Bushman files - #6 Leaving Heaven..
- by Tony Charky-
The trip from Echuca to Adelaide
by coach, then hitching a ride to Kangaroo Island's
ferry, all went so well that I arrived a day early.
From south of Adelaide towards the island it seems as
if I'm entering South Italy. The landscape is dominated
by huge fields with olive trees and vineyards.
So I arrived a day early to no vacant spot in the youth
hostel, but no worries mate - my uncle rents out caravans
for the terrible price of 15 aussi dollars a night (50
NOK). Guess I got lucky once again.
I went fishing at the jetty in the afternoon, couldn't
catch a bloody thing, so I gave it one more try after
midnight and WOW...caught 15 salmons over 1 kg each,
some flatheads, tommy's and an octopus. When I returned
to the caravan park in the morning, the boss was at
work already so I gave him my catch of the night. And
believe me, on an island everyone knows everyone, so
after I gave my overnight catch to the boss, all doors
at the island opened.
Each evening my first 2 beers in the local pub were
for free, some of the locals took me deep sea fishing
on their boat,I could ask for a free ride to any place
or beach on the island and even on Old Year's Eve they
made sure that I had company from some of the local
beauties at the open-air miniature Roskilde Festival.
No closing hour this time...If heaven on earth excist,
this must be the place.
Now a bit about the island;
it was about half the sice of Belgium, 125 km by 60
km, not excactly a small island. It was inhabited by
a lot of different animals, koalas, miniature pinguins,
echidnas, seals and roos in plentiful of course. On
some spots of the island you could find the weirdest
sort of rock formations that really had a ghostly shine
at sunset. Beautiful, just beautiful. I really didn't
want to leave this place, but I had to cuz my girlfriend
from Belgium would arrive from Perth Airport 3 days
from then. I had to catch a flight from Adelaide to
Perth the very next morning...
Leaving heaven for a girl
is hell, isn't it?
Over and out from your traveller in the bush - Tony
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