Its time for my final blog entry. Im so excited to being going home, not only to see everyone again but also to actually have a home. It still doesnt quite feel real though, but perhaps thats due to having such a long journey! I spent 8 hours on a flight from Brisbane to Singapore and am now stuck in the airport for 8 hours before a 13 hour flight to Heathrow! Although, of all airports to be stuck in, Singapore airport must be one of the best. I have already spent 3 hours just wandering around and I can even take a shower later!
Anyway, the final few weeks of my trip.... After my last update I flew to Darwin to meet Jess. It was so nice to see her again, its hard to believe we hadnt seen each other for 9 months! We spent a chilled out week going for dinner and sipping cocktails! The weather was fantastic, dry season had just begun so it was a nice, hot 30c but without too much humidity. We visited the wave pool a couple of times which was really good fun. We also went to Crocosaurus Cove where you can see lots of crocodiles, feed them and hold baby ones. Its the only place in the World where you can cage dive with them, but we decided not to, more due to the cost than fear! It looked quite exciting. We went to the Deckchair cinema which was lovely and also visited the Mindill Beach markets which are possibly the most amazing markets in the world. The sunset is absolutely beautiful, I have never seen the sky so red! The stalls sell mostly jewellery but all very unique and at fairly reasonable prices, I could have easily spent all my money! There was also food from all over the world. We enjoyed it so much that we went twice.
After our week in Darwin we went on a 9 day tour which took us all the way to Alice Springs via Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, Katherine Gorge, Devils Marbles, Daly Waters Pub (the oldest in the Northern Territory), Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon. We had early mornings of 5-6am every day and had to camp for 6 nights but it was an amazing trip and we made some good friends! For the first 3 days the weather was still warm so we did lots of swimming in vairous pools and waterfalls. The highlight of this part of the trip for me was Gunlom Falls which were beautiful and lovely to swim in! The following 3 days we spent mostly on the bus, the distance from Darwin to Alice Springs is further than the distance from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England!! When we got to Alice Springs it was quite cold but we slept in Swags which are like large sleeping bags with a built in mattress. You then put your sleeping bag inside and its so warm and cosy! We all slept around the fire watching the stars, it was absolutely amazing! Although we were all relieved to get into real beds and have a lie-in when the tour was over.
Uluru was spectacular. Another one of those experiences where you cant quite believe you're there. We did the 10km base walk at sunrise, although I must admit that after the first hour the novelty began to wear off! My favorite place was Kings Canyon, we had to do a 3.5hr walk at 7am in the morning but it was worth it because I've never been anywhere like this before! It felt like being part of a movie and even the pictures dont do it justice!
Jess and I spent our final two days together in Alice Springs where we ate out a lot with our new best friends and slept a lot! We both left on Monday, Jess to fly home and I flew to Brisbane. I then spent the evening with my new friend Asami who I met on tour and also happened to be in Brisbane. It was really nice to be able to spend my last night in Australia with a friend. It was then an early start to get to Singapore where I am now waiting for my flight to London. I cant wait to see my Mom, have my own bed and bathroom and some nice nutritous meals! I'm also really looking forward to seeing everyone again, this experience has definitely made me really appreciate my friends and family!
Can't wait to see you all! x