Saturday, 17 January 2009

I’m HOME!!

Landed 3 hours ago and I’m so very tired. But I can’t wait to tell ya what’s happened in the last 48 hours.

Left Cairns, all good. Bike in the box (thanks to some friends), and got dropped off at the airport. Check-in all good, although very long line, no worries.

Land in Japan. Need to check-out the bike in the box. No worries. Put it in storage and take off to the hotel. Hotel slightly scruffy ba once again, no worries.

Next day, early morning. At airport. Transported bike in box from terminal 2 to terminal 1. No worries.

Proceed to check-in with bike in the box. Suddenly BIG FUICKIN WORRY!!!! Girl in counter says, that’ll be 70 Euro for your SPORT EQUIPMENT. Huh?? Got a bit displeased at the sight of paying an extra 700 SEK for bike in the box when that is the ONLY luggage I’m checking in. But fine, what to do? Leave it in Japan? Na. Iie. Not gonna happen. Proceed to another counter to pay. Girl in counter says that’ll be 80 Euro. WHAT?? Hold on, the other girl said 70… Yes, extra SERVICE FEE 10 Euro. BIG WHACKING FURRY!!
What fuckin service would that be? I ask as politely as possible.
Bla bla bla reason bla bla bla…
I want to speak to your supervisor.
Hold on…
Hi I’m supervisor.
Hi I’m not happy. Fix.
10 min later.
Ok you don’t have to pay extra 10 Euros.

HA!!! Victory!! Small, but still!! Veni, vidi, vici!!

So, these things happen, I should know by now that when travelling unexpected things always will occur. I soon was in a good mood again, I put on Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours and headed of to gate 33 and my favourite sushi restaurant. More than 2 hours later I was apparently well sought after. I was paying for the awesome feed I just had when a dear little banshee comes wailing after me. Rapidly speaks in a radio, FOUND HER!! Now I have a heavy backpack on, carrying two heavy bags and a sleeping bag full of my Swedish winter clothes and she says;
Run!! Can you run??
Looking at her I say;
No, things will fall off me if I do.
Run, you must run!!
Things will F A L L O F F if I do!!
We are just 10 meters from the gate. I look at her n go;
Ba I got to walk on the plane like a rock star. Sort off. It would’ve been sweet to walk onboard with everyone else already sitting and not having to wait in line, if it wasn’t for the luggage. Walking up the isle, banging from side to side, feeling like a tortoise playing hit the human heads, I didn’t feel glamorous at all…

Got to sit next to a really funny guy though who thought I was completely insane. In a good way. ;) At one stage I got up to go to the toilet and when I came back he was still standing up, watching something. I thought it’d be funny to wait n watch too so when he turned around I’d go BOOO. But he didn’t turn around and I stood there looking like a fool. Now there was a Japanese couple sitting behind us and if you ever seen a Japanese game show on TV you know that the Japanese sometimes have a weird sense of humour. The man took his lighter and indicated I should set this poor man in front of me on fire. Apparently that would be funny as hell. I indicated I should tickle him instead but I don’t think they expect that I would actually do it. So when I did and waiting man jumped a meter and almost hit the roof, they laughed their asses of. Serious ROTFLMAO going on. Sweet.

Flight landed in Vienna. Got off. Bought expensive suit case for next trip. Got back on. Or tried. Got stopped in the metal detector and had to strip. Layer after layer. Then got to enjoy a strip searched from a butchy looking woman. Maybe would’ve been more interesting if I’d been awake. Or maybe not. Because at this stage the time in Australia would’ve been well past midnight and I’ve been travelling for two days. Tiredness had entered my body wasn’t about to leave. Anyone who has tried to wake me from a sleeping state in the middle of the night knows how easy that is. NOT!

Called a friend from Vienna because I had suddenly also realised I wasn’t arriving on Sunday but a full day earlier! So the accommodation I arranged since a month back was a no go. And with bike in the box I wasn’t prepared to travel far on my own without transport that included four wheels. Luckily mate Peter could pick me up!!!! Xxoo to him!!

So happy ending. Although I almost got stuck not being able to pay my train ticket home from Copenhagen because I didn’t have a PIN code for my credit card. So those Swedish money TimTam gave me saved the day and I got HOME!! More xxoo’s!!!

I’m now going to fall asleep in front of lousy Swedish night time TV and I’m going to LOVE every minute of it!! All’s well that end’s well.

And to my dear Ozzie friends, on word to you all;


Kez – Has returned!!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

I’ve spent the morning trying to sort out my group certificates before I leave, this piece of paper I need from my previous employers so I can file my taxes. But one of them still hasn’t come trough and I’ve called them 3 times already. Last minute things really shits me, and now my bank is flipping me off too. I will not have enough money for the travels home, for food and stuff…. And I can’t access my Swedish OR Australian online banking. Thank gd that Todd from Flight Centre came to my rescue when it seemed like I wouldn’t be getting accommodation in Japan. There had been some misunderstanding when I booked with him 4 months ago and the hotel hadn’t been added to my travels. So expecting to FINALLY have someone meeting me at the airport got thoroughly smashed when I picked up my tickets today. But Todd came to my rescue and PAID for it. AWESOME! From now on ALL my travels will be booked via the TODD!!!

Still have some cleaning on the boat I’m staying on before I leave and other stuff…. But I’ll have to sort it out somehow. I’m sure it will work out if I just stop stressing about it. Right? =D

Going to go have a beer or something to cool down, can’t do much more today about anything so one beer then back to the boat for cleaning and packing.

Shit…. How do I transport my bike box from Copenhagen to Malmo….? Fuck it, I’ll think of something!! =) ROFL!!!


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

I’m heading home soon!! Friday is almost here and I’m looking forward to it. Although I love it here it’s time to move on.

Duyfken’s left for Brisbane and she took my boyfriend with her. They were suppose to leave last Saturday but because of bad weather here in Cairns and cyclone warnings, she didn’t get away until today. Brad called before they left and he was so exited! I’m glad they’re off but I couldn’t see them leave. After the time Endeavour sailed away from me in London and left me on shore, I suffer a broken hart every time one of my ships sails away from me. When the Gothenburg III left Fremantle in Australia I was in Sydney on the other side of the country. Far, far away!! =)

I went up to Cape Tribulation last Saturday and stayed one night. My mate Tim drove up and coming back down again we took the scenic tour and stoped in the Daintree rainforest. I made a Blair witch project filming how freaked out I was at certain points. I’m going to post them online at given opportunity so not going to give it away here, but scary shit happened. LOL

Got some good photos and I can’t wait to show you guys!! Think I might go play with some of them now…


Sunday, 4 January 2009

How random is life??

I’ve had such a mind blowing experience, one that is just so random and so rare.
This guy that owns the boat I’m staying on is also a great photographer. He’s been taking pictures for thirty odd years and he’s been nice enough to show me some of his awesome pictures. So we where going through some of them the other day and he was showing me these wonderful pics from a rodeo when a picture of a jumping horse came up. This is a cool pic, full on. The horse is in the air with both hind legs about 1 or 2 meters in the air. The poor rider is lying on the ground scared shit less covering his head. Now this is where it get’s weird. I’d seen that picture before. I’d taken a picture of that picture. So I asked Pete: This is one of yours? And he’s like sure. When I was on a road trip in Western Australia with a Swedish friend of mine we stoped in this tiny, tiny little one street town called Menzies. Middle of nowhere! In the pub this picture was hanging and I was so impressed with it I had to take a photo of it. Now little more than year later I not only meet the photographer, I’m staying on his boat!!! How random is that???!!! =D

In other news, I’m sure you are all very interested in my new years. Lol!!
I had a great time! The date was so much fun and we hung out and just chilled. Saw the fireworks both at nine o’clock and midnight. Went to PJ. O’Brian’s bar, both our favourite pub in Cairns and by the time the clock hit 02 we where on or way home again. I wasn’t up for a huge night, the night before had been the big BIG one.
I’d gone over to my mate Tim’s place where we were chilling with his brother, and two friends, Jeremy and Brandon. Brandon must be one of the funniest Ozies Ive ever met. If you know of Fat Pizza, that’s how he talks. Such a painting language that he’ll have you in stiches all night long. We all ended up watching Jackass 2 – the movie when Tim’s girl comes in with vodka and Galliano shots. Wow… Bad idea to put vodka in front of a Swede… We where shotting and doing 50-50is, vodka mixed 50% with coke. I had my very first black out, I found out the next day. Apparently I wanted to come with the boys fishing the next morning and was asking for my blue bucket. ROFL!! Code word for I need to chuck!! And I don’t remember finish watching Team America or getting back on my boat. Apparently Jeremy was nice enough to walk me home but how he managed to get me onto it is a mystery because its not an easy thing to do in a sober state. Impressed.

Im having a study day today. Im writing my physics report which is taking forever cos Im not used to the lingo anymore. And the reports are difficult as they are when you’re not trying to remember them from months ago. But Im almost finish and then I can continue with Optics. Sounds strange but Ive missed physics. And the maths… =) Time to get stuck into it again before going home again.

Another reason for staying in and having a study day is I went out with some Duyfken crew and volunteers yesterday and Brandon came with too! Of course we went to PJ’s and saw the coyote ugly girl dancing on the bar. They have these competitions where first three guys go up and dance with the girls and then three girls. Brad from Duyfken got up there with the boys so when I was pushed into getting up there after it didn’t take more than a small nudge. I’d been wanting to dance with them since last time I was here. It was so much fun. Too bad my favourite coyote wasn’t there that night ba it was great fun non the less. Brad went on to the finals and WON the competition!!! Got a voucher for free drinks so he kept us well clenched after that. He was so inebriated, gosh that was funny!! But he was soo good, I only wish Ive had my video camera with me. I let him stay in the spare bunk on my boat because him walking home would’ve been a worry.

On a happy note, my sunburn is getting much better. It got heaps worse first, blisters and lots of pain, but I got some stuff from the chemist and some pure Aloe Vera, straight from the pant itself, and that helped heaps. So in two days the blisters are close to gone and the pain is minimal. *Happy* =)

I better be getting back to my books now. Meeting some friends for some drinks and pizza later on. Having such a great time here in Cairns. It’s even better, much, much better, the second time around!!

Kezzie – the wild coyote!!