Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mounds of termites

Driving through the middle of Australia is an interesting experience. Mostly because there isn't a lot to see. Every now and again there will be a town or a roadhouse (once I saw an ENORMOUS pig wandering around the gas pumps! Too shocked to get a photo!). There was one thing that was constant, these strange towering lumps by the side of the road. I couldn't figure out what they were. Dead trees? No. Grave stones? No. Alien life forms? Maybe.


The Gentleman Caller told me that they were termite mounds. WHAT? That's a thing? I didn't believe him until we went to a specific tourist site dedicated to them. 


They are strangely beautiful and I'm still not sure how they make them. It must take zillions of termites years to do this. Most were taller than me. 


I always thought that termites did nothing more than eat your wooden house. Very industrious little beasts!

Today I am thankful for learning new things. And, to be honest, a little sad that the mounds weren't from space. Because that would have been awesome. 


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Monday, August 20, 2012

things that make me want to vomit just a little

You know those things that are not so good? The kind of things that disgust and disappoint you? That make you want to vomit just a little? Yeah...

The traditional Aboriginal owners of Uluru have signs posted all around the rock and in the cultural centre asking, pleading, begging people not to climb Uluru. It is a sacred site to them, as it should be to everyone.  It's a dangerous climb because of the powerful sun, steep ascent and strong winds. So that is reason enough not to climb it. I felt so disappointed in all of these tourists who thought they were more important than respecting someones beliefs. And people were bringing their children as well. To me that effectually says to the children that they never need to behave when someone asks them too. Because they can do what they want. I mean, look at that scar on the side of the rock from millions of heavy boots. 


Another beautiful natural area, King's Canyon, and more evidence of jerks. Why can't we just enjoy natural beauty without marking it all up with our stupidity? 


Also in King's Canyon, which again is a sacred spot, there were signs with messages from the traditional owners politely asking people to refrain from carving their names in the trees. Not only is it ugly and disrespectful, it also harms the living tree. And for what? So that others can see that Nathan was here in 2009? I want to give Nathan a very stern look. 





This next one has nothing to do with people being disrespectful. It has to do with highway robbery. As we drove down into the Red Centre gas prices began to rise steadily. I get it. Everything is pretty isolated and has to be trucked in a long way. But it just kept getting worse and worse! $2.40 per litre!!!! And everyone has to fill up here because it is literally the ONLY petrol station in hundreds and hundreds of kilometres. I turned into a curmudgeon at this point and kept saying things like "when I started driving gas was 65 cents a litre"... which is an absolutely true story. 


Mind blown...





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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Steve Madden Over the Knee boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Steve Madden over the knee boots from Gravity Pope, Edmonton

I feel so badass in these boots! They coolify every outfit! And they're comfortable too!



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The rock

The main destination of this roadtrip was to see Ayers Rock, traditionally called Uluru.

 It was incredible, huge, and somehow a very special, sacred place. 


scarf: ?
cardi: Sears
jeans: Target
shoes: Fancy Crocs



It's hard to describe the feeling I had here. I spent a long time in silence, looking at this rock, listening to the wind in the trees...   Click on through to Mind the Ramp to see more photos and thoughts...


How very lucky I am to have gone to this incredible wonder. How thankful I am that the traditional owners share their sacred space with us. Today I am thankful that I live in this amazing world. 


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Fly London Fava

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Fly London "Fava" from Marler's

These are the second best shoes ever. Perfect colour and shape. I cannot even say how much I love these shoes. And the buckle? It's velcro! 


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Friday, August 10, 2012

Yesterday I ordered a burger. I hadn't eaten in 24 hours so I was pretty hungry. I waited over an hour to get this burger. My hunger was quickly bordering on grumpiness. When the burger finally arrived, instead of saying "sorry about the wait" or something of that ilk my waitress said:

"WHOA! Look at this thing! It's gnarly!"

Seriously.

Kids today.


(the burger was mighty tasty though)
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UFO Capital

There's a place in Australia's Northern Territory that is called Wycliffe Well. It is the UFO capital of Australia. I'm pretty sure that the entire town consists of a petrol station and a caravan park. But apparently if you stay there for any length of time you are pretty much guaranteed to see a UFO. 




I wasn't expecting to, but it turns out that I actually did see an alien!!!


I know. Scary. 

Today I am thankful for the funny things that you come across on a lonely highway... 


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Other Worldly

The Devil's Marbles are in the middle of nowhere. Everything is flat and then suddenly there are these massive rocks everywhere. I'm pretty sure that beefy Captain Kirk battled evil alien life in a place just like this (and by the way, William Shatner in his youth was a studmuffin!).

cardigan: Sears
dress: H&M
leggings: Target
shoes: fancy Crocs


This place felt so other worldy. For more strange photos click on through to Mind the Ramp!



Today I am thankful to be able to experience the natural weirdness and beauty that the world has to offer.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Red or Dead Shoe Boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Red or Dead shoe boots from ebay

These little boots were super cheap on ebay. They came with a white heel but I think that the previous owner had painted over red heels. The white was chipped in places and didn't really go so I sparkle-ated the heels and gave them new life. They are terribly uncomfortable but they look fabulous!



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