7.49pm - New Amsterdam
Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
19Trip End Mar 25, 2009
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Okay. When Noj called me bourgeouis for wanting wireless in hostels, perhaps he had a point. (I still think it's a perfectly reasonable request, but I guess it's understandable that not every hostel will have it.) But when a place can't even offer basic hygiene... sorry, but for there to be a dead wasp and spider nestling merrily in its web on the shower curtain (the curtain itself, like, if you brushed against it, you'd be naked with a spider on you), that's pretty damn gross. I was bitten twice by bedbugs in NZ, one bite apiece in two different places. Here, I got bit no less than twelve times in one night, and two of those are on my sunburn, so I am seriously hacked off, because scratching them is v painful. I am dreading going to bed tonight. I was seriously contemplating checking out a night early - I did Nimbin in a day yesterday afternoon (fun, but it felt like an Amsterdam knock-off, and since I've been to the real deal several times, I don't have any time for faux hippie nonsense - and only one guy tried to sell me drugs, I felt so insulted) so there's not much point in hanging around much longer. The people are nice enough, so there's that at least.
Tomorrow I head for Surfers Paradise. My stupid satnav has stopped working (you have to put in a PIN, and they've given me the wrong PIN, and the phone system at Avis just goes round and round back to the options over and over again and my God in Heaven the ridiculousness of a satnav with a PIN code to begin with) so am gonna wing it. I managed to find my way to Nimbin alright, the guy at the Byron YHA gave me some directions that were easy as pie to follow, and Nimbin is very small so it didn't take long to locate the right street. Surfers Paradise is significantly larger, so it probably won't be quite so easy, but hopefully I'll be able to locate it on the map once I get there. I spent most of my day today driving around the local areas, stopping at various attractions (and pubs, obviously), and it is really well signposted around here (probably because Aussies spend so much time driving across this big ass country of theirs), so I should be okay.
One of the places I stopped today was Mount Warning National Park, which was fun. I believe the mountain is
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