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Cowgirl auf neuen Pfaden in Rockhampton

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Totally tired I finally arrived in Rockhampton, the beef capital of OZ. Not sure why I came here or where to stay, the Lady of the bus company took me with her, cause she also owns a backpackers place, good choice though. She really is a lovely mum like lady from New Zealand. She told me some stuff I could do here and there is a cattle farm not too far from here. Yes, I just thought, that’s the OZ experience I shouldn’t miss, chasing some cows on a horse across the outback. Well and that’s what I did. Not that I really have much clue about horses, did I ride on one before, hmm yeah as a kid some years ago, hardly remember that, I’m not really a horse person but I guess this image of OZ was in my mind.

Next morning Peter the old one eyed farm owner picked me up and drove with me for 1.5 hours inland, not far in oz dimensions. At 8 am we arrived at the farm and after some instructions, a brief breakfast and putting on some farm clothes I was ready to face my horse and new friend „Chocolate“. She is an old girl, but very gentle and as Trevor (our horse guide) said, he just knows which horse fits the person.
We rode some time through the grass, getting used to the horse and see the farm. Yes very high grass everywhere, because the last weeks it rained like hell in Queensland with flooding all over the country.

After the best lunch in a long time the next adventure was right ahead. Riding a cross-country
bike and give some speed as far as possible that is with a speed limit of 35km per hour ;) . Anyway that was heaps of fun.
In between all that I fed a kangaroo baby and a calf.

During Dinner I asked Trevor a lot of questions about the farm, how many cattle and how they work today and later he told us some stories about his younger days and how it was back then bringing 40.000 cattle across the outback by horse, imagine this, one whole day just to cross a river with an endless stream of cattle. Riding all day and sleeping under the stars. Today they use motorbikes, helicopters and transport them on trucks across Australia.

Next morning held a big surprise, we are going to do some real cattle work, bringing them back to the house for transport. Well that’s the sad part about it, they will leave the place alive but not for a long time. We all got ready with the horses, just us guests/trainees and Marie, not enough people today to help out. We left on the horses, me on Chocolate again to get to the fields with some training inside the paddock. Chocolate was a little bit stubborn in the beginning, I had to show her who’s the boss and that she would follow me and I did pretty well, she is a good old girl. Finally we got some more help of the professionals, slowly we came closer and closer in a circle to push about 50 cattle in one direction, Chocolate was exited too. We both managed to stop them and run in a wrong direction and then they all moved forward, the horses and us 15 meters behind them to give them enough space without stress … wow very cool experience though.

Later they all got shipped on a truck with sadness in their eyes … the circle of life and a steak on people’s table.

Tita

Posted 11 years, 1 month ago.

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Brisbane und ueber das Weltbereisen

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Coming here felt completly wrong at the beginning. Out of nature into a big city … skyscrapers and city lights everywhere, hmmm. And all of a sudden I felt really tired and exhausted again. That’s it what travelling brings along, a change of environment can be really hard sometimes. New people to get along with, different energy around you and it also rained like hell the first 2 days.

But that’s the most important and best lesson in life you learn through travelling the world. You get really good in adapting to new situations and be flexible. You watch and immitate, try to find your way in this new world and get what you want, trust your guts and ask yourself… first the city map then maybe a coffee. You have some routines you repeat cause you bring something with you, something simple. All the time you are confronted with the unkown, you relax and trust everything will be fine or you put the effort to make it fine. Especially if you don’t know your place of residence yet.

Steffi and me met Meg, an old friend of Steffi and our new host for the next days. She just resently opened her own dance studio, very exciting. The first days I didn’t really do much and was thinking a lot about what I can do to get the money back… yes just found out that someone robbed me in Nepal and used my Creditcard a view times, bummer. Just now I was able to check my bills and had to write mails, make phone calls and talk to my brother to help me with that. Not much fun in that, I can tell you.

So to give Steffi more space with Meg I moved over to Brisbane Westend and did couchsurfing at Deltons place for the weekend. Best idea ever. First, I could really use some quiet time and Delton was really nice to me. Second, I was told go to Westend by Tom (Shanti’s friend) it’s the best part of Brisbane and I really liked it. Nice cafes and typical most beautiful Queensland houses, some originally from the 30ies, like the house of Delton.
On friday we went to a photo vernissage of one of Deltons friends Robert Shakespeare (www.robertshakespeare.com). That was really amazing, the work of a live time of 14 years to picture Antoni Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.
On Saturday I met some more of his friends and his girlfriend Lee for dinner.
On Sunday we went to the market and I again visited the museum. Beautiful artwork of Europe’s most famous like Picasso or Renoir and Australian artists like Bernard Hall (symbolism) or James Gleeson (surrealism). Also the current asien pacific award exhibitions had some amazing stuff to show of present artists. Not to forget a photo show of Australian islanders and aboriginals during the shift in 1967, they where finally acknowledged as Australian citizens with the right to vote.

By the way the other day Meg, Steffi and me also watched the „rabbit proof fence“ a movie about the stolen generation of aboriginal kids which they did steal from their families until the 70ies.

On Monday I decided to leave Brisbane. I also feel like more staying in one place than going and my financial situation is tense right now too and the robbery really gets into me. Anyway I’m traveling on my own again, finding my way through the country. Thank you Delton for all you did, cooking and giving me the opportunity to relax I really appriciate that. And meeting your daughter was fun, she is a lovely little monkey :) .

On my way to Rockhampton right now, don’t know what’s to find there, but it saves me one night of accomodation to be on the bus.

My best for you Steffi, I really hope you find what you need right now :) ,

Tita

Posted 11 years, 1 month ago.

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Sind wir bereit für Mullumbimby?

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Shanti took us with her in the van to meet her friends in Wilson Creek near Mullumbimby (Aboriginal for small round hill). First things first, I heard about this area, it’s magic and hippies living in the hills around. Some are organized in communities, artists, free spirits or just a bunch of friends living in a house, a beautiful property, simple, earth grounded with the most elfish creek splashing your view. After being introduced to Elfyn (yes, that’s really her name), Sky and some more we ate coconuts, mangos and had dinner at a fire place. We listened to Sky’s spanish guitar playing, common drumming and the beautiful voice of Elfyn. Making up songs and lyrics with humor we finished and said good night.

On Wednesday we were invited to a lunch party at the house up the hill. Colourful arranged on banana leaves, vegetarian with self made bread we all enjoyed a wonderful day with music, drawing and talking on the veranda. Every each one of them is beautiful in the mind, spirited and gifted in his/her own way. Thank’s to you guys (Rob, Tom, Andrew, Dave, Nemo, Sky, Elfyn, the italiens and Shanti) for letting me being part of it.

On Thursday it started to rain and it didn’t really stop for the next days. Steffi went back to Byron, Shanti went to see her grandmother, but for me I couldn’t leave, I had to be here for a while. That evening I met also Kiki (a former surf pro, originally from french basque), Reggie and Becca.

The next days were simular, on and off rain gave the place even more tropic flair and mystic with some sun in between. Especially when I went for a swim in the creek, I felt like a fairy in the youth spring. This place has the strongest energy and beautiful people. I really felt home, hanging out with friends, drawing, carving and playing drums, cooking, sharing, listening to the rain, shower in nature, awesome to drift away like this.

Then that day Nemo the crazy magic talker and dancer came back from visiting his family and newborn child. We chatted a little and later that day he invited me for dinner in the caravan. Should I have said no? [...] what happend here on the journey, [...] for my soul, mind and body to melt with? Will I know who he is when he is right in front of me? All that I kind of knew when we talked in the caravan about books and tom robbins, I read all of them, he just one book behind me. We both love dancing, art and surrealism and travelling. Both we look much younger than we are, the same innocent skin and charismatic nose, both sagittarius. On the other hand he is completly the opposite, talks all day, fulltime crazy and funny artist of the moment. [...]. It seems to be the story of my life, I meet him, be with him, [...] and still it can not be somehow. What’s going on? [...] Where did all the love go? I have so much to share, but everytime it slips out of my fingers. I’m intelligent, beautiful, creative, hard working, elegant, kind, crazy and [...] I’m probably just a romantic for the rest of my life.

[...] I as usual don’t know anything, don’t ask for, don’t complain, don’t … to afraid to ask. […]
As said the mission is to find the place and the people I wonna live with, the things I wonna do there and be free to do what I want and not be afraid to do it on my conditions. A man might just be for the blink of an eye, but love like this should stay. My creation and creating it with others. Thank you for showing me that the paradies still exists.

[...]

Enough of hiding from the rain and leaving shelter we all went to the sunday market one by one. Nemo and me did hitch hiking to Bangalow with Gabi. This market is like a hippie carneval with food, art, fashion and music. The drums are magic and the dancing an insight to you.

I had the most extraordinary, magical and romantic week ever.
Leaving that place again almost rips my heart in pieces.

As Elfyn said, make sure you come back.
Am I ready for paradies?

this piece of writing describes it by heart:
…lived in forests doing penance. Some enlightened souls lived in caves and huts in remote forests, free from the influence of the government and the noisy insanity of the crowd. Most of them had to run away from their homes to escape from the influence of the families and people who tried to condition their minds. In the forest they could live in commuion with nature and could meditate and contemplate in peace and freedom. To unlookers, they might have looked like savages, but actually they were Sages with an enlightened outlook. They turned their backs to society with a holy indifference and followed the unconventional but simple life-style. By intense…

„unnamed author“

Crying my heart out and fill it with joy … tita

Posted 11 years, 2 months ago.

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Gute Vibes in Byron Bay

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Most people think of Byron Bay very touristic and a mix of rich people and backpackers. But in the early times this place held or still does a great amount of energy for the aborigines. Women came here to give birth or prepare for it. To much energy for the aboriginal people to live here but they did use this place to celebrate.

I came here early in the morning on a friday almost nobody on the street, still I could feel the good vibes around here. Byron has lovely bars, surrounded by tropical bush, a hippy culture and good surf. I was lucky to find a place to do couchsurfing again and get the local point of view.

First night we entered the railway pub and listened to country blues music and lots of locals dancing to the rythms, later we changed location to see the famous buddha bar, beautiful.

Saturday was bretty much lazy with watching „Underbelly“, crazy stuff about the underworld in Melbourne.

On sunday Chris did show me around and we went surfing. Later that evening Steffi, me and some other local friends went to an early sunday raggea party and finished the day on the beach with a chauffeur in a golf car at night.

On Monday I met Pete for breakfast, a walk up to the light house, watching stingrays and dolphins. Later we met Steffi and Richard to go snorkling to see more stingrays and fish. What a wonderful day and I survived the day in the sun without seeing a snake in the bush, yeahh. Pete and me finished the day with a beer and a good talk, thank’s mate I really enjoyed that day.

Today, Thuesday we meet Shanti and continue the next days with her. Might be back in a view days, who knows.

Good vibrations, tita

Posted 11 years, 2 months ago.

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Woofern in der Naehe der Blue Mountains

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YES… found me the exact place I needed. Open minded people, freedom lovers in nature and other backpackers at the most amazing place ever. Got my own self build little capell house and lots of to share, like thoughts, food and fun. The commune includes to help Lovell and Rowen to build new projects or help out in any other way. In exchange we go swiming in the river, drive around the blue mountain national park and experienced the magnatic road which makes cars moving up hill without the engine running, or is it an optical illusion?

Hey… one other amazing thing, saw my first Kangoroos in wild nature, awesome!

The last days I spent with really good people in the community, Lily and Fabrice from Belgum, Tom and Corinna from Germany and Helga from Tyrol and some more people. We shared our travel experiences and helped Rowen and Lovell to build a new house! Yes that means hammering, sawing and nailing.

Great fun!

tita

Posted 11 years, 2 months ago.

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Menschenleer in Port Adelaide und die Seepferd Farm

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Everybody who knows me can imagine how excited I was to find the only seahorse farm in australia here in port adelaide. These little creatures are beautiful, elegant, special in there breeding behavier and can change colors if they wanted to, depending on their favourite spot. Their main food source are sea monkeys (micro shrimp), the male have a bigger belly to show of (as in most of the pubs around the world) and the female are more boney on their bellys. When they are born alive they are only a view millimeters in size. Growing up, depending on the bread, to 24 centimeters and usually get only 3 to 5 years old. I also saw Port Jackson sharks and a rare cranky sea dragon.

After making dinner at home and having crepe with the french club we went to a pretty chilled out club to hear some dub music and electro funk and again a small art gallery gave the place a unique tough. The soon up coming fringe festival in february in adelaide will include a lot of art in music, painting, theater, movies and much more. Unfortunately I will be gone by tomorrow.

Thank you so much Marcelo my whole visit was filled with great places, conversations and cultural exchange between us :) , music and funny people. See you in alice springs when you leave me a note at ayers rock and in april or september for real?

Muchas gracias, tita

Posted 11 years, 3 months ago.

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Erste Tage in OZ / Melbourne

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The first couple of days we spent at my relatives place near Lilydale (a suburb of Melbourne), getting to know my second cousine and his wife. So cool to see pictures and find documents of my fathers father and my family (my great-grand and great-great-grand mothers). We also had some austrian food for the first time after 4 months (Schnitzel, Frankfurter, dark bread with butter and Eiernockerl … mmhh). We did a drive up to Yarra Valley and the forest, where that huge fire was last year, watching how nature comes back and people building new houses.

After 3 days we moved back into Melbourne city to a friends place, finally. Melbourne is just awesome. Beautyful spots, great art, cool shops and bars at Brunswick Street or Smith Street. We joined all Melbourneians on Australia Day with concerts in parks and a big firework at the river. Pete and his girlfriend took us out to breath in some aussie atmosphere and enjoy the view of roof top bars.

Today we have been to the AC/DC exhibition filled with pictures, concert videos, posters, original clothes and lots of band stories. Yeah … highway to hell …!

After that, more art awaited me… aborigine carvings, aussie and new zealand fashion designs, aussie artists (oil paintings throughout history) and a moving pictures exhibition. Amazing… silent movies, old arcade games, atari console games, aussi film history, experimental digital art … sooo cool.

Between all that we checked our route throughout the country and still try to sell the car in NZ, hopefully there will be a final solution for that soon. Alexia and Blair, you are awesome.

tita in OZ

Posted 11 years, 3 months ago.

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Waitomo Caves Adventure Fotos!

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(c) by Rob (Waitomo Caves)

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Neue Fotos! Wellington Tramping und die West Küste!

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Steffi Bilder NZ Norden der Süd Insel

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(c) by Stefanie Vogel

Posted 11 years, 4 months ago.

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