Day 11 to 13 - Down the Coast

Trip Start Jan 10, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, January 23, 2011

After the storm blew in while we were out diving, it rained all day long the next day. ALL DAY LONG - no hyperbole here it was continuously between 'cats & dogs' and 'spitting' from 10am wake up through 11pm bedtime.

Ironically, the day we left Cairns (after torrential downpours) it was bright and sunny. The forecast didn't predict it would last. That seems to be the way the weather goes on the Great Barrier Reef.

Arriving in Brisbane, we hopped on the train down to the Gold Coast. While on the train, Eli noticed a guy facing him, about 8 seats away. He was smiling eagerly with an incredulous look in his eye while doing his best to hold back a snicker. It appeared to Eli that he had overheard the 2 young women behind him talking AND upon further observation that they were not speaking English (Eli guessed and still can't confirm it was German). He looked up at one point and caught Eli's eye with a look of disbelief at his circumstance. When his stop arrived he got up, turned to the girls and uttered a short address - presumably in their native tongue. Both twenty-somethings immediately flushed and could not have been more red, covering their faces and such. We can only speculate at the nature of their obvious personal conversation but left with thoughts of language, public space, privacy and of course universal humour.

We hooked up with an old mate of Eli's from University, Gregg Thatcher, who is living in Nobby Beach and enjoyed catching up with him as well as his parents who were visiting from Wasaga Beach.

Around noon the next day, with a (6'3" firewire) surf board courtesy of Thatcher Surf Shop, we went to the beach.
Eli hit the surf while Mia enjoyed the blue sky and shining sun. With a smaller board and the outgoing tide, the waves were few and far between but good for Eli to get some time on the board.

We retired to our hotel with salad, chicken and fruit for dinner. We also stopped at the massive liquor store next door. Mia picked up a bottle of "Clean Skin" wine for $2.99 - this is overstock wine, from multiple wineries, that is sold off at a substantial discount. It was deeeeee-licious Chardonnay and she (almost) finished the bottle herself. Gotta love Australia.
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Corwin on

Growing up, Greg used to live on the other side of the professors lake. Now he's on the other side of the world. Crazy - did not expect to read his name in your blog..... but then again, I shouldn't be suprised!

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