#lägeräger

Training Camp, Canberra 2017 | Gopro Hero 5 Black
 
Hello! Couldn't found a good translation for my head line but all you sweedes out there know what I mean, läger äger (camp rules??) and I really mean it. Is there anything better than to wake up, train, eat, rest, train, eat, sleep and then repeat? Don't think so, and the best part was of course that it was an orienteering camp! Wiho! 
 
I love when I get the opportunity to run on new maps, see new locations and train to improve myself. I took some days off from school (thu-tue) just to be able to particitpate. Last Thursday I met Krystal at the Domestic Airport where we cougth a flight to Canberra. In Canberra the first days of the camp took place, later on we moved to Cooma and continued our camp there. The camp was open for all orienteeriers in Australia so there were a lot of people running around the bushes in Canberra this weekend haha! 
 
After five days with training in the morning and in the afternoon, and after five days with running in Australian summer heat I felt so tired. The last day of the camp I was so weak and I was on my way to pass out. Totally worth it though because all the things I've experienced out in the forests is something I'll never forget. I've been running with wild kangaroos, seen snakes, lizards, cockatoos, cows and cheeps, and of course I've experienced the Australian bushes! Very difficult and different compered to Sweden. 

Great Barrier Reef

 
Morning Sunshines! 
As I mentioned in the latest blogpost I went to the Great Barrier Reef last weekend. Due to it's greatness I decided to make a separate post about it, and here it is! So, the trip started friday morning. I had to wake up at 5am to catch the bus in to the city where we all from EF were suposed to meet at 7am. 7.35 the jurney started for real and we left Brisbane for Bundaberg (the southest connection to the Reef) 
 
Driving to Bundaberg takes about 4.5h but for us it took way longer. On our way we stoped several times to pee and fule the bus but also to visit a Zoo. The Zoo was very small but offered Australia's most typical animals. That's right, kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles and snakes. We were able to cuddle with the koalas and feed the kangaroos and we had also time to hold a snake and watch when they fed the crocodiles. Funny experince! 
 
 
Hungry, hot and full of hope for the next day (reef day) we arrived to Bundaberg, and what we tought ment "let's chill by the pool, eat and go to bed" was all wrong. After dinner we went to a beach 10 minutes away from our resort, there, in the total darkness we walked along the sea looking for turtles. The guide told us to look like a pile of stones to not scare the turtels away,,, it was difficult but we found a turtle and manage to not scare it! We gathered around her to see when she lay her 120 eggs! Weirdest thing ever but really cool to have seen! 
 
Finally it was saturday and reef day! Once more, early in the morning, we woke up and after a 2h boattrip we reached the reef! Time for snorkeling! 
 
It was amazing. Even though the Reef this south isn't as bright and colourful as in the north, it was amazing. It was full of life, fishes everywere and they didn't cared that you swam by, you became one in the stim. The best thing was to swim with the turtles, that was absolutley the best part and the greatest memory I'll take with me from the trip. To see their massive body swim around so smoothley,,, lit, it was lit! 
 
We hadn't that much time to snorkle which of course was sad but the water was a bit cold so for my body it was enough. After lunch we had the opportunity to walk aorund on Lady Musgrave Island. It's an Island made out of only coral so the trees and greens that lives on the island is very special and uncommon. I think it might be one of the most beautiful islands I've ever seen. The white beach made out of corals, in contrast with the green trees and blue sea looked just like a view in a post card.
 
Great Barrier Reef | Nikon D90 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 | GoPro Hero 5 Black 

Highs and Lows

Hey! Due to all my new English speaking friends, I'll now write my blog in English! So, welcome to my english blog, I hope you'll enjoy it! 
 
It feels weird but at the same time totally right.. I am in Australia to learn english so why wont I go all in in every way I can? 
 
The last couple of weeks have been quite tuff, I've had a lot to do and think about. That's why I've chosen to skip writing blogposts. Instead I've dealing with a conflict between me and the school at the same time that I've had to do my writng tasks, presentations, travell planning and train. The conflict is about me beeing disappointed about the photography class... When I booked the trip, my EF counsellor confirmed that I would be able to study photography everyday for my whole stay, but when I arrived, I wasn't even in the photography class, and I will only be able to study photo for six weeks out of 4 mounth... Thats why I've been quite unsatisfied with the school so far and that have given me trubbles to really enjoy the trips that I've done so far...  I've considered to end my education erlier because of this and to have all this thoughts in my head have disturbed all the fun things that I've done. 
 
The problem isn't solved yet but EF is working on a solution. The solution would be to apply for a photography course that's not "connected" to EF. So now I'm looking for an education, but it's very difficult to find anything. I hope this will be solved soon cause right now I'm exhausted and I have no energy to think of it. 
 
But let's talk about something funny instead! It's been almost two weeks since I last posted a post and in the time of two weeks there will happen a lot if you're in Australia. 
 
The major trips I've done is to Mt Tamborine, Glass House Mountains and The Great Barrier Reef. I think I'll do a seperate post about the Barrier Reef because it was something really speciall. But about the Mountains... 
 
Last weekend I went to Mt Tamborine with EF. It's a huge national park with waterfalls in the jungle and a Skywalk in between the trees. We went to see and swim by the waterfalls and then walk the skywalk. I love the Australian jungle. It's so different to what we have in Sweden. The colours are so bright and green, the sound is exotic and the trees are so tall. For me it's like in a movie. It was also really cool to bath under the waterfalls and we also jumped out of a cliff, just beside the fall at least five meters up. That was scary and fun and gave me a lot of adrenaline! 
 
Trip to Mount Tamborine | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
 
The trip to The Glass House Mountains (a collection name for several mountains in a National Park) I did togeather with  Amanda (from Sweden) and Tillman (from Germany). We hired a car, took one day of from school and headed to the mountains. Our plan was to run for an hour and then clibe Mt Beerwah. We followed the plan really good in the beginning; we ran around the mountains and up on one but when we should climb the Beerwah our plan got destroyed by a wall of stone. 
 
After 500 meters of the walk up to the top of Mt Beerwah we faced a wall of stone. From a big path to a slippery, steep mountain wall... This was something we hadn't planned and not were prepered to face. We tried to climbe it but realised that if we contionued we may not be able to get down. It was really scarry and my heart started to beat faster and faster as higher up I got. We had to turn back, disappointed of course! Instead we drove to another, lower and more easy mountain to climbe. From this we could at least see the top of Mt Beerwah haha. 
 
Five hourse later and with a much lower energy level we went to Caloundra, a city by the Sunshine Coast. There we lay down on the beach untill the sun wnt down behind the Glass House Mountains. 
 
Trip to Glass Hous Mountains | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
 
Perfect day even though we didn't reached the top!