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Week 3: WWOOFing in Kangaroo Valley

by on Sep.30, 2010, under Traveling Australia

This week we were WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) at Cloudsong in Kangaroo Valley. That means we worked 5 hours a day for accomodation and food. We did a lot of weeding, built a stairway in the garden, cut wood with a chainsaw, cleaned the chatels and did several other things around the house.

This was our first WWOOFing experience and we were lucky to have a great room and bathroom as well as a host who was very eager to discuss political topics : ) All in all a good experience.

The view from our window:

Kangaroo Valley - View from our room

Kangaroo Valley - View from our room

After work our offroad adventures began.

We saw our first live WOMBATS, lots of KANGAROOS and Blue Tongue Lizards. Those being less dangerous, we also saw Redback and Whiteback spiders, countless other spiders and two baby Black Snakes.

We went along two offroads (Kangaroo Valley Upper River Road, Bugong Fire Trail) with our great LandCruiser 4-Wheel-Drive (another car wouldn’t have made it so it was the right choice) ..

Kangaroo Valley, Upper River Road

Kangaroo Valley, Upper River Road

.. and saw the Fitzroy Falls.

Unfortunately, it is getting dark quite early (around 6 p.m.) so our time to go and see something was limited. But fortunately the cutest animals come out at that time so we had quite some wombats crossing our way. They stand still, don’t move and suddenly disappear. Have a look yourself:

Wicked Wombat

Wicked Wombat

On our last day we went to the Eastcoast and had fish and chips at the pacific which was fantastic. Again some new birds – PELICANS.

Not to be forgotten a little sightseeing – we saw the most famous Kiama Blowhole.

Kiama Blowhole

Kiama Blowhole

DID YOU KNOW that Kangaroo valley is one of only 7 valleys in the world that are totally surrounded by mountains ?!

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A Trip to the Blue Mountains

by on Sep.19, 2010, under Traveling Australia

Having met some other couchsurfers at the Bavarian restaurant (!) in Manly (north of Sydney) we went together to the Blue Mountains on Sunday 19 September.
We first went hiking which was extremely exhausting since our guide Sam wanted to try a trail he had never tried before. The whole hike was sports rather than sightseeing since the only things we saw were ferns and trees.

After climbing all the way back we went to the Echo point – finally some sightseeing, and a beautiful view!

Also we got to see the famous „Three Sisters“.

But most important of all – we got to see KANGAROOS!

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First impressions from Sydney, Australia

by on Sep.11, 2010, under Traveling Australia

Hi everyone ..

I put some photos on Facebook from our first two days in Sidney. We’ve been to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Opera House, walked around the city centre and drove to Bondi Beach by bus. At Bondi Beach (which is really beautiful) the „Festival of the Winds“ was taking place.

Look here!

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One Day in Bangkok

by on Sep.09, 2010, under Traveling Australia

We arrived after a long and mostly sleepless night at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, early in the morning and set our feet on Asian soil for the first time in our lives.

Shortly after arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

Shortly after arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

After exchanging some money to the local currency Baht and getting a taxi ride into town (for only 200 Baht =~ 5 €) we stepped out of the car and .. BANG! With all air-conditioning gone we fully felt 29°C at high humidity.

We had about 8 hours to spend – and oh my, what adventures would await us! 😉

After strolling around for a while we stumbled upon a typical South-East-Asian market full of flavors and smells. We saw different kinds of food, only a small percentage of it recognizable for us European visitors. Everybody seemed to fry something but we didn’t dare to try any of it. We went into a market building and suddenly…… the Chao Phraya river!!

Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

We continued with a visit to the Bangkok Grand Palace which was simply stunning:

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Although we had been warned by our Taxi driver we decided to take the risk and go for a .. Tuk-Tuk ride. With their fearless riders and generally dubious vehicle condition this near-death experience was survived by our short-term belief in Buddhist gods.

Tuk-Tuks in Bangkok

Tuk-Tuks in Bangkok

The day wasn’t nearly over by now .. to be continued! 🙂

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