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Arriving at my 1st Destination: Batchelor N.T. - AustralianTravelTrip.com

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Arriving at my 1st Destination: Batchelor N.T.

In Response to: Starting point of my journey

Like mentioned earlier, I wanted to start my 2months-trip through Australia by helping local people in exchange for accomodation and food.
A nice international (australian/chinese) family owning a Fuel-Station with a Mini-Market and a Workshop welcomed me to stay with them for the first 2weeks!

Getting picked-up at Darwin Airport

As outlined before I arranged with Judy (host on helpX) to get picked up by her husband Mike at Darwin Airport.
Actually this appeared to be a bit more difficult than we thought. I didn’t have a picture of Mike, so I didn’t know what he looks like. But Judy told me he’ll hold up a big paper with my name on it. To get checked by duty took quite a while. And when I finally got out of the baggage-drop-hall, nobody was holding up a paper anymore.
I started looking around to guess who Mike could be, but I didn’t have any idea. So I decided to turn on my Netbook and look up his phone-number which I received a few weeks ago. As I finally found it, I tried to find a phone from which I could call him (as I didn’t have an australian sim-card yet). When I asked somebody at the airport, another man heard that and asked me if I was waiting for somebody to pick me up to go to Batchelor. Of course I answered “yes, you’re right” – and what a surprise: This was Mike!
So finally we met and were ready to go…

A looooong ride

I noticed quite soon, I haven’t informed myself very well about this part of Australia. When Mike picked me up, we first went to buy some stuff in Darwin (including my travel-adapter for power sockets) before we started to drive to Batchelor.
It’s about a 100km distance from Darwin to Batchelor. And to be honest, I didn’t know that. I thought it’s just like a small town right next to Darwin, but I guess I didn’t zoom into the map close enough :).
As I was really tired due to the long flight, the ride seemed to take like forever. Though it was a good chance to get to know Mike who was born in Sydney and now living in Northern Territory. After a while of talking, I fell asleep and about 1hour later, we arrived at my new home for the next 2weeks.

Meeting new people

When I got out of the car, I met all the other people living at this place. There was Judy (Mikes wife), Judys mum, Kathy (daughter), Lemon (helper, Taiwan) and Anthony (helper, la RĂ©union).
They showed me my sleeping-place, where to put my luggage and soon dinner was ready. I wasn’t really hungry as I already ate so much on my flight, but it still tasted really good and was a great opportunity to talk to all the others.
I went to bed soon after dinner and slept until 10 o’clock next morning.

How did I sleep, what does my work look like and how do I get along with this new life?
– Read on my next blog post!

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