153. Maybe… this is the End of my Australian Adventure…
I didn’t know how to spend an afternoon in Melbourne so I decided to visit the Zoo. I had heard lots of good comments… this is one of the best in the world!
I hoped to be able to take some pictures of some strange animals that I could use in my upcoming collections. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything suitable for this purpose.
While I was walking down on a slope of small stones with my big Canon camera, a forced path between one cage and the other, I slipped forward badly. The big Canon camera came between the ground and me as I fell forward on my chest.
A sharp pain… I can’t breathe… I try to get up and realize immediately that I have damaged the Canon lens and my ribs!
Now what? My friends promptly take me to the hospital. After an X-ray, the doctor diagnoses two broken ribs. One of the most tedious and painful fractures because there is no remedy other than to wait for the natural healing!
The pain increases, especially at night. What to do? Shall I continue the Australian adventure or go back to Italy? After such mishaps you only want to lie down in your own bed!We decide to wait a few days in the hope that the pain will diminish… We decide to leave for Kangaroo Island on a small rented propeller plane. The journey takes about an hour but it seems very long. A small hurricane makes us bounce around for the whole trip. I am used to such discomfort when I pilot my helicopter, but this is beyond the limits!
Finally we arrive at the island and head straight for the hotel. A beautiful hotel, hidden in the forest and situated on a long rock overlooking the ocean which, that day, was stirred up by a small storm, WONDERFUL!
Meanwhile, my chest pain is increasing, the great turbulence made me bounce too much, every jolt was a twinge of pain!
The next morning, very early, a guide takes us in a big SUV to a place deep in the forest. Kangaroos… kangaroos… and more kangaroos… nothing else! From the smallest to the biggest… there are many various types. A unique and interesting animal. I didn’t know that their meat is part of the Australian cuisine! I refused to taste it…
Before returning to the hotel the guide takes us to visit a farm where they are breeding Koalas. Lots of Koalas… they sleep twenty hours a day and when they wake up they make love.
In the evening I feel really destroyed… at that point I realize I cannot continue. We were supposed to go to Darwin, a city in the north, and then to continue with a small airplane towards a National Park! Too much stress for my aching ribs.
With tears in my eyes I decide to change the program. I kept myself free from work until the 13th and so I don’t want to go back to the studio right away. I then decided to stop for three days in the Maldives. It will be a restful vacation. Relaxation and sun! I really need it!
Un bacino a tutti…
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