Hello again from Down Under,
As you are all starting your new term I have done more than half my first semester here (of 2). Just a few more weeks before the 4 month holiday over the summer.
I have to say I am a tad worried about the summer weather. It was 34oC here on Monday and it is early spring?needless to say a slightly red, peeling nose has occurred due to the weather! Happy autumn everyone!
Update on the roaches?they came back, finding our newly fixed microwave a lovely place for a nest (see previous article, http://live.cgcu.net/opinion/?id=1120). The bait put down from the previous incident have had absolutely no effect. They scuttle into them, through them and out of them with no ill effects. So having cooked dinner with 8 of the friendly chaps scuttling around near the hob, action was taken when roach spray was found. We also found a funnel web spider in one of the bedrooms? needless to say I was not there at that time. If I had have been you may well have found me back in the UK by now!
We?ve just had a mid-semester break here and so I have done a few touristy things which I have to tell you about just to make you jealous! Lucky for me a certain Live! Editor was out here with me during this break.
We climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It?s not that arduous a climb and the views from the top are fantastic although slightly disconcerting seeing a helicopter there below you! Well worth doing it if you get out here. We also did a seaplane flight over the beaches and the city. The flight was a tad bumpy but the landing was better than many commercial flights landing on the more solid stuff! So now we have walked across it, got the train across it, climbed it, flown over it and even sailed a 29ft yacht under the bridge. We decided not to swim under it as when sailing we saw box jelly fish in the harbour waters!
We also took a flight up to Cairns, which is North Queensland (that little pointy bit on the top right of the map). Goodness knows what Captain Cook felt landing at Cape Tribulation and scaling Mount Sorrow and Mount Misery as we quite liked the 30oC temperature and beautiful beach. We stayed in a village called Dibuji which comprised of a small supermarket, a pharmacy, a backpackers lodge and bar and our hotel. If we were to have continued on the road past the hotel we would have needed a 4X4. It poured and poured with rain though. Being in a rainforest we didn?t mind so much. I have to say we made a conscious effort not to swim in the near by creek as a 2.5m crocodile lives there and had just eaten an Australian in the preceding week.
We headed back down to Cairns for a trip out to the reef. We snorkelled for over 3 hours on the reef and saw a reef shark and Chris?s favourite fish, ?Toon Army Fish? otherwise known as a banner fish, with an unsuspecting interest in a certain northern footy team. If you wanted to you could touch the coral. The crew did tell us of a ?fire coral? and how it would feel like a constant cigarette burn and a lighter being held on you for 18 months but they didn?t tell us what it looked like so we didn?t risk it. But on a serious note, when you see the coral and realise how sensitive it is to human touch (it can die instantly) and you see how beautiful the world is under water you didn?t want to touch it.
But back to reality and the fact that I am actually here to do a degree, not dice with death with the various creatures native to this land. Next instalment in Boomerang shall be a review of the Australian International Motor-show to be held in Darling Harbour. Good luck to everyone starting the new year.