Sorry its taking longer to put blogs and photos up, its just that we cant get any good internet signals and were having an awesome time…
We’re in Alice Springs now after a huge 24 hour train journey, immediately however things started going wrong, we rang to book our train to Darwin and the only two available were the one in which we had just gotten off and one on Monday, which was no good because we wouldn’t be able to pick up the campervan. So we decided to skip Darwin and fly straight to Cairns. It’s cost us just under two hundred pounds to fly but it will probably work out better as we would have had to pay for a flight from Darwin to Cairns anyway! And at least we don’t have to sit on a train for another 24 hours!
Alice Springs is an incredibly small town, virtually in the middle of nowhere. It’s popular however due to it being the nearest thing to Uluru (Ayers Rock [In aborigini it means Meeting Place]) and Kata Tjutu (more rocks aha [in aborigini it means many heads])…Aboriginal culture is at its peak through this town, we’ve been told that they blame ‘white man’ for causing illness among there people by bringing dairy products and high in salt and high in fat foods into the aboriginal diet, because there bodies are used to small berrys and whichite grubs not milk and bread etc. Well don’t eat it then! Simple as that! Were walking down the main street here and two massive aboriginal woman were carrying KFC mega-buckets!!! That’s there own fault!
The only reason for us to come here was of course Uluru. And when I said Alice Springs was the closest town to it, I lied. It took us about 4 hours drive there and 4 back, we were pretty out of it when we arrived there. I did think its just a rock in the ground, but we had a really great day our tour guides made the trip and we did learn loads. Jack loved the aboriginal stories about the rock and surrounding area. On the way we got showed ‘fool-uru’ which was Mt. Connor, a nice western couple who had hired a car, not on our tour, quite cleary thought it was Uluru and took loads of pictures then, thinking they’d seen it, went back the other way aha.
We were allowed to climb it, yet we were strongly advised not too by our tour guides and by the signs all around…the abbo’s didn’t want people climbing it because if they died they would feel bad and would cry for our loss, much like our own families would, along with them cutting and harming themselves (the abbo‘s), it was said. I looked at it, it was pissing steep, probably a 70 percent angle, or whatever you describe it as. So I looked down at my flimsy shoes and thought, perhaps not today aha!
The best part was sunset and having a BBQ there, I hope the photos do it justice, it was a really good trip.
As I mentioned at the start were flying on Thursday to Cairns where we will be lapping up the beach life, going out on the reef and I want to play some golf as well.
I’ll let you know what Cairns is like in a couple of days, keep leaving us photo comments and stuff on our message board, we like hearing what’s happening at home.
I better finish because Jack keeps pestering me to read this.
Lots of Love Jack And Tom xxx