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moegen Krokos deutsches Futter am liebsten.
26.10.06 08:39


Happy Birthday Anke!!!

Time for another English report about my last adventures. I've covered my time in Alice until mid August in German with my last few texts. So just as a summary for you folks: Alice is a wonderful friendly town and despite of my bicycle accident I had a lot of fun and met heaps of really nice people! And to everyone who told my it's boring or dangerous - shut up, get on the Ghan or a plane and try it yourself - I can only recommend it!

After my last shifts in both my opal shop and the bluegrass restaurant I had 1 day to organise and pack befor i set off on the Larapinta Trail. That's a walking treck once again through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. I joined the party of my work friend Cella, her husband and a friend of them. In 5 days we covered 3 of the 12 trail sections up peaks, along ridges and through beautiful gorges. It was good fun and again very satisfying but also my hardest walk so far. Hiking through an arid environment is very different to all my walks through rainforests or often shady bush land. Not only that this was the week when it finally became springtime with temperatures around 30 degrees celsius. It also meeans you don't cross creeks and waterfalls all time or if you do they are dried out. Every 2 days you come to a water tank and your pack gets very heavy again. But your reward are awesome sunsets and -rises, the views at all and of couse to only meet other people once a day. So if you're looking for a little adventure next winter - this could be your choice.

Back to civilisation I had another 2 nights in Alice before I left for Mimili - a little community just after the NT/SA border. I stayed there a bit longer than 3 weeks to babysit 2 gorgeous little girls - Frankie just turned 1 whilst I was there and her big sister is 2 3/4. Their mum Claudia and dada Tom are running the community arts & crafts centre and are the MSO (doing all the office work for the council and lots more). As there is no childcare provided for the little ones they usally have to go to work with their parents everyday - what is of couse pretty boring and makes you a bit 'uneasy'. Anyway we had a good time and everyone of you who knows how crazy I am about kids can imagine how much I loved 'my' girls. And their parents, especially with Clauds I felt we're already much longer friends. As the whole family is about to leave Mimili I'm sure we will catch up at some time in Victoria.

Being already in South Australia I decided to sneak into Coober Pedy - the worls's opal capital just 3 hrs down Stuart Hwy. A very weird place, most of the town's underground as people are living in so called dug outs to protect themselfes from the very high temperatures and because this area is literally treeless, so there was no building material accessable in the old days. I lasted there exactly 36 hrs and was kind of relived to find myself sleeping at my friend Chandler's place in Alice again after 2 nights underground. But never the less it was an interesting day with tours in and around town and into a working mine. And good food. As there are more than 40 nations living in town you can find some nice restaurants. My first night I dined at a Greek tavern that even turned up on TV lately and the other night I went to an Italian.

A few more days in Alice , a last farewell and off I went on an Adventure Tours trip up to Darwin. (that's the company my tour guide housemates in Hobart are/were working for) What? Antje joined a tour group? Yes I did because I choose it was the more interesting journey than going 24 hrs by Greyhound coach. The Ghan timetable didn't suit me and the plane was only $30 less than a guided 3 day tour including food and camping. It was alright, we had some fun and I already knew that I'm coming back to the best part of this trip - Katherine Gorge.

So arriving in Darwin I turned around after 2 nights to go back down to Katherine again to catch up with my friend James I met half a year ago in Perth. Because we enjoyed this Nitmiluk National Park so much we actually spent 3 nights at the gorge and another 2 nights at Edith Falls, the northern part of the NP with swimming, bush walking, canoing and relaxing of couse.

Now I'm back in Darwin since 2 nights and haven't done much yet. (But finally my tax return) I'm still acclimatising, to both the hot and humid wheather of the build up season and being back in a city. That's it so far. I'm going to the movies tonight - Deck chair cinema and will keep you updated at this plase hoping for some comments or emails about what happens in your lifes.

Hugs and kisses yours Antje.

P.S. to all the Erfurt folks - you don't believe who I run into last sunday. Marco Weiss (former Boeckmann). I crossed the road and someone waved at me. Couldn't believe it. Had a nice stroll over the sunset markets and enjoyed the sunset at the beach.
2.10.06 08:25


Juckende Fuesse

aber Scheiden tut so weh!

ok, es ist soweit - ich verlasse Alice in 2 Tagen. Zuerst um fuer 5 Tage mal wieder wandern zu gehen. Aber zur Abwechslung mal nicht in einem Regenwald sondern in der Wueste. Keine Sandwueste, sondern mal wieder meine West Macs, heiss und trocken aber allemal. Dann gibt's nochmal 2 Naechte Alice um meinen Umzug in eine Community nach South Australia zu organisieren.

Ergo: bis mind. Mitte September wird mein mobile keinen Empfang haben. Schaetzungsweise kann ich bei Claudia und Tom und den Kleinen ab und an mal Internet benutzen und es gibt auch eine Festnetznummer da. 0061 - 8 - 8956 7584. Nur immer schoen an die Zeitverschiebung denken falls es jemand nicht lassen kann. Aber es ruft ja auch so keiner an, dann wohl auch kaum da unten.

Es gaebe auch noch jede Menge zu erzaehlen und eigentlich auch schoene Bilder von meinem Ballonflug einzufuegen. But can't be bothered. Muss noch so viel erledigen und in 4 Stunden schon wieder auf Arbeit sein. Deshalb war's das jetzt! xoxo a.
16.8.06 05:11


Malvi's back!

Ok guys, what's going on in Alice Springs? Living here now 2,5 month I have to say, I still love her and this little town in the middle of the dessert is really everything but boring. The other concern some people had wiht my announcement moving to Alice was about my security. Well, I had a little problem with that. But not because I'm living in a town with 25% indigeneous people and not because I'm living in a mainly black area within this town.

My bad luck could have happened everywhere in Australia where people are generally not used to cyclists on the road. About 4 weeks ago someone knocked me over with his car. An ambulance and police showed up, I came to hospital for about 4 hours and a few stitches and then they seemed to hope "she's just a stupid backpacker". You should think you get some support from the police when the accident was obviously not your fold. But not here. It took me ages to get at least a case report number and name+number of the guy who's responsible.

Well, I think, I get it sorted now. Sent my claim to the insurance yesterday and this f*** lazy guy finally agreed to pay at least half the costs for a new second hand bike. He always tried to make me feeling sorry for him because he's out of work. In a town like Alice where you literally fall into work every 50m? No, no sorry for him!

Until 2 days ago I was riding the bike of a girl from my shop (Thanks again Maureen!) But I found someone fixing my loved Malvi - a maroone Malvernstar racing bike from the last iceage. Well maybe not that old, but fairly old. Because this other guy really freaked me out with never calling me when he should tell me what's going on I still want the money! That's fair enough, isn't it?

But that's enough - now some nice things here.

The Alice really tries to make winter (and it is winter - we had a lot of frosty nights) fun. First there was the weekend with the Finke Dessert Race, apparently one of the hardest racing tracks down under. I had to work but he whole week before was already bustling with very interesting people in town.

With the next weekend I was more lucky. The Beannie Festival was in town and I'm now a proud owner of a funny red beannie from the world's biggest beannie exhibition.

This was followed by the Alice Springs Show. Yes, every oz town has its horse race and I'm absolutely not into it. Especially when they are having a public holiday for that. I remember the boring Regatta Day in Hobart very well and decided not to go. But had a day off anyway. And so hat my friend. So we tookk the car and flee to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Yes, I've been in the Macs before but they are just great again and again. So we had a good night out and then a fun drive with a nice bushwalk and picnic.

Two weeks ago there was another race - Alice Springs Camel Cup. Ever been to a camel race? You should - it's really funny! Expecting to know nobody there, because everyone told us before you only go there once, we bumped every 10min into mates (not only the new ones from the pub night before). My explanation - it was very cold out there. So you just get pissed and every year it's your first time again.

And: I'm making plans again. I'll leave Alice end of August to go to Mimili Community in SA - half way from here to Cooper Pedy. I'll be there babysitting for about 3 weeks. Am really excited!

Selling opal now for quiet a while I still haven't seen a mine yet. So after Mimili i will go to Cooper Pedy for a few days and hopefully staying in a dugout underground hostel. This will be in the middle of September. As I ha enough cold by then I'll go up again afterwards. Probably taking the Ghan (a big train) to Darwin and there... ??? That are more than enough plans made.

And there is even another plan. In Alice starts the 230km long Larapinta Trail through the West Macs. Together with a girl from work, her husband and their friend I'll hopefully walk a part of this. These 5 days will be between Alice and Mimili. I already realised how unfit I became with only having my 20min bike ride to work everyday(and back again, sometimes back to town for working at the restaurant at night as well). So I started "training". The MacDonnell Ranges are an amazing mountain range that is going right past Alice Springs. The way from the airport into town goes through the Gap that devides the range in East and West Macs. So i walked on Sunday from work there, climbed the Gap and walked along to Mt Gillen, Alice's highest peak, decended there and went home. And now my sore mussels make me walking funny. So I have to get in shpae again for the Larapinta Trail!

I know, this is already a pretty long report but there are a few more things I want to share.

One) I'm really disappointed. It was raining and drizzeling for 8 days and I still haven't seen Todd River flodded.

Two) Have you been to cinema lately? I watched "Ten Canoes" (for non aussies: the first movie in indigeneous language, telling the story of people from Arnhem Land) Well worth watching!

Three) I missed a wedding of good friends at home. All the best Antonia+Sandi!

Ok, now you are released - hugs and kisses for all!
Love yours Antje.
26.7.06 06:22


mit nem blauen auge davon gekommen

letzte woche um diese zeit wollte ich euch eigentlich ueber mein sportleben und mein rennrad berichten und darueber, dass ich immer 20min in die stadt radeln muss. leider hat mich auf dem weg in die bibo ein auto hops genommen und ich bin statt dessen nur schraeg gegenueber im krankenhaus gelandet.



ist aber alles halb so schlimm. wurde genaeht und durfte nach 4 stunden wieder heim. die faeden sind mittlerweile wieder drausen und ich hab die freude, jeden tag einen anderen 'lidschatten' zu tragen, allerdings nur auf der linken seite. mal sehen, ob ich die bilder hier hochgeladen bekomme.

ansonsten ist alles in butter. arbeite viel und freu mich des lebens. ohne head banging im moment allerdings. gestern bin ich das erste mal wieder fahrrad gefahren. mit nem geborgten - meins ist schrott - und hab mich noch nicht so auf die strasse getraut. heut morgen hab ich mich dann gegen fussweg entschieden. all das hoch und runter und die vielen unebenheiten waren der horror fuer meinen kopf.

was macht der kopf von kolja? alles wieder heile?

liebe gruesse an alle.xoxo a



p.s. man beachte auch die ohrringe und kette! hab mir kleine weisse opale geleistet.
4.7.06 05:51


Liebesbriefe

Alle Liebesbriefe, Einladungen zu Hochzeiten und Geldanweisungen koennen von nun an an

PO Box 4244
Alice Springs, NT, 0871, Australia

geschickt werden!!! Von Morddrohungen und Rechnungen bitte ich abzusehen.

Liebe Gruesse Eure Antje.
12.6.06 03:22


yieppieyieppieyeiha yieppieyiepieyeah!!!

Am Samstag zieh ich um! Zu meiner Managerin vom Restaurant, die allerdings wie das hier unten so ueblich ist, grad mal suesse 22 ist.

Ansonsten habt ihr ja bestimmt schon vermutet, geht's mir blendend. Wann immer ihr nichts von mir hoert, bin ich zufrieden mit meinem Leben. Ich mag Alice Springs immer noch sehr gern und bin auch pretty busy mit arbeiten und Freizeitgestaltung. Mit einem tollen Hoehepunkt am letzten Wochenende: mit meiner Kaffeetasse laufe ich aus dem Hostel raus und wer steht am Infoboard? Rick, ein Hollaender mit dem ich 3 Wochen in Perth im gleichen Hostel war. Mein houskeeping (putze das Hostel fuer freie Unterkunft) hab ich dann erstmal verschoben um zu quatschen. Rick war mit 2 deutschen, einem Schweizer und nem Israeli zusammen aus Perth abgehauen und doch jetzt tatsaechlich noch mit einem davon zusammen. Spontan bin ich dann mit den Leuten fuer 2 Naechte in den Macs (West MacDonnald Ranges - die Berge hier) campen. Das ist das Leben das ich mag - am Feuer sitzen, mit Dingos um die Wette heuelen und wandern. Vielen Dank nochmal dafuer!

Ansonsten hab ich meine beiden Jobs und ein paar Kontakte fuer Kaffee und Bier, auch ein Maedel, mit dem ich eine Wanderung plane. Lustigerweise ist sie mal wieder aus Tassie. Ich glaube, das sind mir wirklich immer noch die Liebsten!

Alle Welt kommt ja nur nach Alice um den Rock (Ayers Rock = Ulluru) zu sehen und sind erstens erstaunt, wie weit weg der doch ist und zweitens, wie kalt es in der Wueste sein kann. Alice hat aber noch viel mehr zu bieten. Vor allem Infos ueber das Leben weit weg von allem. So war ich zum Beispiel beim Royal Flying Doctors Service (erinnert sich jemand an die Fernsehserie in unserer Kindheit?) und gestern bei der School of Air - Kinder bis zu 500km ausserhalb von Alice werden via Satelliten Internet zu Hause unterrichtet. Ich musste schon ganz schoen schlucken bei der Vorstellung, dass diese Kinder bei der Sportwoche einmal im Jahr oft die einzige Chance haben, was anderes als ihre Eltern, Geschwister, Kuehe und Felsen zu sehen. Echte Kinder!

Dann war ich noch im Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre. Nach Verkehrsunfaellen sollte man immer die Tasche des toten Kaengaruhs nach einem Kleinen durchsuchen. Ist es aelter als 3 Monate hat es eine gute Chance, zu ueberleben. Die Keinen werden dann bis zum Alter von 18 Monaten mit der Flasche aufgepaeppelt und in Kissenbezuegen als Taschenersatz rumgetragen. Das ist ein 24 Stunden Job, sag ich euch. Die ganz Kleinen brauchen alle 90 Minuten Milch und schlafen bei dir im Bett. Um sie dann spaeter wieder auswildern zu koennen folgt eine Zeit, in der du mit ihnen draussen schlaefst, dann sind sie da allein. Anschliessend kommen sie in eine Art umzaeunte Freiheit mitten im Bush ohne Menschen fuer 6 Monate bevor sie frei gelassen werden. Wow! Manche werden auch von Aboringals gebracht, die die Muetter erjagt haben.

Ca. 25% der Bevoelkerung hier ist eingeboren. Das ist wesentlich mehr als ueberall sonst wo ich bis jetzt war. Die Stadt wird durch einen ausgetrockneten Fluss geteilt, der nachts von vielen Lagerfeuern beleuchtet wird wo die Aboriginals diese Nacht campen. Auch gegenueber dem Hostel ist ein Bushland, ich kann nie jemanden sehen aber ich hoere immer Stimmen und sehe manchmal Feuer brennen. Ist wirklich eigenartig, dieses Zusammensein von Zivilisation und 'wildem Leben'. Faszinierend eigenartig.

Ich bleib auf jedenfall noch ne Weile! Ich weiss meine neue Adresse noch nicht, reiche sie aber bald nach.

Machts also mal wieder gut, ich drueck und kuess euch! Eure Antje.
8.6.06 03:54


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