2.13pm - Over The Rainbow
Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
19Trip End Mar 25, 2009
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Humans are funny creatures. Alliteration always appeals to us. (I swear to god I didn't mean to do that until I'd started writing it.) So I don't know, I find it slightly annoying that Hamish, who is currently menacing the Fraser Coast, is a cyclone, not a hurricane. Cyclone Hamish just doesn't have the same ring to it, somehow.
The coast has suffered from cyclones before, over a thousand backpackers were similarly evacuated from Fraser Island just over a year ago, in fact, but it's so bloody typical that this would happen now, just as I'm here. I'm hoping it will have passed before I leave, but it's going nowhere at present, it would seem. Bloody annoying, particularly because it means that the whole area is getting rained on, which isn't so pleasant, and renders Rainbow Beach's one big attraction - the beach - somewhat pointless. So instead I sit here, I read my books, I chat to my roommates, I update this blog and obsessively check Facebook even though I know everyone in the UK is asleep right now, I potter about the town looking in the few shops, buying bottles of water (it's still hot as hell, so with the rain, it's humid and sticky and generally horrible - I woke up about once an hour last night because I was disgustingly hot, eventually ended up rather selfishly turning the nearby fan on my face just to get some sleep) and I curse my crappy timing.
As you can tell, I'm feeling a bit frustrated today, so in an attempt to remind myself what I'm doing here, I present to you the following list. Hopefully writing it will help me stop feeling sorry for myself!
Five Things I Have Loved About Australia So Far
1. Sydney was a truly stunning city. I could have spent a lot more time there, I think. In the week I was there, it rained almost every single day, but I was never bored.
2. The Open Air Cathedral I stumbled across near Nimbin was beautiful. I've never seen anything like that before, and I wish we had something similar in the UK. I'd almost be tempted to go to church!
3. The mojitos in the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise were almost as good as the views. The beach at Surfers was idyllic, and the centre was buzzy and fun without being over the top. I could have spent more time there, too, though probably at a different hostel that was a little closer to the centre.
4. The fire poi dance I saw performed in Nimbin was something else. The whole hostel was really cute, actually - I just wish they'd spent a little less time getting wasted and a little more time cleaning the joint.
5. The Cold Rock Creamery, the ice cream parlour in Coffs Harbour that did the best ice cream I've had in years. They're actually a chain, although the only other ones I've come across so far were in Surfers, and I'd just had a beer when I saw one and didn't really fancy an ice cream. But I am determined to have at least one more before I leave Oz.
Now, just to bum myself out...
Five Things I Miss About The UK (Which Aren't My Friends & Family, Because That's Too Obvious)
1. Drinking cocktails in Socio Rehab. My home away from home in Manchester, I've never not had a good night in there.
2. Steam room gossiping. It's great to have a little cubby hole in full view of everyone where you have absolutely no risk of being overheard!
3. Shopping at the Trafford Centre. I used to loathe it, but I'm such a convert in recent years - I came for the free parking, but I stayed for the jacket potatoes in the food court.
4. Sleeping in my own bed (and lying on it the next day watching my own TV, with my own programs on Sky+).
5. Ah, screw it. My family. My friends. My casual acquaintances. People I met in the pub that one time. Everyone who I chat to via text or Facebook, because everything I see and everywhere I go, it's always tinged with a slight sadness that you guys aren't with me to see it or go there too. Getting away is fun. But it's always great to come back again.