Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

Stradbroke Island

It’s been a long time since I posted here. Back to any of my homes, people have started preparing for Christmas, buying presents, setting up the tree, etc. I miss that. But I’m not doing too bad either. 🙂
In this spirit, we went yesterday to the Stradbroke Island. It’s maybe two hours trip from place to place. Not that is so far away from Brisbane, we had to change one bus, one train (to Cleveland), one ferry (to Dunwich) and another bus to Lookout Point on the island.
This island is quite big (see the Wikipedia link) and is full of..nothing. There are actually two areas where people are concentrated: Lookout Point and Amity Point.
Arrrrghh! I don’t feel like giving all these geographical details about the place. The idea is that there is so much wild life there, is so quiet, just a few surfers or fishermen or backpackers. And the beaches!!!! Mmmmm… People back home have asked me “How’s the beach, how’s the ocean?” Well.. they are just perfect! On the eastern part of the island it’s the Main Beach which is…HUGE. Wide and incredibly long. Out of curiosity I checked last night on Google Maps and it’s never ending! It goes on for miles and miles. And yesterday I was actually tempted to walk for as long as I can along this beach hoping I would reach its end. Glad I didn’t do it. 🙂
What else? You will see from the pictures, the landscape is simply breath-taking. Some regions with very steep and beautifully carved shores. We were able to spot dolphins playing in the water, just a few tenths of meters in the open. It’s just impossible to describe how it feels to see animals in their natural habitat. Given the fact that most of the tourists are hypnotized by the Great Barrier, not many of them stop on this island. And that is great because it gave me the opportunity to breathe and enjoy the wilderness in all its splendor.

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This week has been a bit busy. From work point of view and also..personal stuff. That’s why I haven’t really posted anything anymore. I do have some new pictures, but now I am on my way to the airport. What do you mean what airport?! I already mentioned I will be going to the Whitsunday Islands this weekend. And from the Airlie Beach off for a 2 day cruise around these islands.
So..camera – check, passport – check, swimwear – check, hat – check, maps – check, tooth paste and brush – check, shower gel – check, towel – check, sun lotion – check, books – check..
Did I leave anything out? Wallet and cellphone – check.
Ok, so I guess I am ready to go.

I’ll see you guys one paradise later!

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Excruciating pain

No, no, everything is ok.
There isn’t actually much to say. On Sunday I was lazy as hell. Even Wii fit couldn’t stir things up.
Monday and Tuesday..a bit of work, reading, preparing the presentation I am about to give here, etc. I also tried to book a nice boat trip around the Whitsunday Islands. I was very excited about it, because they take you from the harbor and for 2-3 days they are sailing around these islands..mostly nearby nice beaches and coral reef. There is a very nice beach I will hopefully see. It’s called..well…I shouldn’t say anything right now. Better later, after everything will be in the past, because this way you will be able to understand my enthusiasm.
I wanted to say that my excitement was a bit killed when I came across a website with information about all the dangerous species you can find in these tropical waters. And which words do you think were common in all descriptions of the symptoms one experiences when getting stung, touched, etc..by a poisonous animal?? I will tell you: EXCRUCIATING PAIN. No kidding! If you are in the mood, just take a look on wikipedia (I am too lazy to look for that link, maybe tomorrow) about box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish, blue-ring octopus, lion fish, etc. Especially the jellyfish is tiny. The irukandji is at most 1 cm long, the body I mean, while the tentacles can reach 1 m. that is bloody not fair!
Luckily this on the boat there will be some sort of protection costumes, which, however, don’t cover the face area – and I saw a documentary on Discovery, where a guy died because he got stung by an irukandji on his cheek. 😀
So..just wish me luck!

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Ocean drive

On Saturday, Shannon, my flat-mate who will eventually get an entire post here, was very nice and agreed to drive with me to the Pacific coast, Bribie Island. Even though driving there, especially on Saturday can be a bit exhausting because of all the traffic in Brisbane…it was totally worth it. And I got to admit, the Pacific rose up to my high expectations. The word to best describe it is…overwhelming I guess. Coming from the tiny Black Sea to see the ocean is like moving from H&M clothes to…Tommy Hilfiger. I cannot believe what comparison I made! Sure H&M is all comfy and funky, but Tommy Hilfiger takes it to another level. It was quite weird because you cannot swim so much in the open, because of..well..many reasons: very strong currents, the water is deepening very fast and last but not least..the old bull-sharks which might be waiting for a treat.. 🙂 So I stayed close to the shore, in the beautiful waves. It was…amazing!

Again..being used to my Black Sea..my eyes were not so happy to meet the very salty water from the ocean, but I didn’t really care.

Until now I’ve seen some beaches and I started to appreciate much more what my home-town sea has to offer: wide sandy beaches (not like in .. Croatia for example, where, as beautiful as the Adriatic is, being around it doesn’t make it by far as pleasant as being on the beaches around the Black Sea; lot of stones, lot of people, lot of everything), safety (see the sharks and all other mean, even poisonous jelly-fishes you can meet well..almost at all ocean beaches) and large swimming areas (again ocean beaches are a bit short on that).
I don’t want to be misunderstood. The ocean does not compare to our small lake. And I believe if I would’ve been raised down here on the coast, I would shrug my shoulders in disgust if someone would even dare to think of comparing the ocean with that tiny lake there in Europe. But since I haven’t been raised here and since I went to high-school just 2 min away from the Black Sea, shared lot of joys and sorrow with her (in the meantime “it” has become a “her”): beers, bathes at midnight or veeery early in the morning, like 4am or so, parties, sports, wave racing (something we did when it was very cold and very cloudy outside, sometime in late autumn; wave racing is about you against the wave… ruuuuuuun!), we even shared winter evenings when outside was freezing…so, because of all those reasons and some more which I can’t think of right now, I am a bit subjective when it comes to choosing my sea over the vast ocean! 🙂

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