Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jun 18, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, December 24, 2010

It was my beautiful niece Holly's 16th birthday on 21st December... Happy Birthday Holly! We miss you lots and lots and hope you had a great time in Manchester!

After Tom's white water rafting trip out on the Tully River we left Mission Beach and made our way up to our last destination in Australia... Cairns. We made the decision to stay in Cairns for 2 weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays as there have been so many problems throughout Queensland with regard to flooding and an unseasonably wet summer, so we figured that Cairns was our best bet for a safe and comfortable Christmas, plus our flight to Singapore departs from Cairns on the 5th January so at least we're in the right place for our flight out of Oz. It has taken us an age to decide on which hostel we wanted to stay in while we're here, but we finally picked one which has been recommend to us by numerous people called Tropic Days. We are really excited to be in Cairns as it is so different from many of the towns we have been in so far; it is really vibrant and exciting and is the hub for loads of activities we want to do like visiting the rainforest and waterfalls. Cairns is also the main town to visit the Great Barrier Reef from; when the snorkeled on the reef during our sailing trip in the Whitsundays we were at the bottom end of the Great Barrier Reef, however now we are positioned right in the middle of the reef and it is supposed to be even more beautiful here.

We arrived in Cairns on the Greyhound Bus about 2 hours late because the main highway had been flooded again on the route out of Mission Beach. As we hadn't any way on contacting the hostel to tell them we were running late we weren't expecting the hostel mini-bus to be there to pick us up, but to our great surprise, while all the other hostels had gone, ours was still sitting patiently at the bus-stop waiting to collect us. We were meet by a guy called Marco who checked us into the hostel and showed us around town. As soon as we arrived at the hostel I could tell we were going to like it there; it was decorated really nicely, everyone seemed lovely and we only had to share our dorm room with one other person. Later that afternoon we were wandering around the hostel when we bumped into two of the people who had been on our sailing boat with us in the Whitsundays! This hostel offers a free evening meal in one of the backpacker bars in town 5 nights a week, so we all arranged to go out together. When we got into town we found out that two other people from the boat were also in Cairns so the 6 of us meet up together for some food and drinks; later in the night Tom and I decided to walk back to the hostel and we got caught out in a huge thunder storm and by the time we got back to the hostel we were soaked from head to toe.

Cairns is positioned in the tropical rainforest area of Australia, so it has pretty much rained every single day since we have got here; it is so hot and humid here though that it is a slight relief when it rains because it brings the temperature down and clears the air. We had a couple of days to kill before Christmas Day so we spent our time lounging around the hostel and going for walks into town although, to be honest, we tried to do as little as possible because it is so hot here you sweat constantly even if your just sitting outside doing nothing. On Christmas Eve we headed to the supermarket to get some food for Christmas Day, nothing too extravagant just some cheese, crackers, crisps, fruit and cheap-arsed red wine (which Tom is convinced tastes better the more you drink of it). In the evening we headed into town for food and drinks with some people from the hostel and spent the rest of the night sitting on the tables in the hostel garden drinking and chatting... it was a really nice way to spend Christmas Eve, even if it still doesn't actually feel like Christmas time at all!
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amelia on

hi hayley and tom it is amelia happy xmas i miss you lots love amelia xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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