Well as I have made it to South Australia for Christmas and New Years. My stay here was longer than expected, as I picked up a job as a chef in the town of Kingston. Bit of a nightmare, but the money was good, and really when it comes to working in Australia right now it is about the money! How far it will get me on the next adventure, and when I have to work again. I have to say that my stay here would not be as wonderful as it has been if it wasn't for the Drabsch family. So if you don't know how they fit in my life, let's just say that it's a long story. But there isa big thank you going out to them. The many side trips that they have taken me on, the room and feeding me when I was there! As for the adventures that I have gotten up to, I can barely remember them all.
When I got picked up in Adelaide by Brenton, Karen, and the kids we went on a little road trip for the day to the Barossa. Christmas shopping in the CBD in Adelaide, and lets not forget ice skating. Teaching 4 kids to skate, it was a busy day.Also took a trip to Mount Gambier, Narracoorte, Penola, and Portland to name a few.
The kids showed me around the farm, and I was privileged (if you can call it that) to dip sheep. Disgusting job, but a must do on a sheep farm. We also spent many warm days at the beach, body boarding, and swimming. Had a wonderful Christmas with the family, and it was nice to have some kids around, and have a quiet New Years. Then moving into town with Brenton's parents while I was working.
As for the job, I was hired to come in and help out with the menu and planning of the restaurant. Working for farmer and his wife can be difficult. Especially when they don't except change. So in I went spent 2 nights with there menu, and trying to make it work. Then I finally got to know how Gordon Ramsey feels. I feels good to take a menu and get rid of everything that does not work, and well never work with the setup of the kitchen.
So 6 weeks or so later, I'm much richer and back on the road to discover Australia.
I have taken a few side trips on my own to Coober Pedy and Kangaroo Island. While staying with Brenton's sisters in Adelaide in between trips. Coober Pedy trip was interesting, I was going to the outback for the 3rd time. Like I just don't learn that it is hot and the flies are bad. But what a interesting place that everyone should visit once. Most people there live underground because of the heat, and because Iam so smart I went in the summer! Besides the flies and the heat it was a great trip. Underground homes, and a town with no trees. Well it is not paradise in my eyes but I'm glad I have seen it once. Along the way from Adelaide we stopped in the Clare Valley, and spending a night in the Flinders Range. At a old hospital. I of course share a room with 2 girls, not just any girls, but girls that are afraid of everything. It was a interesting night where I woke up to a scream over a moth. It possibly could have been the funniest thing I ever witnessed. Chasing a moth out of the room with a flashlight, I will just leave it there. Also went to William Creek, Australia's smallest town….. population 3-7 depends on the day. All it is, is a roadhouse. We also camped here in swags, but it was so hot that nobody would have slept, and the flies in the morning where something to complain about. Even I wanted on the bus and to get moving! Once we got to Coober Pedy, I went to a underground motel/backpackers. I also got to sleep underground, which I have to say was the best sleep I would have had in 3 days. Cool, quiet and dark. I went on a tour of the town, Opal mines, and to the Breakaways. Let's just say that there is not a lot to do in Coober Pedy , and I probably would not have liked to stay longer! Just a painful 11 hour greyhound bus ride to Adelaide.
Kangaroo Island, now I may have found one of my favourite places in Australia. Besides the ferry ride that was painful, long and rough. When I arrived on the island, I went and got on the tour bus, and off we went.We ended up at a sheep farm, for a demo on the dogs and shearing. Which was nothing new for me but still nice to see. On our journey around the island we climbed to the highest point, eucalyptus distillery, sea lions, sand boarding, koala walk, and much more.This was the fist time that I have seen koala's in the wild, and let's just say I was happy I finally have. Once we got to our over night accommodation we had dinner, showers, fire, and comfy beds. In the morning we were off to the Remarkable rocks. Of course they were remarkable. I was so happy when we arrived to see no other vehicles in the car park. So my pictures are people free. Also went to Admiral's Arch, where there were many New Zealand fur seals. Then a hike to Snake Lagoon, along the Rocky River, a untouched beach! Not sure how many people would make it there, definitely something only the tour guides really now about! It was another quick stop at beautiful beach, clear water and empty for a swim. Then a quick ride back to town to catch the ferry back to the mainland. Kangaroo Island is small, and definitely a highlight of my trip. So many things are just so natural and untouched. It was nice not to see people everywhere. A rare thing downunder!