Thursday, 11 May 2017

Five things I'm looking forward to

Image taken from Wikipedia
It's T-minus two weeks before the great expedition. Slowly, ever so slowly, I'm starting to get my shit together. Most of the actual supplies I need have arrived/are on their way. Sleep is getting more and more elusive, as the demons of stress and anxiety crawl their way up from my stomach and drill their way into the back of my eyeballs. With that in mind, I thought I'd muse upon the five things I'm looking forward to the most!

1) The beaches
Because obviously. It's friggin' Australia.

I spent a little over three years living in Falmouth, Cornwall while studying for a degree in make word good, and in between the periods of light rain, heavy rain, and flooding, there was glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, and ice cream without too much grit in it. I'll be starting off in Byron Bay, halfway up the East coast, so hopefully I'll be able to relive some of those happy, soggy times - only, you know, without west country accents everywhere.

Image also taken from Wikipedia
2) Pie floaters
Before you relocate your dinner to the bottom of the nearest toilet bowl, here me out: a pie, served with pea soup and ketchup. Eh? Doesn't sound so bad, does it?

Alright, it might to you, but I'm excited.

So the pie floater appears to be the equivalent of the late-night kebab over here - completely unappetizing when clear-headed and sober, but after five pints down the local it's practically ambrosia and oh my god mate, seriously lets go down the kebab shop, go on, we can eat it on the bus home . . .

I mean, I assume. I've never had a kebab.

You'll never guess where this one was taken from . . .
3) The Blue Mountains
Sounds like something out of Tolkien, doesn't it? Funny that. Seriously though, this place looks amazing - miles of hills and hiking paths, mists and forests - and, out in the wild, for your viewing pleasure, my next point . . .

Not taken from Wikipedia. Okay that's a lie.
4) Platypuses
It's a mammal! It lays eggs! These are just two facts that everyone knows about platypuses. But, more interestingly, did you know that they have venomous spurs on their ankles? That's pretty damn cool! While non-lethal to humans, it's meant to be absolute agony if you're jabbed by one, so I'm not sure I'll be getting any platypus cuddles while I'm there, but still - it's one awesome creature! Obviously, there's tons of other beasties I'm excited to see, too - koalas and kangaroos and quolls - but the platypus tops the list for the simple fact that it's fuckin' weird.

Yeah, yeah. You know.
5) The Great Barrier Reef
Gotta see it while it's still there.

Obviously, there's a lot more I'm looking forward to - these are just the things that are at the forefront of my mind at that special time of night when you know you ought to be going to bed but still feel like you've not really been productive enough yet. Keep an eye out for more posts to track my progress in seeing/experiencing all these awesome things!

(I also feel obliged to mention that for my dear sister Lily that I shall make attempts to track down a P. Sherman of 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, NSW. I should also mention that she's a big nerdy dorkface, but so am I, so I can't really judge.)

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