This week Magnet Mag has been on the road! Or rather, I suppose, in the air. We’ve flown far from our familiar shores and all the way half way around the world to Australia! The land of Kangaroo’s and Koala Bears. Of brews and beaches. Of the world famous out back. The beautiful Myall Lakes National Park.
Myall Lakes is an area of quite incredible natural beauty, multiple lakes connected by thin rivers and leading, eventually, to the sea. We kayaked through there for three nights, just us and our boats and our tents. And quite a lot (but not quite enough) food. Out here in the wilderness, in such a natural seemingly untouched landscape and at a point where there are few other people passing through, you slowly start feeling quite distinct from the human societies we are all part off. Of course our presence here has everything to do with modern human society: Why do we feel so different here? Why is our normal environment so far from this world? Why does it feel normal that such a place would only be for a short, strictly delineated time? Why do we have access to this where so many others do not? How is this area of natural beauty open to us, foreigners, when it is barely accessible to the still economically disadvantaged indigenous people of Australia who could not afford such a trip? This experience was no real escape, we were still tied up in the economic and political cycles of the modern world as much as if we were sitting in a Starbucks starring at an iPhone.
It has been a beautiful trip though and whilst here we have been staying with a friend of a friend. The friend that this new friend was a friend of was the person we interviewed many articles ago about their life as an Oven Cleaner. His friend over here actually works for their Australian counter parts (http://www.ovenu.com.au/) and also has some very interesting things to say about his working life:
“I’ve some strange jobs in my time, some of them have made my happy and some of them have been pretty depressing if I’m honest, but this job is really one that I like. It sounds odd and it is certainly a difficult thing to explain to people sometimes, but as an oven cleaner I have immense freedom over my time and over my whereabouts. The world is not perfect, and neither is my life, but we have to do what we can to get through stuff like this. I do what I can”
Interesting stuff. More from our travel soon.
See you soon!