Hey everyone! This has to be a very quick post with no pictures (unfortunately) because they are charging me an arm and a leg for internet, AND there is no way for me to update my pictures! That is incredibly annoying because I took some beautiful pictures of what the area of Tasmania I'm staying in looks like... it's a city surrounded by gorgeous mountains. And it's a nice little city too, not an ugly one like Sydney or a scary empty one like Melbourne... the only downside? It's COLD here! I mean, it's nothing compared to the temperature most of you in America are dealing with, but it's like in the low 60's (farenheit) I think, and it's windy! So, I'm chilly. I might have to buy a sweatshirt JUST for Tasmania, but then it will be pretty useless the rest of my trip, and I don't really have much room for a sweatshirt.
I actually knew I would like Tasmania right away when I looked at the scenery on the bus ride up... wow, the whole state is just amazing. And I saw a sign on the road that made me smile... "Quiet! The trees are growing!" And a few minutes later I could see a rainbow right across a mountain. Breathtaking.
Anyhow, I didn't really do much since I got here... the boat ride was long and I didn't get much sleep on it, and then the bus ride afterwards was about 4 hours and I didn't get much sleep on that... so I'm just kinda beat. I'm going to bed early tonight I think.
Yikes, I really want to keep talking about other things that I've been meaning to talk about, but I can't because it's a race against the clock which is slowly ticking down to zero (minutes left) so I'll just end with this interesting fact...
Did you know, that in Australia, when people get their licenses, they start out with 12 points on their license, and when they do bad things like get caught speeding, the points are taken away... and then when they get down to zero points, they lose their license? As all you Americans know, in the US you GAIN points for doing bad things and when you get up to a certain number of points (I don't know what the number is cause I never do bad things) you lose your license. I just learned that when Karen and Cliff drove me to catch my ship ride across the sea to Tasmania! Now you all know! It's fun to learn, isn't it?