1. Alice Springs

    Got dropped of in the night, dumpstered some veggies and got offered a place to pitch our tent just when we started searching. Next day they gave us a ride to the gasstation, where the first campervan we asked took us and we enjoyed a relaxing start into the day driving around in bed.

     
  2. Stuart Highway II

    After the first shocking two days, things started rolling. We made 1000km with a swiss travel journalist who makes a show out of his travelling stories, apparantly filling venues for 3000 people at a ticket price of 30€.

     
  3. Stuart Highway I

    After hitchhiking in Indonesia for half a year, we needed to relearn that hitchhiking is not all about waving down the first car and then getting invited home. The first 500 of the 3000km we wanted to do this week took us two days, being stuck in Katherine for 24 hours straight. One guy who passed us several times pitied us and brought us beer and a roasted chicken: “You must have been here for ages! Here, have some food and something to drink.”

     
  4. Darwin

    Getting checked if we had enough money to enter at customs, dumpster diving liters and liters of iced coffee at the gas station, then sleeping at the airport. Welcome to Australia!

     
  5. Bali II

    It remained interesting until the very last day. We applied for our Australian working holiday visa too late, so we had to apply for the tourist visa, which is an online application which normally gets approved straight away, up to 24 hours max. Except if its the weekend. We applied on Friday, the flight left Monday noon, we got the visa 5 hours before the plane left. Apart from that we had some relaxing last days couchsurfing.

     
  6. Bali I

    We didn’t get along with our diving teacher in Bangka to well, so one day we just left head over heels to hitch three days non-stop towards Makassar to fetch the ferry that goes only twice a week. Meanwhile we looked for a new diving school and we found one in Bali where we finished our Divemaster in a pool.

     
  7. Bangka II

    Our Divemaster schedule for a month: getting up at 6, preparing the gear for all the guests, breakfast, two amazing dives, lunch, another dive, storing the gear again, dinner, nothing else to do because apart from reef there’s only  jungle and we don’t get along with our teacher and her husband, who are the owner’s and way too often the only other people around, sleep.

     
  8. Bangka I

    To learn diving we choose a really remote resort on the island of Bangka. There are three ferries going to a different village each. We took a wrong one and asked on the boat if there were roads connecting them, and were told there’s a good one. Only problem is that the indonesian word “jalan” can mean anything from path to highway. In this case it meant something you don’t really need a machete for. After an hour it went dark and we continued another two hours through the jungle with one flashlight until we around at the other village. From there it was supposedly easy, but after another hour in the dark we gave up (100m before we would have arrived) and returned to the village where we were invited by the guy who would normally bring guests to the resort by boat. Because of his job, he could afford the biggest and flashiest speakers for karaoke in the whole village.

     
  9. Manado IV

    Right after our credit card got stolen, we sent a new one to Manado, which should supposedly have taken three to four weeks. After six weeks we went to the post office and asked for its whereabouts. We went into the room behind the counters, where there were about ten people, all except maybe two chatting and playing on phones, in front of a huge “disiplin!” Poster. We were informed that it normally takes about two months to ship a letter from Jakarta to Manado.

     
  10. Manado III

    One evening, our host sent his little cousin with his scooter to his uncle to buy some cap tikus - literally rat brand, eg home distilled liquor - from him. We then sat in a big group on the veranda of the squat, while one guy was making sure everyone got their turn with the single shot glass.