Australia part 3: from the blue mountains to the kangaroo valley

And so I started dreaming.. my songlines started to form 😀

Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh the moment I breathed in the fresh air of the mountains again! Take a deep breath with me! This is my place. I am a mountain girl. I feel like you can divide a big part of the world into coast lovers and mountain lovers. I’ve been around coastal lovers for many weeks by now and couldn’t quite share their enthusiasm. Don’t get me wrong, the coast is absolutely stunning and I enjoyed a lot, but it’s just not the same kind of emotional happiness and tranquility the mountains give me. It was a lot cooler and drizzling when Scott picked me up from the train station (barefooted, yeay!) to invite me to his sharehouse in Wentworth falls. What a beautiful place! From the porch and the rooftop J they have this amazing view over the mountains and the city, far far away 😉 He lives with great housemates and two cats. There’s a garden where Lisa is starting to grow her vegetables and medicinal plants. The house is never locked and I felt very welcomed by all of them. Scott is a teacher with a beautiful mind and we could spend hours and hours talking about, well, basically everything! Im very interested in his gnosis classes and waking up to this beautiful sunrise every morning I very soon started imagining myself moving in 😀 My body agreed. The strange thing was that on the way to the mountains my belly started to move and rumble and when I woke up the next morning my sickness was gone and I felt incredibly strong and energized again. Also, my knee problems started to disappear very quickly. Had I just been sick from the city?

The next days I spent hiking, cycling, climbing and exploring the beautiful surroundings.

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I smell and taste the flowers of the mountain devil, also known as honeyflower (just a slight little contrast isnt it :p)image

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and enjoy the authenticity of things in the mountains. The guy actually comes and changes the board with every train, a pleasure to watch 🙂image

The mountains hold lots of jurrasic park like scenery,image

lots of waterfalls,image

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beautifully coloured layers of sandstone.image

and fantastic views everywhere.image

Even from Scotts porch! Unbelievable 🙂

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imageThis is Scott (middle) with his housemates Felix (left) and Thom (right) in their beautiful kitchen which is a good representation of the whole house, made of wood 😀

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I hiked the Wenthworth falls track, where I saw my first real live red-belly snake, beautiful creature! And Felix, one of the housemates that comes and goes throughout the year, joined me on a trip with Bera, my beautiful Italian friend Mario’s uncle. He took us on a fantastic hike to the ruined castle which is this awesome rock formation with an incredible 360 degree view!

 

 

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This is the view from their rooftop, perfect place to spend your evenings and nights, well and mornings and afternoons to be fair :pimage

and this is the view from the bathtub.. damn.. it got me thinking of moving in. Im on the waitlist!image

I had sent a request on couchsurfing whether someone wanted to take me rockclimbing and I was lucky to spend a couple days with Dave, this very relaxed laidback guy who truly enjoys living in the mountains, works at the outdoor education centre and was happy to find someone to climb with. We went climbing at the Dam Cliffs which gave us the opportunity to swim in this superidyllic place as well, climbing the rocks and jumping back in the water.

 

 

 

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Another day he took me up to Mount York where the first crossing of the mountains is celebrated and from where we had a fantastic view over the valley, where I had moved into in the meantime. This is his farm, right at the base of mount York 🙂

imageI stayed there with Andy, this fantastic independent, nature-loving, ever-smiling hippie with a piece of land in the Hartley valley, where the Kangaroos hop by in his garden every night. He’s got some fantastic Chinese Silky chickens (aren’t they the fluffiest?!),

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and started his orchard and veggie gardens: fresh raspberries for breakfast, yum! He lived in a treehouse for a year (great stories) and is thinking of building one in his trees, building a tipi, a greenhouse, many great dreams. His little collection of books are all books I would like to read (that usually doesnt happen) and his ideas of enjoying life very much coincide with mine. We were so much thinking alike that it was becoming a bit weird. Many times it happened he wanted to do something and I already did it or the other way around, or we stole the words from each others mouths. We completely agreed on so many things and especially on what is a good life and what is a good way to spend time together. His favourite sentence : ‘that’s a Sagittarius thing too’ :p. I never really got into astrology, because my twin brother with the same genes, the same upbringing and the same star signs is so very different from me. But apparently I am a very typical Sagittarius, I never knew!

A couple of traits that describe me very well are the following:

– Apparently Sagittarius-born are driven by an unbound curiosity, longing to learn anything and everything. Always seeking truth and wisdom, most Sagittarius do not take things at their face value. They take their own sweet time to form their opinions, and would not hesitate in asking embarrassing questions. They make good listeners. Usually they are impulsive and up for anything ‘new’, not afraid to take risks. They thrive on changes. And I just love change, that’s why I’m still travelling, never a boring day 😀 Sagittarius favours different tasks and dynamic atmosphere. Even in relationships Im always happy to meet new people, but when it comes to friends and family or when truly in love, I’m very loyal, faithful, dedicated (and romantic :D).

 

– It makes the Sagittarius one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. The philosopher and explorer within will go as far as road will go and explore every corner thoroughly in their ever eternal search for wisdom. Isn’t that exactly what I am doing?

 

– The Sagittarius understands Eckhardt Tolle’s message of the power of now very well (he was not Sagittarius though). Life is all about living in the moment. I don’t dwell in the past and learned this year not to plan too much for the future. I am here now and that’s all that counts. I used to live in the future, thinking about all the wonderful things to come, but I found they will come anyway and I have way more pleasure in enjoying what’s right here right now.

– Free as a bird. Freedom is my greatest treasure. Sagittarius are very independent. I really love to share, but I cannot be contained. Please don’t try to clip my wings. I have to feel like I have options. That’s why I have problems in relationships: I don’t do well with clingy people, feeling constraint, I have problems with commitment, really live in the here and now. Can’t I just love you now? Can’t we just enjoy today to the fullest, whatever happens tomorrow?

– We are known to be very optimistic and positive. Well, that describes me very very well. Always smiling! Sagittarius seem to be blessed with “natural good luck.”. Ive written about this before, I cannot believe how many good things are happening to me! Good fortune on my shoulder always somehow.. I also learned how to see hardships as positive things, teaching me lessons or having faith it is happening for a reason, which I will later understand. I learned to have huge faith that good things will happen tomorrow and the future carries good luck. And I try to spread this optimism and faith. I just love to smile, and make people smile and be happy. It’s contagious!

– Sagittarius are not emotional people and don’t like to talk about their emotions. It’s something I am always working on. They are easily hurt by a careless selfish action, they will be blue but turn it around pretty quickly with their naturally sunny disposition. They don’t dwell on hurt because it is a waste of their energy. So true! It is very very hard to upset me. But if you do I’m pretty good at forgiving and moving on.

 

– Apparently Sagittarius are very sincere. I sure am. I hold no secrets (see this blog) and find honesty very very important. I see no reason ever to be dishonest, waiste of my time. What I say is what I mean, I do not like mind games. I like straightforwardness and expect it in return. The clue is to be honest in a respectful way. I treat others the way I want to be treated and live life based on a ‘live and let live’ policy which makes me capable of getting along with just about anybody. Even though I have my opinions for my own life, I really try to be non-judgmental.

 

– And then there’s the idealistic part of the Sagittarius: They like to do their best to make the world a better place and a career that will do that is well suited for Sagittarius; they do not however like the fine details and mundane day to day routine; this bores them so they tend to procrastinate and let someone else deal with the details. Sagittarius are known to perform their best under pressure. This is all 100% me!

 

I find it intriguing how these traits describe me so well and intriguing how Andy has the same personality traits. Can we blame it on the moon? On the planets? I will have to start reading more about this (that’s my unbound curiousity talking :p) and ask people for their zodiac signs. Experiment started!

Since we are so similar Andy knew exactly how to fill the days to make them all perfect, one by one, just being, one with nature.

He took me on a couple of trips, one of which into the Megalong Valley (fantastic name!). Driving down there was like entering Jurassic Park again and I just hoped and prayed a dinosaur would show up. I kinda suspected Andy to secretely be a dinosaur in his heart.. He is so connected with the forest. He’s superknowledgable about all the plants and creatures and taught me a lot. One thing I learned is that Emus not only look like dinosaurs but sound like sounds from the past as well. There is this deep drumming from their chests I never heared before.

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It was fantastic to walk and cycle around with this happy smiling enjoying encyclopedia, I felt very privileged. I read and ask and experience and step by step Im gaining so incredible much information about the surroundings. Its fascinating and makes me so so happy! Time seemed to warp and run on another dimension up here. Every day was a feast and a perfect day again.

One of the days in the mountains, my sailing buddy Malcom even came up one day to share lunch and a little hike, so nice! There are so many wonderful hikes around that this area needs many years to explore, everyday there are so many possibilities, I wont be bored for a while 😉 And as I learn more about the nature, the natives, the plants, the trees, the wildlife I start to see more too! More details, more changes, more beauty.

The Blue Mountains only have one bicycle shop, which I would highly recommend anyone! The owner Tristan is a supernice guy who really took the time to listen, to advise me and in the end saved me a lot of money. I was told before and now under pressure of Matt and Scott I was convinced I wanted some clipless pedals to help me cycle over more and higher mountains. Sing with me: *Aint no mountain high enough!!* 😀 When Tristan showed up with a last pair of cycling shoes, so on sale, from the brand Tahoe (Scott was born and raised at lake Tahoe) I had to trust the signs and go for it. And Im happy I did! It makes cycling a lot easier! I still don’t really like the sensation of wearing shoes, but allright. So I bought some pedals too with clicks on the one side and Tristan shaved off the medal on the other side for me to ride barefooted (although he doesn’t agree with that :p). He even brought the pedals to the farm! It was on his way from his kids school to the shop, he said. Somehow he runs this great shop, he’s got a wife and two kids and he’s building a house, while setting the property up to one day become self-sustainable. Pretty amazing! I wish you all the best, Tristan.

 

Another day with Andy, after watering the plants and feeding the chooks and miss piggy we were off to our next adventure. This time we would drive down to Wollomi national park for a beautiful hike up to this old railway tunnel, which is now occupied by thousands of glowworms! It was absolutely incredible! I had never seen such a thing before. It was like looking at the stars, the little creatures forming constellations of their own. Unfortunately my camera was not equiped to capture this.. :/

imageCloser to the tunnel everything was more wet and the landscape changed drastically. First we were welcomed by these beautifully coloured gum trees.

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some with crazy scribbly patterns on them

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imageWho left their kids unattended in the forest with a pencil?!! Oh wait, its the scribbly gum moth.. These zigzag tracks are apparently made by moth larvae moving under the skin of tree, revealing the tracks as the old bark falls from the tree. Its like a lifeline in fact! Where the track starts the egg hatched and where it ends it pupated, sweet!

We found this absolutely amazingly curved cave, resembling an ocean wave barrel. Fascinating how nature makes these beauties.

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And slowly the dry gum tree forest started to change into a rainforest. I just love love love these wet rainforests and the tree ferns are my favourite! So beautiful! But to be fair, there are a lot of competitors out there 😉

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We found the perfect picnic spot to drink one of our many cups of tea (still an Englishman in heart), which reminds me of his teacup stating: You can cut all the flowers, but you cant stop spring from coming.. Thank you, Pablo Neruda 🙂 That day we ticked a lot of boxes of wildlife I had never seen before, but Andy managed to point them all out to me, it was another perfect day ❤ We snacked at this beautiful view

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and walked back with another perfect sunset

imageI feel so at home in the nature, so at peace, so one with her. And the signs all confirm we are exactly where we should be. When I asked Andy about his spirit animal he without hesitation told me it is the black cockatoo, isn’t she pretty?!.imageAt that same moment two black cockatoos crossed our path, that’s one hell of a confirmation! I love it when these things happen 😀 Another day when we were talking about them we saw a flock of seven cockatoos flying through the valley beneath us, seven being the divine number. Believe what you believe, I just think it’s magically beautiful and choose to be believe that all things happen for a reason and see beautiful signs out in nature everywhere. You just have to wear the right glasses and be aware of your surroundings to see them 😀

The drive to the park had taken us through the town of Lithgow which is basically pretty much a shithole with a lot of social problems and a big prison. Maybe I can find a job there?

Andy is making his money as a tree surgeon now and I got the opportunity to see him at work, high up in the deceased tree, taking it down. Pretty kickass!

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We shared lunch at the bottom, hoping it wouldn’t fall on our heads and I went out for a walk after.imageI made it to Witches Leap which is amazing.imageSee her face in the waterfall? Just before there was a big boulder with nice soft moss growing on it. I sat there for hours trying to talk to her 😀 On the path I saw my first lyrebirds,

imagewhich are pretty amazing creatures. Named after the greek instrument lyre, they are equipped to sing the most diverse songs, imitating other birds (and even car alarms and chainsaws!). They are beautiful too, with their long elegant tail feathers.

At Andys place I saw a lot of shooting stars and we spent a night outside by the fire; that’s life for me. He also has a bathtub outside, ready to be filled with hot water and essential oils, surrounded by some candles, to watch the (shooting) stars above you and hear the songs of the wind and the animals around. I started dreaming. Dreaming about living here and setting up a treehouse camping. Customers can lower down a basket with their wishes for breakfast and Ill be able to provide them with my own produce: honey from my bees, eggs, from my chickens, fermented drinks, preservatives, jams, veggies and fruit from the garden and orchard etc. I could take them out to explore the area, start a repair café, an outdoor cinema, a band stage, bicycle workshop, art classes etc. etc. My mind was superbusy with all these ideas, excitement and adrenalin pumping all the time! So far I had been living in the here and now, but I started to think of the future again. I felt so at home in the mountains 😀 Also, because Katoomba is a transition town, with lots of projects happening on sustainable living. There is a great music scene and lots of spirituality around. There are a couple of observatories and lots of climbing areas. I’ll find everything I’m looking for just around the corner! And if I really really want to go to the city, it will just take me two hours by train.

 

And I wanted to go to the city that weekend. It was time for Mardi Gras! I was going to celebrate the big gay and lesbian parade in the city with my chef Rafa. See if it’s any different from Amsterdam 😉 I cycled the hills down to Penrith (great ride!), past a bush fire (there are many here), and took the train into the city, where everybody was getting ready to party, all dressed up and all! It was a bit different from what I expected though since alcohol was not allowed and after the parade finished there were no parties in the streets whatsoever. You had to stand in long lines and pay huge entrance fees if you wanted to party. My friends were off to this party they payed 160 dollars for, I declined their invitation. Which meant we just watched the parade and walked the empty streets afterwards back home. We had a good view though and I enjoyed all the customs, the music, the dancing and the being with my friends.

 

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But I learned something I already knew, which is that these kind of events are not really my thing, especially when im just a spectator. I like small gatherings and festivals I guess. I was glad I came to the city though because the next day I spent all day at Bare Island which was hosting the Blak Market to support aboriginal culture, it was great! It started out with a traditional fire ceremony led by the Simmons family and traditional dancing by a couple of city boys that are thought to reconnect to their heritage, great!

 

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The sound of the didgeridoo (we should say Yidaki) is incredible and I was told superprecise. From experience I know the circular breathing is very hard (I tried it on the saxophone), but there is much more to it (even though many of us might not hear the subtle differences). Aboriginals sold beautiful art, books and very interesting to me: products of bush food! I learned about the highly nutritious pepperberry, lemon myrtle, bush tomato, wattleseed, cinnamon myrtle, aniseed myrtle, rosella, salt bush and finger lime. I talked hours with Vic Sherikoff, who is a professor in nutrition and just released a book about nutrition and the wild foods of Australia (highly recommended!).

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I also attended a native bee workshop and a plant workshop where Drew Roberts taught us about the multiple usages of some plants around the area.imageIt was a fascinating day and again already dark before I made it back to the mountains.

 

I was supposed to go on a gold and gemstone fossiking trip with Bill, this aboriginal guy who lives in the mountains. We were gonna do body painting, ceremonies and dreamtime story telling. And was very very excited for that! Unfortunately Bill got sick.. We kept in touch and I offered him my assistance if possible but he didn’t recover well enough in time to meet. So ill have to come back to see Bill!!

 

It meant I had a couple more days in the mountains though. Not so bad 😉 The first day both Andy and Scott had to work and Dave wasn’t available, so I contacted Maca who had offered to take me climbing up at mount York. This is him:

imageI didn’t know much about Maca but soon found out that he had been climbing these mountains for years and had become a real legend. At 53 years of age he ran up those cliffs, sometimes barefooted, like a mountaincat. When he took me up Mount York he introduced me to this whole community of climbers campjng up at the mountain, climbing, slacklining, getting most food from dumpsterdiving. Fantastic people! We had a wonderful day together, lots of laughs, great climbing and enjoyment all around. Maca told me he hadn’t had such a wonderful day in a long time, isn’t that beautiful? He really touched me and I was happy the universe had given me this chance to meet him.

 

The next days I spent with Andy. He took me to the botanic garden on Mount Tomah, where we enjoyed our home made lunch right in front of the famous Wollemi pine,

imagepreviously only known through fossil records, the oldest dated to 200 and the youngest to 2 million years ago. It was unexpectedly discovered right here in the temperate rainforest of Wollemi national park in 1994! It was exciting for the whole botanist community, a dinosaur tree, a living fossil! To protect it, the location is still undisclosed to the public. There’s magic in the mountains all around!

Time got warped again and we suddenly realized we had to be quick to be back in town in time for Andy to get to the bank. Maybe it was the energy of the Wollemi pine, but we succeeded in an experiment in the law of attraction. Andy worried he wasn’t gonna make it, and to be fair, all odds were against us. But I told him to have faith. If you focus on not making it, we might as well have stayed in the park a little longer. So we chose to assume and accept that we would be in time or something would happen for the bank to close later today. This positive attitude worked! When we got the bank the sign said closed, but the lady was willing to help Andy anyways! And the story didn’t stop here. We drove back to the farm and decided we would have to stop at one of the beautiful lookouts to see the sunset (never miss it if you don’t have to 😉 ). Driving there it started raining. Something we had been wishing for in days, it had been too dry and hot. Miss Piggy wasn’t happy, the plants weren’t happy, the mountains needed some rain. And finally the clouds broke open! I excitedly opened the window, stuck my head out and thanked the clouds by yelling yoohooooooo! All wet but too excited to be cold we rushed to the lookout, again not sure if we were gonna make it in time, but full of faith. All of a sudden I screamed and Andy anxiously turned his head. There was a beautiful, colourful, amazing, DOUBLE rainbow! We just had to stop and enjoy this crazy wonder of nature!

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Quick, back in the car! And of course we made it in time for the most beautiful sunset.

imageimageWe couldn’t believe this was all happening and we joked that it could only be more perfect if we would see some lighting. So that’s what happened…. Say what??!!! Yeah, it really happened! Standing in the rain on this boulder at the edge of the colourful sandstone cliffs the blue mountains are made of, the rainbows on the east, the sunset on the west and just one strike of perfect lightning right in front of us in the south. Couldn’t be more perfect. Wealth is not in possessions, wealth is in nature, in being alive. Natura non tlincitur nisi parendo – nature is not to be commanded except by obeying. And we should be humble, thankful that she gives us all we need. We need to honor and celebrate that. Party! This is God, this is perfection, this is pure happiness for me.

This law of attraction I call “Fake it until you make it!”. Very easy, just pretend you already have what you wish for and you increase your chances of it actually happening 😀 I love it!

 

Unfortunately I met many many people who seem to have lots the faith they had as carefree children and now focus on the negative. It’s a very human tendency, but it is so destructive. Out of all the people I met I can only name a handful that seemed to be truly happy with their lives, not complaining. I am who I am and hopefully inspire some to send out more positive vibes. Take responsibility for what you created in your life and always aim for the moon, for even if you fail, you will land among the stars 🙂 Acknowledge how you might have influenced some bad things in your life, learn to crawl and be prepared to walk, humble but with your back straight. For everything is connected. That what you think impacts how you feel, which impacts how your body reacts, which impacts how others react to you etc. Every time we experience an emotion we not only affect every part of our own body, we also affect everyone around us, some believe even the entire planet, the entire universe. And to some level the effect things have on us whether negative or positive, is a matter of choice, how we choose to perceive the situation.

That doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. There are perfectly good reasons for negative emotions. Like when survival is at stake fear and anger are appropriate. But unfortunately many people feel fear and anger in situations when it is neither useful nor appropriate. In fact fear and especially fear of change is a big problem among mankind, which also runs in my family..

 

The next day I put all my trust in Andy as he walked me through the forests of Mount York where I would have been completely lost without his guidance. We encountered many amazing natural structures, like these humonguous ant hills almost as big as I am. Isn’t it amazing the little guys make them out of dirt, their own saliva and castings?

We also encountered some wombat holes which can go as deep as 30 meters and contain several chambers, quite the structures! Sometimes children crawl in them and get trapped or killed by the wombats.. :/ so be careful! And the coolest thing in the forest were all these gigantic vines reaching meters up in the air to hold on to the canopy, providing us fantastic swings 😀

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So we swung. We pushed each other and were four year old again. I felt like bushfairy and could have kept swinging all day. But we were on a mission! We were on our way to this beautiful dam where many birds showed up to welcome us, where a leach gave me a good strong kiss when we swam with him and where we caught our dinner for that night 😀

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I had been digging for worms in Andy’s compost pile that morning and the carps just loved them :p I feel very uncomfortable killing animals, but when it is to eat them Im quite ok. It made me think about starting to fish more on my travels. It would be a good surplus to my vegetarian diet. At home we made our own version of the fish and chips you see advertised everywhere in Australia. Carp with fingerlime and roasted sweet potato from the oven. Delicious!

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We could have kept going enjoying beautiful days like these, but it was time for me to move on. The kangaroo valley was waiting for me. I made good friends though and it felt heartwarming to know that I would see all of them again once I would return to the mountains. I would just leave them for a short little while, that was all J Andy bought a ticket for the Folk Festival I would attend in Canberra two weeks later and Scott I would see that night at the celebration of the Twelve Tribe community down in Picton. I had met them in their common ground in Katoomba where they run the Yellow Deli café, which looks like a treehouse from the inside with all different little corners to sit and enjoy the delicious healthy homegrown foods. The tribe tells the world to be kind and gentle, to love and show compassion. They seem to me a mix between Christianity and Judaism and I seem to agree with a lot of their beliefs. The community invites anyone interested to come and celebrate the beginning of Sabbath with them. It involved speeches, singing, dancing, music and more delicious food 🙂 By the examples they told us it seemed to me they really practiced what they preach and I felt very warmly welcomed and I saw the kindness expressed by everyone. Scott and I camped that night and joined them for the morning celebration and breakfast at their beautiful farm down the road, apparently home to many many many many waterdragons, hello guys! :D.

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I ended up staying almost all day talking to different members and some volunteers, discovering what their community is all about. And I was pleasantly surprised. I would be interested to come back and spend some more time with them. Of course I discovered some beliefs I didn’t quite agree with as well and I am in no means interested to join them, or for that fact any other kind of community, it’s not what I believe in 😉 I want to be part of the outer world, not retreat from it. The fact that they answered all my questions by saying ‘we believe’ instead of ‘I believe’ scares me, there seems to be no room for individuality or the slightest difference in opinion. But I was grateful for their welcome and it boosted my faith that more people believe and spread the word that we should be kind and gentle and forgiving and loving and helping, even in the worst situations. I left the farm with warmth in my heart and made my way down to Kangaroo Valley where I would arrive two days later.

Back on the bike again, yeay 😀 It felt so good, so natural, so free. I was superhappy to get my wheels rolling again. I guess I missed this me-time. There was some good amount of adrenalin pumping through my veins once I had said goodbye and headed south for new adventures. I enjoy this way of travelling without polluting my environment, the slow pace, the living outside, the not really knowing what’s to come, not caring what day it is or what time even, the trust I have gained by now that difficult situations always dovetail into good things, the physical exercise, the mental liberation, the oneness with everything around you, the beauties around each corner and in every persons eyes, the understanding that possessions equal complications, the un-selfconsciousness of travelling without clean clothes, without a mirror.. I finally threw out the last piece of make-up I was carrying: mascara, but didn’t use in so many months. Im not carrying shampoo, creams, or any off the stuff marketing makes you believe you need. Just a bit of soap (organic!) is enough. Im (not fanatically, dont worry) avoiding all chemicals inside my body, but also on the outside (have you read the labels on your beauty products lately, terrifying isn’t it?). The natural way of living is becoming more and more natural to me. Makes so much sense and feels so good. So uncomplicated and liberating. The next step is to learn how to get my food and medicine from nature as well, or at least part of it. So Im learning all the names of the plants and the animals and their possible purpose. I feel the oneness in everything again. And was once again pleasantly surprised by this couple who offered me a bed and shower in the house after I had asked them to pitch my tent in their garden 🙂

After visiting the beautiful Fitzroy falls area

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after being warned about wombats

imageI pushed my bike up a steep hill, welcomed by two curious alpacas and a horse,imageimageto find Peter waiting for me. We were meant to meet. I was meant to be here at exactly this time. I was supposed to arrive hours later but somehow Peter had sensed I would be there soon. It was the first of many similarities we would discover. From the first second I felt at peace at the beautiful farm overlooking the valley in the midst of nothing but nature. My body was happy to be here. And collapsed. There was an illness in me waiting to come out and this was the time..

Peter had been feeling pain and discomfort in his left jaw for the last week and that was exactly where my pain went crazy. The whole left side of my face blew up like a balloon and the pain was unbearable. I couldnt eat or talk, but the worst thing was, I couldnt smile!imageMy educated guess was that the growing of my wisdom tooth (in the wrong direction) was pushing against my gums which had allowed bacteria to enter and inflammate. Peters pain vanished the moment I arrived. Our spiritual diagnose was that I needed to rest some time and this was my body telling me to do just that. Peter was supernice and told me many times he was happy to have me, that I was at the right place and that he actually enjoyed taking care of me. And it wasn’t just words, I felt it. There is so much kindness in the world!

Peter is a superwarm, gentle ex-professor who now lives from his biodynamic farm with some vegetables, macadamias, green tea and approx. 100 cows.imageimageHe has always been involved in the aboriginal communities and I was lucky to meet this amazing woman from Arnhemland – Badunbil- with her two grandsons, staying with Peter. Badunbil is a weaving master

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and many more things. Her two twelve year old grandsons (twins) are pretty amazing as well. I’ll tell you all about it in my next blog once I figured out what is ok to share and what is just for me..

 

 

 

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