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28 April, 2009

Liebe Grüße

On Thursday 9th of April Micha arrived in Brisbane and we got our Camper van. It was quite a long story to come out of the Camper depot as we had to ask for every single thing. They did not manage anything. So we ended up in a 2 seater van for a price of a 3 seater and later this day when we already were on our way we realized that our car has no registration sticker and so we are not sure to be insured for the very basic things. Also driving in the center of Brisbane with a unknown car and on the wrong side of the street was very stressful.

But we still had a nice evening on Brisbane’s South bank and were very lucky to find a good parking spot for our first night at the end of Brisbane.

Our next day was much more relaxed as we got used to the car and the driving. We visited the Sunshine Coast which was just reopened after cleaning up oil at the coast.

Hi!

The next day we visited the world famous “Australia Zoo” created by the Crocodile hunter Steven Irwin. It was amazing to see all this animals having a very free life in this zoo. You could touch and feed Kangaroos and elephants and we watched a Crocodile and Bird-show. Dingos, Snakes, Wombats, Emus and Turtles are just a few of the animals we saw. But the most impressive thing to me were the permanent lazy Koalas! It is just amazing how they sit on the trees and sleep. Now I know where the sentences “Du hast einen Stock im Arsch” is from!

Stick in the ass

The next night spot was one of a few fantastic tips Jule gave us. We parked our Caper on a Carpark directly at the ocean and the Noosa National Park for the best place to sleep ever!

Hear the oceans waves is a good way to wake up and than we had a little hick at the National Park including some fantastic look outs and we also saw a wild Koala.

Than we made our way up to Rainbow Beach were we had to stay for one night to start our 3 Day 4Wheel Drive Safari to Fraser Island!

So the first part of our trip already was a great time with lots of great things we saw!

What happened on Fraser Island and why this Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth?

Find out the next time!

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Little London!

27 April, 2009

Casion & BridgeAfter nearly 2 month of picking Tomatoes I went back to Brisbane for one week. On the one hand it was a step towards loneliness again, but on the other I met some great people in Brisbane. For example Klaus from Germany who is traveling all over the world and with him I went to Brisbane’s South Bank. That is the little Paradise in the City with a free public lagoon and city beach to swim in. We also met an Aussie on our way who joined us. This guy gave us the tip to come back at 8pm Monday night as there would be a free juggling club for everybody. So we did and it was a great thing to do. One guy juggled 7 balls and I used the opportunity to learn some new tricks. After that Klaus, Caroline (our Korean roommate) and I went to Brisbane’s Casino. While I tried my hardest to understand the rules of one of this thousands of gambling machines the other two played on them for 1$. Caroline, who already was a casino member, suddenly won 25$ in 1$ coins which caused a great winning sound!
But what makes Brisbane called “little London” by me? Brisbane as a river town with a big ferry wheel just reminds me to what I reckon London will look like! More over it was raining cats and dogs every single day!
I spent one day driving up and down the “Brisbane river” ~very creative name~ in a ferry, which was a nice thing to do because I was try inside the ferry! *g*
If it stopped raining for a few hours I mostly went to the city beach enjoying this little paradise and one day there was a German bakery in town and I just loved to eat my “Käselaugenstange”!
All in all I had a great time here but the time in front of me should be even better and so I graped my backpacks and walked out of Brisbane’s CBD to met Micha at the Car renting depot!

Farm

If one thing is to hard to believe than the fact that I am living at the Caravan Park “Country Style” in Stanthorpe, the coldest place Queensland`s, for nearly 2 month now.

Beside picking tomatoes there is nearly nothing to do without a car. My weekly shopping is based on hitch-hicking 12km in town most of the time and my day starts at 5 am when the first roommate gets up. He is as considerate as a rock concert in a old people`s home. Than I get a lift of two French colleagues to my farm where we start picking tomatoes at 6:30 am now. A couple of days ago we started half an hour earlier but not it is too cold and dark at this time. Yes, that`s right. To cold! Yes, here in Australia, Yes, even if I am in Queensland, Australias “sunshine state”. At morning you can not feel any sun but just the proof to be in Queensland`s coldest place on an altitude of 915m. But it just needs a few hours `till you will find yourself picking under the very hot sun. The highest days have been about 40°C and this for sure is not a nice temperature for 8 hours hard farmwork.

However, some days are more like “coldest place days!” and it big thunderstorms can start from one second to the other. Even big hail caught us the other day when we just had one single row left to pick.

But even if I work hard and there is nothing very exciting here in Stanthorpe I really enjoyed the time here. My very friendly farmers Traver, Tim and Jamie, the very nice colleagues and some friends at the Caravan Park made me having a great time here. I also enjoy the “permanent” home I have for the moment. The value of a place to stay the next night without organizing it every single day seems to be endless to me now! 😉

The most exciting things in Stanthorpe have been a Rodeo and this years semifinal in Cricket. At the Rodeo I could see real country boys and girls and their way of celebrating the countryside. Even if it was a little bit weird some times it still was a nice experience.

The funny part about the Cricket is, that the semifinal and the final was about the same teams playing against each other. *weird rules!* And one thing was for sure! Jamie and his team will win the great finale! And he did! Why I knew that? Hmm, that`s not to hard to know if Jamie(one of my farmers) and his team was playing against Jamie(my colleague) and his team! And, what a surprise, Jamie, who also became Cricketer of the Year, and his team won! 😉

But all things come to an end. Next Thursday I will leaf Stanthorpe and the Tomatoes behind me, heading to Brisbane. Here I will met Micha at the 9. of April, getting our Campervan we rented and drive up the coast to Cairns! Holidays, I am coming!

Tomatoe cut!