"What is Dubbo?" That was the first question 24-year-old Maria Goltermann had when she found out she would be visiting Australia from Denmark. Maria has 12 weeks to learn all she can about Dubbo, its visitor offerings and the Australian lifestyle.

“To travel is to live” 

A quote by the amazing Danish author – Hans Christian Andersen, and as you all probably have realised by now, that is quote I like to live by. 
Last week I went on a little day trip to Wellington with the PR department at council, a quick stop for lunch at the local pub “Cow and Calf” and then we were off to take photos of attractions. Wellington is a really nice little town that really indicates, what I would have thought to be, the authentic Australian country town, with beautiful buildings and cute little shops and houses. Not to mention an amazing bakery! 

Kangaroo talking to cows 
We found the Burrendong Dam! 

The place to go for a good meal in Wellington! 

A few days later I went with my host family to Wagga Wagga for a birthday getaway (or escape) for my host father. 

I was told that Wagga would be cold, so I put on 3 layers of clothes a jacket and my scarf, all ready for the close-to-snowing weather. After the 5 hour drive, we arrive in Wagga, get out of the car ready to watch rugby at the Uni, stands there for 15 minutes and realise if I don’t get out of all that clothes I would probably pass out! What is it with this Aussie weather? Getting all ready for a Danish-like winter day and turns out to be a Danish summer day. 

Anyway, it turned out for the better, if you ask me. Perfect day to spend watching rugby. And although I’m still struggling with the rules, I find it a lot of fun to watch and of course the team that, I was told to go for won! I feel sorry for the people that watch the game with me, as they spend more time answering my questions than actually watching the game. I’ll get there one day! 

Game on at Charles Sturt University!

Moreover, I also got the chance to get a little insight to how Uni-life in Australia is. The school spirit and social community is such a big part of uni-life here, and the fact that many of the students actually live together on campus or just outside seem to bring people even closer together. Whether it was at the game or at the party later, the school spirit was there. 

Uni-life is a lot different in Denmark. People are spread out all over the city, and you mainly just get to know the people from your course and Uni sports teams are not a big part of it. Not said that going to university in Denmark is not great though. We do have major events throughout the year where thousands of people turn up, however I believe that we could learn something from Aussies here. :)

Cake and a whole rugby team singing Happy Birthday. 
- Not bad getting old(er). 
Amazing dinner with my host family in Wagga. 

Sunday in Wagga, was spent at the beautiful Botanic Garden, a perfect day in perfect weather. I nearly couldn’t believe it myself, but it was actually warmer here than back in Denmark that day. Fortunately, my father told me yesterday that the temperature had gone up to 48 degrees. YES, Denmark does have summer! 
In the Botanic Garden, I just enjoyed that little bit of sun I will see this year. 

AND my gorgeous host brothers taught me how to do a line-out. Maybe I don’t know the rules but I always thought the line-outs looked like so much fun! HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY! :)

Anyhow, a great weekend in Wagga, and it was a tired Dane that came home to Dubbo that Sunday night. We came back to a big roast feast, and unfortunately I’m still struggling with the lamb, but boy is the beef good here in Australia! :D 

My attempt of a line-out. Coming down! 

Hope you all have a great last week of July out there! :)

A 50 Km. drive from Dubbo and you are in Wellington! Not everything is long distances here in AUS.

And that was very convenient when someone wanted to show me the Wellington Caves, on Thursday.

After a visit to the Visitor Centre in Wellington, to gather info about the town, we were off to the caves. Here we were greeted by our own guide. I was a little sceptical about going into these caves, but I was really drawn by her passion for the caves and the history behind them.

Strike a pose and ready for the caves!

You Aussies keep telling me that the history of my country is much older than yours, but hey! These caves were millions of years old, I’m pretty sure you won’t find many castles in Europe that old.

It is hard to wrap your head around the fact that fossils and full skeleton casts from a Thylacaleo and Diprotodon from the time of the dinosaurs have been found in these caves! We even got to touch bones and teeth from these animals! This all happened in the Bone Cave and Fossil mine. The cool thing is, that you are allowed to come so close to pieces of the history that goes way beyond the time where people were even in Australia, and the guide will tell you stories that you wouldn’t even have thought of going into the caves yourself. Who knew that the Wellington Caves were where palaeontology was born?

Another Must-See is the astonishing Cathedral Cave. This Lime-stone cave is just beautiful and well presented with the famous stalagmite “The Altar” that reaches 15 metres in height. What made it even more stunning was the water coming down the sides of it due to the rainy weather, as well as the water dripping from the stalactite.

I would definitely recommend this to visitors to the area, not to speak of locals who haven’t been! Put an orange helmet on and go back in time with the Wellington Cave guides :D – We even made it back to Dubbo for lunch! How great is it to have all these activities basically in your own backyard!

This also means that I can cross off another town on the list! I’m sure I will be able to go home and talk to many European backpackers that haven’t been to the same places as I have here in AUS, which I think is pretty cool.

I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I got to Australia, and I’ve already been to so many places. Not to speak of the weather that has dried up a whole lot more than when I arrived. And it seems like next week will almost be as warm (or cold) as it is in Denmark at the moment, which I find really amusing, as people back home didn’t understand why I chose to leave when it was finally summer :D


Entering the Fossil Mine (I'm not sure what's more scary, being in a cave or my face)



Taken back to when the cave was actively used in WW1

The beautiful Cathedral Cave

 While you are there, take a stroll through the Japanese Garden


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