Donnerstag, 27. März 2014

Uluru :)

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I updated my blog. Sorry that it took me this long, but I’m quite busy and trying to enjoy every single day that’s left for me in Australia.

Time flies unbelievably fast and now it’s 33 days until I have to go home. Having to leave my family, friends and everything else here in Australia behind is hard. 
Harder than I ever expected. It’s different to have left Germany for 10 months because I never know when I’ll be back here.

Last weekend, I went on a camping trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia. I arrived on Friday and we met our tour guide at the airport. She took us to our bus in which we drove for 5 hours, to arrive at our over night camp near kings canyon. I could not believe what I saw, when I looked out the window! Red. Nothing but red sand and a few bushes covered the area as wide as I could see. No houses, no toilets, no farms, no nothing.

When we arrived at our campsite (in the middle of nowhere), we cooked dinner and prepared our swags for the night. Swags are a mattress and a sleeping bag in one piece which gave us the opportunity to sleep directly under the stars. I have never seen stars that clear in my life ever before.

The next morning we went for a hike around and on top of kings canyon. This might have been my favourite part of the whole weekend. The nature is breathtaking and the view was amazing. We realized how lucky we were to have bought a hat with a fly net. I felt like a horse whenever I took it off, with flies attacking my eyes and mouth straight away.

After lunch we drove for 4 hours to Uluru and visited the cultural centre, where we learned a lot about the history and culture of Aboriginals in Australia. Every single story was unique and interesting! Afterwards we went to an Uluru outlook to watch the sun set. It was beautiful!
We spend Sunday watching the sun rise and visiting wind alley, followed by walks around Uluru, listening to its amazing history and a swim at the end of the day. Our group was made up of Germans, Italians, Danes and French. We had the best time together; every single one of them is awesome!!

This weekend was absolutely breathtaking, amazing and inspiring. I have never had an experience like this and have never seen such a mind-boggling nature ever before.

My parents and my little brother will come to visit me in 1 week time. I can’t describe how excited I am. Not only to finally see my family after these 9 ½ months, but also to bring both of my incredible families together. Plans are to meet in Sydney, fly to Cairns, come back to Brisbane, stay at the Gold Coast and finish off with my birthday and farewell party. It will be amazing!

I am so thankful to have had 9 months full of exciting,wonderful and adventurous experiences. My friends here are the best and I could've never asked for a better host family. I am so lucky to have them! Leaving everyone behind will break my heart.

But I am looking forward to my last 4 weeks here in Down Under and to seeing my family in 8 days wohooo! 

Maike :-)

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