Saturday, August 20, 2011

For them unable to speak Estonian

Yes, I have been slacking off writing about my adventures in Australia and I am sorry for the few who actually read it. I going to make up for that now. Although people I have met are continuesly impressed with my English this blog entrance for English speakers won't be as detailed as Estonian one. Time to learn Estonian in other words. And I couldn't care less about typos.


Anyho, last English recap ended somewhere me heading to work in the apple orchard picking apples. So I ended up in a small place called Mooroopna which basically is a place in the middle of nowhere next to nothing. It is also called the Fruit Salad city because the most common industry there is agriculture. Lots of fruit being grown and also a lot of packing sheds around there to provide work.

I moved into a hostel whose manager was kind enough to find jobs for most of the people who stayed in the hostel. The hostel wasn't really much, but it was cheap and transportation to work was also provided. We lived there with a few Europeans and loads of Asians at first, but a week after arriving there it was me, a Finnish dude and two Germans left and rest of the 40 people were all from Asian countries like Hongkong, South-Korea, Japan. Work was quite easy and brainless apple picking. After first week we began to go to work together with some Koreans as they had a car. We worked in pairs and my partner was also Korean. Days were always 8 hrs and we had two short breaks and a half an hour lunchbreak. We mostly picked apples called pink ladies which are really fragile when they are ripe. Can't squeeze or drop them else they get bruised and lost their commercial value.

I worked there five weeks total and got some money saved to travel upwards. Over the five weeks I befriended with the nice German couple Nancy and Sebastian. I think my knowledge of German language also helped, but we got a long well and went fishing and shopping together. Also did a little sightseeing although there wasn't much to see in that area. So one day we came to an idea to travel up to Brisbane together. As they had a car and I was a worthy companion then it was the plan to be done. So we agreed to meet up in Melbourne on the 17th of June. Since my apple picking was over 3 before I had to come up with a alternative plan to spend my time and not waste money on that. As I didn't really want to go back to Melbourne I decided to look around in Gumtree and see if there is any work available for this period. Extra money is always nice right? Instead of work I found two ladies who were offering food and accomodation for a few hours of work per day. So I called them and so my travles took me to a place called Numurkah.


My nice German friends took me to Numurkah which was like 30 minutes drive from Shepparton. We said our goodbyes and were to meet again in 3 weeks in Melbourne. Next 3 weeks I lived with two ladies Vesna and Manni. Vesna had bought a house a while back and there was some things to be done around the house and that is why they looked for people to help. I helped mowed the lawn, tossed some chunks of wood away, carried sawdust and build a home network with all connected into a wifi as for the biggest things. In exchange she cooked the most gorgous meals I have ever had since moving away from my mom. Vesna also showed me what UFC was and got me hooked to that. We watched the seasons and I taught her how to get the new fights and series from the internet. She was happy about it, but I am afraid I might have killed her social life. I also met quite many local people and got to know them. Especially good neighbour Cleve who was building an awsome model train track system into his back yard. This is something I am going to do one day also or well something close to that awesomeness. During the times there I also started going running and to the gym as my foot was getting better from the broken ankle I had in February.

Threee weeks passed rather quickly and soon came the time to leave to Melbourne and meet up with the Germans to start our Great East Coast Tour. We had already written down and drawn a map of places which we would like to see. Germans with a plan you know!


First leg was to get to Canberra one day which we succeeded. It was cold and boring, but the only good thing was the sauna in the hostel we stayed in. Not a real sauna tho, just a room they heat up to 60 C and then think it is awesome.

Blue Mountains

Next place we decided to go to was Blue Mountains. It is a mountain range, but I wouldn't really call it mountains. Lots of good hiking tracks and beautiful views. The evening we arrived there it was snowing so camping was out of the question. Again we had to choose a hostel and we went to Katoomba YHA. The next days we hiked several tracks and tried to see a much as possible. First track was the hardest or maybe it felt hard because I hadn't really done that much sports past months. Blue Mountains is a place I recommend for everyone to visit. And not only just to take picture from Three Sisters and go away.. We were really lucky with the weather after the first day since it was all sunshine while we were there. I know now that two weeks after we left there was a huge storm and lots of snow.

I let the album speak for itself: pictures from Blue Mountains.


Ah Sydney, my new favourite city. Not that I have seen all of them, but still. On the first day we did a obligatory tour from the Opera House to the bridge and Darling Harbour which is a place where I could spend my whole life. I was THIS close to jump into the water in the harbour since it was too hot that day, but one lady told me the fine is rather large so I reconsidered. Sydney is so spacious and green and feels even kozy I would say. Second day was kind of rainy and so we visted the Powerhouse Museum which was a quite awsome display from first trains in Australia to the space program.

Myall Lakes

Myall Lakes National Park was our next camping site. We arrived there a week after it was flooded so it looked quite sad at first. But realizing that the ocean is right over the dunes then we were quite happy. The weather again was generous and got to walk in the rainforest, but not too far since it was still flooded. Also tried to fish at the lake and ocean, but since the water was still high in the lake didn't catch anything. Sebastian got something from the ocean, but I can't recall the name. I met a local guy Wayne who was also fishing and well it all started with me giving a piece of broken class to him to throw away later. He offered me a beer and next thing I know we were touring around his hometown and did some sightseeing. Good Australian campers boughts us a huge salmon and some other fish they had caught so we had great feast one evening and I was the masterchef. We also managed to see dolphins and whales!

Our next stops included beautiful cities next to the ocean such as Port Macqauire and Byron Bay. I wasn't really enjoying them, but probably they are a lot different in the summer time. Lots of idiot drinking kids around who have little respect of others. We stayed in hostels in both places and did some sightseeing. We also visited some other places such as Sealed Rocks and some other one the way to Green Mountains.

Green Mountains

Green Mountains was another nice national park with quite many bushwalking tracks and beautiful views. The forests were more like rainforests now. I did a tour on my own there on the first day which was for warmup. The next day we chose a 19km track, but I stayed a bit behind in the beginning and took a wrong turn. So I added and extra 6 km for giggles. You know it is bad if you start to recognize the trees in the rainforest. But then again I got to walk in peace and my German friends were too chatty anyway so it kind of worked out well.

We made a 3 day camp in a place near Nambucca right next to a shallow river. We had good neighbours there who invited us over to their fire the first night we arrived. That was great since it was bloody cold even for me.

After that we aimed at Mount Warning to be the first to see the first sunrise in Australia. We climbed the mountain twice in 20 hours. Once during the day and the other time during the night starting at 4 AM to be up there before sunrise. It was quite scary at first to climb a mountain in pitch black, but awesome when we got up there. And to see the sunrise from that place is just breathtaking.


Gold Coast

Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise was the place we wanted to see next. Endless beach and tall buildings are just a great mix here. Seeing the beach here I decided I stay here instead and not go to Brisbane. I managed to find a job in a YHA hostel here to work for accommodation. I had busted my travelling budget anyway so that would save me a lot of money and I don't feel like going to work yet. Been here a month now and all the hostel workers are really great and friendly with me. But unfortunately all good things come to an end and I am looking for a farm job now to get some gold to travel further and also get the minimum days required for a 2nd year visa. Oh, and I met Chuch Liddell!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hostelielu osa 3: rannavolle !

Esimene pilves päev

Kolmapäev 10.08. Pärast kuude pikkust paranemist ja neljanädalast ootamist ja otsimist leidsin esimese pundi, kes võrkpall ja võrku omas ning isegi natukene palli käsitleda oskas. Viis kuud tagasi väänasin hüppeliigese ja nüüd siis oli esimene kord palli käes hoida ja unustatud liigutusi meenutada. Tegemist oli kohalike ülikoolitudengitega, kes vahel rannas aega veedavad. Kõik oli puha Euroopast ning ei ühtegi austraallast. Soome, Saksamaa, Norra ja Holland oli vapralt esindatud. Esimeseks võrkpallmänguks sobis küll sel suvel/talvel. Sai natuke sööta ja liiva sees hingetuks joosta. Olen viisakalt trenni teinud siin ollles, kuna vaba aega on ju küll ja rohkem, nii et vorm väga kehva polnudki. Pehme ja sügav liiv tõmbas küll korra hingetuks, kuid pärast kolme geimi oli juba soe sees. Löök ja blokeerimine olid muidugi masendavalt kehvad, aga küll need ka tagasi tulevad. Samas langev serv on ikka käe sees. Pärast mängu vahetasime kontakte, et kui nad kunagi veel tulevad mängima, siis andku teada, kuid nagu ma nüüdseks tean, siis ei helistata Austraalias kunagi tagasi. Ma panin isegi Gumtreesse kuulutuse, et kui keegi tahab rannavollet mängida, siis andku teada. Üks piiga isegi kirjutas ja andsin numbri tallegi, kuid arveke ära, kas ta kunagi helistas?

Reedel läksin taas randa ja leidsin eest kaks noormeest ja nende isa, kes harjutasid võistlusteks. Tase oli üsna hea ja astusin kohe ligi, et äkki saaks mängida. Aitasin neid natuke harjutustega ja tegime sooja ning saime päris kõvad viis geimi lõppkokkuvõttes. Isa käest kuulsin, et nad mängivad ka nädalavahetusel teistel väljakutel Broadbeachil, kus hommikult 9-12 on algajate võrkpallitrenn ning väike turniir. Leppisime suusõnaliselt kokku, et saame laupäeval seal kokku ja teeme kõva lahingu. Reede õhtul olin taas grillmeister ning see oli esimene kord, kus ma endaga ise ka rahule jäin ja kellelgi paha ka ei hakanud. Õhtul mängisime pikalt Regina, Silke ja Baryliga (kes samuti töötavad hostelis majutuse eest) hiina turakat ning neile väga meeldis. Väike vein ja woodstock ka sinna kõrvale ning väga lõbusalt läks kogu õhtu.

Laupäeval viskas härra hostleiülemus mind Broadbeachile, mis säästis mind tunniajasest jalutamisest. Kokkuleppe kohaselt pidime umbes kella 13 paiku kokku saama ja mängima, kuid jõudsin juba kell 11. Niisiis oli mul võimalus näha, kuidas harrastajad mängivad. Kahjuks polnud peaagu ühtegi mängumees, kellega oleks tahtnud mängida pikemalt kui geim. Üks vene kotkas astus kohe ligi ja küsis, et kust ma olen ja kas mängida tahan. Nimeks Ivan ja Peteburist ning teadis Eestit väga hästi. Tegime temaga kaks geimi mingite suvaliste vastu ning sain juba soojaks. Noorkotkaid ikka polnud veel näha, seega tegin seal harrastajatega kaks geimi lisaks, kuid pinget polnud eriti. Kell sai jub 14 ning esimest korda sain tunda vihma Surfersis. Saksa piigad jõudsid ka selle aja peale minu juurde ja kuna polnud kedagi näha, eks üldse mängida oskaks, siis võtsime ette kodutee.

Suurem plaan on nüüd selline, et see nädal võtan end käsile ja otsin kuskile mõnusasse farmi tööotsa, mis asuks põhjapool. Naljakas, et mulle helistasti ühest Eesti riigiasutusest ja kutsuti intervjuule. Polnud üldse paha ettepanek ning neiu ütles, et kui kunagi tagasi tulen, et siis kindlasti ühendust võtaksin. Tegin ka tuludeklaratsiooni ära, kuid selle töötlemine võtab veel umbes 1-3 nädalat ning sealt peaks natukene tagasi ka saama. Hooaeg algab septembris ning juba praegu otsitakse farmidesse töölisi. Ütlesin ülemistele ja koristuspiigadele ka, et ilmselt kahe nädala pärast liigun suunaga põhjapoole ning vastuseks öeldi, et ära veel mine :(

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Only the view, nothing to do

Nädal möödas ja elan ikka hostelis ning aina lõbusamalt läheb. Päeval rannas kuni pimedaks läheb ja viimase bussiga hostelisse tagasi. Olen kohanud palju uusi tuttavaid, kes küll järgmisel päeval unustavad kes ja kust ma olen. Olen otsinud ka võimalust volllet mängida ning 8 km minu kodurannast mängitakse igal nädalavahetusel kell 9-12 vollet. 15 taala ja tase on seinast seina nagu ma korraldaja käest kuulsin. Ei tundu eriti paljulubav ning liiga vara alustavad. Parimal juhul jõuan ma sinna kell 11, mis on juba lootusetult hilja. Samas leidsin ühe pundi tudengeid, kes vahel koduranna väljakutel mängivad ning neljapäevaks on meil kokkulepitud mäng. Punt oli puha eurooplased: soomlased, sakslased ja norrakad ning mujalt vähem. Tase on selline Stroomiranna oma, aga parem kui mitte midagi. Vähemalt saab vaikselt õigeid liigutusi teha, sest hüpata veel ei julge võrgu all, aga pall lendab enamvähem ja serv on ikka käpas õnneks.

Kiituseks eesti naistele, kes Austraalias ringi reisivad (nimesid kahjuks ei tea, aga see polegi tähtis). Dialoog ühe iirlasega:
"I am from Estonia!"
"Oh nice, I worked with two Estonian girls."
"Lucky you!"
"No man, they were too hot..."
Kiidame eesti naisi, kes samuti lippu kõrgel hoiavad.
Esmaspäeval oli taas väikene pubiõhtu ja selleks puhuks koostasin hariva küsimustike Eestimaa kohta, et meie väikest riiki promoda. 23 (jah see number) küsimust alates pindalast kuni Skype'ini ning kodanikele meeldis. Daamide õhtu nagu võiks öelda ehk neli saksa piigat, kaks inglast ning kanada paar ning eesti kotkas. Veidral kombel tiim Kanada võitis ning vähemalt nende jutu järgi katsuvad nad Eestimaale lähitulevikus astuda ehk teisisõnu ülesanne täidetud.

Regina, Silke ja eestlane
Reedel olin taas Austraalia peakokk ja grillisin vorste ning liha hostelirahvale. Liha sai veidi krõbe, sest see kuradi gaasigrill on liiga äkiline vahepeal, aga kellelgi paha ei hakanud ja järgmisel päeval olid kõik eetris. Sellest nädalas on meil kaks saksa piigat sama diiliga tööl hostelis ning nad on toredad. Mul on võimalus nendega oma õhtust tööd vahetada kui peaks tahtmine tulema õhtul välja minna. Laupäeval saabusid ühed kanada tüübid, kes ka nädal enne oli siin ning me saime juba siis hästi läbi ning otsustasime pühapäeva hommikul minna vaatama UFC 133 (Evans vs Ortiz).

Downsdale pubis oli juba kaks nädalat tagasi silt, et UFC 133 näidatakase otse eetris. Ajatsoonide tõttu oli algusajaks kell 11 hommikul, mis tähendas, et tiim Kanada (Dustin & Quinn) & Eesti pidid ärkama 8:30, et esimese hostelibussiga linna saada. Enne UFC-d istusime ranna kõrval pinkidel ja piilusime piigasid, sest pubi avati alles kell 10. Matšid olid põnevad ja Evans võidu puhul rõõmustas terve pubi ja ilmselt ka enamus UFC fänne maailmas. Ortiz on lihtsalt üks ülbe tolgus võrreldes Evansiga. Pärast pubi suundusin ma randa ja kanada kotkad pidid minema hostelisse ning viimase bussiga linna tulema, kuid lubsid hoopis jala tulla. Sel päeval leidsingi vollemängijad ning mängisin seal õhtuni, aga kanada kotkaid ei tulnudki. Seega läksin viimased bussiga linnast hostelisse ja seal nad olid. Nad jõudsid poole tee peale ja siis ei viitsinud enam linna kõndida ning läksid tagasi.
Kanada, Saksamaa ja Eesti
Pühapäeva õhtuks võtsime saksa tüdrukud Regina ja Silke ning meie kolm suuna iiri pubisse nimega Waxy's, sest seal on 2 taala praad ja 2 taala õlu. Kanada kotkastel oli see üheks viimaseks päevals Austraalias ning saatsime nad kenasti koduteele. Sai vähe õlutki joodud ning praad oli kogu mu nädalase menüü puhul krooniks. Toksisime veidi ka piljardit ning saime paljude kohalikega tuttavaks. Kanada kotkastel oli üks sõber, kes siin elab ning temaga hakkab veel nalja saama ma usun. Tagasiteel käisimegi tema juurest läbi ja jagas meile head ja paremat oma baarist. Öösel istusime veel rannas ja vaatasime, kuidas äike merel paugutab ning koju jõudsime öösel kell 4 loomulikult. Päeva parim mõttetera: „Surfers Paradise – only the view, nothing to do.“ Samuti uus sõna mu sõnaraamatus on „wifebeater“. Jätsime kanadaga hüvasti ja jagasime kontakte, sest ilmselgelt tuleb ka Kanadas ära käia.