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Reisverslag Rottnest Island
1 mei 2014
'How're you?' (or: 'how're you going?')
Standard line when meeting anyone here. For over the past 2,5 weeks I've heard this line more than in the past, 2,5 years? in Holland. Seriously, everyone here is so friendly, interested, and helpful. Go to any counter at the supermarket, the cassier will ask you how you are. Ask the busdriver what bus you need to take to get home, he will take out his iPhone and show you exactly where you need to go on his Maps. Met the cleaners today, 'Hi how're you?'. When getting off the bus, 'Thank you' to the busdriver. And when leaving any store or person you just met, 'Have a good day!'.
Honestly I really like this friendly approach. We upthight dutchies sure have something to learn from the aussies.
Anyway, I was going to tell you about our trip to Rottnest Island yesterday. (Yes we did postpone it, CreditCard didn't work last week).
It was by far the most beautiful island I've ever been to. Very diverse, lots of beautiful white sand beaches with clear blue water and huge rocks, gorgeous lakes, hills, amazing wildlife.
We took the ferry to Rottnest at 09:30 in the morning, so we had quite a lot of time to spend on the island. Pretty much everyone rents bikes as Rottnest is car-free, so getting around by bike is the best option. We biked towards a beautiful bay called 'Geordie Bay' first, and were stunned by what we found. *I will try to upload some pictures of the island as it is hard to describe how beautiful it actually was :)
So, we sat down on a few rocks so we could eat and drink something, but that is until I found out there was a big iguana behind me getting terrifyingly close. I guess he was protecting his habitat or something because when I tried to pick up my bag to move it to another spot it literally climbed up on it, keeping an eye on my every move. So, technically we got dominated by an iguana. You should've seen me when I tried to find a way to get my bag without the iguana noticing.. I was climbing on rocks from the opposite direction, while Sanne was trying to distract him on the other side. Must've been pretty hilarious to see. That is if there would've been anyone to see it, which there wasn't, thank god.
After Geordie Bay we biked to Little Parakeet Bay, similarly beautiful, but this one had amazing coral reefs. Fortunately we had our diving goggles with us so we could take a good look at them (and the huge fish swimming around).
As we were making our way towards the other side of the island (it's reasonably small, approx. 16km2) we came across a bunch of quokka's! For those of you who don't know what quokkas are, please head to google now and search for images.
AREN'T THEY JUST SUPER CUTE?
Aaaah I'm such a fan of those tiny little, kangaroo-like fur balls. The weirdest thing about our encounter with them is that one of them actually hopped up to us, and started licking the salt off our fingers. We called him Eric. Eric the quokka. Eric was very cheeky, and photogenic. Oh and he loved the taste of hand desinfectant. So much so that he tried to take bites out of my fingers (they have quite sharp teeth I found out). But Eric is forgiven for all of this as he totally made our day. (Not that it hadn't already been made by the whole experience itself).
We ended the day by laying down on a field of grass near the shed, reading and eating honeyed macademias and cinnamon almonds (Kakula's Sisters grocer is THA bomb).
Well, that was it for our day at Rottnest. We've started on our last 4 days here and I think I speak for both myself and Sanne when saying we've had an amazing stay, and we will miss this place lots.
Today we'll be going to a national park, tomorrow Kings Park & city centre, Saturday we spend a day discovering Margaret River and surroundings, and Sunday is packing day. Time flies.
I hope you´re all doing well! Seeya soon!
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1 mei 2014 08:55 | Door: Marjon
I Googled Quokka en indeed, they are very adorabel.
Whish you both lots of fun.
1 mei 2014 14:37 | Door: Maddi
Wohoo :D sounds like a great adventure!
2 mei 2014 11:44 | Door: Marinka
Hi meis, wat een levendig verhaal weer! Prachtig eiland he? Zo bounty en met die geweldige beesten.. Moest erg lachen om het beeld met je rugzak die bezet werd:-) laatste dagen daar.. Geniet ervan en liefs voor jou, Sanne, Neil en Ivette
2 mei 2014 23:14 | Door: Jan
What a beautifull experience and equal story! I could just see the both of you trying to get your bag from underneath the iguana. The whole scene seems almost unreal! I'm very jealous! Have fun both of you! Can't wait till the next story.