Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
144Trip End Apr 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Queen Mary 2
JoRina was suffering from sunburn. I used what balm was available to try to sooth her discomfort before I went ashore alone. She needed to stay in the cabin and recuperate. Poor ting.
I took a tender boat ashore, then a shuttle bus to a pier close to the center of Cairns. Kevin, the WC Concierge had provided the address of a Catholic church a few blocks away from where the shuttle dropped passengers. As Mass was due to start in a few minutes, I hailed a taxi. The driver said he does not charge women going to church and drove me without charge. Honorable. Mass was settling for me. When the priest said his homily it was as though he was speaking to me directly. All is right between me and God. The congregation was unusually diverse at St. Monica's Cathedral, adding to or creating the message of divine love and tolerance.
I walked to the bus depot and took a bus up the mountain to Kuranda; a small touristy village. While in Kuranda I browsed through museums,
I took the Kuranda Scenic Railway back down to Cairns
Back on board I found JoRina in the Atlantic Room watching the approaching storm. Victoria had looked after her throughout the day, providing her with plain yogurt and cucumbers to sooth the burns. Between the homeopathic remedies and anesthetic spray she felt better. Still we opted for a quiet night with a visit to the Jacuzzi and room service for diner. We watched a Batman movie and discussed the men in our lives, how much we miss them and want to be with them.