Saturday, April 5, 2008

Alice Springs, with friends

OK! Part 1 of Alice Springs!

So, we got into town somewhere in the neighborhood of 5:30... and we had plans to all get together for dinner (along with the other Heading Bush group) at 8. So after we checked into our hostel (a place called Toddy's where most of us got to share one room together with a bathroom... except for the Swiss German crew who decided to ABANDON us for the YHA!) we showered up and tried to get back to normal. We all got together for fish and chips and camel steak and chinese food (depending on what you ordered) and beer... lots of beer! We only had a few days with everyone so we had to party like we meant it!

Now to show you the pictures of us all cleaned up!

That is Adrian, and Sandra (my yodel instructor) and Pat...


And Penny and Matt...


And Sarah D, Sarah R, and Gus! I have pics of me, Christine, and Dave (the three missing) below... so don't worry!

After we were good and full of food and beer, we headed off to this place called Bojangles (and everytime I think of the name I can hear Homer Simpson singing the 'Mr. Bojangles' song in my head... if you are a Simpsons fan you know what I'm talking about), which was a bar/club. Of course, there was plenty of dancing going on... and it's really a shame guys, because if I had known this beforehand, I would have given you the website to this place and you could have watched me party live on realtime! (They broadcast the dance floor live every night on a website and I was on the dance floor quite a bit!)

At Bojangles... pink hat is Helen...

Adrian and Sandra again...


And Dave, cutting it loose!

So, the interesting thing about Bojangles was... they played tricks on people in the bathroom. And most people, by the time they use the bathroom, are already fairly well buzzed... so it can be pretty funny watching people try to figure things out. The first trick is that the door opens on the opposite side that the handle is on... so you are pushing and pulling the handle for a few seconds before you figure it out...

Next... each of the water handles actually turned on the faucet NEXT to the handle, not the one that normally would be turned on...

See below... Christine is trying to turn on the water... but when she turned on the faucet that she is turning on, the sink to the LEFT of her turned on...

AND, the toilet seats were all clear with little fish or something swimming in the lids. It was a crazy, crazy place.

More dancing pictures!

And finally... here I am with the posse!


Anyhow, I'm sure you don't want to hear about how we just danced all night and went to the bar next door for the 'Heading Bush' jagermeister shots, listened to the guitar player there and watched this crazy girl dance like a mad-woman before we came back to Bojangles... so I'll just say that we stayed out as late as the bar was open (only until 1:30... they don't know how to party in Alice!) and walked home, happy as can be.

The next morning, we all met up for brunch at 12, and spent a little time going our seperate ways to check out the town, the dijaridu place, etc. I was considering getting myself a dijaridu, because this place sent them home for you so you didn't have to carry it around with you throughout Australia, but I decided against it... they were still too expensive.

We met up again for dinner at the same place we were at last night (the dinner place, not Bojangles!) for a farewell dinner for Penny, who was today leaving us on a Greyhound bus (sob! The first one to go!)

After dinner, we walked her to the bus stop, where Sarah D. made friends with this crazy fellah named Joshua... who was also getting on the bus... he was probably quite a bit drunk, and was definitely quite a bit loud... and lucky Penny! He decided to sit next to her... for her entire 17 hour bus ride. Penny, I hope he fell asleep quickly!

So, that was one goodbye... and there were so many more before the end of Alice Springs...

After Penny's bus was off, the remaining crew went out to a local bar (not quite like it was yesterday, we just wanted a place to chill out and talk and relax...)

Three of the guys...

And a rousing thumb wrestling match that had me caught in the middle!

This night was a pretty early night, we were all pretty worn out from the 10 days in the bush and last night, so after 1 or 2 drinks we went home... and we had to say goodbye to Matt (sob!) who would be leaving early tomorrow. So... that was 2 down...

We walked home again, and after a quick stop at KFC and some girl talk with Dave, we drifted off into dreamland.

The next morning, we met up again for breakfast... but FIRST... I made a major (but not too major) purchase... I bought a mini-laptop to make my life easier for the next month and some days! It was actually very inexpensive, and it is so nice to be able to write out my blogs and choose the pictures BEFORE having to go online and paste that stuff into blogspot. And the money I am saving is well worth it! PLUS the computer has a webcam built into it, PLUS it has a couple of cool programs like an astronomy program that tells you the positions of all the stars, and a chemistry program that teaches me the periodic table of elements! Who knows when I might need that! AND... it runs on LINUX, not Windows! Score 8 for me! It is also really fabulous, when I find places that offer free wireless internet (i.e. starbucks) I can do all my surfing for FREE (with purchase of coffee).

So, new computer in hand, NOW we (the Sarah's and myself) went to meet the remaining crew for breakfast. And... after we ate, there were more goodbyes... the rest of the Swiss Germans (Pat, Adrian, Sandra) were leaving. (Sob, sob, sob!). Now... it was just Sarah, Sarah, Dave, and me left...

Dave was leaving early the next morning, so we decided to hang out with him that night at the posh hotel he rented (he couldn't stand staying in hostels for too long, tsk!). We had pizza (which was TERRIBLE) and watched music videos until around 9... and then we said goodbye to Dave... (Sob!)

The next morning at 6:30, we were woken up for another goodbye... Sarah D. was leaving to go back to Adelaide... and now it was her time to go. (Sob!)

Now it was just Sarah R. and myself left (and Helen from the other group). This was Sarah R's last day in Alice before she was leaving... but we wanted to keep it low-key and just chill around town.

First, we went to the reptile museum (where we met up with Helen) and we all held a huge snake...

and we checked out the lonely crocodile they had in a tank outside. It actually looked pretty sad... it was in a small enclosure, and it was all by itself. I don't know if crocodiles get lonely, but I bet it gets depressed living in such a small enclosure. I didn't want to take pictures of it, it seemed too small and unhappy...

And here is Neville, the Thorny Devil!

After the museum, Sarah and I went shopping for shoes... her shoes pretty much kicked the bucket on our Outback tour, and were held together by tape, so she decided to bite the bullet and get some really cool new ones. I think the new ones are called Charcols? Something like that? But they are awesome... great for hiking (much better than Birks for hiking!) and if they weren't so expensive I might have gotten a pair!

Here is the sad farewell to the shoes... (Sarah, I will be sending you these pictures shortly, probably Tuesday when I actually have a break from my crazy schedule!)

After the sad shoe farewell, we went back to Sarah's hostel (I had checked into a new hostel called Alices Secret that morning, but I'll tell you about that later) and hung out at the pool for a couple of hours.

Then... we had dinner, and watched a chick flick (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and cried our eyes out! It's a cheesy movie, but it's actually a really good chick flick...

Then... the last goodbye. (Sob!)

After I was back at my hostel... I was all alone in Alice Springs... figuratively of course... since there are actually a lot of people there.

Anyhow... I will tell you more about Alice Springs itself and my hostel in the next blog... just wanted to keep this one as just the goodbyes! Later!

8 comments:

Jieuryli said...

Stunning...

Cheryl said...

I liked the thorny devil! *lol*
Yay for Linux!

Lisah0822 said...

so sad, so many goodbyes :-(
i wish you took the pic of the croc, you know how much i love crocs!!! but then again, i might not want to see a sad one. love the snake pic.
that was a good idea on the laptop purchase!!!
MISS U MUCH!!!

stacy is amazing said...

I LOVE that movie!! PS..I own it...we can have a movie night and relive your experience when you get back.

That is a FUNNY pic of you in the middle of the thumb wrestling match...def. not a new default.

PMH said...

Good bye everyone!

Cute picture, Bear, of you in the middle of the thumb wrestling. :-p

Cheryl said...

You can take away word verification! Go to settings and comments! Death to the word verification system!!! :D

Karen said...

goodbye word verification! Unless I start getting spam, then hello again word verification!

Nic said...

You are nuts for letting that snake touch you! I want to go to that bar so badly! I wonder where you can get a toliet seat like that cuz i DEFFF want one