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Australia so far: Rottnest Island

So named by a dutch trader, rats nest, after seeing the Quokka on the island.

I stayed at the campground for 2 1/2 weeks. The bathrooms (abolution block) were open to the sky (except for toilet and shower stalls) it was really amazing (to me). Apparently they're going to be replaced with "modern" facilities this winter, so was lucky to see them.

Food is surprisingly expensive, I knew from looking online that groceries were about twice as expensive, but prepared food is much more. A burger or fish and chips (basic menu items) are about $17. Locals say this is typical of Western Australia in recent years (indicating that it didn't used to be like this and isn't as bad elswhere?).

The moon looks different from here, not sure how much of that is atmospheric and how much is the different angle. (Stars too, though I know alot of that is angle.)

Got up for sunrises at first, but gradually acclimating to time zone change and so not waking up before dawn as often now :P.

Quokkas are cute, but I can see how they were mistaken for rats. They don't seem to jump very high, more like rabbits in that they run by long low hops. I didn't manage any jumping pics, they like to stand around and eat mostly. The guide on the "quokka walk" I went on was a charming elderly man, lol, he introduced himself and said "So, you came to see me do the Quokka walk?" *dance step followed by a paws curled double hop*

I did all the free walking tours, ship wrecks, salt lake industry and so forth, and a couple paid ones while I was there.

It's very tropical, birds, palm trees, ocean water tempurature's like a swimming pool, it's pretty amazing, the ocean really is blue :o.

Snorkeling was amazing, like diving into a fish tank. Sooo many fish you can't see from the surface. Angels, loaches and a lot I don't know the identies of. I only saw one manta while underwater, but I saw manta rays and dolphins from above. I missed the new zealand fur seals, and didn't see any sharks at all (yay?).

Several rainbows during my stay and some lovely sunsets.



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