Namaste all my wonderful 30badders!
Greeting from the great country that is Australia! I have not updated for almost three months now and with good reason. I have popped in every so often to make sure this website is still sticking to its values and was always pleased to see the improvements and all the new members!
On April 28th I decided on a whim to begin my travels. The original plan was to stay on Vancouver Island in Canada until September, do some house and pet sitting, save money and begin my adventures first in Japan for the dolphin campaign, then go on to Australia.
Circumstances changed of course. My feelings towards the house/pet sitting situation became uneasy (this was not the first time for me to do sitting, but the people and situation did not settle well after some time) I came into a little bit of money at the same time and I bought my ticket that night, applied for my visa, leaving Canada at 11pm May 5th, my 21st birthday.
I have decided to give up planning the future. In the past three months every plan I made for Australia has changed! The original plan was to ride from Brisbane to Cairns to do some work up there to save for my trip to Japan and to live on once coming back to Oz afterwards. I met innumerable amazing people on my way, so many people were interested in this young girl “courageously” cycling up the coast on her own, roughing it each night in the woods, and eating only fruit to fuel her. I got 800km up the coast then “lost” the rest of my money.
I’m in Bundaburg.
You may be scratching your head right at the math right now. Brisbane to Bundy is just under 400km, so how was my distance doubled?
Mountains, roundabouts, and really bad maps.
To my fellow Canadians, be grateful we do not have roundabouts! They are the most awfully confusing invention humans have created. I do not regret getting lost however, I saw amazing natural beauty, fascinating animals, and met even more like minded people during that time. And who’s to say I was really lost? was completely free to go where I’d like, could sleep wherever I wish, I had no sense of time during those eight days. I did not have anything with a clock on it. Even when I would go to McD’s to use my computer I would not look at the time haha I have missed that feeling these past two months.
I believe firmly in the law of attraction and I am content knowing that everything that led up to my current situation had to happen.
I was in Bundaburg for five days, cycling around to farms looking for work and going into the city for the same reason, leaving just before sunset to find a campsite (most nights just stayed in the bushes just off the beaches). One night I was so undercarbed that I was in tears (20 dollars left to my name and was rationing my sultanas, I "lost" the rest after staying a night in a hostel) so did not get out of the city before nightfall. I had resolved myself to staying up reading a book by flashlight for the night and heading out in the morning exhausted. For the one hour I was sat under the playground watching the rainstorm I concentrated on envisioning someone helping me, just anyone to give me a hand or some advice. I did not want to call my mother asking for money or make her worry.
A silver car slowed down beside the park then sputtered to a stop. Five minutes later a man walked up to me asking if I knew the street name, then after surveying me asked if I needed some help. I was soaked through from the sudden storm, had a bike and full trailer beside me, and was curled up at a playground with a book and semi-soggy towel as a blanket (my actual blankets were soaked). Their car had broken down right beside me. This is the law of attraction. Against everything I have been taught about “strangers” I said yes, I need help, and went home with them. They took me to a small farm just outside of the city.
I won’t go into too much detail at this point as it would make this blog far too lengthy. I will say that living there tested every ounce of my self control and anger. I moved into the unit of the house with a Fijian couple after three days after being asked for sex in thanks for helping me. Living in the new unit was not that much better as I was accosted over my religious beliefs (read: atheist being forced to pray and listen to bible sermons 4-5 times a day) and constantly being accused of being promiscuous and immoral after dating a man from work. They were the most sexist people I have known and it was difficult to say the least to toe the line of standing up for myself and holding it in so I could be allowed to remain living there to save a bit of funds. They were my transport to work (and they found me the job in the first place) so I needed to be careful. Being treated like I was someone’s second wife was also more than a little uncomfortable.
On evening after work I was informed I would have to leave, they would be moving out the next morning and I had 24 hours to find a new place to live. This was after they asked for 400 dollars for rent even though they had sat me down and told me I would not need to give any money as they wanted to assist me in saving for Japan. I gave them that money and I still do not know why. I did not want to believe they were bad people but it turns out they were.
I work on a cherry tomato farm as a picker. This is the best job I have ever had. Physically demanding (my thighs were never this sore even when doing 100+ km a day on my bike for several weeks). Pays well now that I am a fast picker (easily make a hundred dollars a day and the people are….I cannot describe their kindness, compassion, and love.) When I came to work the morning after finding out I would need a new home I told my boss and he found me a place to stay and transport to work within minutes! I moved in the next morning.
This was the house where everything changed. I was still with the man I had been dating. He had left my farm to work on a different one under the same owner, with him gone during the day I felt more free to speak to other people (ie. Men) on the farm. He was rather controlling and jealous but would not allow me to tell others I was with him (red flags here people!). I was just having a bit of fun with him so I was not too bothered.
However…one day a man randomly came up to me and started asking me about myself. I am in his debt for doing so, and he will remain a life long friend of ours! When he found out I was vegan he told his bestfriend that he needed to meet me. I was unaware of this going on of course and was only slightly baffled as to why another complete stranger was occasionally speaking to me over the next few days. This would be Mohan, my soon to be husband.
We became fast friends when I found out he has been vegan since birth! He came to Oz from Nepal four years ago for schooling and had been working on this farm during breaks, and now that he finished his degree, full time. This again was the law of attraction strongly at work. I had been having difficulties with the other man (number one he still ate animal products) so I had started to listen to guided meditations concentrating on relationships and what I want in a life partner ( I have also been listening to these after recommendations from my wonderful friend Tarah as I have a long and difficult past with men) . It was only two weeks later that Mohan showed up.
If I had broken up with the first man when I had first wanted to I would have left Bundaburg a month prior, and if I had not been with him at all I would have left even sooner when I became uncomfortable at the first house I stayed in. Mohan had only just come back to this farm two weeks before.
Again, the details would create too much reading so I will just say that everything happened for a reason, though I regret hurting others it was inevitable. I am now living with my soon to be husband and we are actively saving money for our move to NEPAL on October 4th! First we are saving for my trip to Japan to film the beginning of the dolphin hunt in Taiji, those plans have not changed. I almost have enough, the hotel and train from Osaka and Katsuura being my biggest expenses at the moment. It will be 600$ just for the train there and back!
To explain how much of a jackpot I’ve struck;
He is 100% vegan and always will be (both for his hindu religion and moral feelings)
His entire family is vegan.
His family owns an organic farm with sugar cane, banana, mango, and lychee…with a food forest of durian, jackfruit and coconuts on top of that!
We will be building a completely sustainable, off-the-grid house. All solar powered, energy efficient. There are hot springs nearby with water falls for showering… (all of this just a few kilometres from above mentioned fruit paradise!)
He’s as crazy and silly as I am, I have never been able to be 100% myself without fear of rejection until now.
He worships me for being vegan, an activist, and especially raw vegan haha
He is 100% willing to go raw, already eating 1-2 meals a day of fruit (I cook him 1-2 meals a day that are low fat, high carb, and salt free to help transition, as well as making the best HCRV foods for him. He’s now a datorade expert! You have to love someone who has 2 litres of strawberry datorade ready for you after your morning run haha)
He’s fit and loves nature almost more than I do, almost.
He could care less that I’m not physically where I want to be but is completely supporting me in my efforts.
Will be joining me next year in Japan to help with the campaign.
Is 100% going to be with me working and volunteering in Nepal
There are THOUSANDS of organizations in Nepal for animal rights, wildlife and environmental conservation, and human rights.
It is the land of endangered species, there is no end to the opportunities we have to help this world.
Bananas are in season 12 months of the year………!!!! And even if we can’t pick them ourselves for some reason, it would only cost about 25 cents for a days worth of bananas, organic ones at that!
He is constantly supporting me, never bringing me down. He values and appreciates me to a level I had never imagined.
He said one thing that sealed the deal on him being my life partner,
“There is no end to the impact we can have if we work together. Who’s to say two people can’t make all the difference?”
I have been waiting for that. I have never been happier than I am now. Everything in my life has been leading up to this moment.
We’re getting marriage on September 17th, then I will be flying into Osaka on the 20th, back to Oz on the 27th or 28th , working for a week then we’re off to Nepal on October 4th! Honeymoon on MOUNT EVEREST.
I am trying to imagine the rest of my life living with someone who follows the law of attraction as strongly as I do. All I can do is laugh wildly with happiness. Anything and I mean anything is possible at this point.
As a child I always knew I would be working with endangered animals but could not fathom how I would do it. Now I can, I will be there with them, in their natural habitats, seeing the devastation but also the beauty. It is a poor country yes, but I can do my part for that as well. Habitat for Humanity has a big set up in Nepal where we will be volunteering as much as we can. I will be teaching some English to save money as we travel (his is amazing, no worries about language barrier, and he’s teaching me Nepalese).
On the HCRV front I’m doing fantastically. Had a few bumps during the first month in Oz but otherwise wonderful. Clyne’s organic sultanas have been my saviour, incredibly cheap but delicious and high carb. Had about 3 weeks of mono-ing custard apples, then onto mandarins and dates, and now a mix of citrus, pineapple (allergies gone!), dates, strawberries, greens, herbs and limitless tomatoes! Since coming here I have lost at least 8kgs. I feel so good all the time, aside from back pain from work, but will only be for a few more weeks now and I have a constant supply of massages if needs be haha.
I started my b12 injections last week also and feel great! Mind is a lot clearer, my dreams are back (I can remember them vividly upon waking), digestion improving already and muscle soreness getting better. They were incredibly cheap. 55$ for 12 ampoules and the syringes are only 1.10$ each! The first two times I injected myself was…odd. The first time I stuck myself then freaked out a bit and had to do it again. I am a bit paranoid at air bubbles getting in but in a few more days I’ll be an expert. I got the hydrocobalamin, I could not find the methyl shot online. I have a nice pink patch on my thigh now too, I rather like it.
I haven’t been on my bike too much (other than yesterday, plugged out a quick 50km with some hill repeats. Felt so free), mostly running and all the walking and lifting at work for fitness. Think doing squats while carrying a 10kg bucket for 2-3 hours at a time, then carrying 20kgs in each hand for 100-200+ metres, putting them down, then running back up the row for another 20kg in each arm, about four to five times. Then you get a new row to start the process all over again haha This is for anywhere between four and ten hours a day, five to seven days a week.
Since doing the injections I have already lost some fluid retention, skin in clearing and my muscles are recovering even faster. I strongly recommend them to anyone. I had a full blood test done the week before leaving for Oz and found out that my blood is perfect aside from my b12 levels (even my blood sugar haha only fifteen minutes after polishing off a 15 banana smoothie!). I’m only at 120 for b12! No saying how long I’ve been that low (eating disorders, depression, heaving drinking and smoking, over exercising, poor sleeping habits, etc since a young age so I could have been deficient for a long time).
I’m hoping to get tested right before we leave for Nepal so see how the injections have affected my levels.
My dream of having an off the grid animal sanctuary in a land of tropical fruits is coming true.
Never stop dreaming, they won’t come true if you give up on them!
Here are a few shots of my life in Oz, I haven’t been able to see as much as I had hoped but going to Nepal and starting the life of activism and conservation that I never honestly thought I would be able to have means more to me. We can always come back for travel or work in future, I doubt Australia is going to sink without me haha. We’ll be back!
In the Town of 1770, just after seeing a pod of dolphins hoppingad twirling out of the water! The object of my adoration is the cutie in the black hoodie. The beauty of this place brought tears to my eyes, I was in awe, absolute breath taking beauty.
Mulberry, my trusty steed! Brought her and the trailer along with me from Canada (and have my fees waived, a) because it was my birthday and b) the receptonist happened to be from my hometown back in ontario, the same tiny little hick town haha).
At Hell's Gates in Noosa! A random family picked me up off the streets after my wipe out (I wasandering around aimlessly trying to find a grocery storeand they offered me a bed and shower for the night). beautiful town and great couple of days with the some of the most inquisitive and intelligent kids! A family of eight, several adopted, all ages! Miss them. Total hippy family!
I have hundreds more shots, most on my facebook if anyone wants to see!
This is mostly just an update blog to let everyone know I didn't fall in the abbyss but I want to make it clear to everyone that even our wildest dreams can come true if we stop resisting life and simply follow our heart. For once I can say that without feeling "cheesy", because I have, I am living with abandon, simply allowing myself to end up where ever life takes me! I will write more about this process soon but I am enormously busy despite what the photos imply haha So much to save for and so much to do!
Ma timilai maya garchhu mero 30badders! I intend to be more active here in the next month but will be absent again from october to december as we will be honey mooning on Everest then traveling so he can show me the beauty of his country.
In love and friendship,