Thursday, March 08, 2007



Back in Oz (Australia). It's really weird changing summer-winter-summer. Right now I can't get it. I'm in my shorts sweating (It’s very very humid) when couple of days ago I was freezing in a worm jacket hehe

I just stayed in a youth hostel for 2 days, because I had a bit of planning and sorting things out to do, but heading a bit north tomorrow.

Yesterday I met Thomas he he that was funny. I'm waiting in a line in a supermarket and a guy in front of me is talking to Japanese girls standing in front of him. He had condoms in his shopping bag. I thought: »O my god, I wouldn't touch him«. Whatever. He turns back and comments something like poor me having to hold my shopping bag… In 3 sentences I found out he was snowboard instructor in Japan for 10 years, that his dad was Croat and that he lives just net to my youth hostel hehe. Funny, too many coincidences …. he took me a bit around the town and on a lemonade in a bar with the most beautiful view on the boats and ocean and rain forest …He really made my day (but I still wouldn’t touch him .. ;) upss)

Everyone is trying to sell me all possible trips you can think off. Crazy. I'll do it my way again, at least I'll try. I just booked a bus for tomorrow and am going somewhere north. I could do the same in an organized tour …. Remember me ..why? Uf…this Australia is as it looks very easy to travel…so it attracts people that like to be guided around (somehow doesn’t sound like me). I feel like when you go around the world for the first time, Australia is the easiest one to start with … There are things you just need to see and do (like Macu pichu in Peru), but on the other hand you just can't wait to be on your own and explore, the country and the people. Hm It might be a bit difficult to find this authentic but will just have to try harder, no? And with the fact I love sun and ocean I should be all right, no? Having a car would be great!! And a couple of friends in it .. Anyone?? Come on, get over here!!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry christmas

I wish all of you just the most beutiful days that are to come. Do something special ;)
Greetings from Japan


After Sydney I went to Griffin. I needed the money; the money to go to Japan ;) Yes I know some of you don't know yet. Actually I got an offer to go to Japan in the last days of work in Perisher (Australian ski resort). It was a big dilemma, if I really want to go back to snow in the middle of summer (Australian summer), see less of Australia or should I just experience Australia as much as possible and maybe jump to New Zealand. Finally I thought that in a short future I probably wouldn’t go sightseeing Japan, and it would be really a pity to miss out the chance to see Japanese culture and their diversity in so many aspects. On the other hand I got myself an excuse to come back to Australia one day. Whenever you’re travelling, you always have to leave something for next time and I would really like to come back here and do a proper New Zealand - Australia tour.

Aha, decision made, now I needed to earn money (In Australia) to go and earn money (In Japan). Hrr I hate that!!! Why can't I at least once earn and than just spend money on unnecessary things, like hips of chocolate for example? Mmmm well those were my thoughts gardening in Griffin. Asking myself what am I doing here?!!!!

Yes it was hard work, but I met some really nice people plus had a great time in a youth hostel where I stayed plus payed off all my debts from my youth ;) …. When I was a child my mother had to struggle with me if she wanted me to help her do the chipping in the garden …. now I recon I did enough of it for all my life ;) so in total it wasn't that bad.

I did different kinds of work. All I did was very boring with annoying flies all around and it was very very hot (up to 37 degrees Celsius) …. from sunrise to sunset.

Pic. 1: Sunrise (I was already on the field at that time!!!!!!)

Pic. 2: Sunset

First 14 days I did grape pruning. This means that we either walked around 12 km per day (not much to prune) or we had to bend down to each grape tree and that way did around 2 km of squads, depends what sort of grape it was.

Pic. 3: Pruning (sl. - obrezovanje drevja) in Vineyard – endless rows of grapes

After that I did 3 days of onion seeds picking, one day of walnut tree pruning, 5 days of gherkins chipping, 4 days of salad planting and chipping and ended the adventure with sweet chili pruning and water melons planting.

Pic. 4: My work mates pruning walnut trees – ha ha don't they look like snails ha ha

Pic. 5: 8-10 hours of chipping omamamia

Pic. 6: Salad field – I've never seen so much salad!!!!

Pic. 7: Sweet chilli field

Pic. 8: Planting device - ha ha will explain you how it works when we meet

In this month and a half of farming life I sow 2 freshly dead very poisoned snakes brbrbrbrbr

They said snake will hear you and go away. If you don’t step on her, you’ll be all right. Mhm. Once I was making a phone call from pay phone I got one (smaller – baby snake) crawling on my foot brrrr and I knew that if there is a small one, her mother must be close. You can imagine how fast I hang up the phone and run back to the house.

Pic. 9: Black snake – killed with a gun

Pic. 10: Broun snake – very poisonous one – killed with this hoe (sl. Motika)

Yes Australia does have an amazing animal world. Once I saw a kangaroo in the vineyard (that was funny), possum had his house just on the top of our youth hostel and stick insect found his home in our bathroom. Not to mention cockatoo and hips of parrots everywhere. And this is just what I sow walking around.

Pic. 11: Possum

Pic. 12: Stick insect

Here is a photo taken in Sydney

Pic. 13: Cockatoo

The majority of back packers are German. Only 20 countries can get working-holidays visa for Australia so German political situation is just the perfect incentive for young German to come to Australia. They can earn more money and travel around this wonderful country. When I first arrived to Youth hostel in Griffin, they were so happy to hear I am from Slovenia, at least one they could speak English to. They were great company. We really got along very well together.

Pic. 14: Our youth hostel, real Australian made house

Pic. 15: Once we went out (I was too tired to go more than once) ;)

Pic. 16: Pancakes for everyone

Pic. 17: Boys watching cartoons ;)

Pic. 18: Boys doing the laundary ;)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


After Ana left and went back to Slovenia, I went to live with a Slovenian family for a week. I met them in Perisher when I instructed kids, Sam, Madeline and Alex.

Pic 1: Slovenians

It was very funny. I saw their last name and asked where they are from. They said well kind of from Slovenia ;) I was I bit shocked I admit. Slovenia? Among 200 instructors, how can I get the Slovenians? Funny.

I was their instructor for a week, than got real Slovenian sausages and cevapcici (there is Slovenian butcher in Sydney). MMMM. Well they were actually all born in Australia, including their dad, but Slovenian blood counts right?

Pic 2: Football fans? Of course!! And very good a it!!

I was very happy to stay with them for a week, speak Slovenian learn how to cook Chinese Chicken sticks and mljask, eat Australian desert Pavlova. Delicious!!! I’ll make it for you when we meet. I remembered Bosko now, I am sure he would eat a whole plate just by himself ;)

It was great to feel a bit of Sloveno-Australian family way of life. Thank you!!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Pic 1: Sydney

Coming back to Sydney and sightseeing mmmm nice… Some shots are from before Fiji, but it doesn't really matter right?

Well what is the first think you have in mind when someone says Sydney? I believe it is Opera house, no; or is it Harbour Bridge?

Pic 2: Opera house and Harbour Bridge

Pic 3: Opera house

Pic 4: Opera house

Pic 5: Harbour Bridge

There are 2 main Sydney beaches, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach, both very nice, one more family kind (Manly Beach) and other more party kind (Bondi Beach)

Pic 6: Manly Beach

Pic 7: Bondi Beach

Pic 8: Mmmmm summer

Pic 9: Mmmmm summer

Few National Parks…

Pic 10: Gap Bluff - Sydney Harbour National Park

Pic 11: Gap Bluff - Sydney Harbour National Park

Pic 12: Gap Bluff - Sydney Harbour National Park

Pic 13: Nielsen Park - Sydney Harbour National Park

Pic 14: Nielsen Park - Sydney Harbour National Park

Didgeridoo …. Sounds Australian? Mhm, Aboriginal art.

Pic 15: Didgeridoo

Pic 16: Didgeridoos

And a few more..

Pic 17: Oceanarium

Pic 18: We caught Nemo!!!

Pic 19: At the end of a day….

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Australia – Fiji –Australia (part two)

Only half of the population of Fiji islands is Fijians. The rest are manly Indian which came to Fiji to work on sugar farms and some Chinees.

On the market we found special fork designed to soak out brains from someone’s body. Mhm. Hundreds of year ago there were cannibals on Fiji island. Buuuuuu freaky.

Fijian traditional drink is kava. Sounds familiar? Well it for sure doesn’t taste familiar, it taste like soil mixed together with water. Drinking it makes your mouth a bit paralysed, similar to chewing coca leaves in Bolivia (jut that coca leaves have stronger effect or maybe I should drink more of this un-tasty kava).

“Kava ceremony” normal takes place every night. Locals gather together, and men are the one preparing it. Women can also drink it. They put crushed kava (kava is kind of a root) into a cloth or sock and pour water on it. They mix it with hands in a special bowl with four legs. Before you drink it, you say “bula” which in this case means cheers but the expression is used also for saying hello, thank you, yes please ... It is most commonly used Fijian word. After saying “bula” you clap your hands 3 times, drink it and repeat the clapping with hands after you finish drinking it. People around you clap their hands together with you.

Pic 1: Kava ceremony

When you visit local village you must wear “sulu” to show respect (long cloth; look what I’m wearing on picture 3 AustraliaFijiAustralia (part one)). Except children, everyone wears it. It is not uncommon also for men to wear a skirt. Actually when a man wants to look nice and tidy he wears a skirt.

Pic 2: Tidy clothes

After getting to know a bit of real Fiji we said we finally needed the beach we were dreaming about since we left snow. In my mind was fabulous beach, lying on sand, getting sun tent, doing nothing. We were close, but not there yet.

We went to Mango bay resort. It’s very nice resort which except from the beach looks like great pictures from the magazine. Palm trees, small cottages (dorms or just made for 2 person just next to the beach), restaurant next to the pool, mini chairs in the pool so that you can have your cocktail in the pool, free sport activities… all for quite reasonable price (dorms (15 €), but much higher prices for small cottages for two).

Pic 3: Mango by resort

Hm … we stayed there for 2 nights. Weather wasn’t very nice, beach wasn’t as perfect as in magazine and I felt a bit like so called “prisoner tourist”. I mean it was nice to stay there for 2 days, but would be very bored to stay there for 3 weeks. It was like in hotel, breakfast at 9am, long way to the city if you needed to buy something … and after 2 days I still didn’t live to see my dreams; nice “sunny “beach, lying on sand, getting sun tent.

Since we got to Fiji I wanted to see that beach from film Blue Lagoon. It was supposed to be filmed on Vatulele, an Island close to Mango Bay. Prices: renting a cottage for 1 night in a Vatulele resort costs around 740€, flight there and back (from main Fiji Island to Vatulele Island) costs around 400€. MMM Now what? What if we would go by local boat and stay a night with locals, since we’re used to it? There must be a local boat going there. First offer we got was 200€, which still sounded a bit too much locals could afford. When we made it clear we want to go “with” locals (not having our own local boat) we finally got a boat for 12€. Happy as we were to finally make it, it turned out to be “the” most and scary experience of my life. I think I can’t call sky diving or bungee jumping or hitch hiking by myself in Peru “adrenalin” any more. You would probably put me across your knees and punch me like a child if you would know how this looked like. The boat was around 3m long and only 1m was covered with roof. Wind speed was around 30 nuts and there were supposed to be plenty of sharks in the water. After 5 minutes we grabbed each others hands, catching our breath and screaming every few minutes as the wave hit the boat lift it out of the water and smashed it back down. Local women kept on saying “vinaka vinaka” meaning “thank you”. Thank you god you didn’t sink us. Dreadful. The captain just smiled at our scary faces and kept on going. Waves kept on falling into the boat and on the captain. We were all soaked. Ana started asking locals on the boat: “Do you have children?” “Are you married?” Meaning you do need to get there, right? We spend one and a half hours on the boat (they first said one hour and the additional half an hour was not very welcomed, but what could we do, the weather just wasn’t good). As we were finally getting closer to Vatulele, the wind calmed down and last 10 minutes on the boat were calm.

Well as you can see, we made it and the captain later on told us, he can make it even if wind speed is 70 nuts or even more.

Was it worthy? Check out the photos, but I would definitely not go on the boat like this again (but I had to, to get back to main Fiji Ireland).

Pic 4: Our boat

Pic 5: Beautiful

Pic 6: Beautiful

It was the sunniest day we had on Fiji islands. We also did some snorkelling for around half an hour. Beach was breath taking. We’ve actually seen the glamour rich people experience (Rich people don’t go to main Fiji Island, but to small islands around it).

Vatulele is supposed to be he only place on earth with red prawns. You know … prawns… normally turning red when you put them in boiling water… Well on Vatulele they are red without having to cook them (which you anyway shouldn’t else your boat will sink).

Pic 7: Red prawns

Pic 8: Dinner

Pic 9: Paper making

We turned back to the main Fiji island with a bit less of wind (we as well had baby on board this time), but it was still freaky with the waves suddenly coming from the side this time. Our 10 days adventure was getting close to an end.

We turned back to Australia. J As coming home. In a way very nice, but on the other hand: “Where are all nice people with smile on their faces all the time?” We stayed a week in a youth hostel in Sydney, sightseeing lovely Sydney again.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Australia – Fiji –Australia (part one)

Well it’s good if you don’t have time to sit in front of the computer isn’t it? I got stuck in repeating “tomorrow”

Time to pay off all the luxury I had before has arrived. Here I am in Griffith, Irena Fili, with economic degree doing wine pruning ;) Yeeeee!!!!!

My every day companions are flies. There are hips of them and they come together with 35 degrees temperature. MMMMMM As Tamara said it’s good for your spirit and your body (Fizicno delo krepi telo in duha).

Pic1: Flies

Turning back ….I left Jindabyne and snowy mountains (I made a mistake in one of the previous posts saying I’m in Blue Mountains) on the 16th of September. It was high time to leave, snow was getting more and more slushy and after bad season we had (it was supposed to be the worst season ever recorded in Perisher) it didn’t have sense staying any longer. I was supposed to travel with Jasmina, one of the instructors, but she suddenly changed her mind and went straight back home. Well I didn’t have any particular plans so I just went to Fiji. J I went together with Ana (also one of the instructors).

Fijiiii OOO I always wanted to go there. Do you remember the film Blue lagoon? It was filmed in Fiji and when I saw the movie I thought that one day I really have to go there. And that day has arrived. Wonderful experience, not wonderful weather (10 days of rain), but still awesome!!!

Pic2: Ana and me with frangiapani in our hair

You can find this beautiful flower in every garden. They are like some kind of national symbol. Locals (specially the one working with tourists) always have them in their hair.

Pic3: Frangiapani

We spent most of the time with locals. As we arrived to Fiji they wanted to send us to this or that trip, Fiji experience or Irelands …. just somewhere they could charge us, but instead we sat on a local bus and went somewhere south. Who knew where we are going to end up….

We spend the third night on Fiji with a local family. Really very generous people who would offer you their own bed, share food with you, always with a smile on their faces is something “third world” has in common. After absorbing things during the day we sat down on the floor (Typical Fijian house has a big living room with only mattress on the floor) and talked. Even the old grandmother came out and joined us. One guy took a guitar in his hand and magical night began. This people have something we don’t. Ana once asked them “Are you ever angry or upset?” It looked like they don’t know what that mean and their facial expression said something like “not really”. Good to learn..

Pic4: Our host

Fijian eat food with their hands. Most common part of every meal is Casava (it’s a root).

Pic5: Eating with hands

To be continued…