Sunday, March 2, 2008

So very sorry!

Sorry it has been so long since my last post... and sorry for all the people who were worried that I hadn't written/called for a few days, but I have darn good excuses.

1) No phone service
2) No internet service

But now, I am at an internet cafe paying 5 dollars an hour for internet - so I will update my missing days in hopefully less than 2 hours. Now, the trip that I took was 5 days, and since each day is a bountiful glory of pictures and information, I will be separating each post by day... so you don't have to read all of it at once and probably get fired from your job (since I know most of you read this while at work, you naughty, naughty things you).

But first, I'll just talk a bit about my arrival in Tasmania.

So, Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen! It is so varied in it's beauty... you can drive a couple of hours and go from clean, beautiful beaches to soaring mountains to temperate rainforests... it's amazing how much stuff is crammed into this little place! It rarely gets TOO hot or TOO cold here (summer average temp is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or so, and winter is about 50). Also, while I've been here in Tassie, I think I've seen more rainbows than I've ever seen in my life! AND the air is apparently 'scientifically proven' to be the cleanest air in the world! That says a lot, I think.
So, my first night in Tassie, I stayed in a hostel in Hobart (the capital city of Tasmania), and while it is still a city (and I'm not a fan of cities), I am happy to say it was such a nice little city... with a view of mountains in the background. I walked around for a couple of hours just marveling at the scenery (also I had been in the boat for 10 hours and the bus for 4, so I just really needed to stretch my legs!). Here are a few pics of the city of Hobart...
Above, you can actually see snow in the mountains. It's gone now, but it was pretty cold for a couple of days up in the mountains here!
Below was closer to the center of Hobart, so it is beginning to look more like a city, but it was still the nicest little city I had ever seen :)
And what I really liked about Hobart, is that all throughout the city there were these little bits of artwork in the sidewalk... each picture was different. I'm not sure, but I'd guess that they invited a bunch of different people to draw them. It did give the streets quite a bit of pizazz!

When I got back to the hostel at night, I ended up meeting 3 of the girls who were going to be going on the Under Down Under tour with me... and funny story, one of them was named Karen, and was from NYC. So... I left one Karen in Heathcote, but met another!

Well, I think this is good for the teaser before I get down to the meat of what I've been doing in Tasmania (i.e. what went down on the tour).

If you are lucky, I won't get bored today before I finish writing them all, otherwise, I'll update you all tomorrow. I do have some great pictures though! :)


PMH said...

I forgive you...this time. :-) But I do miss you.

Lisah0822 said...

whoo hoo!!! karen is back on board!!
off to read your other post :-)