Saturday at Airlie Beach

Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
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Trip End Jun 14, 2009


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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Some of these backpackers really don't have any consideration for others. Half past seven this morning somebody/some people were stood outside our door trying to have a chat with somebody who must've been on the other end of a piece of string, with an empty yoghurt pot, in flipping SYDNEY!!! Seriously unfunny at that time of day. Katie will tell you it was another loud noise that woke her up but I won't go there.....ooops!!

Being as we were both rudely (and abruptly) awoken, and all the monkeys in the zoo seemed to have been let out of their cages at once, there wasn't much chance of getting back to sleep. The smell was enough to get you out and about anyway. We packed our books and towels, got dressed and ventured out into the jungle. We were heading towards the Airlie Beach Lagoon, another man made beach like the one in Brisbane but far more idillycaly (Is that a word?) situated right in front of the real beach. Before we got that far we could hear some live music in the distance and, as we looked up the beach, could see that there was some kind of outdoor market going on. I really needed a coffee and something to eat before ringing people to find a job, to get me kick-started. I'm not always that great at dealing with people first thing in the morning, I think I take after a certain other Mr Hayward in that respect (Hiya Dad!! I quite like developing your habits as I get older, especially when it means I can be grumpy and people 'understand'). We thought we'd take a wander anyway as our previous experience of a beach market was quite remarkable. This one was no exception. There were camel trips on the beach for the kids, all manners of exquisite trinkets for sale, as well as the usual crap and some exotic food stalls.

Now, I know that when most people think of breakfast, they go down the cereal/bacon and eggs/toast and tea route. Not us. I don't know why but maybe we still had a little trace of beer monster inside of us? Anyhoo, THAI food was our choice, some Pad thai, fried rice and red thai curry with a side of prawn crackers.....yummy. The little old Thai lady named PiWan was hilarious, she made me repeat everything twice by barking "WHA YOU WHAN??" then to add to the confusion she wanted "TUUURTEEN DOWA!"
"Pardon?"
"TUUUUUURRTEEEEN DOWA!"
"Aah! Thirteen dollars! Jesus, you should be wearing a mask and a stripey sweater!"
"WHA?"
"Never mind"
 The food was lovely but the pink prawn crackers weren't too hot. Waste not, want not though eh? we are on a budget after all.

After breafast it was down to business. Not for long though, our contact, "Owen" from Bowen was not available on a Saturday. Bugger! Another weekend to get through.

We took a walk to the Marina and stopped in a shop window to consider purchasing a Yacht, if anyoneone could please forward us $920,000 we'd be extremely grateful. We'll pay you back as soon as we start our lucrative fruit picking careers.

We ended up popping in to the book exchange to get some new reads and partaking in the only hobby we can afford for now. Reading on the beach. I'd love to tell tales of Jet Skiing around the Whitsundays and such other tempting treats that are on offer but, until we get work, we have to control our cash flow. At least a tan is free!

Oh well, that's all for now peeps.

See ya!

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P.S. Katie's phone is no longer on the 3 network so please don't contact us on that number until further notice. We'll email you with our australian numbers for emergency purposes. (can't have admiring blog fans ringing us up at all hours!!).
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