EP12 170322 COOBER PEDY to ALICE SPRINGS
It’s 5.10. And I’m going to the bus! It was just announced that we arrived to Northern Territory. So I’ve been on this bus going through the desert for about 5 hours by now. I slept for a few, and for the rest of the time I’ve been looking out of the window. It’s very beautiful. And it’s a very unusual landscape, to be honest. Back in Europe colours usually come from plants,
an the ground is more like a black canvas. Here plants are more or less colourless,
and the ground is bright red, like rust. Short stopover at an emu farm. Look at them! Emu are the second largest bird after ostrich. They swallow stones to digest food, and, by the way, they are omnivorous. They eat everything. Oh, and also – birds are pretty much dinosaurs! Welcome to Jurassic Park! As a kid I liked globes. But I always wanted a physical one. You know, with these mountains sticking out, not the ones with countries. ‘Cause I always felt like countries is not what out planet really is. You know? And when I travel, it’s not as much traveling to countries. More – to places. Different places of the globe. Exploring this little blue planet that we live on. I’m in a hostel and I need to repack some stuff, because I will go on a big trip – 3 day tour to Uluru tomorrow, 5.10 – again! So I will need to repack today. So I’ll do that quickly and then go for a walk it town, even though it’s really-really hot. But it has… like a main street with shops, and art galleries, and street performers and stuff like that, Alice Springs happens to be the only “big city” around the center, and it’s also second largest city around Northern Territory after Darwin. It’s also pretty close to being right between Adelaide and Darwin,
which is the center of the continent, pretty much. It was named after the wife of the former Postmaster General of South Australia, sir Charles Todd. Why? Because it was a telegraph station! They built it near what they thought was a permanent waterhole in the river Todd. It wasn’t. The river Todd is dry most of the time. Which doesn’t stop people from holding boat races every spring (which is in September)! Once, in 1993, it was canceled because all of a sudden where was water in the river. It is the only boat race on a dry river in the World! Before European settlers came, the indigenous people lived here for about 30 000 years And they still do, actually.