BEST TO STAY IN SINGAPORE AND THE GENERAL ANSWER WAS LITTLE INDIA. AFTER STAYING IN CHINA TOWN IN KL WE THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE A NICE CHANGE CHANGING FROM CHOPSTICKS TO TURBANS !!!
WE WALKED FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES TO LITTLE INDIA IT WAS ROASTING MY BACKPACK IS HEAVIER NOW WITH THE NEW SHOES I BOUGHT,MY BACK IS DRIPPING WET. WE REACH LITTLE INDIA TOTALLY WACKED....ITS A DUMP AND ITS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE AT 11PM. WE REST FOR 5 THEN DECIDE TO STICK WITH THE CHOPSTICKS AND HEAD FOR CHINA TOWN.
WE TRY SEVERAL HOSTELS BUT ALL ARE FULLY BOOKED. WE TRY AND BOOK INTO A HOTEL ALTHOUGH EXPENSIVE ITS GETTING LATE AND WE NEED SOMEWHERE QUICK. ALL HOTELS ARE FULLY BOOKED. BY THIS POINT 12.45AM WERE GETTING A BIT WORRIED AND WE ARE EXHAUSTED.
ON A LAST ATTEMPT WE FOUND A SMALL SHABBY LOOKING HOTEL AND THEY HAVE A ROOM. I GO UPSTAIRS TO HAVE A LOOK BUT ITS DISGUSTING. IT WERENT CHEAP EITHER. I WANTED SO MUCH TO SLEEP BUT IT WAS AWFUL. WE DECIDED TO FIND THE ENERGY TO SEARCH FOR ANOTHER 10 MINS AND IF WE COULDNT FIND ANYWHERE ELSE THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO SLUM IT THERE.
OUR LUCK WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE WE SEEN A SMALL BACKPACKER PUB CALLED COW AND COOLIES AND THE GUY IN THE BAR SAID HE HAD ROOM IN HIS 10 BED DORM UPSTAIRS 6 QUID EACH A NIGHT.
WE HAD NEVER STAYED IN A DORM BEFORE BUT THIS WAS OUR LAST HOPE SO WE FOLLOWED HIM UPSTAIRS. ALL THE OTHER BEDS ARE TAKEN AS EVERYONE IS ASLEEP. IT SEEMED OK VERY CLEAN WITH A SHARED BATHROOM. AT LAST SOMEWHERE TO REST OUR TIRED BACKS !

WE STAYED IN SINGAPORE FOR 3 NIGHTS. ALTHOUGH VERY EXPENSIVE IT IS A LOVELY PLACE AND ALOT LIKE KL FOR SHOPPING AND DINING OUT. THE DORM WERENT THAT BAD.THE BAR DOWNSTAIRS WAS A KARAOKE BAR AND YOU HAD THE CHINESE SQUELLING TUNES FROM 7PM TILL 2AM ! THERE WAS A GOOD MIX OF PEOPLE IN THE DORM 2 ENGLISH GUYS, 3 CHINESE GIRLS 1 GERMAN LASS AND A VERY LARGE NIGERIAN GUY.

LOOKING FORWARD TO OZ NOW. HAVE A 5 HOUR FLIGHT LEAVING AT 10PM SO WILL ARRIVE IN DARWIN IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY EARLY DOORS.
BYE FOR NOW X

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