After getting to the west, I spent a few days camping in the Kimberley and have been back in Broome for a week now. It's hot here - the kind of heat that leaves you with elbow sweat if you leave your arm bent for just a couple of seconds, and makes finding shelter from the sun make you feel like you've hit the jackpot. I've seen some pretty amazing things though, and that makes it all worthwhile.
It's hard to believe I arrived in Australia exactly 5 months ago today. I wouldn't say the whole thing has gone by quickly, but the days certainly seem to have piled up. Travel is a roller coaster of emotions, finances and circumstances. (Side note: I say finances because my credit card keeps getting put on hold due to "suspicious foreign activity" despite the fact that I've informed them on five separate occasions of my travel plans. I keep finding out that the card is not usable at the most inopportune times - like when I'm trying to book a multi-day tour that I need to pay for and have already exhausted my bank card's cash withdrawal limit. Customer service is not an optional thing for me, so I'm going to have to switch banks when I get home... right after I figure out what to do with my PC points... :) ) It's also like therapy - there's this instantaneous level of conversational intimacy that you automatically have with fellow travelers. Typical conversation starters like name and occupation are not important and seldom used. The focus instead is on where you've been and where you're going - both geographically and in life. Geographically, I still have a lot of Western Australia to explore before I leave the country. And in life? I'm still figuring that one out - luckily I have another month and a half of total freedom to think about it... :)