More sangria anyone?

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Well we didn't get to go for our planned walk up to the cape of Byron and the lighthouse today as the weather was pretty rubbish again. Instead we just went for another wander around the town centre and indulged in a bit more Chinese tea and nibbles in the Asian store from yesterday; we also had to book the next leg of our journey on the Greyhound bus. I also had tons of typing to catch up on because I had fallen behind lately with our travel blog. So our day didn't really turn out to be too exciting, however our hostel where having a cheap bbq and all-you-can-drink sangria night so we bought some tickets and went along. We ended up having a great night; the food was plentiful and pretty good for hostel grub and the sangria was nice and strong! We got chance to meet some really nice people too, including a group of girls from Sweden; blonde, gorgeous and loved their card games- Tom thought they were great ;) We also got chatting to a guy called Stefan from Holland who was a traveling writer, so we had plenty to chat about until the early hours of the morning when we retired to the TV room to watch The Shawshank Redemption.

The following day (our last full day in Byron) the weather finally brightened up enough for us to go for a walk up to the cape. As we were walking though town we saw a fantastic guy busking; he could play the box-drum, tamborine, cigarbox guitar, harmonica simultaneously and also did a bit of singing to boot. He was bloody brilliant and we stood in the crowd watching him for at least half an hour, dancing and bobbing along with his music. Afterwards we walked to the end of the promenade and headed up the hill to the cape when a fine mist started to come down. We didn't think anything of it and carried on walking but before we knew it the heavens opened on us and we ended up sheltering under a big tree for a while. Once the rain had passed carried on walking for another half hour or so when it started raining on us again. Now considering that it had been lovely and sunny when we left the hostel we didn't have an umbrella or even a rain-mack and by this point we were getting pretty soggy. When the rain finally stopped we carried on again and managed to get out to a piece of rock that juts out into the sea, from here we could see huge waves crashing on to the shore. However, you'll never guessed what happened next... yep, it started to absolutely chuck it down. This time we got completely soaked to the bone; our clothes were drenched, there was water pouring down our faces. I wanted to go back to the hostel but Tom convinved me to carry on and pretty soon the rain cleared and we made up the cape and to the lighthouse. I was really pleased that we had carried on in the end because we got to go to the most easterly point of Australia and watched the mammoth waves crashing on the rocks below. Later that day, back at the hostel, we had to get out bags packed again as we are due to leave Byron Bay tomorrow. Our room-mate Elka was also due to leave at the same time as us so the dorm room looked surprisingly clean when we got back from our walk. Having now spent a few days with Elka we realise now that she is really a sweetheart- an eccentric, blunt and sometime scary sweetheart, but a sweetheart none the less (one morning I told her that I had been cold during the night and the next thing I knew she came in with a stack of blankets for me).          
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