Cairns without the Energy

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
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Trip End Jan 04, 2012


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Somewhere between very little and nothing

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is sadly not a blog which is going to do Cairns many favours. Not because it is dull and there is nothing to do (which in fairness there isn't a lot), but because over 3 nights in Cairns we have succeeded in finally doing absolutely nothing but eatind and sleeping.

Checking into the Travellers Oasis on a positive note, this place is lovely. The staff work hard, are very friendly and surprisingly completely British. Makes ya proud. We have a double room with a fan and air conditioning ($1 for 3 hours) but we are not needing it as much as many seem to need. Most seem to think that the 30 degrees is hot, but I am personally finding it a breeze as the humidity has gone! It has left us far behind, and now stepping into the shade provides a cooling breeze without the heat of the sun.
The facilities are mainly shared but that isn't a problem except that our closest shower doesn't lock. You would think that people would hear the shower and not walk in, but sadly no. I had to defend my nether regions strategically with some curtain when someone started to creep in but I managed to shoo them away before they could catch a glimpse. The pool is salty but nice and warm and pretty clean bar some bits of twig.
On our first night here we took a walk into the shopping centre and stacked up on some food to save us some money. We'd be doing some cooking! (pasta and beans on toast before you get really impressed!). We both also bought a couple of new bits of clothing to keep things fresh, knowing we could have bought them for pennies just a couple of weeks ago.
As our first night here though we would be eating out and taking advantage of a backpackers deal, $12 for a steak and a pot of beer (these wimpy Aussies don't go for pints straight away - they have about 4 different measures leading up to a pint - they would say it's because a pint gets warm, I would suggest it's because they can't handle it - just kidding of course). I upgraded my pot to a pint for a further $2 and then awaited the glory of my first steak for 2 months.

What a sight.

It was bigger than any steak I have seen in my life and was cooked to perfection. Good work Aussies. Might be crap at cricket, but you guys sure can cook a steak.
Kate enjoyed a nice quiche and we scarpered out of the bar (The Woolshed) before the youth shennanigans began. This place becomes a little like a meat market, and although I was half interested in the evenings goldfish racing followed by wet T-shirt competition, Kate wasn't so keen. I did suggest she would be competitive but she wasn't having anything of it.

Day 2 consisted of us taking a walk into town past the local drunks to the boardwalk. Cairns has built a nice lagoon swimming pool where all the tourists congregate along the front but we have given it a miss as we have a good enough swimming pool back at the hostel, and there are no irritating children to ruin our peace.

Back at the hostel,we partook in a pizza evening, $10, all you can eat - and I did. We spent the evening with a couple of Brits who had just come off a scuba diving course. We were all nicely tipsy after a few glasses of wine and we enjoyed a couple of games of cards. It was nice to see some Brits as other than the staff, many of the guests are german. they were a little more drunk and tired than us, but it was good clean fun, nonetheless

I could go on about day 3, but there is no point we didnt do anything. Honestly, we are far from backpacking at the moment as I typed this blog entry sipping at an Australian Chardonnay while eating a cheese board with crackers. It's a hard life.

Cairns is ok. It isn't a big place. The town is set up to cater for tourists and there doesn't appear to be that many of them at the moment. It looks as if Australia is going to be a little like the UK but warmer, sadly filled with drunks and the getting drunk. The streets are packed with teens not knowing where they should be of an evening and so they just hang out, smoking and being teens. It's a far shout from South East Asia.
It's been nice to take a couple of days to just chill out but it leaves me slightly empty and without aim compared to where we have spent the last couple of months being constantly alert and active.

For me the hostel staff sum up this place. They are fun and friendly but they are mainly travellers trying to hitch a free ride, they don't have any plans beyond tommorow. Some will find it an experience to set them free, I find it a little aimless.

We've taken these few days to chill as we're going to have a busy few soon - after Cairns we are heading on a sail boat for a couple of nights around the Whitsundays and then probably slightly further down the coast to Fraser Island - not really sure yet.
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