No Street Lights...No Fast Food
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
54Trip End May 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Port O'Call YHA
The farther North you go from Cairns the more rainforest you get into. Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation (where I also want to go) is "where the rainforest meets the ocean." It is so beautiful. I was the only one on my shuttle so I just got to chat with the lady driving it and swap stories etc. Her and her husband run the hostel that I am staying at up here and it is the low season for them right now. Low is right. There is one other person in my room and I have seen a total of 3 other people at the hostel the whole 3 days I have been up here
It has been very relaxing being up here. Not that I wasn’t relaxed before but I don’t know how to explain it, less going on. The weather has not been perfect, rain here and there, which has been fine. I have been doing a lot of reading, both at the hostel and in coffee shops. I also have gone for walks along the beach and up to a lighthouse, and I got here on Sunday in time for the Sunday Market, so that was fun to walk through.
I am trying to not spend money on anymore tours until I at least know there will be money coming in again at some point and how. But there was a cheep tour on a boat (The Lady Douglas) up the inlet for Crocodile spotting, so I did do that. It was raining but it was still great, in fact it might have even enhanced the trip. I was having a bit of a bad attitude because I have been so tired today and didn’t really feel like going. Then we started out and the guy said this is the worst time of year to see crocodiles so I was like “Great, we aren’t even going to see anything!” But we actually saw 3 different Crocks swimming, which the guide said it is very rare to see them swimming, so it was a great success
Tomorrow I’m headed back down to Cairns. I had a lead on a fruit picking job from some people I met on the Pro Dive boat. So I called them up and they said they didn’t have anything right now but maybe in a week or two as it is always changing. Plus I think with the end of the month some people will be moving on. So I found a job at a youth hostel in Cairns for a work for accommodation. I won’t make any money but at least I will not be spending any money either. I also learned about GumTree which is AU’s Craiglsist. So I think as long as everything goes according to plan I will work at the hostel and apply for jobs on GumTree and keep following up with the farm work and do whatever comes first. So cross your fingers that when I show up at the Hostel tomorrow they really do have a position like they told me on the phone that they did. She asked if I had a license so I have a feeling I might be driving a shuttle bus, so that could be interesting LOL. The one thing I didn’t want to undertake in AU was driving, didn’t seem worth it. But I feel like I have been here long enough that the “On the Left” stuff doesn’t seem as weird as it did before. So we’ll see what happens. Phase two is off and running. I cannot believe we are already nearing the end of February, and on Friday I will have been here 6 weeks, WOW!