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We are on our way

Well we have eventually hit the road after lots of hard work, blood, sweat and even tears. We certainly underestimated the amount of time in getting ready and should have allowed 3 months. We met Brynley and Jacinta for a fashionably late lunch yesterday and from there picked up our truck and...

permalink written by  michelle62 on May 4, 2007 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Travelling around Australia



The Part Of Australia I Never Wanted To Visit

Arrived: 02/07/06 Left: 29/09/06 It is advisable whilst in Echuca in the winter to drink a lot of alcohol as this numbs the agonising pain of the aching boredom. I mean, I'm not saying don't visit Echuca, I'm just saying don't go in the winter unless you really really like...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on September 30, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Putting Things In Perspective

A couple of people mentioned that the Huntsman spider post didn't give an accurate potrayal of the spiders actual size because there was nothing to compare it with so here's a photo of two Huntsman spiders on an adult sized Akubra hat. Now stop your bloody whinging and don't come crying...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on September 28, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Superiority Complex

Considering that two weeks ago me and Abi (another British backpacker) weren't even allowed our own hammers the fact that they're now trusting me with this shiny green tractor on huge wheels is pretty impressive and as everyone knows, there's a direct corrolation between the size of the wheels...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on September 9, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



The Stuff Of Nightmares

This horrifying beast was on one of the posts at the end of the vines at work and no, I didn't take these photos. I tried, I really did but I couldn't get close enough so the lads took them for me. For those of you who haven't run screaming from the room yet, its a Huntsman Spider and...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on August 27, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Random Nuggets Of Information #1

Because vine pruning is very much a "Nice Brain; You Won't Be Needing That" kind of job my thought processes shut down between the hours of 7.30am and 4pm and generally don't bother kicking in again until jump started with the fifth or sixth cup of tea in the evening. Add to that the fact I go...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on August 19, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Pissing On My Bonfire

Today was exactly halfway through my Three Months Of Hell and we were going to celebrate with cheap wine and BBC comedy but I woke up this morning to find that some kids had gone Norman Bates on my car tyres with a dart. They'd climbed over the wall into the hostel, poked around in the common...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on August 16, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Echuca In "Stuff To Do" Shocker

As a rule, Blues music grates like coarse sandpaper on the soft underbelly of my soul but when faced with the choice of spending last Sunday in the hostel watching a black and white TV with a potentially psychotic Kiwi nut job (more on him another time) or live bands in the street, the Echuca...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on August 3, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Job Satisfaction

Pruning vines isn't the most enjoyable job in the world so I've been trying to think of ways to make it more bearable and I have decided that if I knew exactly what I was pruning I would find my job more fulfilling and meaningful. The vinyard I work for sell their grapes to a company in...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on July 24, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



Twelve Months Of Perpetual Winter

We sat in front of the TV before work, bleary eyed, munching our cereal and watching the news, the bottom right hand corner of the screen flashing up the regional temperatures for Victoria. Echuca would be 14 degrees today, it informed us. "Double figures in the middle of winter," I said,...

permalink written by  Koala Bear on July 20, 2006 from Echuca, Australia
from the travel blog: Sod Off Great Big Mission Round Oz



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