Week twentynine in Australia

A car trip down the cost in New south Wales was exactly what I needed. Getting ready was not easy since I worked till the very last minute before leaving but the joy of seeing those beautiful wild animals around the conjola lake area paied all the effort back.  Being there for such a short time among so many busy days required a good plan.

This area is quite special for different reasons that I can summarise with three words: soundscape, landscape, wildlife.
Bendalong is pretty far from any noisy place and once you arrive the sound of the forest cheers you up. When I arrived to my cabin, three kangaroos were waiting for me just in front of the door.( I should say 4 cause one of them had evidently somebody else in her pouch).
Berringer lake is a very special place if you want to stay alone, silent and just hear birds around talking to you while you watch reflected trees on the quite waters. There are also many surf spots all around ( green island and manyana beach are the main ones)

Week twentyseven in Australia

Working in a market makes you discover a variety of things about the place you are living in. Food habits are one of the main cultural trait of every group of humans. And seing what they like and what they buy is always extremely interesting. In Australia, vegetables, especially the ones coming from local farms are very good. Imported ones that you find around (even if the label says they are australian) are not so good  and you can recognize them because they have a huge size and they don’t last so long. A juicy, tasty orange of ours compared to the 10cm-diamater of aldi orange looks really tiny, as well as good avocados compared to the giant coles avocados. At the market people tell you their tastes or they confess that cooking is not their cup of tea.

Sometimes they don’t want to try new veggies because they don’t imagine how to cook them or they don’t want to be engaged in a endless experiment. People actually love vegetables but sometimes they get stuck in their bad habbits and forget that the “new” is not their enemy (actually it isn’t new at all). The market is a place for sharing stories , heritage, problems and often solutions.

Just a tip

Don’t think the job is more important than yourself; this is a mistake that I often do because I get passionate about (almost) everything. It’s wrong: our time on the earth is limited and everytime you are not working on your dreams is wasted time. Working hours are a compromise in which you give something and they pay for it. Especially for really underpaid jobs they don’t pay for your passion and your faith for the “well done”. That’s why we should always keep a bit for ourself. (This suggestion is not for lazy people of course.)

Week twentyfive in Australia

Kitchen hand challenges: meet the crew, help the chef, don’t cut yourself, don’t burn youself, stay calm, multitask, be quick, try to slow down when it is less busy, save energies but keep on working otherwise tomorrow you are going to have more job to do there. Don’t show you are too good. People are akin to exploit you everytime they can, especially if they see that you don’t mind to be “overloaded”

Week twentyfive in Australia

Kitchen hand challenges: meet the crew, help the chef, don’t cut yourself, don’t burn youself, stay calm, multitask, be quick, try to slow down when it is less busy, save energies but keep on working otherwise tomorrow you are going to have more job to do there. Don’t show you are too good. People are akin to exploit you everytime they can, especially if they see that you don’t mind to be “overloaded”

Vava’u

After a very bad trip in which we lost more than 15 hours trying to tack back to the track we landed in the dark night in one of the most beautiful place of the entire earth: The northern Tongan lagoon, Vava’u group, straight on the Port Maurel bay.

Tonga is a kingdom that lays in the middle of the pacific ocean and it is continuously growing since it is the final border of the Pacific plate. There are several reeves still growing in between Tonga and Fiji and this is a remarkable volcanic area.

The whole area can be divided in three groups: Vava’u, Hapa’i, Tongatapu, excepted from Niuatoputapu which lays in between Vav’u and Samoa and it is quite on his own. We were coming exactly from Niuatoputapu, an island that everybody calls New Potato and you can guess why… A young boy over there made me a gift: that bunch of leaves that I put on the stern of Ritme is a perfumed collar. What a beautiful combination of ephemeral jewellery and  perfumed make-up. Those are the Mohokoi leaves: Tongan people use to wear them for special rites.