Archive for July, 2008

No such thing as too much Mimi

July 26, 2008

For all you cat lovers out there, finally a real kitty post on here for the first time in months! And what a way to start it off really, with tons of pictures of Mimi. The best thing is that it shows all her different faces. Let’s start with the ‘ignoring’ pictures shall we!


“I’m so not seeing you, it’s not even funny.”


“Getting…very…hard…to…keep…ignoring”


“Ah, that’s better. Back to full ignore mode”

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 5.1: Fiji part one

July 22, 2008

So here we are, I thought this would be the last post on my trip, but this post became unbearably long, so I’ve decided to chop it in two. I am also contemplating doing a separate posts about the stats of the trip, so who knows, there might be loads more.

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 4.3: Alice Springs to Adelaide. Really!

July 10, 2008

When I flew from Perth to Alice Springs, I was really excited, because you fly over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Of course, I was having a conversation with the guy next to me and managed to miss the announcement of the pilot and the fact that half the plane had run over to the side where you could see the rock. Also, I was sitting next to the engine of the plane, which blocked the window (I had no vision whatsoever) and made a shitload of noise, so there went the possibility to see what I think is biggest monolith on earth from the sky. Hey, that can happen you know!

When I arrived in Alice Springs, I stayed in a lovely hostel. The guy that picked me up, Rex, mentioned that he had a friend in Amsterdam. When I asked him what her name was he said ‘Bregtje’. She just happens to be one of my best friends, so that was a nice coincidence in the middle of the desert of Australia! I was to be picked up early in the morning by the tour company, so I made it an early night. I was kind of dreading it, because I heard from two different people that the company had one terrible tour guide who could only swear a lot and get drunk and who was really rude. His name is Nathan, they told me, so if you get him, you’re screwed.

So there I was, waiting for the tour bus. When it arrived, an unshaven guy staggered over to me and announced in a voice that indicated years of dedicated smoking that his name was Nathan. Wow. In the bus he yelled to the group that there would be loads of drinking the coming week, and my heart sank. I don’t drink, and being around drunk people is no fun for me. But BOY was I proven wrong. In the week that followed I had so much fun and I loved everyone on the bus (yes, Nathan too), made great friends and I can’t remember laughing that much ever. Just a reminder to myself that everybody experiences things different and that not everything is always as it seems. Ok, enough reflection, time for the rest of the story!

The first day of the tour, we didn’t do much, just a lot of driving (which I did a lot of in Australia, on this tour about 3000 kilometers). We slept by the campfire in swags. For those of you who don’t know, swags are basically matresses with a canvas exterior where you crawl in to with your sleeping bag. Also, you have to stuff the swag with all the clothes and other warm stuff you have, because when you sleep in the desert it can become very cold at night. When we were there is was around two to ten degrees Celcius a.k.a. freezing your t*ts of as Nathan so eloquently pointed out. It looks a little something like this:

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Catsnstuff Down Under – 4.2: Alice Springs to Adelaide + Fiji

July 1, 2008

Yeah, it’s not going to happen: I’m in Fiji right now and I don’t have time for a long post. Maybe next week, or if I’m really bored I’ll get another bus to get to this internet place, which will take me four hours in total. So I guess not ;-). Love you all, more stories to come, including Fiji, which really is like a paradise filled with lovely people. And cockroaches. That can fly. That’s a little snag, but hey, who cares when you’re in a place as pretty as the pictures in the guide books!