01.06.2011 - 06.06.2011
In Cairns we stayed in a hostel called Shenannigans. Our room, an 8 bed boys' dorm, smelled phenomenal. Reminiscent of a rugby changing room post-match, perhaps with a bit of gone-off food thrown in. Lovely. Our room-mates tended to return to the room between 3 and 6am, fairly noisily, and then re-emerge mid-afternoon. Showering certainly wasn't on the agenda. An interesting bunch. Unfortunately, as a light sleeper, their late returns meant that my own sleep was constantly interrupted. And it didn't help that the hostel bar often played loud music till 2am. So I just had to give up on the concept of sleep and go out myself.
Clubbing isn't necessarily my favourite thing, but I had a good time dancing away in Cairns. One night I was again compared to Ryan from the OC. I was happy about this. The same girls also thought I looked older than Rob. He isn't happy about this. Another night we were privileged enough to meet 'Psycho Kid', who definitely makes me look old, and thinks that he is the coolest guy in the world. For no good reason he screamed agressively in his girlfriend's face, then tried to look really cool while she cried, then tried to win her back with a strip tease on the dance floor. Much to her discredit, he was successful. Then he was even more pleased with himself. I don't like him. Psycho kid, if you're out there, take a good look at yourself. Maybe start with the man in the mirror. Another night we attempted to follow a 'party bus' which was touring the city's clubs, and we managed to track to three locations but eventually lost interest. It's tiring chasing after buses.
There is also a nice coastline walk called the esplanade which we explored, while practising our Australian accents. Rob got several funny looks as he talked loudly of wombats, didjeri-doos and friends named Bruce. Then we witnessed an apparently ownerless, very fat dalmation running up and down the esplanade repeatedly. Crazy animal. We also headed to a wildlife park where we could hold koalas. Very nice animals. And their hygeine levels certainly outdid the guys in our room.
The standout part of our time in Cairns was the Reef Experience scuba/snorkel trip on the Great Barrier Reef. My first scuba dive - it was a bit strange being able to breath underwater, but seeing all the fish was amazing! In the afternoon we went snorkelling on an even cooler reef . Earlier in the trip JC had revealed a shocking secret - he has NEVER seen a shark in the wild. He said this as if this left him very much in the minority - and now he sort of is. I was swimiming alone after Rob had briefly returned to the boat, and turned to see a shark! YES! It was smaller than me so I happily chased after it to secure a photo. Can't upload it at this hostel though! But this sighting totally made my day. And it turned out Rob had seen it as well on his way back to the boat!
Three nights in Brisbane coming up, hoping that it's easier to sleep at this hostel!