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11. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Shared accomodation with some very pretty (and pretty big) spiders in Queensland. They didn't seem to be very interested in biting me though, and none of the family we were staying with had been bitten.

12. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

dang! I was seriously considering picking bananas too. I hope you are joking.

13. Posted by lucyone (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Hi Lucy!

I know this is going to sound quite strange, but it can be quite effective for some people. Have you thought about a session of hypnosis? The first thing people think of with hypnosis are the entertaining stage acts of making a group of people do stupid things.. But, hypno-therapy has become a very useful tool in medicine and psychiatry/psychology. It has proven extremely useful for people with "hysterical fears". It might be something to consider if your fear of spiders actually keeps you from doing particular activities or traveling certain places. I have no clue what a session would cost in Norway but it may be worth checking it out. Most reputable clinics will offer free consulation.

Isa now leaves so everyone can laugh at her suggestion... It's okay, I understand...

ps: Yes, I have been hypnotized and it was quite effective. (And I thought I was someone in which hypnotism would not work.)

Hi Isa! :)

Well, even though I am scaptical to hypnosis an "alternative medicine" and stuff like that I now concider trying it...
There is a method based on cognitive thinking and acupuncture which is proven quite effective, but it's pretty expensive. Maybe I'll try to overcome the fear on my own..

14. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 8y

First, I have to say that I spent 9 weeks in Australia and saw one spider. So I agree that it's not something to worry over.

However, I would say to the Aussie contributors that you've been brought up with a certain kind of lifestyle that means you take certain things into account that us Europeans wouldn't. You've also generally got a lot more common sense that us, which you might not realise!

I've never seen bathrooms so clutter-free, particularly around the toilet, as I did in Australia. Presumably this is so certain things have nowhere to hide! Also, I noticed you have no 'overflow' holes in your baths or sinks. I could be wrong but is this because certain spiders like the damp?
And in discussion with some Aussies, it became obvious that you think a little before doing something like sorting through stacked-up wood for a fire i.e. wear gloves, which you wouldn't need to do here.

And we were definitely warned about the banana plantations

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting stevieh

First, I have to say that I spent 9 weeks in Australia and saw one spider. So I agree that it's not something to worry over.

However, I would say to the Aussie contributors that you've been brought up with a certain kind of lifestyle that means you take certain things into account that us Europeans wouldn't. You've also generally got a lot more common sense that us, which you might not realise!

I've never seen bathrooms so clutter-free, particularly around the toilet, as I did in Australia. Presumably this is so certain things have nowhere to hide! Also, I noticed you have no 'overflow' holes in your baths or sinks. I could be wrong but is this because certain spiders like the damp?
And in discussion with some Aussies, it became obvious that you think a little before doing something like sorting through stacked-up wood for a fire i.e. wear gloves, which you wouldn't need to do here.

And we were definitely warned about the banana plantations

Yes, the whole spider thing is over done, particularly if you live in the city. Sure, there are a few small ones in the backyard at night time, but that's pretty much it. There are many more large spiders in Canberra, particularly in Parliament House. You can go to the viewing gallery and watch them at work - it's quite a spectacle.

I got a new bathroom put in a couple of years ago, and our sink does have an overflow hole. I don't know where it goes - I guess I should have thought about that this morning when I was shaving and put too much water in the sink.

One thing that I find interesting is that it is illegal to have a power point in the bathroom in the UK for safety reasons. I thought it was a bit silly, but now I see so many power points in Australian bathrooms located in such dangerous places (above the sink, above the bath, etc) that I now think it's a good idea.

I can't explain about the clutter-free thing. It hasn't got to do with creepy crawlies - dunno what it is.

16. Posted by lucyone (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

[quote=aharrold45]Despite what some people overseas may hear on the discovery channel (or where ever they must hear it), Australia is not over run by poisonous spiders, poisonous snakes etc that are going to kill every person who visits the country.

Wll, you see that here in Norway we have almost none spiders. And the ones we have here are small ones and none of them are bigger than max a thumbnail, and none of them are dangerous. I get terrified when I see a tiny one, so imagine how I feel when I think about big ones and even dangerous ones....

17. Posted by scottwoz (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

We have a huge Huntsman living on our wall just above the TV. We leave him cos' he's great for getting rid of the flies. Sometimes I look and he isn't there which is a bit unnerving but other than that he minds his own business and functions quite well as part of the family..

18. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 8y

Eughhh *shudders*

I was also under the impression that there would be scary snakes and spiders all over the place in Australia. I hate spiders. I think I saw one in three months. Admittedly it was a bad experience. I was camping in Kakadu National Park, ans went into one of the little composting toilets. Just as I was doing my business I looked up and saw a huge scary Huntsman hanging from a beam. I kept it together and prayed that it did not move. But suddenly, it just dropped from its beam. I dashed out, trousers round ankles. They could probably hear me screaming in Perth.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 24, 2008, at 7:00 AM by Clarabell ]

19. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Quoting Clarabell

Eughhh *shudders*

I was also under the impression that there would be scary snakes and spiders all over the place in Australia. I hate spiders. I think I saw one in three months. Admittedly it was a bad experience. I was camping in Kakadu National Park, ans went into one of the little composting toilets. Just as I was doing my business I looked up and saw a huge scary Huntsman hanging from a beam. I kept it together and prayed that it did not move. But suddenly, it just dropped from its beam. I dashed out, trousers round ankles. They could probably hear me screaming in Perth.

We did

20. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

Note to self: Don't ever go camping in Australia

Seriously, I would die if that happened to me