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Cairns & Sydney

 

Hello!

Now we are at this point that today is the last full day for me in Australia. I am back to Melbourne from my travelling tour around Australia. My flight leaves tomorrow around 3 pm from Melbourne Tullamarine heading towards Bangkok, Thailand.

What comes to studies, I have managed to get all the documents that I need and I have “returned” my exchange blog to Asio. Now I am waiting that international department accept it that I can return all other documents and get this thing out of my hands.

My feelings are overall a little bit miscellaneous. I excited to come back to Finland, meet my family, relatives and friends and be back at home. On the other hand I will miss my friends that I get to know and spend a lot of time during the past half year. Also, weather is quite good at the moment, which doesn’t make leaving any easier.

Cairns

Next I am going to open my time in Cairns and Sydney. We headed next to Cairns, Queensland where the weather was really good, it was not that humid as in Darwin, so you are not sweating all the time. Our stay in Cairns last six days. We had Airbnb accommodation app. 2km from the city center. We rented bicycles, which made going to city and back very handy and fast. Cairns is relaxed city app. same size as Jyväskylä. We made a one day snorkeling trip to Great Barrier Reef (Outer reefs), which was really great and the environment there is quite unique. Although, we managed to do a lot in these six days, we were chilling a lot in city lagoon. Same as in Darwin, you cannot go to swim in to sea, at least not this time of the year, because of crocodiles and jellyfishes. Overall, Cairns is really preconception of Australia, the weather is really nice and people are chill. Like the whole East Coast, Cairns was popular among backpackers.

Sydney

After six days in Cairns we flied to Sydney. Flying is the most easiest and probably cheapest way to travel inside Australia. There are no trains except one from Adelaide to Darwin, which cost insane amount of money. Buss on the other hand are as expensive as flying, except if you would like to do East Coast travelling by Greyhound (hop on-hop off style). Like in past cities, our accommodation was in Airbnb close to Bronte Beach. Days went by different beaches; Manly, Bondi & Bronte. Strolling in city, seeing the famous Opera house, walking across Sydney bridge. Surprisingly in Sydney I witnessed a lot of Australians wildlife. In our accommodation were huntsman spiders (not dangerous, but quite big compared to Finnish ones) and one big bad black spider (most likely very venomous). Also, blue bottle jellyfish burned me on shoulder, but that was not too bad. Just couple hours little bit burning and that’s it.

After six days in Sydney, I flew by myself to Melbourne, where I have now stayed one night with my friends in Unilodge. As I said earlier tomorrow I fly to Bangkok and then in couple days back to Finland.

Here was a little summary of my travels. I am more than happy to tell about my experiences in Australia, if you have anything on your mind. Once again, I strongly recommend to go overseas and experience new things while you are young and do not have to much strings attached.

Adios amigos!

Travelling before coming home

Hellou my dear readers!

In a nutshell, University is finished and my rent deal came to an end with Unilodge. At the moment, I am in Cairns, Queensland travelling all over Australia before flying back to Bangkok and finally to Finland.

When I wrote last time, I haven’t got yet my results, but now I have them. To refresh memory, I did 4 units (all worth of 7,5ECTS = Overall 30ECTS). I got two HD, D and C. HD is the best grade (5), D the second (4) and C (3) the third. I would have deserved the second D of this unit that I got C, but the it went how it went. I told the story in my last post.

All the units are passed and it’s time to celebrate, relax and explore Australia! The weather is starting to be hot in all around Australia. The last week in Unilodge was really sad (haikea). People who you have been living the past half of year was leaving and you may not see them ever again. However, I was keen to take my next step in chapter and start my joyrney to Darwin, which is a totally different city compared to Melbourne. That was also the point when we selected these cities to visit. To see different parts of Australia. After my journey in Australia, I have seen and explored the following states of Australia: Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The states that I unfortunately did not visit this time are: South Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory (Canberra).

Back to Darwin. We stayed in Darwin from Friday to Monday. The weather in Darwin was really hot and humid. The wet season was start about to start there. Darwin is a quite small city, population of app. 145 000 people. Also, you will see a lot of Aboriginal people in here (maybe half of the people in Darwin), which you do not see in Melbourne.

During our stay in Darwin, we explored the Darwin city center, went to Crocosaurus cove, which is just in the center of the city and did a trip to Litchfield National Park.

Darwin and the Northern Territory is the place where are every dangerous and deadly animal you can imagine. For example, it is not safe to go swim in a sea, there are jelly fishes and crocodiles. Also, in this area are the most venomous snakes and spiders of the world, so I would not recommend to go for a walk into a bushes if you do not know what you are doing.

In Crocosaurus cove the coolest things were to feed crocodiles and swim next to them (glass between you and croc). Feeding happened like you would do fishing, you had a rod were was a piece of meat and you could lure croc and finally it attacked and took the meat. There was a possibility to do this “Cage of death” thing were you are putted in a plastic cage to water where is huge crocodile. However, this was quite expensive and we did not do that. While we were visiting there, we realized that we did the right choice. The crocs were not into attacking or scaring people. They have done it hundres of times and they have realized that they cannot get into that reinforced plastic cage. This means that the workers there had to poke with a stick that they would be more aggressive and would be interested about the person in their territory – not that cool in my opinion.

Trip to Litchfield National Park was absolutely worth it! Although the weather this day was a bit rainy, the temperature was still quite high and we were definitely not freezing. We visited three different places; two different waterfalls and one place were was pools withing the creek. Places were totally different that I have visited earlier and it was a great experience. In this small lakes or creeks were a lot of life. They were full of fishes, turtles, spiders and birds. Apparently in one waterfall area where we visited, there were also freshwater crocs, but they keep their on space. Later on, when the wet season has lasted longer, the saltwater crocs will come there (which are dangerous to human and everyone) and these waterfalls and ponds will be closed. However, these signs about crocs and dangerous are little bit creepy and swimming is totally different thrill than in Finland. Also, in a first place were we visited small and little bigger fishes attacked to my legs.

That’s about it from Darwin! Now I am continuing my vacation in Cairns, which I will be writing later on!

Keep going strong, adios!

Semester is finished

 

Hi!

This week University ended from my part! Wuhuu! Nah, actually it was not that bad.

Although, my studies started already in July, it feels that time has gone really fast. Luckily, I still have almost two months time to explore Australia and gain new unforgettable memories. I passed all my units with good grades, which will be published later on.

What now? I have the accommodation deal with Unilodge until 1 of December, which means that this can be my base until that day. Before that I am going to travel different cities and parts of Australia. Melbourne is amazing city, but it is just one urban side of this country and do not give the whole picture. This weekend I am going to do trip to Wilsons Promontory National Park with my friends, same kind of like early ones to Grampians and Philipp Islands. These are unique and beautiful landscapes, which are great destinations to do for example one day trip.

We have already booked flight to Perth 10.-17.11 with six of my friends. We are going to stay couple days in Perth and then we will explore the east coast with rented van. I will post about this trip later on when we have returned Melbourne.

Beside trip to Perth, I do not have yet any concrete plans. Just going to go with the flow what ever comes to mind. Perhaps in December, I am going to travel from Melbourne towards North, visiting Canberra and going all the way to Sydney. I am also keen on going to Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia, but we will see.

I have also started to plan and organize things in Finland. I got my internship in Finnish Olympic Committee, which means that I am going to move to Helsinki right away when I arrive to Finland. This means that I have started to search for an apartment, which is painful process from the other side of the world. During the winter I have to also start to plan slowly how I do my thesis (Internship, Thesis and couple courses concerning it are the only things I have left of my studies).

For summary the time here has been a blast and it will still continue for a long time! I will post later on more about what I felt about the studies in here and plenty of more stuff.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, there has not been too many questions so far!

 

 

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