I’m on the Other Side of the World!

By on 10-05-2012 in Australia 2012

I’m on the Other Side of the World!

Hi, my name is Marilee Houtz and I will be sharing my journal entries from Australia with you. I hope you enjoy these posts.

30 Sept, 2012

I’m in Australia!  I’m on the opposite side of the world and everything is opposite.  I guess I should share what got me here.  I’m not your normal college student.  I’m a 54-year-old woman with 5 daughters and grandchildren numbers five and six due in April.  My life has taken some wild turns in the last few years.  I finally got out of an abusive marriage, lost 60 pounds, got a great job, made a bad career move, lost a great job, went back to school, and am now living the life.  That about sums it up.  It has not been a total piece of cake, though.  I lost my only sister this year, and that still breaks my heart every day.  I took my classes online last semester, and fulfilled a lifetime dream by spending the entire summer at the beach. Now I’m on a beach in Australia!  What a wild ride it’s been.  Sit down, shut up, and hold on!

LaTanya is teaching me how to blog, as I am a dinosaur and have never blogged before.  I hope to give readers a different (i.e. older) perspective on our journey.  I hope I don’t bore all you young whippersnappers too bad!

The trip here was a grueling 30 hour ordeal, with an 8 hour layover in LA, a 14 hour flight to Brisbane that took off at 1:45am our time, and a 3 hour bus ride to Hervey Bay.  Our motel is directly across the street from the beach with a beautiful walkway that goes on for miles.  The weather is not conclusive to the beach yet, but it is turning from spring to summer here, so we should be having beach days soon.

We’ve been exploring the town, and I went on a 3 hour walk the other day to find where my Weight Watchers meeting would be the next day.  It didn’t look that far on the map, but my blisters proved me wrong.  I found a lot of interesting and useful places along the way, so the girls and I took a bus trip to the mall I found the next day.  Hervey Bay is a small quiet resort town, and there is not much in the way of urban conveniences or nightlife, but it is beautiful.  It is totally different than Stone Harbor, where I spent my summer, but I am learning to appreciate it.  As the sun gets brighter, the water is turning a tropical turquoise blue.  We are taking a trip to Fraser Island next week that has beautiful white sand beaches, and I am planning an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.  Life is good.

I enjoy walking and exploring when I travel.  What do you enjoy when traveling?



  1. Hi Marilee!

    Welcome to the blogging world! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us – looks like you’re having a blast in Australia.

    Walking to your weight watchers meeting made me laugh – but just think of how many activity points you can rack up from that hike!

    Keep up the great work, I look forward to hearing about your experiences down under!

    • I used a month’s worth of activity points on Fraser Island this week! I used them all up with the good food there though, also. Always a balance. I don’t think the scale is heading in the right direction here, though. Ugh. But, it’s all good! :-)

      • Well toilets flush backwards there, right? I assume that means that it’s good if the scale goes in the “wrong” direction!

  2. It’s great to hear from you down under!
    Enjoy your time & keep on keepin’ on.
    It’s crazy the way life has it’s twists & turns, ups & downs…looks like it’s your turn to sit back & enjoy the ride.

    Enjoy the sun!

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