306,5 km in 9 days

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Although only 9 days have past since my last post, during that period of time we’ve visited Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Noosa. Let’s go back in time for 9 days. I remember how Philip, Robert and I stumbled through the streets, practically staring at people, because we were so fascinated by the different and so personal styles everyone had. We felt so uncomfortable wearing our boring plain basics that we decided to dedicate the whole next day to finding such interesting clothes. Philip found a rainbow tee, Robert a short-sleeved shirt covered in flowers and I bought a lace top and dress with fringes on it. The second day we did the lighthouse tour and later on bumped into one of Philip’s friends, a Swedish guy, whom we went out with. Obviously we were all wearing our new clothes and Philip ruled the dance floor with his eyes closed, since he was drunk. One of the ‘locals’ – an English guy who had been in Australia for almost 2 years now – recommended us to see the sunset on our last day in Byron. Unfortunately, it was cloudy that evening, so that sucked..

Gold Coast meant saying goodbye to our roomie Philip. Surfers Paradise is a city all based around shopping and partying. There was just one little problem. For some reason, I woke and still wake up every single day at 7 am. There’s not even much light in the room, nor is there any noise to hear, so it really doesn’t make sense at all. Due to this, I get tired every evening around 10 pm, so I wasn’t really into going out. GC’s got great shops though and the beachfront markets are so lovely. Also, shoutout to Dick’s Donuts, because he gave us a delicious donut for free :)

Next stop was Brisbane. We decided to sleep in a dorm room for once, to save up some money and get more in touch with people. Huge anti-climax happened when we checked in: there was no one else to share the room with. Anyway, still had a great time there: visiting the museum, took a dip in the pool of streets beach, enjoyed a lovely fresh ice-tea at South Bank Parklands, walked in the shades of hundreds of thousands pink flowers and I even spontaneously decided to donate some blood to the Australian Red Cross blood service. We also wanted to go to the open air cinema at South Bank on Sunday evening, but sadly this was cancelled due to bad weather expectations. We rented a campervan in Brisbane and went to the Australia Zoo, where we saw different kinds of tigers, koalas, kangaroos, giraffes, zebras, snakes and so much more.

Subsequently, we drove to Noosa but against all expectations slept in a hostel. It is wonderful here and the fact that we have the possibility to go anywhere we want to by car, makes it even better. Today we enjoyed the weather at the beach, did some grocery shopping for the campervan and did the Coast Walk in the National Park.

We’re planning on visiting the Eumundi markets tomorrow and realised that time’s come for us to accept that we can’t continue our quite luxurious little lives anymore..

Any ideas for cheap and easy but still delicious meals?

1600 km to Cairns left..

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Surfcamp

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3 4 5678910111213141516171819Obviously, by now we’ve left Bondi Beach already. Philip, Robert and I decided to go on a 7-day surf camp. The first day we went to a beach just a little more south of Sydney. The next few days we stayed in Pacific Palms, close to Seal Rocks. None of us had surfed before, so it was quite a challenge. Frankly, I reckon that the waves and I have a love-hate relationship, because one minute they want to drown me and the next I get to catch the wave and stand on my surfboard. I got to see wild dolphins for the first time in my life and today a whale with her baby even jumped out of the sea! One of the other surfers, a guy from England, was chilling on his surfboard, waiting to catch the right wave, until a bunch of dolphins swam near him. We saw kangaroos as well and there was a little shrimp next to me in the lake, so this is paradise for animal lovers.

It’s quite funny actually how you can change in such a short amount of time. I’ve only been in Australia for 2 weeks now and by now I don’t care as much as I used to about my mosquito bites – even though I get stung almost to death, since I’m allergic to them. They even leave my friends alone who sit next to me just to bother me – and look forward to my breakfast of toast with peanut butter, while I used to choke on it back home. Also, I don’t care about the moths anymore with whom I share my showers, since all I care about is feeling warm and clean. I know that this doesn’t sound very lovely, but hey: you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do..

Byron Bay, here we come!

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