Letho's Blog

Darwin

by on Jul.16, 2011, under Traveling Australia

Jun 10 – Jul 16, 2011

Darwin started off with a row of disillusionments: No luck in getting a place to stay with couchsurfing hosts followed by the city we have counted on having everything actually being pretty small and unfortunately, mighty expensive. After another night at the caravan park we were rescued by Greg with whom we could couchsurf for a while and then rent his spare room for the time he was travelling the Gibb River Road. Lucky us to have a good bed and a real home, it was much needed after weeks of camping and travelling. We had company since Jess also stayed at Greg’s and we had many nice cooking evenings and to Franks dismay I also enjoyed watching Masterchef Australia with her (although I have to admit it is not the best show to learn too many new recipes). In the meantime we looked for another room, handed out a lot of resumes to find a job, wrote blog articles, Frank worked on the car and we basically just led the opposite life to travelling.

Unfortunately, Frank`s birthday wasn’t celebrated on Bali, as planned, but rather with a luxurious birthday breakfast and a visit to the Botanic Garden and Darwin museum in the afternoon. The evening was finished off with dinner at the Fiddler’s Green Pub at the waterfront.

Furthermore, we met our former couchsurfing host Sam from Adelaide which was nice too.

One week was busy with a stocktaking job at an aviation company, counting nuts and bolts all day long – not very entertaining.
Experiments with German dishes (Spätzle, Kartoffelpuffer, Kohlrouladen Herrencreme) contributed to cultural exchange between Germany (us), Canada (Jess) and Greg (Australia) and we were introduced to mud crabs. Frank was brave enough to try them, respect!!

Later on we rented a room and stayed two weeks with Tammi and her superb blender that could make hot soup, mix bread, make icecream, the most delicious smoothies and of course an incredible ice coffee. The downside to it was the price – about 1000 Aus$!! I hope there is a good alternative! Any ideas anybody? : )

And of course general sightseeing in the city:

Aviation Centre

Crocodylus Park

Here’s a crocodile feeding – fierce creatures:

This short clip demonstrates how hard it is to locate crocodiles under water and how quick they actually are:

Beer can rigatta XXXX Gold


Fish feeding

Mindil Beach

Darwin CBD

Fanny Bay Gaol


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