#3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

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    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    the_hydrA - 24.12.2006, 04:30

    #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA
    It's already Christmas Eve in Berlin - Heilig Abend - so let us start, my friends, with a loud and yelling "Merry, bloody sweatening X-mas!" - don't tell me about "es kommt einfach keine rechte Stimmung auf", I don't think I overexaggerate if I claim it's not only slightly different on the other side of the world. I feel tricked! Walking through the city - we are back in Melbourne since two nights - looking at plastic cunnifer trees and watching half-naked girls, only covered in red and white fur (remembering Santa Claus), making commercials for fast food and ugly smelling perfume. Probably it is still not as bad as in Europe, rather said it's actually even better - no Christmas mood AT ALL! Too warm, too less people around I love and admire and too far away from a place I call "home". Well, therefore the city is more filled up with Germans than ever before as it seems... right now I'm bruised between two "German" speaking couples and my only escape are mp3-player and headphones. Actually I'm happy to be here, far away as possible from my former center of the world - the only problem is, YOU are not with me. And eventually I feel a bit alone.
    We'll celebrate this night together with a couple of Irish and English lads, tomorrow Donnie and me gonna visit the worldfamous Melbourne Zoo to have a look at all those animals we already have seen in Australia's wilderness... (: Imagine me smiling. It's not too bad, it's not too bad...

    Let's not forget, there was a time before returning to Melb, after leaving Phill's house (remember this friendly guy which house we were allowed to use for a couple of nights?) and before spending the evenings during X-Mas and Ney Year's Eve for free in a hired Irish and English apartment.
    Those seven weeks can be put together in one single phrase, "Hard work and easy fun, too less drugs and too much sun".

    On November 7th we arrived on a Zuchhini-Farm in Northern Victoria, located at the boarder river to NSW near a little village called Strathmerton (150 inhabitants who even produce their own postcards!). There we get to know to an Irish guy called Noel who accompanied us for the following weeks. To save money we spent four weeks every night in our beloved car (and had a fantastic view on the stars at night before falling asleep, exhausted and nevertheless motivated). Two weeks weeding plants, horrible! Our backs never suffered more before and yet we get used to it and even survived... As the planting begun new backpackers arrived, in the end we were about 15 guys and girls together in the house [see pic gallery "ZUCCHINI-FARM"], lads from Scotland, England, of course Germany, Japan, India, Papua-Newguinea and France.
    Of course we get drunk, but our daily main target after finishing work was actually the daily "The Simpsons"-episode on Channel Ten (even two or more every Tuesday!). I finally started studying Trent Reznor-lyrics (more famous under the name of his band, NIN) and writing poetry. And I wrote a lot! One could say, something is out there which inspirates me and I would even claim that this something keeps me figuratively alive. I don't know if you ever read this (and gimme a clue if yes), but thank you. And feel kissed. Literally.
    Did I already mention our supervisor? Dawn, the devil herself! +smile+ Well, obviously the woman who supervised us had fun with torturing poor, little backpackers and we even felt like slaves in certain situations (some phrases I will never get outta my mind... "Bend down!" - "Make sure you don't miss the rubbish!" - "Yeaaa" - "You waistin' me time!").
    Loads of flies. While many people couldn't help themselves I got lucky - I bought a flynet-hat in Melb and it was worth every single cent! XD
    Then, suddenly, Julie, the boss's wife told Noel, Paul and me to knock off, there wouldn't be work for us three from the next day on, they didn't make enough money) and we left the farm on December 8th after exactly one month working... we took with us: Lin, a crazy energy-girl which origin she did not yet decided for herself. Something between German and French.

    The next target for the four of us was the famous "Grampians National Park" [see pic gallery "THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK"], a 180km west of the Goldfields near Ballarat and even more from Melbourne.
    As we arrived it was already midnight and the streets were filled up with wild kangaroos and other native animals... so we decided to sleep in the car, squeezed together after getting pissed. The following two nights we payed money for sleeping on more or less remote campgrounds... including another wild animals and Bavarian freaks... b.e.a.utiful!

    Five days holidays were enough, we wanted to continue working before Christmas and NYE and called the Harvest Hotline (a phone number which connected willing workers, mostly backpackers and employers, who needed them to pick their fruits etc.) again. Probably you heard of those bushfires in Victoria (you can smell them all over the countryside), one farm we called indeed waited for being burned down... strange. Well, we prefered a place less hot, less dangerous and finally found something near Swan Hill, another Murray river (the boarder river to NSW in case you already forgot) town, in Victoria's north west - we really get along in VIC, we're almost sic of it...

    We arrived in Nyah West (near Swan Hill) and stayed another two weeks in the local Hotel, filled up with backpackers, looking for work - and we got lucky! While other people had to change their farm every day we constantly worked eleven days in a row on one farm, on Vaughn's farm. Vaughn, if you'd read this - we're more than glad to have worked for you and we proudly promote your farm at home. XD

    On December 22nd we arrived again in St. Kilda, Melbourne. Had some beers at night (mhm, even I was forced to sip my glass of ugly dark yellow liquid... this time I had no choice between Scotch and Victoria Bitter). Visited the Coffee Palace again, the hostel we spent the first two weeks in this beautiful city and I really felt that time flies by...
    It is interesting and even erfrischend to be back again in a big city like Berlin eventually (I use the tram every day), but it gets time for the next pace - we already booked two places on a ferry with name Spirit of Tasmania. Exactly three months after getting started we'll arrive in the most southern Australian state and I can't wait to experience real wilderness...

    So far, merry real x-mas, everybody and - in case I can't write you again until NYE - guten Rutsch ins Noie... XD

    PS.: Just for making sure you didn't forget: The taxes in Germany will increase dramatically XD Get along, come to us... we'd be pleased!

    the h.A also simply known as Gordon



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    Donnie - 24.12.2006, 07:25


    I must give to everybody who ends up at my post after reading gordon's my deepestr respect. Cuz even me, though i'm involvedend end up with beeing scared away and definitly beeing too lazy to read this post.

    sorry Gord maybe the others think diffrent, but there was no way in not telling u.



    cheers and happy new year to everyone



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    the_hydrA - 24.12.2006, 07:52


    But you are not too lazy to end up with critiscm (X
    Well, maybe I should add a short version for those comfortable lads as you are :D



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    MissPollyBlueEyes - 24.12.2006, 19:12


    ich hab alles gelesen :D
    ich freu mich voll, dass ich jetzt regelmäßig von euch lesen kann. und ein klein wenig beneide ich euch um diese erfahrung... aber ich selber hätte wahrscheinlich schon nach 2 wochen genug, wie ich mich kenne.



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    Princess Carwash - 25.12.2006, 13:12


    MissPollyBlueEyes wrote: ich hab alles gelesen :D
    ich freu mich voll, dass ich jetzt regelmäßig von euch lesen kann. und ein klein wenig beneide ich euch um diese erfahrung... aber ich selber hätte wahrscheinlich schon nach 2 wochen genug, wie ich mich kenne.

    da schließ ich mich an, ist mir zu hart, ich bin ein schisser!



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    MissPollyBlueEyes - 26.12.2006, 00:58


    [quote="Princess Carwash"] MissPollyBlueEyes wrote: ich bin ein schisser!


    und ich bin einfach zu bequeeeem..
    nach drei jahren müllhaldenliving bin ich voll glücklich über kühlschrank und badewanne.. jaja



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    Princess Carwash - 26.12.2006, 11:12


    ohja ohne badewanne könnt ich auch nicht



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    the_hydrA - 28.12.2006, 04:25


    Princess Carwash wrote: ohja ohne badewanne könnt ich auch nicht

    Well, we didn't have a bath for about three months... [scared? I didn't mention showers! (;] Those tubes we saw were either too dirty, too small or we were just too convenient. By the way: Australia is the world's dryest continent! Nevertheless we (and especially DONNIE) always have long showers, long enough to waste water needed by one dozen African children for one week. Right now I feel really dirty...



    Re: #3 NOV+DEC06: WORKING HOLIDAY - AROUND VICTORIA

    the_hydrA - 28.12.2006, 04:27


    [quote="MissPollyBlueEyes"] Princess Carwash wrote: MissPollyBlueEyes wrote: ich bin ein schisser!


    und ich bin einfach zu bequeeeem..
    nach drei jahren müllhaldenliving bin ich voll glücklich über kühlschrank und badewanne.. jaja

    hm, you should have seen the house we lived in for x-mas... and for the time being we neither have a fridge nor a tube /: gets time that we leave this town (or at least move from the car in a hostel again)... ever lived in a station waggon for a couple of nights?



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