Darren's Travels To Australia
I landed in Perth on December 23rd 1992. I spent almost three months there, staying with Aunty Jill and Uncle Terry, and getting to know cousins I'd never met before. I worked briefly doing cold-calling for charity donations, then got a data entry job for the bus company. It was the calm between the storm of the two intensive periods of travel.
I left Perth on March 20th, 1993 and went by coach to Ayers Rock and then on to Alice Springs where I stayed with my cousin Gary, Gemma and Paul for a week. Then by coach down to Adelaide, with a short stop in Cooper Pedy.
I stayed in Adelaide from April 1st until the 17th, with a side trip to the Barossa valley. I was painting at the Adelaide hostel (was it Cannon St?) in exchange for my board and some extra cash. After Adelaide, I went to Melbourne for three days, then to Albury where I stayed at the Herb and Horse hostel and did some work in exchange for free horse riding. Then on to Sydney on April 23rd. I did a side-trip to the Blue Mountains for a couple of days, but otherwise relaxed in Sydney until May 3rd when I flew on to New Zealand.
List Of People I MetGary,Gemma,Paul
Clif & Maree Smith
Trevor & Ruth
Jill & Terry Dean
Stephen, Peter, Theresa, Lance
Jane, Kevin, Timothy
Lillian, Josie, Liz, Amanda
Here is an incompete list of people I met during this time. Some were deep friendships, some were people I only knew for a matter of hours.
Some people gave me a lift, some gave me food, some even took me in and gave me a bed for the night. All were generous and all taught me something or inspired me in some way. Some taught me directly, some by example, and some by making me realize where I lacked in skills, experience or personality (polite way of saying they slapped me in the face and called me a loser; but it is okay, the sting has nearly gone now).
If you knew me during this time please get in touch: I'd love to hear what you've been doing these past dozen years. I'd also love to see photos you have of yourself (or of me, or places where we met, for that matter) from when I knew you, and of yourself now. (With photos please let me know if I can post them on a public web site, or on the password-protected web site, or if you'd rather I didn't put them anywhere on the web.)
Best way to contact me is email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Travel" in the subject line to help get past my (sometimes over-zealous) spam filters. For people who get in touch I'll give a username and password to the full photo albums.
Last updated: 16th Dec 2006, © Copyright Darren Cook, 2004-2006.