Day 1: Cairns (Kickstart Meeting)
Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
16Trip End Aug 03, 2012
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At the meeting, Jara (our tour manager) took our vouchers and had us fill out emergency contact sheets and things like that, and then she went over the optionals for Cairns and the Whitsundays. I signed up for the barrier reef cruise ($165 AUD) and the rainforestation nature park ($65 AUD), both in Cairns. We had some time to kill before dinner, so a bunch of us hung out by the pool and talked. In addition to Corina (from Germany), Katherine, Jo, Nicola, and Anita, I then got to meet Jessie (Virginia), Alison (New York), and Tiphanie (Belgium). I know there were 16 of us on the tour for that first day, so I think it must have been David (Ireland), Grainne (Ireland), Nathan (Canada), Lorne (Canada), Brad (England), Alan (Scotland), and Julie (Scotland) who were also at the meeting but were apparently too cool to hang out with us afterward. =P
Dinner tonight was at a place called the Woolshed. We had the other 25 people from the northern territory join us at this point. They all already knew each other, so I was worried that it would be hard to make friends with any of them. I felt out of place with all the drinking going on, and it didn't help that when I finally got my pizza, I dropped it while trying to get it back to the table and had to wait for another one. As soon as Jara announced that the early bus was coming, I jumped up and was eager to leave. I was worried that this was how the whole trip was going to be and that I had made a huge mistake in signing up for two Contikis back to back. Thankfully, that didn't end up being the case, but this first night of the tour definitely wasn't the best.