Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
27Trip End Jan 17, 2009
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On Sunday morning we got our super heavy cases and made our way from our Sydney hostel to the pick up place for the Contiki tour. This tour is going to take us all the way up to Cairns in the north in 14 days. During those 14 days we are going to be stopping at Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Surfers Paradise (wow!), Fraser Island, Rockhampton, Long Island and Whitsundays for a couple days of sailing.
So, after we boarded our lux bus, we made our way to Port Stephens for lunch. Port Stephens is a small seaside port; catamarans anchored on crystal blue waters, sandy beaches and cafes next to the marina. Very nice place to have a walk and chill out.
Surf smurfs (1/12)
We left the hotel in the morning (like really early for the standards that Mina and Thomas have set over the last 10 days). We made our way to Coffs Harbour, with a stop at Mcquarie for lunch, CH3-CH2-OH supplies and got into surfing rhythm.
Half an hour later, we reached the surf camp called "spot X". Now, the surf camp is something completely different for what we've seen so far (in our lives).
The rooms are actually shipping containers! Literally just metal boxes with bunk beds and plastic toilets. The place is right next to the ocean and is decorated with surfboards. It is just amazing. An organised chaos is how it was described to us and that is what we found.
Anyway, we both left the water with a huge smile on our faces (apparently that's the point of surfing; this and looking cool out of the water, because, as the instructor told us, people on the beach don't know whether you were the one who caught that last big wave, but if you carry your board in a cool way they will think so).
Talking about smiles, we were lucky enough to see an emoticon on the Australian sky! This is a rare phenomenon (we haven't actually checked if it was only observable from Oz ). Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon come together to form a smiling face on the sky :). That, in combination with the palm trees, the possums climbing on them, the dozens of bats flying on the sky and the sound of waves breaking on the beach created a great atmosphere. Under that amazing sky, we ate camp food and played drinking games.
We then sat next to the fire on benches made of surfboards and quite late at night we made our way to our shipping container rooms.
Great, great day. We are nostalgic already.
PS: Pictures from surfing are coming shortly..