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Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation

sunny 33 °C
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It's been 2 weeks now that I have been travelling and I am absolutely loving it. Two weeks without make up, just a pair of shorts, a top and flip flops... Great! I really love this country, it's so beautiful despite all the dangerous and lethal animals. The Australians are great too. Very helpful, friendly, witty and are constantly taking the piss. You got to love them :-)But let me go back to the beginning!

After some pretty rough flights (especially Singapore to Cairns where they have stuck me on a JetStar flight instead of Quantas which is as bad as Easyjet... not great to have your knees stuck in the front seat for 7 hours!!) being absolutely shattered and jet lacked I arrived in Cairns. The weather wasn't great, as if was overcast but already 26 C at 8am, so no complaints!
Made my way with the shuttle bus to YHA hostel, which was looking back very good. However, when I got there it just felt really unpersonal and I wasn't too happy.
For my first couple of days I just had a look around in Cairns, which isn't a very nice place as such, but it is a good location, as it's full with backpackers and all the tours start from there. I realised that Cairns doesn't have a beach as such. The "beach" by the sea is too dangerous to swim in because of the crocodiles and I soon had to learn that everything above Rockhampton up north is full of leathal felly fish and you can't swim there either :-( Very disappointing. In Cairns they have at least have an outdoor pool called the lagoon, which looks really cool and was good enough for me to start with. I had wandered around the harbour and the Esplanade which was quite nice. So, straight from the beginning I liked being in Australia (still had to pinch myself quite often) just didn't know how to go about the next steps.
Being as undecisive as I am, it was complete information overload and I got completely confused and didn't know what to do at all. I realised very quick that I really have to work on my decision making process, as there won't be anyone else to make the decisions for me or even someone to discuss it with. I also realised that it is probably best to book a few things to get out of Cairns and it would also be the easiest way of meeting people.
While trying to make up my mind I found that it all got too much for me in Cairns and I decided to not decide anything but to move on straight away. I booked a hostel in Port Douglas called Dougie's that offered free pick up from Cairns for the next day. The weather on my second day was brilliant, the heat was acutally unbearable and I spend most of the day chilling out by the lagoon chilling out and was looking forward to move on the next day.

Posted by Julia1976 23:00 Archived in Australia

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