On a recent 40+ degree day, Max Bialek from Germany cycled out from town to the Alice Springs News home office in the rural area. He brought greetings from his father whom we'd met as a tourist and skydiver here before Max was even thought of. The hardy young backpacker is loving his time in The Centre. Right now he's helping bring in the crop at Rocky Hill. We asked him to convey his first impressions of Alice.
"Alice Springs – what are you going to do there?"
"Now, in the middle of summer? You're crazy mate!"
That is how my backpacker friends reacted when I decided to make my way – contrary to the mainstream – from Cairns over nearly 2500 kilometers to Alice Springs. With each new place you encounter certain expectations and demands. Considering Alice Springs, these were primarily influenced by prejudices that circulate among backpackers. It is hot there, dusty and above all boring. The truth was my part to find out about.
When I arrived it was a bit chilly and rainy. Of course, an unusual situation, clearing up the first prejudice! MAX BIALEK comments.