Skyfall & a Safari

I have been a James Bond fan since I can remember. I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. My dad has always been a Bond fan and therefore I have seen every single Bond movie and I could recite every actor that has ever played Bond. My dad has a running list of Bond movies in our living room. It’s an inherited passion. Skyfall just hit theatres here on Thursday night at midnight. I know. We’re way behind. We’re kind of halfway across the world. Shauna, Lauren, Wade, Joel, Jared, and I went to Skyfall Saturday night. It was AMAZING. I am speechless. Mainly because girls in Australia wear cocktail dresses to the cinema. Not joking.

After the movie got out at approximately 11:30 p.m. we attempted to catch a bus. Buses stop running at 9:55 p.m. on a SATURDAY NIGHT. Just don’t try to have a social life on the weekends here unless you have a car.

We called a taxi and finally made it back to Bond at like 12:30 am only to be up and ready for a SUNSET SAFARI by 7:45 am.

We got to the meeting spot and met our tour guide- I can’t remember his real name because he insisted that you call him Elvis. I don’t know why.

We got on this giant shark-looking bus that went on road or off road and began our journey.

Elvis informed us that if the bus flipped over we could get out of a side window by breaking it. Reassuring.

Elvis started playing music: it was Pink. I know.

Our first stop was outside of a town called Canungra, which is one of the oldest places in Australia, and it is generally much cooler than the rest of Queensland because mountains surround it. FUN FACT.

It was some sort of tree park/bird area. There were lots of birds. I hate birds and these birds were so greedy. Literally tried to take my cookie right out of my hand and kept landing on our heads. I didn’t give permission for this bird to perch itself on top of my head.

We saw amazing trees and nature scenes inside of this rain forest. Also, we went inside a tree. Literally inside of it. I could live in a tree probably. So cozy.

After this we had some morning tea (ha!) and cookies while we listened to Elvis play the didgeridoo. For those of you that don’t know, this is wind instrument that the aboriginals of Australia use. It makes really cool noises but it’s like pretty difficult to play I think because Elvis said you had to breathe in and out at the same time and I tried doing that a couple of times and it didn’t work.

Time to get back into the shark and travel to our next stop- down the mountain- 4wheel drive! Wearing a seat belt was necessary. We just plunged down a mountain on this dirt path. It was exhilarating and the view was astounding.

We stopped for lunch soon after where we TRIED to spot a platypus but there were these children running around and throwing rocks so if I was a platypus I wouldn’t have come out of hiding either.

By this time it was on to SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK- NATURAL ARCH which is a waterfall in the rainforest surrounded by a glowworm cave. Absolutely beautiful. I really wanted to swim in the waterfall and/or live in the cave forever but apparently they stopped letting people swim about 10 years ago.

When we were walking to the glow worm cave I spotted a young lad sporting a shirt that said INDIANAPOLIS on it so I had to stop him and take a picture. He actually knew where Indianapolis was despite being from Australia because “that’s where that Indy 500 thingy is innit?”

We swung from tree vines just like Tarzan and saw a real life glowworm and a snake.

I saw parts of Australia yesterday that I didn’t know existed.

Now I have 2 presentations and a paper standing in between me and BYRON BAY BEACH HOUSE.

Last week of classes- study week- finals- home.

SOB.

Things I Learned:

  1. A 65 year old woman from Austria was on the tour with us accompanied by her husband. She asked him to take a “planking” picture.
  2. She also requested “that new Kesha song” and “Gangnam Style” for music on the shark. I can’t make this up.
  3. THERE ARE SUCH THINGS CALLED PADEMELONS. These are mini kangaroos. I know. I died.
  4. Camels exist in Australia.
  5. There are wild turkeys in the rain forests of Australia.
  6. Swinging on a tree vine is much harder than it looks in Tarzan.
  7. You know those glowing things in Avatar? There are glowing mushrooms in Australia. Basically Pandora.
  8. Steven Spielberg filmed some mini series called Terra Nova in the park that we were in yesterday.
  9. There was a plane crash in the Green Mountains that we visited yesterday back in the day that sparked the invention of radio transmitters in airplanes.
  10. You can literally rent a puppy for a night. There’s a place in Surfer’s Paradise that loans you a canine best friend for a night of happiness.
  11. Alpaca’s have humongous teeth and only like you if you have food. Greedy.
  12. Fruit Bats can give this disease to horses which then can be transferred to humans and only 50% of humans live.
  13. There is a leaf in the rain forests of Australia and if you touch it, it will give you excruciating pain in that exact same spot every year for 3ish days for the rest of your life.
  14. Americans are known for like 3 things: white teeth, wearing a north face, and saying “RIGHT?”
  15. It is actually physically impossible to go into Subway and not buy a cookie.

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