The Karen Files

I’m in Tasmania!

Hey everyone! This has to be a very quick post with no pictures (sorry) because they are charging me an arm and a leg for internet here, and there is no way for me to upload my pictures. That is incredibly annoying because I took some beautiful pictures of the area of Tasmania where I’m staying. It’s a nice little city surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It’s not an ugly city like Sydney or a weird empty one like Melbourne. The only downside? It’s COLD here! Ok so it’s nothing compared to the temperature many of you in America are dealing with, but it’s currently in the low 60’s (farenheit), and it’s windy! So, I’m chilly. I might have to buy a sweatshirt just for Tasmania, but if I do that it will be pretty useless during the rest of my trip, and I don’t really have much room to spare for a sweatshirt.

I knew I would like Tasmania right away when I saw the beautiful scenery on the bus ride up. Wow, the whole state is breathtaking. I saw a sign on the road that made me smile. “Quiet! The trees are growing!” A few minutes later I saw a rainbow arcing all the way across a mountain. Beautiful.

I haven’t yet done much since I got here. The ferry ride was long and I couldn’t get much sleep during it, and then the bus ride was close to 4 hours and I didn’t get much sleep on that either. So I’m just beat. I’m going to bed early tonight.

Yikes, I really want to keep talking about other things that I’ve been meaning to talk about, but I can’t because it’s a race against the clock which is slowly ticking down to zero (minutes left) so I’ll just end with this interesting fact.

Did you know that in Australia, when people get their licenses, they automatically start out with 12 points on their license? And when they do illegal things like get caught speeding, the points are taken away. When they get down to zero points, they lose their license! As all you driving Americans know, in the US you gain points for doing illegal things and when you get up to a certain number of points (I don’t know what the number is cause I never do illegal things) you lose your license. I was just told this tidbit when Karen and Cliff drove me to catch my ferry ride across the sea to Tasmania. And now you all know! It’s fun to learn, isn’t it?


  1. “Quiet! The trees are growing!” I like too.

  2. Can’t wait to see some pictures. I was reading on discovertasmania.com about the Aurora Australis which you can see in the southern sky. Looked pretty cool. I hope you get to see it.

  3. Hi Karen,
    Glad to hear you arrived safe, don’t forget to look for the scar on the Tasmanians! Sounds like you will need a sweater and maybe some thick ‘almond-roks’ and keep your ‘tippee-tanoos’ on cause there is a lot of those big ants down south! We miss you lots. You forgot to tell everyone about the snake that made you jump six feet..

  4. Hey “Kaz”-

    I’m so glad you are meeting people from all over the world and learning the world view of Americans….very interesting and tricky stuff. Once you are a world traveler you will never get the itch out of your skin. Keep on rocking it…is there a possibility of you extending your trip? PS – it is so cute how your whole family uses the posts to keep up with you and with each other…love you HAHNS-ES!!!!!!!

  5. Hey Bear,

    I guess ‘Kaz’ was right. Sounds like Tasmania is a good place to live! I didn’t know it was so far away from them, though. I heard about the ‘second’ thing in Australia that tried to ‘kill’ you. LOL Who would know it would be a little girl…

    Hi Elana! Long time no hear, or see. Hope you are well.

  6. glad you made it safely!!! k, i wanna know about the snake and the little girl who tried to kill you, LOL. mom got me real curious now!

    HI ELANA!!!! long time no speak!!!

  7. Well, I decided to allow myself to comment on my own blog now. This way I can answer any questions that you guys had that I didnt’ answer on the blog itself! And my refusing to comment was really just silly stubborness. Jieuryli, I’m hoping to see a ‘quiet, the trees are plotting’ next hahaha… Dad, I will definitely have to try to see Aurora Australis… tomorrow might be the best night to do so, hopefully it will be clear! Karen, my almond-roks have kept me quite warm, but if I get too cold I can always go to Mackers for a flat white or a long black!
    Elana, yay! I miss you! I’m not sure about extending my trip, I suppose we’d have to see about the money aspect… Mom, you so crazy! I think the second thing that will try to kill me in Australia though will be the veggi-mite. Attack of the killer yeast-product, you know. And Lisa, you didn’t really have a question but I had to get your shoutout there too… I talk about the snake and killer little girl in my next blog post!

  8. you better NOT extend your trip. You’re already there til May! You extend your trip you owe me $200 or someone to go to Boston with me! ;)

    Glad to see you’re still having fun!


  10. Geez, I go to Vegas and I miss out on all this fun!!!
    Sorry it took me SO long…but…I’M BAAAACK!!!
    Karebear, thanks for calling and making me feel better…or at least trying…I am still sick, been out of work all week…but who cares, right now I’m in Australia Land!

    Elana! Hey hey! How have you been?? When are you coming back this way?

    Okay, I still have one more blog to read….LAAAAATER!!

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