This is the end of my 10-week tryout. I want more Australia, and the Australian government wants more me. The paperwork isn't through, but the plan is that I'll return in Jan through June (and probably the rest of the year in the end).

I was in a comfortable rut at home, and I'm like a kid with a new box of toys here. It does SO much for quality of life when everything from friends to kickboxing to any kind of restaraunt to swimming lessons is within a 20 minute drive from home or work at any time of day. The brilliant blue weather and gums remind me of what LA was like when I was tiny.

When I get back, I'll be posting when I take a trip. On the docket:

- New Zealand for 3 weeks (LOTR site tour, seen a kickass Maori tattoo I want)

- Coast road from Melbourne to Adelaid

- Kakadu national park (far north, now going under water with monsoons)

- Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayres Rock)

- The Indian Ocean coast north of Perth has amazing rock formations