The next day we went for a walk along the harbor. Sydney is awesome! Very green, lots of water and it even boasts some beautiful beaches. It is cold, 10 – 15 degrees, but when the sun is shining it is lovely. In the evening I crawl into my two sleeping bags, with an extra duvet, a hot water bottle and the cat for extra warmth …
A big advantage of such a cultural host is that he gave me a personal tour of the famous Opera House. Unfortunately there was no opera, but he did arrange free tickets for a kind of comedy show (about Germans in the jungle; difficult to explain, but very funny…), and a wonderful concert. I joked that if the opera house had collapsed, none of my friends would worry about me because they never expected me to be in it …
The other days I walked through the city and saw a lot. I have a new hobby: Aboriginal art. With the digital camera that I bought in Singapore, I take pictures to be able to retrieve those beautiful colors and shapes later. I think the paintings are sooo beautiful that I can watch them for hours. The aboriginals do something with energy when they paint them and I can feel that there is much more to them than just figures and paint.
Today I made a long walk. It is unbelievable how you can suddenly sit in the jungle in the middle of the city or just on a beautiful beach. I’m really impressed.
Tomorrow I will fly to Alice Springs, the warm, dry, red interior of Australia, where Uluru (that famous, red, holy aboriginal rock, or Ayers Rock) is also located. Unfortunately I have less success there with Servas hosts, because the only one who lives there is abroad. However, a ‘day host’ has offered to show me around. On the 16th he invited me to join a group of bushwalkers for a walk in the desert. A great opportunity; I want to try and learn as much as possible about the country. I also hope that I can camp outside for a few nights and see the Milky Way at night.
It is now full moon. By the way, did you know that there is a ‘bunny’ in the moon here in the southern hemisphere? In Europe you don’t see that, but if you look at the full moon here, you clearly see the silhouette of a bunny!
Well, I’m going to pack my things again. Adam calls me a ‘TechNomad’ because I have so many cables in my backpack. While I am used to travel light, I now carry my laptop, charging cable, telephone cord, GSM, telephone charger, digital camera, docking station, charger, connection cord with computer and TV-out cord. I don’t even need half of all those cables on the road, but yes I got them with that camera in Singapore. Maybe I will send them to the Netherlands en route. By the way, I had brought a world plug from the ANWB, so that I can charge my laptop in every country. Indeed there are contact points for every country. It also goes into every outlet, but to my great surprise (and frustration) I don’t get the Dutch plug of my laptop into the Dutch ANWB plug !!!!!! Can someone please complain about this at the ANWB ???
That nobody has ever had this problem before !!!
Well, if that is the biggest ‘trouble’ I will have on this trip, then I am more than OK with it!
Alice Springs is literally ‘in the middle of nowhere’. From the plane I have the most beautiful views of the desert. To my surprise, I see Aboriginal paintings on the land below when I look out the window. The colors, the compositions, the patterns (lines, dots, etc.) are exactly what I have seen in the museums. Did you know that the Aboriginals always paint the land and its inhabitants from the air? How they do that is a mystery.
I also feel like painting and one of the first things I do in ‘Alice’ is to buy paint and canvases …