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March 21, 2019

Kakadu

Kakadu is a famous national park in the Northern Territory, a 2 hour drive from Darwin. It’s both ecologically and culturally significant, having lots of important Aboriginal sites archaeologically dating back at least 20,000 years. Twenty thousand! Currently it is the tropical summer, which is wet season (although we didn’t encounter any rain), so lots of sites were inaccessible. We still had a great time seeing what we could. The park covers a huge area - half the size of Switzerland, apparently - so we did a lot of driving.


March 16, 2019

Darwin

I have been up in the Top End the last five days! I have friends working in Darwin currently, so decided to make the most of my week off to go and visit. We spent most of our time in Kakadu National Park (post to follow) but I found the little I saw of Darwin really interesting so wanted to give it its own post.

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, and is geographically in the tropics. It’s closer to South East Asia than it is to Sydney and has a more diverse population than I would have expected for a smaller Australian city. It was the only Australian city bombed in WW2, and in 1974 it was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy. It has a completely different feel to other Australian cities I’ve visited.


March 2, 2019

Homebody


My plant babies multiplying.

Just checking in, saying hi. It's been an exhausting few weeks! I've started up at my new hospital, and even though being on a seven-days-working-seven-days-off schedule should technically give me lots of free time, it doesn't feel like it. I work 12 hour days on my weeks on so basically don't have time to do anything else, so on most of my week off I'm out catching up with friends and errands. So it feels really, really nice when I get the chance to chill at home, tend to my plants and read on the couch. And once things settle down I hope to be more active around here again too!

February 14, 2019