East Coast, Australia

Goodbye, Byron Bay!

December 30, 2015

Goodbye Byron Bay.. As my first stop in the green state of New South Whales, it wasn’t a disappointment. The landscape is quite different, rolling green hills with scattered trees and dense rainforest pockets throughout. I’ve been here for ten days and it seems like it’s gone in segments. First I reunited with my friend Linda I met in Exmouth. She spins Trance so there was a lot of that pumping through our ears. Started with a long hike to the lighthouse where we saw Dolphins jumping the tides at sunset. The live music at night in Byron is a must see and the general laid back hippie culture here makes it captivating. Land of smiles and killer beaches. Who can’t smile when Nimbin is right around the corner? For two days we retreated in her camper van into the rainforests of Nightcap National Park where I gained my interest in birdwatching. Birds back at home are just, well birds, but here in Australia they come in all different colors and have tons of different noises. Some sound like a monkey while others sound like someone screaming for help. These days with Linda were some of the most laughter filled days to date. Upon her departure the weather turned for the worst. Literally 3.5 days of persistent rain. You can see my little run down tent in the corner, this was all I had for shelter! These days I fell ill and it was a blessing in disguise because the rain kept me isolated and helped me get better rather. Yesterday, the sun came out to greet me for my last day in Byron. Now it’s time to pack up, take some Sudafed and hope my ear doesn’t hurt on this flight. Today, finally after 9 months, I can say something I haven’t been able to say yet in Australia.. For today.. I go to SYDNEY!10881564_10102816390378003_3268641055707982169_n

Byron Bay & Nimbin

December 29, 2015

Well, Byron Bay was an incredible place, unlike any other place I have seen in Australia. It is the hippie capital of Australia! The surf town is known for its thriving music and art culture. It was the BEST live music I saw in Australia. It went from bluegrass to amazing deep house. A little bit of everything! There are also street musicians, people selling arts and crafts and tons of dogs on leashes with their transient owners. 🙂 It was really nice to see, it reminded me of Colorado.

The first couple days I was by myself and then my friend Linda, who I met in Exmouth, came and met me in her camper van! It was so nice to see her after so much time. Linda is a great woman. She is a Psytrance DJ and when she came and met me, she decided to pack up and live in her camper van. She is so much fun and has a great energy about her. She makes me feel happy all the time. We were in Byron Bay for a couple days, blazing spliffies, and looking around. We went to the lighthouse one night at sunset. We saw dolphins jumping in the waves, literally just dancing along the waves. We saw them from up top of this cliff and made our way down the hundreds of stairs to the beach. We sat there, got buzzed and made up a song trying to get the dolphins to come back out. “Come on dolphin!” was the name of our song. lol. We have fun together!

A couple days before Christmas, we went to Nimbin, the marijuana capital of Australia. A tiny town with only one main road, we did what we needed to do and then went to Nightcap National Park. That national park was amazing! OMG it was a straight up rainforest. We stayed in the camper van and at night the woods were so loud with all the various birds and wild life. It was a symphony! The bird watching was really good too. I never gave much attention to birds, but the birds in Australia are quite unique. I love their accents and coloring! We stayed there for two days and explored during the day.

On Christmas, we drove back to Byron Bay. I was feeling myself getting sick but was determined not to let me down. SO, I decided to let loose and party knowing what the consequences would be. It just is hard to be away from home on a holiday so I decided to let loose… and Byron Bay is an easy place to do that. We were on the beach all day and my friend Luc and also Stephanie met up with us. Luc is from France and I met him on Gumtree and he gave me the ride from Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach. He’s awesome and it was good to reunite with him. Stephanie, I met her years ago in Ecuador and reunited in Cairns so it was nice to see her again.

The day after Christmas, everyone left and I got REALLY sick. Luc took me to the doctor and it turns out I had a middle ear infection and laryngitis. I only had my tent and then we got rain for literally three days straight. I literally stayed in my tiny 2 person tent and did nothing for that time. I was so sick. It was very challenging, especially since I literally couldn’t go anywhere but my tent and this little table which was under shelter. It was maybe a blessing in desguise as I needed to get better for Sydney NYE. I couldn’t do anything but sleep and let the antibiotics do their job.

The last day the sun gave way and I went to King’s Beach nearby. Then on the 30th, I took a flight to Sydney. Byron Bay was easily one of my favorite places in Australia!

Recap of the East Coast

December 27, 2014

Last Month Recap.. It’s been nuts. So much happened in such a little time. Mind. Overload. The East Coast has been a success.

11/13 – Cairns
11/25 – Airlie Beach
11/26 – Whitsunday Islands
11/27 – Airlie Beach
11/30 – Road Trip Day
12/1 – Agnes Water / 1770
12/3 – Rainbow Beach
12/6 – Fraser Island
12/8 – Rainbow Beach
12/9 – Noosa
12/11 – Australian Zoo
12/11 – Brisbane
12/15 – Gold Coast
12/20 – Byron Bay
12/23 – Nimbin & Night Cap National Park
12/25 – Byron Bay
12/30 – SYDNEY

Goodbye, Gold Coast!

December 20, 2014

Gold Coast. It’s been nice but it’s time to go.. Onward to Byron Bay! It was a nice time in the Gold Coast. I stayed with my friend Tom’s brother in his mansion and was extremely grateful for all the hospitality. The Gold Coast was really flashy.. there are holiday apartments skyscrapers that line up the beach and everyone is really pretty! I enjoyed my time there but in the end Tom got really drunk and tried to fight me. So I told him to fuck off basically and left. Shit happens but I am glad he is out of my life. No time for such negativity! However, besides that the Gold Coast was nice and sunny and really relaxing. It was nice to get out of the hostel life for a moment but now I am on my way to Byron Bay a day early to meet up with Linda and stay in her van for a little as we explore around! I couldn’t be more happy to see her shiny face as I haven’t seen her since Exmouth!

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Reality TV Star Debut..

December 15, 2014

I was sitting here on the beach in the Gold Coast and a two ladies came up asking if we were busy. I was sure they were going to ask us to carry something for them or something, which I would have completely done, however, they said they were filming a TV reality show called “The GC” which was to be aired in New Zealand. Tom and I obliged and went to the pub mentioned in 20 minutes to air the scene. They call themselves a “dramality” show where there is a loose plot with no script. We went to the bar and they told us to oder drinks on their tab. That’s all I needed to hear! Therefore, I ordered gin and tonics left and right and had 5-6 before it was my turn! A backpacker is going to take this to the max as drinks are so expensive in Australia! The scene was as follows.. I was going to the pub to meet someone I had been speaking to online for a first date to find her not sitting there but two of her mates who were going to meet me and interview me first before I would be able to meet the girl in the profile. They were scouting out boyfriends for her! So I did just that.. I got mic’d up and walked into the bar and acted surprised to see them and not the girl sitting there. They then hounded me with questions and evaluated my fit for their friend. It was really fun and easy. The cast and the director were super friendly and it was a great experience overall! Apparently, the episode will air next April 2015! Stay tuned!