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Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's time to take a break and have some solo time again and Magnetic Island seems like the perfect place. I leave my car in Townsville and take the ferry to the island, take a bus to Horseshoebay and check into the YHA koala sanctuary. A really nice and calm spot, perfect for a good sleep because I am really tired. I am in a room with 7 girls, that's pretty unique. The next morning when I wake up there's something different in the room.. A few of the topbunks are empty and some of the bottom bunks are now filled up with 2 girls.I ask one of the girls that is awake what's going on. She replies: 'Well.. There was a really big spider next to one of the topbunks. So that girl started screaming. Then a big lizard came as well. Everybody was awake...except for you. You slept through the whole thing!' Well I am not very good at sleeping and I don't need a lot, but I guess this tells you guys how tired I was :)So today I feel like doing some snorkling and hiking on my own. I rent a stingersuit and start my hike on the beach towards the hills. The hills are filled with nice boulders and subtropical vegetation. I spot some nice bays and decide to take a look. Soon I notice a sign: NUDE beach.Well that's not really my cup of tea so I go for one of the other bays. The next one is nudist free, actually it's people free because I am the only one. Perfect! Some real solo quality time to recharge myself. I go for a snorkle and try out my new mask and snorkle but the current is too strong and the visibility is poor. The mask passes the test though so I'll be able to use it for diving on the great barrier reef. After this I chill out on the beach and have some time to really think things through and reflect on lots of stuff. I have some very clear moments and inspiration which provide me with new insights workwise and on my personal life. Great! Now I can finally set some goals again. Totally satisfied with my quality time I do a few more hikes and then return to Horseshoebay to get some food and read a book. When I return to the hostel I spend the evening drinking and chatting with a group of German girls and one guy.  Very nice people! My list of German friends is getting bigger and bigger haha. They even give me ride back to the ferry. Magnetic Island gave me just what I needed at the right moment. Or maybe I just did that myself. Anyways, fully recharged I leave the Island and head for Cairns to visit another old friend.
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