Sandig insel

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Who’d’a thunk I’d end up coming to Australia and learning German, eh?

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone under the age of 35 left in Deutchsland, as they all seem to be here. It’s like they wanted to fill the gap between drinking beer during Oktoberfest and mulled wine at the Christmas markets so they hopped on a plane to Queensland to pass the time.

I’ve just spent the last two days on Fraser Island where I was shacked up with two very lovely German-speaking gals. It quickly transpired that my school-level German – which taught me how to tell someone my favourite lesson is art and that I help my mother by laying the table – is pretty much useless in everyday conversation.

Luckily, the girls spoke impressive English, so we were able to get around the island and get along pretty well. Fraser Island, in case you’ve never heard of it, is about 300km north of Brisbane and is made up almost entirely of sand.

Fraser Island
Home to rain forests, fresh water and rain water lakes, swamps and mangroves, as well as the world’s most pure-breed dingoes, it was designated a World Heritage site in the early 1990s.

In the past Fraser was an important place for forestry, with wood from the island used to help build the Suez Canal. The government decided in 1991 though that, even with conservative farming practices, forestry was damaging the island’s ecosystems, so it’s now just a haven for tourists.

Once again, I cleverly managed to time my trip to a tropical island paradise with a whacking great rain belt, so I got to see the place at it’s grey and murky best:

Fraser Island montage
Still, travelling in the rain meant I got to learn some new German words – ‘ganzehaute’ for goose bumps and ‘nieselregen’ for drizzle. Who knew this trip would be so educational.

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2 Responses to “Sandig insel”

  1. Kev

    Is it still raining down under: I thought it was me!

  2. Caroline Stocks

    It is on the east coast. This isn’t what I signed up for!