OZ: Canberra

Heute morgen habe ich erst etwas nach Japan telefoniert und bin dann gleich ins National Museum of Australia gegangen, wo ich auch immerhin 2,5 Stunden verbracht habe. ES war sehr interessant und gut aufgemacht. Hat mir gefallen. Und ich habe wieder was gelernt: Denn Anzac ist eine Abkuerzung. Steht fuer Australian + New Zealand Army Corps.
Puh, schwere Geburt.
Danach bin ich zum Parlament maschiert. was so 30 minuten zu fuss waren.
Puh. Dort gab es eine gute Fuehrung und jetzt weiss ich auch, dass Australien zwei Staaten weniger hat als ich dachte. Denn Northern Territory und Australian
Capital Territory gelten nicht als Staaten. Und bei der Gruendung von AUstralien gab es die auch noch nicht. Witziger weise ging South Australia damals bis an die Nordkueste hoch. schon komisch.
Und auch sonst war das Parlament schon ein nettes gebaeude, ist ja auch erst
von 1988.
Und nun bin ich nach einem weiteren Marsch in der Buecherei gelandet. Mein Magen knurrt nur schrecklich, da er noch gar nichts zu essen bekommen hat. Wie gemein, gelle. Habe ihn mal auf Diaet gesetzt. Soll er doch was von meinem
Fettbauch wegnehmen, hihi.
Ausser, dass mir meine beine/fuesse noch weh tun und ich muede und ko bin
gibt es nichts mehr.

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OZ: Blue Mointains

Hi Folks,
today was another great day in OZ. Since I am currently based in Sydney, I took a dayticket to the blue mountains, which are 110 km away from sydney in the west. This mountain range is totally different from what we have with the Alps, but still they are very nice, and very, very old. I went hiking around for a couple of hours. to some beautiful waterfalls and some fantasitcs views. In between I saw the well know sight and the highlight of the tour "the three sisters". Three rocks standing next to each other washed out by water and wind. Amazing.
Unfortunately you have to be a bit patient about pictures since they will arrive in April soonest. :( too bad, I know.
Tomorrow I plan to do a tour in the Sydney Opera House which i just saw from the outside so far. And the fishmarket is still on my list. I guess I will meet Peter there for a lunch.
On Wednesday I will go to Canberra and on Friday back to Melbourne.
My time in OZ is going to end in a week. I will fly to a one week stop-over in Singapore next Monday (22nd) and be back in good old Germany (Karlsruhe) at the 30th of March.
But I will send another journey note after canberra most probably.
I hope U r all well and wish u the best.

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Central Australia: Alice Springs

a lot happened during the last few days and I learned a lot about Australias
History, nature and Aborigine culture.
Today we arrived at Alice Spring, the big town in the centre of Austrlia with a hugh population of 28.000 people. But for a lot of people this is the closest town for 1000 km. Adelaide (south Australia) is 2000km away, Darwin 1600 km. And there is nothing else around. a big rodeo in August is the biggest attraktion of Alice springs and many rednecks from the outback go here twice a year, getting pissed and enjoying KFC and McDonald. Really strange to believe. And Gambling is the biggest industry here, followed by cattle (800 Mio AUD a year) and Tourism as third (with 600 Mio AUD). Kangoroo shooting is a business worth 200 Mio AUD a year. As you can see I learned a lot the past days since our tourguide Tex was a great bloke. He worked here in Central Australia for seven years on Cattle farms which is a very, very remote job, where you work seven days a week, looking after cattle somewhere in the outback, sleeping somewhere under the sky, not seeing a house or a propert shower for weeks. Not seeing any city for months. This is a really tough job. After that tex startedto work as a tourguide driving tourist in busses or 4WD to all the sights.
ok, but back to our tour. We went after cooper pedy to Uluru, to see the sunset there. This rock is just amazing. and we had some champaign while watching the sunset and how the roch changes coulor from red to another red, to another red to another red to dark. AMAZING.
The following day we went to see the sunrise where the rock is changing its color again every five minutes. After that I went climbing the rock. Maybe some of you might now think this bloody bastard, this is a holy place for the aborignies so why did he went to climb it?
The reason is that the only reason why one should climb the rock is, that there were so many death from people climbing the rock which pisses the aboriginies off. Because for the life is soemthing very important and the Uluru is a place they have only nice memories off. nut if a white (or minga - white ant) climbes the rock and dies makes them feel bad and sorry. it is like having a great time for ages in a swimming pool and then some stranges come and drown in there and this spoils your nice time u spent there. Since with this the good memories are overwritten by bad ones. But since I did not intended to die by heartattack on th Uluru I went to climb it and it was the most exciting climb in my life. It is really hard to describe and I hope to show u some pcitures in April, but it is really amazing.
Tex told us some nice stories about some hippies walking around Uluru with signs saying "do not climb" and standing in the way of tourist,. So he went to push them aside and later he saw them bathing in a waterhole at Uluru which is the worst thing you can do. First this waterholes are very precious to the Aborignies. Special meaning of this waterholes. And second they never wash or bath themselve in water. Water fot them is so important for drinking purpose that it is a complete waste to bath in it.
Die Moral von der Geschichte: Hippies sind scheisse! ;)
Ok, that;s enough for now. I could continue writing stories forever, but this is the end now.
Tomorrow I will fly from Alice to Sydney. Wish you all the best.

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Dies wird nur ein ganz kurzes hallo, da die preise hier mitten im Outback was internet angeht doch sehr hoch sind.
Ich sitze grad irgendwo in der Pampa in einem Laden. Gestern waren wir uebernacht in Parachilna was ganze drei Einwohner hatte und einen Pub, wo dann leute aus 60km entfernung angefahren kamen. Outback pur. Dafuer gab es als Hauptattraktion einen 2,7 km langen zug der Kohle von einer Mine nach Port Augusta an der Kueste faehrt. Super sache ;)
Ansonsten geht es mir sehr gut. Die Touri-Tour macht sehr viel Spass und es sind auch ein paar nette Leute dabei. Und heute haben wir ganz viele Kangoroos, Emus und ein Adlerpaar gesehen. Einfach weltklasse.
Und outback hat auch was. Die strassen sind meistens sehr leer. Gestern waren wir noch bei einem alten Aboriginies Hoehlenmalerei. Heute bei Wilpena Pond, einer Gebirgskette wo wir gut wandern konnten.

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From Friday, 27th of February to Monday, 1st of March Juri, Julia, Cordula and I went to Tasmania. I know that it is a very short time for such a beautiful place, but at least we went there and got some wonderful impressions.
We even met some very nice and interesting people there. In Launcestone we met the president of the legislative council of the Tasmanian Parliament, Don Wing. He showed us his hometown and we had a very nice coffee with him.
In Hobart we met a nice girl showing us the pubs to go out. So we had a great time in Tasmania.
In between the two cities we saw a lot of wonderful countryside. We went to the St. Columbia falls. This are 90m high falls located in the middle of nowhere. We were there the only tourists.
We also went to tow national parks. Hiking to some beautiful places. The nature was amazing. I can recommend Tasmania, since it is a very green state with a lot of bush walks. And also some other attractions like some pavement-like stones at the shore, created over centuries, some arches, blowholes, gorges, ...
And of course one of the oldest houses, bridges (the oldest of Australia 1843 in Richmond), and cities (Hobart the second oldest, Launcestone the third oldest).
We drove around in our lovely Subaru and although the two girls just arrived a couple of days before we did the trip we all got along quite well.
Today I will head of to Adelaide and then to Alice Springs, seeing some sights like Uluru and Kings Canyon on the way.
From Alice Springs I will take the plane to Sydney, spending some days there and returning to Melbourne after a stop in Canberra.
That's it for the Moment.

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