After three days at sea, I finally reach Sydney, Australia. I’m glad to be back on earth ground. The cargo trip from Auckland to Sydney was an interesting experience but not much to do on board. The crew (among others, Russians and Burmese) being busy and not speaking good English, I did not exchange much. And the sea was rough on the third day, causing the boat to sway on all sides. It was hard for me to handle it. The front of the freighter was jumping in the sea and I was afraid that a container would be carried away. I asked the crew master and he told me that it had happened to him before! We finally arrived in Sydney at 6am on Saturday, July 1st.

The customs officers come on board and ask me a few questions. A dog sniffs me (and my luggages) to check that I do not camouflage illegal substances and then I leave the boat. I realize then that I am not at all in the center of Sydney. The cargo port is in fact about fifteen kilometers from the center. Not having the head (and the stomach) to ride my bike, I order a taxi. I arrive in the center around 8am. The streets and atmosphere are familiar. When I left Sydney a year ago (after my stay in Japan, I spent six weeks in Australia and then headed to New Zealand), I did not imagine that I will be coming back a year later.

I spend the day strolling and shopping, then I take a night bus to Melbourne where Sophie lives. Sophie is the French woman I met when I arrived in New Zealand. And that I saw again in Dunedin! She now lives in Melbourne doing an internship in biochemistry. The road is quiet but the bus is not very comfortable to sleep. I arrive in Melbourne at 7am. Same sensations as in Sydney. The impression of not having left the city. With the added feeling that I am again in the city where I was born.
I spent five days in Melbourne walking around, talking to Sophie, shopping and organizing the rest of my trip. My next step: five months working at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in South Australia. For this I have to go to Adelaide, the biggest city in the region.

Fitzroy - Melbourne - Australia - © Claire Blumenfeld

Fitzroy - Melbourne - Australia - © Claire Blumenfeld

I leave Melbourne Friday 6th July in the evening for another night trip. Arrival in Adelaide at 6am under a cloudy weather. I’m pretty tired of the trip. A quiet day to wander through Adelaide. The Botanical Garden is very pretty and the Central Market full of entertainment. I enjoy a good meal on a bench appreciating the sunshine. Tomorrow, Sunday, Amy and Greeny (two members of Arakaroola) will pick me up and take me to the resort. Direction Outback!

Central Market - Adelaide - Australia - © Claire Blumenfeld

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