We don’t meet people by accident…

[:en]After a “short” stop in Townsville I finally arrived in Cairns. 23 weeks ago it was raining here which made my sister decide to take off to Darwin and me to make a stop in Townsville. What was meant to be a pit stop to let the rain in Cairns pass by, turned out to be my longest stop in Australia.

And there had been reasons:

  1. The 8 week fitness challenge

Wouldn’t I have had stopped in Townsville and checked in at Rambutan, and wouldn’t they have had the 8 week fitness challenge promotion hanging (It is still hanging in the laundry), and wouldn’t the fitness challenge hadn’t had started within the next days, I would probably have moved on to Cairns. I was already in touch with some guys to work for accommodation up in Palm Cove where my sister spent the last winter. So I almost had a plan but thanks to whoever put up the promotion, I stayed (you can take it down now…it’s ok).

  1. The Strand

On my first day in Townsville I was walking down the Strand and found a pull up bar, heaps of playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment already after five minutes. Jackput since I needed to improvise in Sydney, Newcastle and Byron Bay or put in a 20 – 30 minutes jog to get there. Two days later and after I decided to stay they closed all of that for 2 months for maintenance work but it is the thought that counts and in the end I stuck around long enough to even see the reopening of the water park (I wasn’t allowed to go there though 🙁 Someone said it would be for kids and me being my mum’s kid doesn’t count – still pretty mean).

  1. Parkour

On my second or third day in Townsville I joined the Townville Parkour training. It was a little bit intimidating since one of the guys was warming up with doing flips but since that wasn’t a requirement to join, I trained with them usually twice a week and helped setting up the webpage: townsvilleparkour.com in the end.

  1. Castle Hill

With a height of some 286 metres above sea level, many different routes to the top and a stunning view over to Magnetic Island and Townsville in general it is not just a tourist site but also a regular workout route for the locals. I haven’t counted how often I went up there but the best way to do it is on the (how I call it) parkour track. Some people (;)) say it is not really a workout since it is a “short cut” over the rocks but if you do it fast enough you definitely are sweaty at the top.

  1. The perfect winter

I heard heaps of people saying that the Townsville winter is the best in Australia. And it is indeed pretty awesome. Between 23 and 27 degrees, barely any rain, usually sunny. So perfect weather to be outside without melting or being washed away. The lowest the temperature dropped was 12 and that was only for one day and a few mornings. So as far as I concern the Townsville “winter” is seriously better than the German summer (where the temperature dropped to 5 degrees in August!!).

  1. Maggie Island

A little vacation from vacation and just a short ferry or jet ski ride away is Magnetic Island. Koalas and Wallabys in free nature (no one needs to pay to go to the sanctuary) and some walking tracks for those who are into hiking (will be rewarded with awesome sunsets).

  1. The “people” 🙂

One advantage of slow travelling is that you are actually getting to know people. One disadvantage is that you ARE getting to know them. Cause leaving them after more than five months is more than hard. Cause you never know if you will see them again. But I usually believe that we don’t meet people just by accident but that they are meant to cross our path for a reason. There is a story comparing life to a train ride (called the life train). When we first enter the train we meet people and we think they will accompany us for the rest of our lives. But most of them won’t. And that’s ok. Cause other people join us and then they or we get off the train and may or may not step on later again. And everyone of them had an influence on our life. And we had one on theirs. They might have taught us something, they may have hurt, loved or annoyed us or made us laugh or cry. But they definitely have been there for a reason. And that helps. Especially when you have to leave them and hope wait that they will cross your path again…

 [:de]Nach einem “kleinen” Zwischenstopp in Townsville bin ich endlich in Cairns angekommen. Ende Mai wollten Nadi und ich hier ihre letzten drei, vier Tage verbringen. Da es aber regnete, ist sie nach Darwin weiter, wĂ€hrend ich bereits in Townsville halt gemacht habe. Was eigentlich nur dafĂŒr gedacht war, den Regen in Cairns vorbeiziehen zu lassen, hat mich fĂŒnf Monate spĂ€ter erst wieder gehen lassen.

Und das hatte GrĂŒnde:

  1. Acht Wochen Fitness Challenge

Wenn ich nicht in Townsville gestoppt und im Rambutan YHA eingecheckt hĂ€tte, wenn sie nicht die Promotion fĂŒr die Fitness Challenge hĂ€tten hĂ€ngen haben (und immer noch haben), und wenn die Challenge dann nicht innerhalb der nĂ€chsten Woche losgegangen wĂ€re, wĂ€re ich vermutlich nach ein paar Tagen weiter nach Palm Cove gezogen, wo Nancy den letzten Winter verbracht hat und ich bereits in guten GesprĂ€chen war, um dort fĂŒr Unterkunft zu arbeiten.

  1. “The Strand”

An meinem ersten Tag in Townsville bin ich die Strandpromenade entlang und habe bereits nach fĂŒnf Minuten eine Klimmzugstange gefunden. Kein Provisorium, wie in Newcastle und nicht 30 Minuten entfernt, wie in Sydney oder Byron Bay. Zwei weitere Tage spĂ€ter und nachdem ich mich fĂŒrs Bleiben entschieden habe, haben sie das zwar alles unter “Construction” gesetzt, aber der Wille zĂ€hlt (und ich hatte dann ja ehe meine Fitness Challenge – die ich ĂŒbrigens gewonnen habe…whoop whoop).

  1. Parkour

An meinem zweiten oder dritten Tag habe ich beim Parkour Training vorbeigeschaut. Es war etwas einschĂŒchternd, weil sich einer dort mit Flips aufgewĂ€rmt hat, aber nach dem das keine Voraussetzung war, um teilzunehmen, habe ich fortan 1, 2 mal die Woche mit trainiert und beim Aufsetzen der Seite townsvilleparkour.com geholfen.

  1. Castle Hill

Mit 286 Metern ĂŒber dem Meeresspiegel, verschiedenen Wegen, um nach oben zukommen und einer atemberaubenden Aussicht ĂŒber Townsville und hinĂŒber zu Magnetic Island nicht nur fĂŒr Touristen interessant. Auch viele Einheimische nutzen Castle Hill fĂŒr ihr tĂ€gliches Fitnessprogramm. Ich habe zwar nicht gezĂ€hlt, wie hĂ€ufig ich dort oben war, aber wenn dann habe ich meistens den inoffizellen “parkour track” ĂŒber Felsen genommen.

  1. Perfekter “Winter”

Der “Winter” hier war einfach besser als der deutsche Sommer. Zwischen 23 und 27 Grad, kaum Regen, stĂ€ndig Sonnenschein. Und vor allem bestĂ€ndig. Keine 35 Grad heute und Hagelschauer morgen.

  1. Maggie Island

Eine kleine Auszeit von der Auszeit ist lediglich eine 20minutige FÀhr- oder Jetski-Fahrt entfernt. Koalas und Wallabies in freier Wildbahn und ein paar Walking tracks mit super schöner Sicht auf den Sonnenuntergang.

  1. Die Menschen hier

Ein Vorteil des langsamen Reisens ist, dass man die Leute hier wirklich kennenlernt. Ein Nachteil ist, dass man die Leute hier wirklich kennenlernt. Denn diese nach fĂŒnf Monaten zu verlassen, ist hĂ€rter als seine Freunde und Familie zuhause zu lassen, da man da wenigstens sicher ist, dass man diese wiedersieht. Aber ich glaube daran, dass wir Menschen nicht zufĂ€llig treffen, sondern, dass sie unseren Pfad aus bestimmten GrĂŒnden kreuzen und das macht es einfacher, wenn man sie dann (erstmal) wieder gehen lassen muss…


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  1. Petra
    5. November 2016

    Hast du noch Zeit fĂŒr Great Barrier Reef? Das ist wirklich einzigartig schön. Schon die Fahrt dahin ist toll.

    • Nick
      6. November 2016

      Nee, fliege am 8. bereits runter nach Sydney. Morgen ist dann rumgammeln angesagt :).

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