I've arrived in Cairns, Australia
Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
21Trip End Jun 20, 2006
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Anyways, we arrived at about 7am local time, and needed to catch our flight at 9am. Did not happen. Customs was the longest line ever, and took about 2.5 hours. Then we went through security, which wasn't bad. But we then had to recheck our checked luggage. That took another hour or so. By this time there was no way that we made our flight, so they rescheduled to 11:55am. Then we got to go to the train station, walking through this tunnel that was exposed to the outside
Once we got to our train, and to the domestic terminal, went through security, and got to our gate it was only 30 minutes before our newly scheduled flight. So finally we got to take a break, and I got another local soft drink called "Solo: Lemon Squash". It tastes like a spiced up lemonade, and it's really good. I pretty much had it exclusively on every flight in Oz.
We then arrived in Cairns, and again its breathtaking, but in a literal sense too. It was about 33 degrees (). It basically looks and smells like South Carolina in the summer. Sugarcane, Palm trees, etc. But then there's mountains (huge ones) and an ocean! Well... actually it's the Coral Sea. As we flew in, we saw what looked like sandbars, which were actually parts of the reef on the surface of the water. It looked like a bunch of tiny brown islands (12+). Also, on the drive to our place, we saw this very rare palm tree, exclusive to the Cairns area. It just happened to be in seeding stage (only happens every five years), and apparently a handful of the seeds on the black market goes for upwards of $25,000 AUD!
So other than being a bit jet lagged, I'm extremely energized about being in this tropical paradise. It sure does looks like the brochures! Today will be the scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef (w00t!), so look forward to a post about that.