So, I’m heading in a general homewards direction in about an hour. Have just crammed as much as possible into my suitcase and rucksack; with all of the PNG bilums (wool bags), spears, arrows etc it wasn’t easy. I’ve had to leave quite a lot behind including the ‘mud men’ masks which is a shame – they’re left in very good hands though! Have spent the last couple of days getting my first glimpse into the world of moving house. Having never moved house, or even witnessed anybody moving house before, it was a completely novel experience helping Kieran to pack up his house into boxes. There were a series of complications which resulted in the removal van being unloaded into a storage facility through a small door which could only be open for four minutes before the alarm went off leading to a $60 fine! Anyway, I’m bizarrely arriving into England tomorrow morning at 7 despite the fact that I’ve got 14+8 hours of flying and over 4 hours in Singapore…fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly!
So my time in Papua New Guinea is finally over. Phase one complete. I’m currently in Brisbane preparing for my flight to Auckland tomorrow…re-shuffling my bags with completely different clothes suitable for ‘normal’ civilisation. I had a look in the … Continue reading →
I eventually arrived in Brisbane this morning after having a major scare at security when sniffer dogs, trained to smell out food, were checking everyone. Basically Australia is very strict on their ‘no bringing food products into the country’ policy. I had crammed my rucksack with all the free food I could get my hands on over the past couple of days including food from England such as pumpkin seeds. Somehow, unbelievably, I managed to get through without any hassle.
Anyway, today after stealing a couple of hours of much needed sleep we (with my cousins Kieran and Melissa) headed over to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The sanctuary was fantastic – I’d definitely recommend it to anyone passing through Brisbane! It hosts all the iconic Australian animals: platypus, wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingos and koalas (which you can cuddle!) and a large open field area with numerous different species of kangaroo and wallaby. Some more feisty than others! They also provided bird feed, for which the local lorikeets come flocking! The place is packed with wild water dragons and hilarious australian brushturkeys, busy kicking all the leaves and dirt onto the paths whilst foraging/nest building.