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Day 2-3 – in Hiroshima – What do you focus on?

I love Hiroshima and I’ll return since I’m leaving today and I haven’t seen half of what this area has to offer.

Before I went to Hiroshima I met several people telling me, that the 2 days I chose to stay in Hiroshima was more than enough, because Hiroshima is a sad place to be. Why? – because of the many reminders of bombing back in the second world war. Of course, I saw the peace park and the places under rebuilding, but I get inspired by it since people here are living their lives and rebuilding the city. Even the castle is being rebuild so I see a city that is raising itself from the dust with pride and what could be more inspiring? I haven’t met one Japanese talking about the bombing or treated anybody I’ve seen with disrespect, hate or like. This is something a lot of other nationalities could learn from. I haven’t met anybody taking on the victim role instead I see the mentality of a people standing together.

It’s all about how you choose to see life and things. Do you hang on to the past or do you focus on the present and future? Do you stand together in dark times or do you sit down and chose to become the victim? It’s all about choice. We might not be able to change the circumstances but we’ve the choice of how to react. Yes admitted sometimes it takes a little time and even a friendly kick to turn a situation around to a positive perspective but it can be done and it makes life so much easier.

Today I’m leaving for Tokyo and I’m so excited even though I could have used 3-4 days more here.

The food here is amazing and even with my challenges I’ve been eating well every day.

The hostel K’s house is recommendable for everything – it’s really a good place to stay.

If you’ve a Japan Rail pass you can ride for free in the loop sightseeing buses.

So see you again Hiroshima

Route 66 the eastern part

route66road copyThis is history big time and I’m following the route because my father rode it back in the 60’es.

Now a lot of the towns between Oklahoma and Texas are ghost towns. Some I’ve stopped in and got some amazing photos others I’ve just driven through. In the towns which are still active they often have motels, restaurants, route 66 museums and other amazing attractions.

Riding this route I can see the glory days there have been even though a lot of the motels, houses and shops are deserted. It has been thriving on the traffic before the interstate came and some of the towns has been very beautiful. Some of them still are very beautiful and in some states/areas they have made it a pride to make their town look beautiful to drive though with flags, flowers etc. because they are proud of their place.

Even though it’s somehow sad I’m really fascinated by the ghost towns because like the road kills they tell a story about life. There where people used a lot of time in diners, motels, car shops etc. from a time where things didn’t have to happened so fast where thing took the time things took.

Outside the towns/cities there is a lot of nature to see on the road and there is hardly any traffic so it’s possible to stop and take pictures or just enjoy the route or just stretch the legs. Beside that there are a lot of attractions on the way and you’ll find them on the internet. There are pages just for that so do what you find awesome. I’ll be going to have many stops on the way when I get a little longer west but it’s tornado season so I just want to get out of the hot-spot right now since I’m not used to living in places frequented by those guys.

Be aware that not all GPS systems has the route any more so I had to buy a map on a museum and still it can be hard to follow it all the way but with a little help from google maps on my mobile, my GPS and the 66 map I bought I get it most of the time.

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Today my adventure begins

Yesterday I got a good lesson from my body – called listen to yourself.

I started this road trip to honour my parents and to get to know my father better but it seems like this also becomes the road trip where I get to know me better 😉

When I’ve a goal I usually follow it up and work hard but this is not about the goal, it’s about the trip and enjoying myself. I must admit that is a new thing for me in this way so I’m learning valuable lessons.

On my first day I drove the whole day and I was tired when I arrived but that was planned. Therefore the second day I went to Niagara Falls and just took it easy (it’s about 30 minutes from Buffalo where I stayed). Then my plan was to go to Oklahoma city in long “6 hours ride a day” stretches on the interstate because after that my fathers trip really takes off.

Yesterday I just realised that since my cold allergy is of I’ve to take care of myself (the plane ride was freezing and New York wasn’t better). My father took this trip in his way and on his circumstances and I’m not him. I just wanted to make this trip precisely as his but this morning in the bath I began to think what my parents would have wanted … They both would have wanted me to have a trip I enjoy and where I do what is right for me and take care of myself and my needs. Therefore today I’ll go and take highway 40 instead of the interstate and take a “slower” ride on my terms. Even though I made stops on every rest area yesterday driving on the interstate is tiring. That’s why I’m start my own adventure today instead of hunting a shadow – I’ll duplicate my fathers trip and make it my own.

An unexpected New York

IMG_4756The only reason why I started in New York was because I wanted to eat a dessert at Serendipity 3 (on my 101-list) and yes being so close I felt like I had to stay a couple of days. I must admit that I had a pretty bad impression of New York because of the media, and it turned out that nothing was true. I absolutely love New York and I’ve to come back to spend more time. Why?

  • Hardly any crime according to locals
  • People are so friendly and helpful
  • Food is amazing
  • The city is organised so it’s very simple to find the way
  • There is so much to do and see beside ground zero and the lady of liberty

I stayed at the YMCA and that’s the best place to be for a girl like me. First I got at good discount over the internet and then the hostel is in direkt connection with a 6 storage fitness center with 2 swimming pools, sauna and amazing bath facilities.  In the locker room I met so many women who was outgoing and just lovely people and I had a blast.

The staff was outstanding, kind and helpful. One of the security had the most amazing Brooklyn dialect just like hearing Robert De Niro playing an Italian mafia boss. I just had to talk to him to hear that dialect – same effect as talking to scottish or irish men.

Since I only had 3 days and it mostly was pouring rain I only went to Empire State Building, Central park and else I took a ride with a hop-on hop-off buss and saw both up-town and down-town.

Next time I’ll have to see:
– high line park
– Astoria hotel (movie location)
– take the ferry around the Manhattan
– China town and little Italy
– Soho
– Harlem
– Brooklyn and Bronz
– Roosevelt Island
– If possible see a football game at the stadion
– etc.

In the subway there is always happening something like musicians, artists etc.

New York is a multi cultural city and that makes it very exciting to be there. Most people are speaking in a way so they lift each other. The yellow caps are just amazing to watch and the traffic in general. Today when I waves for a yellow cap (raining and I had to walk 30 minutes with 30 kg of luggage to the train station) the one from 3 lanes away broke out at just drove right towards me in high speed in a straight line and no accidents happened. It’s funny to see what a wave can do 😃

Again I’ll be back

Great Barrier Reef – Magic

Kirri and me after snorkling smallI had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.

  • All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
  • The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
  • The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
  • Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.

I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.

I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀

You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.

The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.

Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef

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Jungle surfing in Cape Tribulation

This is by fare one of the best trips I’ve taken.

I was the first one to be picked-up and the bus was of a very good standard. While driving we got a lot of information about the area and outside the city our guide Travers told us about cane sugar farming etc. and all the way he gave us insightful information – rather impressive.

First we stopped in the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. It was more like an extended leg stretching in wonderful surroundings and we got refreshment like fruit platters etc. We could also attend a class about the koala, snake etc. but I preferred to see all the animals and have time for it since I’ve been though a lot of these speeches now 🙂

After Travers made sure we got a rain forest walk so “us jungle surfers” got a jungle walk too and and he really knew what he was talking about and the walk was so beautiful.

We were driven to the pick-up point for jungle surfers where we also got lunch and the rest of the group was taken to a beach/rain forest walk.

The jungle surf was unique and the crew told us about the vegetation all the way though. They made sure we had an extra bag on our harness to private stuff like cameras and medication if people needed that. We each got a helmet with a hero name on and I got “Terminator”:-D
I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and the view was epic from the top of the trees. The guides  took pictures but it was too expensive since they were pretty dark, but it was not a problem since we’re allowed to bring our own cameras and go-pros. I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and I’ll highly recommend it. We had a couple around the 70’es and they did it too even hanging up side down like the rest of us.

We’re all returned to the pick-up point in one piece ;-D where Travers picked us up and then it was ice-cream time. I’ve in my wildest dreams never seen so many choices in all homemade ice cream. I chose the passion fruit/ginger/banana and it tasted really good.

Next stop was the crocodile cruise and even if I had been on one in Darwin this one was different. The boatman/guides daughter was with us and she spotted things before us and knew a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable and showed us several crocs and even a couple of baby crocs (very cute).

Then we unfortunately had to return to Cairns but the trip back was really nice because we stopped at a couple of good places for a quick stretch and stunning views.  I was so fortunately to sit in front and learned a lot from Travers. He’s an inspiration so you’ll have to look up Jungle Tours when you’re in Cairns and ask for Travers.

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At the wild life habitat – birds walking on the sun roof

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2 teen age parrots was in training accoring to having human contact and they were lovely and cheecky.

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On of the trees made this amazing structure.

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Cocoons from a spider

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Kangaroos taking a break in the shade

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Just lovely

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Yeah they had pelicans

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Rain forest walk: a plant uses one of the trees to make a struckture

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and it ends up like this – Nature is amazing

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Roots of the mangrove

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Ms. Terminator ready for a Jungle Surf

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The view from the top

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Look at these magnificent trees

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One of the zip-lines

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I’m being prepared for the next ride.

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One of the platforms in the forest

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Even up side down the rain forest is amazing

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One of the huge trees seen from half way down – epic 🙂

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At the crocodile cruise: The toothless croc got a fish.

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Taking a nap in the shade

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Baby crocs

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Air conditioning in the wild life – open mouth.

Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

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This was a very long day but all worth it. I chose a one day trip and I chose to upgrade to the company Kangaroo Island Odysses making more personalized trips.

We were only a nine people (I think) in the bus and we’re picked up at the ferry by Nikki our guide for the day. Nikki was so amazing and her knowledge was breathtaking, because I could hear that Kangaroo Island is her life and it means so much to her.

First we went and saw kangaroos and the way she told us to act in the nature made the kangaroos pretty safe with our presence so we got really close and got some amazing pictures.

The amazing part about having this trip was that beside seeing the obvious things on Kangaroo Island we stopped when there were exciting things to see like a little wallaby sitting by his bush on the side of the road. Beside that several of us was interested in seeing the eucalyptus distillery so we managed to squeeze a short stop in there.

We had a tea break at a breach where we saw dolphins surfing in the waves and it was so amazing.

Lunch was magical with a beautiful arranged table in a tent with open sides under the eucalyptus trees so we could see nature around us.This is actually the best food I’ve had in a long time and I get diet food which normally is more a “hungry-mans-dinner” – no not here –  the girls in the kitchen had made a huge effort to give me a tasty gourmet meal and it was. Absolutely to die for.

After we went on a koala watch in the area that was private owned so we had it all to ourselves and they were so cute. Most of them was awake so again amazing pictures.

Then it was a seal time at Seal Bay and that was again an amazing experience. We had seal pups running up to us and looking at us from a short distance, seal surfing the waves, young males fighting for “fun” some were even training for mating season.

This trip was an epic experience for me and I would love to return to see more of the island and especially listen more to our guide Nikki. The weather wasn’t sunny but that was the best part because then all the animals are active in daytime instead of hiding from the heat. This was an amazing day.

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