Hello! Last time we spoke I was in Dubai and getting all panicky about travelling alone. Half a week down the line and several tour bus sing-alongs later I am absolutely loving Oz. I've been off the radar for a few days as I've had Internet troubles but I'll be keeping you updated from now on (hopefully), I've got so much to tell you! I should probably at the beginning because that's always a good place to start.
After a night in Perth I flew out to Alice Springs. By this point I was pretty knackered, slept the whole flight and fear I dribbled for all to see. However, when I touched down in Alice I was invigorated. It really felt like I had arrived in Oz. The ground was red, trees white and grass blue. I was so excited by the sheer 'outbackness' of it all. I hopped on a transfer bus and marvelled out the window at the huge red rock formations that fill Alice. It was truly incredible, I can't describe coming across a place and it going above and beyond in surpassing your expectations as soon as you step off the plane. Madness.
I arrived at my resort for the night, had time for a quick change of clothes and was then picked up by the rather lovely Aimee of the NT Tourism office and we went for a little dinner. We chatted easily and Aimee told me she was taking me to a local hotspot. You know me, I love a foodie hotspot.
Introducing Monte's. Man, it was seriously cool.
Multicoloured lights hung from every tree and dappled the chatting eaters in soft, warm light. Music drifts outside and mingles easily with the sound of laughter. The atmosphere was just perfect.
I made sure to have a good explore, camera grasped eagerly (read: dorkily) in hand.
There is kind of a circus-cross-junk shop feel about the place. Effortless cool.
We sat down to eat but my eyes were still exploring. People watching is prime and if you're not into people for some reason the decor is enough to keep you interested!
Lets talk food shall we? The menu is simple yet enough to make the mouth water. Return of the dribbler. Aimee plumped for a warming glass of red with a salad of butternut squash and feta amongst other green bits.
I couldn't be good, I couldn't go for a salad.
Coat of Arms burger, any guesses?
Skippy. Roo. Hoppity hoppers. That's right folks I settled down to a kangaroo burger, how could I not?! Not only was it perfectly fitting is was awesome. Seriously. A cross between filet beef and game. This is no novelty tourist eat, this is a divine thing between two pieces of warm bread.
From my first meal, I was sold on Oz food.
After I'd wolfed down my burger and Aimee and I had discussed everything from the red light district to the queen, I went for one final look around.
These eyes remind me of The Great Gatsby. I loved the quirky decor, easy atmosphere and incredible food of Monte's. If you're ever in the area I would strongly suggest a visit. And don't shy away from unfamiliar meats, you might only visit this part of the world once.
I waved goodbye to Aimee and headed to bed to prepare for my 5am start. Here's my first look of the outback from a steamy tour bus just before sunrise.
I can't wait to share more adventures with you, it only goes up from here!