Mount Buller - Victoria - Australia - © Claire Blumenfeld

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Travels journals from around the world. I observe the world and I write about what I see. I tell my wanderings trying to think outside the box. Whether I hike, I bike or on a road trip, I want to feel every kilometer traveled, appreciate each environment. I write to recount and to remember me better.
Gonna be honest, this end of October and beginning of November months, were not the best. Big hours, lots of disappointments at work, stupid troubles with staff people, 10 days straight of bad weather... and as usual a feeling of depression, failure and losing myself.
This week was busy with a huge groupe of about 300 pax coming for 5 days in the hotel. A big group called ICAR : International Commission for Alpine Rescue. A lot of people specialized in mountain rescue. Tall, muscular and big eaters.
I got my first 2 days-off. So I went for an overnight hike on one of the most popular hike around the Mont-Blanc : The Lac Blanc. But I made my own one day and a half trail and I decided to camp next to the lake. And it was absolutely stunning!
After 15 months in Australia, I decided to come back to Europe. I was getting tired and angry and lots of things happened in the past 2 months. So I decided to come back to Europe for a few months. I found a job in Chamonix, right in front of the Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe!
After leaving Mount Buller, I have three short weeks left to visit Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. I head for Airlie Beach and tour the Australian countryside before enjoying the extraordinary scenery of the Whitsundays Islands and the Barrier Reef.
After Tasmania, I go back on the continent to head for Mt Buller, one of Australia's most famous ski resorts. Yes, there are some mountains high enough in Australia to receive snow. They are called the "Australian Alps".
Four months in Tasmania. For discover one of the most beautiful places in Australia. Well, in reality with the work (supervisor at Costa Tasmania during the raspberry season then vegetable picker at Premium Fresh), I only had about a month. But is was a beautiful month.
From late April to late June I worked at Premium Fresh. A vegetable farm ten minutes from Devonport. Three teams of about ten people take care of hand picking the different vegetables that the farm produces. The team where I was is picking mostly carrots, rhubarb and silverbeet.
In a small corner of paradise, Tiandi Wildlife Sanctuary, Julia takes care of kangaroos and possums, orphans or survivors of road accidents. I had the chance to work there for a month and it was an amazing opportunity.
From December to January, I worked in the harvest of blueberries in Tumbarumba. Little paradise in the state of New South Wales. Interesting work, nice friends and a lot of great places to visit. A peaceful time.
Tumbarumba appeared under a torrential rain. It's been raining for three days and I do not know what to do. The only goal I had in mind was to reach Tumbarumba because that's where one of Costa's farms is doing blueberry fruit-picking; the harvest of blueberries.
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