I’m not doing too bad. I have to admit completely stopping smoking was not possible, since I am around smokers all the time. Incredible, how many backpackers smoke, concerning that they should be on low money all the time and saving for tours, petrol or flights. But I have reduced it a lot. There were times when I went through a pack a day, thats 25 Pall Mall cigarettes a day. Now a pack lasts a more than a week, I still have maybe one or two cigarettes a day. When I go out and drink, it is even more difficult, kind’a not surprising.
But I’m not drinking as much as I used to. I go out maybe twice a week, that helps the fact that I m still trying to quit smoking. So I ll keep you updated on how I m going. I m sure I ll make progress, just give me some time.
I m working heaps at the moment. This week I only have one day off, which is today. Working for the Crowne Plaza is great though, time runs by so quickly and I enjoy working in a hotel and dealing with hotel customers all day. My workmates are awesome, I can hardly describe how great it is to be part of the team here. I have never seen such a nice bunch of people working together, and I have worked in all sorts of places before.
Some of you might have realised that I have uploaded some more pictures on my flickr-website. Almost 1000 pictures were uploaded this month, so have a look around and enjoy. I will go through a few recent uploads, so you know how to find them.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
I stayed in Sydney in October 2009 for two days and also in February 2010 for one week. Simply click on the picture above to get to my pictures from Sydney.
Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
To see the pictures from one of the most beautiful places in the world and also probably the place in the world where it rains the most (more than 8.000 mm per year), simply click on the picture above, the newest pictures are on page three to five. This place is also quite a nasty location. If you don’t get wet, you will definitely get eaten by sandflies. Start eating a sandwich outside and you’ll be surrounded by dozens of those little flies within seconds.
There are not many pictures of Shanghai on my website, because I only had a couple of hours in the city. My flight from Frankfurt landed just after lunchtime and I was flying out again at 7.20pm. Only because of the MAGLEV, the fast magnetic transrapid train, which does 431 km/h I was able to actually have a look at one of the city centers.
Whitianga and the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand
Some more pictures from Whitianga. These ones were taken in the time between November 2009 and January 2010 when I worked in Whitianga as a bartender, chef and waiter at Wild Hogs Bar and Restaurant. Same procedure – click on the picture, the newest pictures are on page ten to twelve in the album.
I will keep uploading pictures, but I always load them up in a strictly chronological order. So you have to wait for pictures of Darwin until the rest of what I did before Darwin is online. Shouldn’t be too long anyway.
I hope you are all very well!