Susan Cruises to America Sep 7 2017

WOW WOW WOW! … I’m on the Holland America ship, ‘Maasdam’ with my keeper again for another cruise and no doubt will have another fabulous time telling people about how precious Australian koalas are.  Popeye has given me my own private journal so people who want to help us work to protect koalas can write comments in my book. We’ll cruise through Panama Canal arriving San Diego. Then through to Boston on the Freedom Trail following the red brick line to all the historical sites. Cartagena in Colombia to see my favourite colour, you guessed it, GREEN but this time it’s not gum trees, it’s emeralds!  Oct 2 we will be in Las Vegas

It’s exciting being with my keeper. She’s just told me she’s got a surprise. She’s taking me on further travels to Columbia, San Jose, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Seattle. I told you this was a biggie. Oct 6 we go on Tans Pacific Cruise  on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas which will take us to  I forget where before arriving back home in Sydney. Qantas will bring us home to Brisbane on Oct 30.

I’ll bring my journal back with me Popeye so you can print all the things people have written.

Katie, Booboo & Cat leave for America

They leave today for America to bring awareness, here’s their departure ticket. Booboo is a baby so travelling on Katie’s passport hehe. Australia has given them a fitting farewell; look closely and you will see they are travelling up the pointy end!

Susan sends greetings from Prague

Today we walked the Charles Bridge, the most famous bridge in Prague. I took a picture of Susan sitting in one of the religious icons on the bridge but I don’t know what it symbolises – perhaps I’ll find out tomorrow.

The second picture is of Susan at the Bakeshop (the little one). We were introduced to the owner of the Bakeshop on a free walking tour of Prague. We were told his wife was born in Brisbane so I went back today with Susan to see if I could take a picture. He was thrilled to see us, gave us a free coffee and told us his wife was working at the little Bakeshop across the other side of the river and was keen for us to see her. So, this afternoon we visited Carolyn at the little Bakeshop. I explained about our koala predicament. She was disgusted as she used to be a Veterinary Nurse. Carolyn has an instagram page and offered to link it to Koala Bay so I gave her a Koala Bay card. I did tell her that the web site was not yet up and running. I also gave her 2 tiny koalas made in China for her children. She was very excited to meet us. Hence the photograph. We could give the Bakeshop in Prague a plug. It is really lovely – all the food is baked fresh each day. (Am I a nut or what!!!)

Tomorrow we start our river cruise.

Susan’s Travels

Hello again!

Here I am smelling the flowers at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in Spain’s Canary Islands, where I have gone on my first cruise ever! It has been so amazing! My keeper has given some of my tiny clip-on koala friends together with a special koala card to a few people we have met and who we’ve had a cuddle with on our travels. I start to miss my little friends sometimes, but I just think about how they’re out there, helping to make a difference and raise awareness for the terrible things that are happening to our homes back in Australia. There have been so many lovely people and one asked my keeper if she could donate directly to me as she wants her donation to go straight to us koalas. We like her.

 

 

Little Miss Sunshine

I was so lucky to catch a koala keeper who was just about to leave Redlands for a family holiday in Cairns and Townsville. They weren’t expecting me to pop into their travel plans but when I asked they said “Well we’ve never taken a koala on holiday before, so why not?”

Imagine my excitement at being on the same flight as those not very happy campers ‘North Queensland Cowboys’.   My keeper told me they had just lost their chance of the finals being beaten by The Melbourne Storm.  Those boys were not happy. My keeper helped me wave to them but they didn’t wave back. I wondered if they wanted me to sign their autograph book so my keeper quickly took me up to meet them but the Cowboys keeper told my keeper the boys were all too tired to meet anyone. Never mind, maybe they will look me up when they’re more refreshed next time they’re in Brisbane. We can swap autographs.

 

 

 

 

Tully was a funny place. I had my picture taken on the gumboot and I had to climb up the boot and hide from my keeper. It took her ages to find me Hehe. They said Tully is the wettest greenest town in Australia. You have to see it. There’s green tree frogs everywhere. They boinged past me at the pub where they serve deep fried tree frog, or so I was told but maybe they were pulling my leg. I loved Tully and would go back there again if I’m allowed back. Having no interest with being surrounded by banana trees and sugar cane,  I went to the world-heritage rainforest. It’s a wowsa

info on Tully https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tully,_Queensland

Port Douglas Botanical Gardens was a tropical wonderland where I got up close and personal with the flutterbys, had a swing on the ginger plants and my keeper said the best part was everything was free. Can you imagine that? Everything you ever wanted to see – for free. Now that’s my type of travel.  These days my koala family have to beg for our food so sitting here was like being at the Gentry Hotel in premier luxury and all for free.

I managed to thumb  a ride to the Northern Brewing Company where I’m told “The beer from up here is a home grown success story and we know it’s time to give the rest of Australia a true taste of Queensland.” What did I think of the beer? Well my koala keeper said I can’t have alcohol until I’m 18 so I guess that means I’ll be too old to write about it so  you’re never going to hear about it from me.

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/brewer-launches-new-national-great-northern-beer-brand-in-cairns/news-story/e7e588679177533ed2c9145afca34ee7

 But, my favourite part of the trip was swimming in a pool and living to tell the story. My keeper put me in a floaty and swam with me so I was safe. I had read the not so good nerve racking experiences of some other koalas which I will share with you. If only they had also had a keeper to look after them and keep them safe aye?   Pools are very dangerous for koalas and my keeper put me in a boat and had a rope on me all the time.

http://koalagroup.asn.au/property-advice/

That’s my Cairns holiday over for now and I’m going back home to Redlands to see what Cruisin Susan has been doing in Europe and if she’s had as much fun as me.