Where I’ve been: Kings Park and Botanic Garden Perth, 2007

In my autumn break in university in Australia I went to Perth. We spend a few days there over Easter and it was, to be honest, a bit boring as the city seemed totally deserted but one thing that stayed on my mind and that my trip to the Volksgarten reminded me of was our trip to the Kings Park.Perth-Red-benchKings Park and Botanic Garden is a remarkable area of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden with a total area of 400.6 hectares. The cool thing about is that Continue reading

Morning sky – A trip to Uluru

Another easy one at the  May Photo Challenge: “Morning sky”. Well I can think only of one occasion when I got really early and took pictures: When we went to see Ayers Rock or Uluru as the Aboriginis call it and well, they have been there first.

Morning-sky-in-the-OutbackWe got up around 4.30am to be at the site at around 5.30am to watch the sun go up over Uluru and walk around that big rock. It was an amazing sight and I had that “I could actually feel the power of this place if there weren’t that many people around” feeling.And with people I especially mean those stupid people who can respect other peoples faith and thought they hadn’t really been there without climbing it. Hey, the Aboriginis don’t want that and you wouldn’t climb an altar to take a foto on it either, wouldn’t you?

FliesIt was late September so early spring but the temperature was rising quickly (I don’t want to know how hot it can get in summer. I think spring or autumn are far more recommendable) and a pest of flies was bother all of us except for the ones that had bought a flies protection hat which looked absolutely stupid but you tend to ignore stupid and long for one when flies are all over your face, in your ears, nose and mounth. How can you get used to this?

Uluru-oubackWe went there with Adventure Tours and were quite happy with the trip. It was a no frills trip with a mostly younger backpacker crowd. My mum was by far the oldest in the group but she was absolutely relaxed about this.

Me-in-the-outbackOverall we did three tours with them: Alice Springs to Uluru and back including Kings Canyon and Katajuta, Alice Springs to Darwin and Darwin to Kakadu National Park and back.

Kings canyonThe trip was great. Especially our wallk around Kings Canyon, a three hours trip that nobody was allowed to start on with out an 1,5l bottle of water as it was really hot.

UluruAnd what we saw was breathtaking. All that red earth, these rocks that are simply there in the middle of nowhere, all that is just stunningly beautiful. If you have a chance to go there, do it! But take the time to travelling from Alice Springs as Kings Canyon is really worth a visit.

Leaves

Now today’s May Photo  Challenge topic “Leaves” is easy to master. Or rather too easy so that I can’t decide which one to take. I’m just showing you my favourites:Treetop-walk-great-ocean-road

This is in Australia, on the Great Ocean Road in a Tree Top Walk Place. My dad took that lovely picture and it now covers the freestanding back wall of our stove.Park-SintraAnd this is in the palace gardens in Sintra, Portugal.

Happiness

Well that is a difficult topic today at the  May Photo Challenge “Happiness”. Before I could choose a picture I had to define for myself what is happiness? According to Wolfram AlphaHappiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Ok, I could have come up with that. It is that content little smile when everything is just right, that giggles you just can’t stop, a short moment or a general state of mind. Am I happy? Yes I am. Not in the “everything is pink and sparkly and we all love each other every single second of the day”-way but in a good healthy way that feels like “sure, things could be better but I’m actually quite fine the way things are” contentment. Now how do I translate that into a picture left alone do I have a picture that shows just that? It was hard. I checked pictures from the last 10 years. And the picture that shows happiness the best for me is this one. Nothing special, just a night when everyone was happy.

International_Dinner_2007It was in Oktober 2007 in the Macquarie University Village in Sydney where we had an outdoor dinner with about 20 people where everyone brought food from their respective country. We just had a good time, eating and drinking. I still miss these times and all the people sometimes. I just met very few of them again (yet).

Where I’ve been Hamner Springs, New Zealand, 2007

This is the last part of the New Zealand Special: Our last trip from Christchurch was a bit more exciting or rather relaxing than the train ride with the Tranzalpin: we went to Hamner Hamner Spring New ZealandSprings, an alpine town with thermally heated spring water which has a highly famous Pool & Spa. At 140km from Christchurch it makes a good day trip. We booked a tour including transport and the entrance to the pools. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Tranzalpin train ride, New Zealand, 2007

This is the seventh part of the New Zealand Special and it is about a train Look from the Tranzalpin New Zealandride. On our third day in Christchurch we wanted to do a trip and the ride with the Tranzalpin crossing from Christchurch on the East coast to Greymouth on the West coast was suppossed to be super nice. We booked a trip that went to Greymouth and directly back again just for watching the scenery. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007

This is this sixth Post for the New Zealand Special and it is about Christchurch. Please Christchurch Cathedral New Zealandnote that I visited Christchurch before the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 hit the town. What you’ll see here therefore are undestroyed buildings. In this post I will try to figure out what happend to the places during the earthquake and what is there to visit now. For up to date information check Christchurch’s homepage.

But first of all another remark: We arrived in Christchurch after a day-long drive from Te Anau on the 20th July 2007 stopping along the road to have a look on some buildings in Dunedin but lingering there not for long. This doesn’t sound like a very special date but actually it was. We had to drop off the car the next morning at the airport and there it hit us:

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