Paul: 1, Kangaroo: 0

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Apr 18, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We spent our last day in Australia wondering around the city of Cairns. It was a small city, outlined by the harbor and piers leading out to the Great Barrier Reef. We luckily caught one of the only days of sun they've had lately so it made for some enjoyable walking. We walked around some shops and through the esplanade.

And through all of our concerted efforts, we were not able to bring Paul to the kangaroos, so we brought the kangaroos to Paul... on his plate! We found a small little eatery that served kangaroo burgers and Paul jumped at the chance to order one. It tasted good having a stringy consistency similar to flank steak, and all in all, he was satisfied with the experience. Afterwards, we made our way to the pier, where we were able to sit and read the local papers. It was good to catch up on our news and see what writing was like with Australian slang. For example, it might be commonly known that Aussie's call their moms "mum," but did you know a baby is referred to as a "bub?"

Later that night, we walked back to the water, to see if the tide had risen. And we were glad we did because the waters were covered with flying fish! Seriously! They were tiny and fast, but they were jumping all over the place. It was so cool. We also saw a crab crawling along the sand. More marine life, even at the water's edge.

We also walked through a night market, that housed little cubicles of local people selling real Australian Uggs, bushskins, boomerangs, and other jeweleries and normal market things. It was really busy and really fun to see the interactions of it all. We spent the remainder of our night visiting with our really friendly roommate at the hostel, Hyunho, from South Korea. We shared traveling stories and pictures, and he gave us some great recommendations for when we travel to Turkey. He was super considerate and we really enjoyed getting to know him in the brief time that we had. He's planning on making his way to California in the future, and we hope we will have the chance to see him again!

And now, our time in Australia has come to an end. We've seen some incredible things and are so glad we had the time to spend here and explore all that we were able to. We also met some of the friendliest local people on our trek up the eastern coast of the country! But it's time to leave the ways of the Western world behind as we begin our explorations of Asia, starting with Japan. We welcome the change, and are looking forward to the new sights, sounds, and customs of a different way of life.

What we learned in Cairns: Food in Australia is really expensive. This is something that we've come to learn over the course of our time here, but it was solidified when Lindsey had a hankering for a doughnut. We set out to find one, and in our last few hours we did! But she would definitely not be eating one, as one doughnut cost nearly $4! That's just one example of how pricey even the most basic food items can be.
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