It’s been quite a while since I last posted to this and for good reason. I’ve been busy. I am currently in Sydney, Australia and will be here for another 10 days before heading over to New Zealand for the first time ever (yeah!). I’ll be posting a few things I’ve learned from some of my experiences sometime in the near future, but I wanted to give a quick tour of what I’ve been doing since I got here.
I started the tour in Blayney then quickly headed to Cowra then Wagga Wagga (one student I talked with told me that Wagga was such a hole that it echoed, I thought it was a neat town). After a few days I zipped over to Canberra (the capital of Australia), back to Cowra, then back to Canberra where I caught a flight to Brisbane. I toured around Brisbane for about a week then went to the Gold Coast for the Australian Nationals. As soon as those finished, I caught a flight to Cairns then drove to Townsville, Airlie Beach, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and back to Brisbane. I took a train south and headed to Brunswick Head and then caught a flight back to Sydney where I am today.
Needless to say, it’s been a busy trip with LOTS of driving (almost feels like I’m back home and actually working or something). While at the Nationals tournament I was asked to fill in for an injured kid and ended up doing 5 team events for them. In the end I won 2 medals (my first ever Australian medals, and probably my last since I don’t really qualify as an Australian). I also did a demo at a concert for Blue Juice. They have a song in the Australian top 40 and the music video was done about rope jumping. It looks like I’ll be performing at the album launch next week also, which should be neat. I’ve done around 20 shows so far and had the chance to visit a rainforest, snorkel, scuba dive and visit the set of the next Chronicles of Narnia movie (Voyage of the Dawntreader).
Anyway, that’s all the time I have for now. I will be starting my school tour as soon as I get back in early October. I will then be flat out (to use my newly learned Australian term for really busy) until next August. Doesn’t that sound fun? Like I said, I’m going to put some thoughts down here sometime soon on things that I’ve learned/done while out and about.