Off to the zoo.....

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Woke up at 6.15 and thought someone had the other futon in the room I was staying so it was quite nice when I woke up and I was alone. No worries of waking anyone up. Managed to have a shower but it seemed like loads of people were up already! Got all my stuff down for just gone 7 and started to freak out a bit when they didn't turn up till 7.40. Had to ring them and it was a good job that I did ring as I was nearly forgotten about. Would have looked great to turn up on the first day late

I was part of a tour going up north to Daintree and then when they reached the zoo which was one of the stops that was where I would end the tour. I originally thought it was just a bus trip up to the zoo but we ended up stopping at a gorge on route and also a beach on route.

When driving past they had loads of blue piping in the sea sectioning off where jelly fish were so we weren't allowed to go by the sea. Ended up chatting to a guy called Monty on the trip and chatted about various things. Think I was a bit nervous about turning up at the zoo. I did speak to another couple of people who weren't overly impressed with Oz which didn't fill me with confidence. It is a bit of a shock to come from Thailand where there is a big adjustment, language barrier most places and when you get to Oz even though you have the sunshine - it is almost like home. I know I felt like this while on the trip but now when I look back on the whole experience through Oz I loved every minute of it and it's only when you are taken out of the experienc that you realise what you've lost.
If that makes any sense?!?

This was my first Helpx experience so I was not sure what to expect. Helpx is basically a site where they offer lodgings and food in return for work which is such a good idea. They have a huge range of activities that can be done - fruit picking, horse work, animal work, manual work. You name it they have it and they are based all over the world.  

Pulled up at the zoo and it looked really big but it was quite out in the middle of nowhere. I was treated to my first lunch which was a burger, I just had to buy my own coke. I was introduced to the girl I was sharing with, Amanda and she gave me a tour of the place. She showed me to the house where we would be staying which was a nice big house.

Quite basic with furniture in the lounge but had a fully functional kitchen where we were given breakfast supplies for the morning. Had my first cup of tea here as well - not quite the same as good ol' PG tips but it was tea and drinkable so couldn't complain. I was in the room with Amanda where we had two bunk beds and the bottom bunk was a double although mine was 2 single mattresses so to get them to stay together was an absolute nightmare I later discovered! I was given a tour round the zoo as well and there were wallabies and kangaroos roaming round the land. One had just had a joey so it was really cute. He was really shy so kept jumping into the mum's pouch. Met the pythons which were the first thing we would see as we left the main house to go to our house. They were huge and barely moved, they were always wrapped round a tree.
Also met some of the many birds they have.

Was absolutely exhausted from the day so was very glad that Donna said that I didn't have to do any work that day. Met the other people who were also helping. There was a couple that had been there for a while and there was Nico and Vincent who were a funny duo. Ended up falling asleep for a bit which was well needed. I was introduced to doing the evening feeds which took about an hour to do so when they were done we got to finish at 12 in the day. I was basically shown what to do and after that came straight back to the house and went to sleep again before dinner at 7.30. Dinner was a lovely rice dish and managed to catch up on some internet stuff and then an early night as it was an early start in the morning.

 

 

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