Housesitting on the Gold Coast.

Even though I’ve now spent 10 days on the Gold Coast, I can’t really say that I’ve had many adventures. I’ve mostly been focused on feeding the animals, going for walks with the dog and petting the cat when she lets me. Well, I’ve also been reading a lot, watching a lot of Netflix and doing some planning for my spring of adventure here in Australia. It’s still so weird to write that it’s spring in September though… everything is backwards here.
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Balcony life with the animals. 
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The cat likes potato chips too, and sees no limits to the way she tries to get them. 
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Pretty walks with the dog. Right after this we were attacked by a very vicious magpie though. Swooping season has begun, which is explained on this page. I had to fight it off with the dogs leash, luckily he didn’t even react even though the bird was half a millimeter above him attacking. 
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You’re so weird Lilly. Adorable but weird. 
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Oh, and whoops, somehow I managed to buy tickets to Taylor Swift in Sydney. I have no idea how that happened… to the surprise of no one though. I’m so excited!! Haha.

The other night I went to a theme restaurant nearby though, called Draculas. Like you can tell from the title it has a horror theme and everyone in the staff is dressed up as vampires or other scary things. You get in, get a drink and then get to ride the ghost train. It’s like an amusement park ride, it wasn’t that scary though luckily. The food was really good, the drinks were good and the show was very funny. They had singing, dancing, stand up and some burlesque as well, which is why the show is from 15 years and up. And during the intermission they showed a video from everyone riding in the ghost train, it was hilarious. Luckily I didn’t look too scared. I had a great time, and if you found yourself in the Gold Coast area I would recommend a visit.
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The dessert was a chocolate coffin with whipped cream, it was so good! 

I’ve also been up in the Q1, which is the tallest building in Australia. It’s in Surfers Paradise and the view from the top was pretty great.
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Q1 is that tall building in the middle. 
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Surfers Paradise from above. 
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The view towards Broadbeach which is where I’ve been staying.
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Except for watching movies and going for walks and eating food, I’ve also been planning a lot. I now have an approximate route that I want to take around the eastern part of Australia. Going around the entire country would require a lot more time, so I’ll just focus on seeing as much as possible in this area.
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10 000 km is almost the same distance I drove from Florida to California, so at least I have driven that far before. But now I’ll have more freedom as I’ll be sleeping in my campervan, so I can basically stop wherever I want. I’m so excited to just be out on the roads again and have adventures.

It’s finally adventure time again!

Adventures at Fraser Island and Surfers Paradise.

On Saturday I was up early as the courtesy bus would be at the hotel to pick me up early. We were driven to the ferry over to Fraser Island, and on the island were shown to a bus. But not just any bus; since Fraser Island is the worlds biggest sand island, all vehicles traveling there have to be 4WD otherwise they’ll get stuck before they’ve barely left the ferry. So we boarded this huge bus and Steve the Guide took off in top speed across the sandy roads of Fraser Island. Let’s just say that I was very happy that I had taken a motion sickness pill that morning, it was a bumpy ride. But while he drove he told us the story of the island, about the aboriginals who lived there first and a lot of interesting stories. Well, the first thing he told us was “welcome to the island where 6 of the world’s deadliest snakes and 1 of the most poisonous spiders live”. Mm, thanks. First we headed down to drive on the beach, which is officially considered one of Australia’s motorways.
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After a while we pulled up next to three small airplanes on the beach, and we were given the opportunity to go flying for 15 minutes over the island and the ocean. I thought it was going to be crazy expensive but it was actually really affordable, so I signed up. It was so cool taking off and landing on the beach, and I also saw two whales in the ocean.
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And no dad, you couldn’t swim here, it’s forbidden since sharks usually swim up and down the shoreline.

Once back on the beach we drove around some more, had lunch at a restaurant and then finished off the day at the Lake Mckenzie. The water was so clear! I had heard rumors that blonde hair might turn green there but luckily I didn’t notice it. They also say that swimming in that lake makes you 12 months younger, yay! Or wait, obviously I don’t need to look younger, considering how many times I’ve had to show ID during this trip.
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Yes, those were rainclouds in the background, and yes, the skies completely opened half a minute after this photo was taken. The weather sure changes quickly here.

Oh, and we took a walk through the rainforest on the island as well, that was very cool and so pretty.
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It was a very fun trip and I made some friends, and before you ask, yes they were all middle-aged. Somehow I always connect with the middle-aged people, never with the people my age. I like it. I arrived at my hotel completely exhausted which wasn’t very bad because the next day I had a spa day planned. The resort I stayed at had a spa so I just figured I should spoil myself some. There were some jetspa thing, and a facial, and while my face was covered in goo she started putting some sort of cream on my hand. I thought that was it, but then she pressed down and started massaging it. Before I could protest and make her stop, the damage was done though… two steps forward and one step back, so I’m now in pain again, but not as bad as it has been. Oh well. Just clearly shows that I need to keep resting it.

On Monday I rode the bus back to Brisbane, and then took a train to the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise. It was pretty uneventful which is always good when you’re traveling, but then Amy came to pick me up at the station. I’m housesitting for her and her boyfriend Rob for ten days, and also watching their dog and cat. I was shown around the house and given a list of instructions. That night we went out to dinner and they made me absolutely terrified by telling me about a HUGE spider that was in the house once. Oh no, don’t tell me those things… I hate spiders. Hate. Oh well.

Anyway, meet Chief the Dog and Lillian the Cat. They are both big softies and so cuddly.
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Well, when I was at the spa I had 2 hours when I was forced to do absolutely nothing. No movies, books or music to distract me, so I did a lot of thinking. And I realized that I came here to have adventures, not to work and try to live some sort of normal life. If that was my goal, I’d rather be doing that in Sweden and be closer to my family. So I decided to do what I’ve thought about previously, and rent a campervan and drive around for a few months. So starting from Monday the 28th of September, I will go pick up this beauty (name undecided) and drive around for 2,5 months just exploring Australia. I can’t wait! And I’ll have so much more freedom since I can pretty much sleep wherever I want. I am SO EXCITED! If you have any suggestions where I should go, please let me know! I know I’ll mostly be driving around the east coast, but I will also go to Alice Springs and Uluru.

And once those 75 days are up, I’m getting on a plane to New Zealand where I’ll spend 24 days with the Haka Tours, on their Epic NZ tour. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them, and I will also be spending Christmas and New Years with them. We’re going to be 16 people on the tour, all without our families there so I think this is the best situation to be honest. We can be each others families, though I hope someone will want to celebrate on the 24th with me, since that is the day we celebrate in Sweden. And I will be going hiking, kayaking, and yes, skydiving. Not bungee jumping though, that is my limit!

I’m so looking forward to the last part of 2015, it’s going to be so epic!! 

And in other, very very sad news. I’m not sure how many of you know of Emil and Johanna, a young Swedish couple who has been cycling across South America since the beginning of the year. They recently had an accident with a car in Brazil, and unfortunately Johanna passed away and Emil is injured. I am so extremely sorry to hear this, and my thoughts are with both of their families. Once again I am reminded of how lucky I was. So extremely lucky. But I also hope that people remember that they were living their dream. If something was to happen to me, god forbid, I’d want people to remember that. Even though everyone deserves to life full lives until they die of old age, if something was to happen, I could think of worse ways to go while living your dream. Rest in peace Johanna, and I hope Emil will get well soon.

We should admire the courage and spirit in his lifeWhat kind of man would live where there is no daringAnd is life so dear that we should blame men for dying in adventureIs there a better way to die
 Charles Lindbergh

Some of my favorite experiences from USA (part 1).

A while ago a friend of mine suggested that I write a list of the top 10 things I experienced during my three months in USA. I started thinking about it and slowly started adding things to my notes in my phone. I soon realized that there was no way that I would actually be able to list these things according to how much I appreciated, as it would be unfair to all the other things… yeah I know, I’m way too sentimental but I just couldn’t. So this will be a list of some of the greatest things that happened to me, in an order that is in no way relevant to how much I enjoyed it.

– Getting picked up off the street in North Carolina and taken in by a family.
This will forever be one of my favorite memories and experiences. I hadn’t even been in the United States for a week when I one stinking hot Saturday in June got to Mt Gilead, North Carolina. I knew that there was no way I would be able to keep on cycling that day as I had already suffered a small heatstroke just an hour earlier, so I sat down on a street corner, stealing wifi from a local business and waiting for something to happen. And it sure did. Just moments later Laura and Courtney came walking by, and I asked if they knew somewhere I could camp that night. Minutes later I was on a couch in Laura’s spa, drinking a soda and eating chips while half of the Mt Gilead community came by to say hi. My bike was loaded onto her pickup and I spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out in their amazing Gone With the Wind-type house, meeting both Laura’s husband and kids. It was just what I needed that day and I still can’t believe I was that lucky. I’ve been getting sweet messages from both Laura, her super cute helper Courtney and Tammy who works at the spa on instagram all summer as well. I’m a lucky girl, for sure!
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– Learning to surf in Florida.
Learning how to surf has always been a dream of mine, only I’ve always dreamt of accomplishing. I have never had the opportunity to learn before though, so when I found myself with all the time in the world in the US I quickly decided to go to Florida and take some lessons. I thought it would be insanely hard, and I’m not going to lie, it was hard, but somehow I managed in record-breaking time. Less than 20 minutes after entering the water, and with only a 10-minute briefing on the beach, I rode my first wave. It was such an insane adrenaline kick and I loved every minute of it. Even though I need hours and hours of practice to be any good though, I can actually say that I know how to surf now and that is just insane.
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– Spontaneously going to a baseball game in St Louis.
The one thing I had been told about baseball games is that they can go on forever, and that they are boring. I never knew anything about it myself though, since I had never watched a game in my life. But when I found out there was a game between the Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals when I was in St Louis, I barely hesitated before I bought myself a ticket. I walked to the arena with no expectations whatsoever but was just blown away by the entire experience. I actually really liked the game, but even more I enjoyed the company I found myself in. Thank you Todd, Brittney, Janet and Thelma for accepting the Swedish girl at her first baseball game, and both explain the game to me while keeping me company. Talking to everyone around me just really made the entire night so much better, which I’ll return to later as well. The only regret I have? Not buying a Cardinals shirt…
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– Going to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana by myself.
Going to an amusement park by yourself can seem like a really strange choice, but I really don’t see what the problem is. I don’t think being alone should ever stop you from doing something! So I went to Holiday World in Indiana, mostly because I really wanted to go to a place called Santa Claus. My first day there I decided to spend at the waterpark, where I after having gone in a ride with three kids quickly got accepted into their gang and spent the entire day with them just having so much fun. What would have been a fun day turned into an amazing day and I can’t believe that they just accepted me so quickly. The best time at the very best waterpark I’ve ever been to!

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– Falling in love with hiking in Zion national park, Utah
My very first real hike in United States was hiking up to Angel’s Landing in Zion national park. It was named “very strenuous” but I didn’t let that stop me, despite having literally no experience. I loved every moment of it, and from the moment I decided that it was going to be the thing I’d keep doing throughout the rest of my stay in the United States. I can’t wait to go back and do more hiking!

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– Being treated as family in Colorado.
Before I even left Sweden I had a standing invitation to Jeane and Mike in Westcliffe, Colorado, so when I got closer I started planning my visit to them, and I’m so glad I did. From the moment I arrived to their wonderful house right by the mountains in Colorado, I knew that this would be an unforgettable stay. They took me in, had bought me gifts and treated me like one in the family. I only spent 24 hours in their house but I got to experience great cooking, some nice red wine and we even had time to go on a hike. They have told me that I can come back and visit anytime, and I promise that I will. In fact, I can’t wait until I get the chance to go back to Colorado.
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– Seeing Taylor Swift in concert three times.
The first time in Charlotte was just amazing, because everything was completely new to me. I knew nothing about what to expect or anything and it was just a magical evening. The next time in Santa Clara was just as much fun, as the arena was enormous and also because my friend Josefine joined me. I knew what to look for and when to film if I wanted to do that. And Julia Roberts was there, it was so cool. And the third time was even better because I was SO close to the stage and to Taylor. Though I’m glad that wasn’t my only experience because being that close kind of makes you miss the show, all you see is her and the videos and everything else kind of gets lost. Oh, and seeing both Justin Timberlake, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow was fun too. Okay not fun, it was amazing. Now I’ve seen Taylor in concert a total of five times (Oslo 2011, London 2014 and these three times) and I can’t wait to see her again, whenever that might be.
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– How a random baseball game can lead to beautiful friendship.
At the baseball game in St Louis, Janet told me that if I ever found myself in Houston, I could come stay with them. After I made my plans after Florida known, I promptly got a comment from Janet reminding me of that invitation. Of course I put that into my plans, and arrived at their fabulous townhouse in central Houston a Saturday afternoon. I got to ride in an amazing Mustang, was fed great food and we exchanged travel stories all afternoon. Janet and Phil are such amazing people, with really interesting stories as well. Once again, I’m so glad I ended up sitting next to them at the baseball game in St Louis, without knowing much about me they just accepted me into their homes and lives and I’m forever grateful for that. And we still keep up to date with each other through mail, they check in to make sure I’m doing alright and I can’t wait to hear about their European cruise soon.
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– Parks and recreation.
As soon as I started making my tentative plans for the months I’d have in the US, I knew I wanted to visit as many national parks as possible. I knew it would be good, but I never expected them to be just as great as they were. Even though I guess Grand Canyon rates very high on most peoples list’s of parks to see, I have so many others I’d recommend instead. Yellowstone is of course on top of my list, but I loved the more unknown places too, like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Yosemite was great, and so was Rocky Mountains and Zion. There are so many places left to visit though, but I am young, I have plenty of time.
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– Exploring the coast of California with my parents.
When I say that I love being alone, I really mean it. I need solitude to recharge and I very seldom feel lonely. And with all the technology of today I can just call my family up on Skype or Facetime and see their faces in seconds, so that helps a lot. But after having travelled across the Unites States alone for 2,5 months I was very excited to have my parents join in San Francisco. My dad came to visit when I went to school in Santa Monica in 2007, but my mother hadn’t been to the states since 1966. A lot has changed since then, I’m sure of. We had a blast exploring San Francisco and Alcatraz especially, then driving down to coast on Highway 1. We all enjoyed Los Angeles as well, and I’m so thankful that they could come join me on my last weeks in my favorite country.
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There might be a part 2 to this someday, but I think this is enough for now. Thank you USA for the best summer of my life. I will never forget this for the rest of my life.

Downtime in Hervey Bay.

I left Brisbane on Monday at around lunch time, on a Greyhound bus which was wildly different from the one I had experienced in USA. This one was clean and fresh, had air-conditioning and usb plugs, I had two seats to myself and the free wifi actually worked. It was pretty great. I didn’t mind the five hour journey north at all, I watched movies and listened to music and just enjoyed the serenity. I arrived in Hervey Bay at around five in the afternoon, shocked that the sun was setting already! Clearly a sign that it’s still very early spring here. I checked into my hotel, Oceans resort and spa and got this beautiful apartment all to myself. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, a kitchen and a nice balcony. It’s pretty perfect and just what I needed for some nice downtime. The only thing seriously lacking is the wifi, it’s so slooooow. But I’m enjoying cooking food for once and just taking care of myself here.
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A rest stop on the way north, I’ve seen a lot worse in my days. 
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This place is bigger than anything I’ve ever lived in by myself before. 
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It still low season here though, so most days I’ve been all alone by the pool. The Aussies think it’s too cold, while I as a Swede think 25 degrees is the perfect temperature for a day by the pool. Mostly I’ve just been resting a lot, going for walks, reading books, swimming in the pool and watching movies. They have free pay per view-movies here, which I have been using to the max. My list of watched movies must be an entire A4 page by now, I hope they give me a copy when I check out, just for fun.
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The Urangan Pier. 
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Yes, that is a HUGE pelican landing on that lamppost. WOW. 
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Contemplating life by the beach.
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I brought my gopro to the pool the other day and had some fun taking underwater picture. I saw some people sitting on their balconies watching me later, they must have thought I looked hilarious.

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I have also finally had time to actually go through my plans for the future. There are many questions at the moment, and I’m feeling a little lost trying to answer them. My hand is finally (FINALLY!!) feeling a little bit better, to the point where there sometimes can be a full day without any pain at all. This is such a huge step and I’m so happy that I’m finally seeing some relief. It makes me think that maybe I should try getting on a new bike and try this adventure as it was meant to be though, but somehow it doesn’t seem right anymore, and I have some anxiety about feeling that way. I feel guilty that I don’t really want to get back on the bike right away, but I also don’t think it would be very clever. Like I said, I’m still only at single days without pain at this point, I’m scared that putting strain on it now would make it worse again. And somehow it feels like this has turned into something so completely different and unexpected, and I shouldn’t have to feel guilty that it has. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain but this week had given me a lot of time to think, maybe too much.

And once I got injured in the US I pretty quickly came up with a plan for what to do and what to see, but here in Australia I don’t really have a plan. I can’t keep going the way I have up until now because then I’ll have to go back to Sweden way too soon and completely penniless and that’s not an option I’m too fond of. In America I didn’t have the option to work, which I do here though, so I have applied to get a tax relief number so that I can actually work here without having to pay 48% in tax. I just have to figure out with what and where. Or should I just rent a campervan and drive around the outback for a few months? So many options, but I have no idea what I actually want. All I know is that I want to go hiking again soon. Preferably a longer hike, which is why I’ve been looking into longer, guided hikes in groups. It sounds like fun and a good start for me to try longer hikes with people who are more used to it than I am.

Like I said, so many options, and I’m no closer to an answer than I was a month ago. I need to find out soon though, because not having any idea is not a good plan. But after Hervey Bay I’m housesitting for ten days, which gives me plenty of time to do more research and come up with a plan. Hopefully they have faster internet too, so that I might actually be able to do some research. But other than my lack of plans I think I’m adapting pretty well. I still have to ask people to repeat themselves all the time though because I’m having such trouble with the accent, but it’s getting better I think. Oh, and the other day I was buying some coffee and the barista took a look at my Yellowstone t-shirt and asked if I’d been there. Turns out he’s going to the USA next summer, and I spent close to half an hour just chatting to him about where he should go and what he should see. He kept asking me questions though, so I’m pretty sure he didn’t mind it too much…

Oh, and I will be changing the name of this website soon, to something more fitting. I just have to figure out what that might be first though. Any suggestions? I’m thinking something along the lines of hike and bike but I don’t know. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Tomorrow I’m heading to Fraser Island on a tour, which should be fun! I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big island just outside of Hervey Bay, and it was either that or going on a whale watching tour which would have been amazing. I realized that I probably shouldn’t though, as I very easily get insanely seasick and that would have been a horrible way to spend a day. I’m pretty sure Fraser Island will be just as amazing though! This might seem like a pretty sad post compared to how upbeat I usually am, but trust me when I say that I’m still very, very happy. I’ve just had to come down on earth for a while now, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing :) As I keep saying, life is good!

Australia.

So it surely doesn’t help my effort to write shorter posts when I don’t post for a week… but I’ve just been so busy! I started my journey to Australia last Monday, on the 31st of August. My parents flight to SF and then onwards to Sweden departed at lunch time from LAX, so when they went to the airport I joined them, despite the fact that my flight to Brisbane didn’t leave until almost midnight. It was okay though, I went and bought myself something I’d been eyeing for months: a pair of noise canceling headphones. With just the push of a button all outside sound went away so I spent the entire day listening to music, reading or watching the new season of Fear the Walking Dead with not a single thing disturbing me. It went surprisingly well spending 13 hours there.

(also a warning, the formatting on this post looks a bit weird and it looks like photos are loading but they really aren’t…)

They had a Pinkberry right next to my gate so that was good.

I finally got to check in the late afternoon, and was assigned seat 75G. A quick googling told me it’s the very last seat in the entire plane. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to recline my seat all the way back, especially since it was a 14 hour nonstop night flight, but I didn’t need to worry. The plane was fully booked, but in my row one guy was seated on the opposite side, then there were two empty seats and then mine. I couldn’t believe my luck when those were the only two empty seats I could see, so I could easily stretch out and sleep a bit more comfortably than otherwise. It was right next to the bathrooms at the back though, but thanks to my new headphones I didn’t hear a thing beside the very low music I had on to block out any noise that might come through.

   
I got a bit too excited when I discovered the entertainment system though, SO many good movies! I just watched one though, with my dinner and then slept for a few hours. I woke up in time to watch another movie, have breakfast and then it was time to land. I never thought 14 hours would go by that quick. Such a good flight to be honest. 
   
 
In the immigrant forms everyone has to fill out one of the options said “have you been in the wilderness or near freshwater in the last 30 days” and I just couldn’t lie. I’ve seen too many episodes of Australia’s border protection to take a chance on those. Turns out that was a good choice since the line for “Nothing to declare” went around half the airport while the other one was really short. A dog sniffed my bags, they asked if I had washed my shoes and then I was let through without them even looking. Wow, that went a lot smoother than I expected.

My friend Reese picked me up at the airport and we went and had breakfast. I did arrive at 6:40 in the morning after all. After some downtime at his place we went down to the water for a walk which was nice. The weather here is so nice, obviously early spring is a very good time to go to Brisbane. It’s mostly like the perfect Swedish summers day.
  

I was pretty tired though, since I had flown 17 hours into the future. Back at Reese’s house I fell asleep every other minute all evening until I finally gave up and headed to bed at eight. I was asleep within seconds.

The next day we met up with Reese’s friend Matt to go sightseeing and go see a movie. You can tell that Reese really knows me when he planned this day. We took the bus to the city and then got on a boat so we could see the city from the river. There was a little rain but other than that the weather was really nice. 

  

  
In the afternoon we saw the Australian movie Holding the man which was really good and sad. Once again I was really tired that evening and fell asleep so quick. It’s hard staying awake late but I had a very early morning the next day so that was actually good. Reese is a pilot, and is attending an aviation school nearby. Some others were going to fly in formation early that morning, and I was invited to tag along. I have never been on a plane that small before but it was a lot of fun.


It was me, the pilot Lisa and a Canadian lady in our plane. 

  
So much fun! We went up and down much faster than any roller coaster I’ve ever been on, and it was crazy but fun.

Afterwards we drove down to Surfers Paradise where I’ll be housesitting for ten days at the end of September for one of Reese’s friends. It was the perfect location really, close to the beach and they have a dog and a cat so that should be a lot of fun. It will give me a lot of time to try to plan the rest of my stay here in Australia too, so that’s very good. The entire coastline down there is so beautiful, from Surfers paradise to the Gold Coast which is where we were headed next.


As it’s Father’s day in Australia today (Sunday) we were heading to his parents who live on the Gold Coast (which is a city on the east coast, so that is the actual name of the city, not just the name of a coast like we would say that we live on the west coast and it would be more of a description than an actual name of a place. The more you know…)

His parents has a really nice house there, and I got to meet them and the dog, but unfortunately no koalas. They have been known to hang out in the trees surrounding the house, but no one at that time. While Reese made rocky road for his dad I borrowed a computer and booked my relaxing holiday for the upcoming week. I’ll be going a bit further up the east coast to Hervey Bay where I’ll be whale watching, and going to the world’s biggest sand island. I’ll also mostly be doing nothing at all which I’m really looking forward to. It’s looking to be the perfect summer’s weather according to my standards, sunny and 25 degrees. Ah, I can’t wait!

Anyway, that night we went out to dinner and I got the full Australian family experience which was fun. It’s a lot different actually knowing someone here and staying with them, as I get a more normal experience than I would have otherwise. I like that a lot. He also has such a great family, so that helps too.

The next day we were up early to go to the farmers market and I’m SO jealous of their market and their pick of organic veggies and fruits. Most things have to be imported to Sweden since it’s so cold, but they really have it all here since they have so many climate zones.  
After some coffee and with fully loaded bags Reese and I headed back out on the roads again. We were going to Currumbin wildlife sanctuary nearby, to take a look at koalas and other animals. I’m always a bit unsure about any type of zoo’s, but this one has a big hospital where they care for thousands of wild animals each year and it’s completely nonprofit so all the proceeds go straight to the hospital. Most people working there are volunteers as well so that is also a good sign. I got to hold a koala which I loved, it was so soft and cuddly. I wanted to keep it but apparently they don’t make very good pets. Too bad, but at least they had a lot of them so even though most were sleeping, a lot of them were active too. I got to hold Caramela, look at that cutie!

I also got to pet a kangaroo and see a lot of different type of Aussie animals. We went to a bird show and a show with sheep shearing and I got to hold a big eagle too. Such a good day! I was bouncing around like a little kid most of the day, just being super excited about being there.

  



  


  
  
  
  

We also went for a walk while waiting for the Aboriginal dance show to begin, had some ice cream and walked up the elephant rock.  

It’s so funny that they actually have an ice-cream that’s named Golden Gaytime…  

Today Reese has been at work so I’ve been watching some tv and doing basically nothing at all. Tomorrow I’m getting on a Greyhound bus to Hervey Bay, but apparently the buses are much better here than what I experienced last time. I’d never dare to drive here, I can barely remember which way to look when I’m crossing a street! Why do people have to be so special and drive on the wrong side of the road, just be like the rest of us… :)

Other than that… I’m struggling with the language. Supposedly they speak English here, but not really, it’s Australian. There is a huge difference. Half the time I have no idea what people are saying to me, from having understood like 98% in the US I’m not at like 50%. They just speak so fast and so weird. And don’t even get me started on the slang… but I’m guessing I’ll be fluent in no time. Otherwise I’ll just keep doing what I always do: smile and nod and pretend that everything is fine. Or just pretend that I understand no English at all and just speak Swedish all the time, always a good idea.

I think that’s all for now! G’day mates!