Here we are, a month plus 4 days into my Australian adventure!
A lot of stuff has happened in a very short period of time, both good and… not so good.
Let's start off with the not so good stuff. I probably won't be able to find a job as an electrician down here. Australian bureaucracy is worse than back home, if it's not a bodily function, you need a license for it! Although I can see why they want to do it this way, it protect the trade. But at the same time, they exclude skilled craftsmen like me from making a contribution to the Australian society while we're here. So from my point of view it's a lose/lose situation.
However, if I REALLY want to work as an electrician down here, there is a way, it will take about 6 months though… Not sure it's worth it. But I have yet to decide upon what to do about it, I might just take up a sponsorship.
Even though this is a setback, I've yet to give up, I remain positive in my endeavours. I've applied for all kinds of jobs, ranging from construction to sales. I'll get something, because one thing is for sure, the day you stop trying, is the day you've been defeated!
All right, moving on to the more cheery stuff. During the past month, I've had a few adventures. Been exploring the local botanical garden, as well as the rainforest walks which is available within a 15 minute walk of the hostel. I'll be uploading a some pics to my facebook profile for you all to watch. And I'm truly sorry to announce the death of my trusty old camera, been serving me well for nearly 3 years (when I've been able to find it, that is…) "Ol' tough" died at the great barrier reef as I went snorkelling, but what a way to go! Got some very good pictures before he died, unfortunately, I still need to find a card reader which can read Olympus cards, so for now, they're stuck on the memory card. You'll have to wait for them to appear on facebook, but as soon as they're off the memory card, I'll get them up for you!
Great Barrier Reef is amazing… period! I've yet to see anything that beautiful anywhere else in the world! Although I must admit that my thoughts kept returning to the spear gun I left back home, the reef is a hunter's paradise… This is why they probably prohibited all hunting/fishing as they turned the entire area into a national park. Which to be honest was probably the best move ever… Even though the area I visited was on the outer reef, which is the part of the reef which has suffered the least damage from humans, you could still spot dead corals… So for all of you wanting to come here, do it now! The reef is apparently recovering, but I would still recommend all of you that want to see it, to get off your buts, and do something about it!
However I reckon that my adventures on the reef did get me a throat infection, either that or the massive amounts of rainfall we had in the week before that. Either way, I'm still having a laugh with the remnants of it… It's been keeping me away from rugby training… "Sad Fade"
None of that will matter soon though, as I've booked a ticket to Perth… As I've been unsuccessful in acquiring a job in Cairns, I figured it was time to move on. And from what I can see on "ZE INTAWEBZ", there seems to be a lot of jobs available in Western Australia, especially around the Perth area. And it gives me the opportunity to go see Luke! So for me that looks like a Win/Win situation!
Before leaving Cairns, I've got a couple of more things I need to do… One of them is already planned, going up to the top of Walsh's pyramid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walshs_Pyramid). With the help of Simon and Tracy, the amazing managers of JJ's backpackers, I've managed to organize a trip to the top this Wednesday morning, leaving here at 6 am. Yes that early, to beat the heat… We're 10 people going up the side of this thing, beats the rolling hills of the Danish country side by a mile!
To everyone else, have a nice day!