Greetings from the Northern Territory. I can’t get wifi anywhere at this hostel so I am typing away on my phone at the bar. I have had such an incredible study break exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, camping, and learning about the aboriginal culture. I have had some interesting experiences at the hostels I have stayed at in Alice Springs and Yulara. Most of the people in Alice Springs didn’t speak English, but in Yulara NOBODY in the 40-bed female dormitory speaks English (which is why I am here typing away on my phone).
Based on the information recorded on my fitbit watch, while on my 3-day Rock Tour we did about 8 miles of hiking per day. As a geology minor, I really enjoyed learning about how Watarrka, Kata-Tjuta, and Uluru were formed. The names I am using are the proper site names, which are from the language of the local aboriginals. To make things clearer, the more common names of the sites I visited are Kings Canyon, The Olgas, and Ayers Rock. I will certainly upload photos once I am reunited with my laptop back in Perth.
Today I had a free day, so I found the free presentations and activities provided by the local resort. I went to an hour long presentation about the weapons created by aboriginals in Central Australia (including WA and NT) and learned about how they were made and what they were used for. I also was able to see an aboriginal dance performance, which was totally awesome. I spent the rest of the day doing sudokus, sending postcards, and searching for the supermarket.
Tomorrow I get to do dot-painting with a local aboriginal woman. In the evening I am doing a one hour camel ride at sunset, which will take me to a 4-course dinner under the stars where someone will be interpretting them for us. I look forward to the day ahead. For now I must go because there is live music at the Ayers Rock Resort’s bar and grill in a few minutes! I can’t wait until I can share my photos and show you the beauty of this area of Australia. Cheers!