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Between the Rain Showers in Noosa
Thursday 24th February – Noosa, Australia
I have to admit that I really relished having a second pillow last night. It is so nice to sleep in a comfortable bed with air conditioning filtering through the room. Don’t get me wrong, I love slumming it with the rest, but it is nice to have a little bit of luxury every now and then. The spoils didn’t stop there either, as a whole host of freebies awaited me in this hostel.
I am staying at Flaspackers during my stay here in Noosa. It seems quite fitting that I should be in a luxurious hostel in my favourite place in Australia so far. It all helped to add to the enjoyment of the place, and I was eager to try and really ‘live’ in Noosa in the short time I was here. The only dampener today was the wet weather (excuse the pun), and it looked as though I wasn’t going to be able to do an awful lot today. I would at least try and find something to keep me busy, even if it did involve pulling on my raincoat.
After a nice morning shower, the day began with free breakfast laid on by the hostel, one of the many freebies this hostel has to offer. Others include free internet, free WiFi, tea, coffee, milk, free hostel bus into town and back every hour, and with the numerous movies and use of the swimming pool, as well as huge discounts on local tours, this hostel really does have it all in my opinion. The friendly staff and wonderful hostel owners are another big reason to choose this hostel over any other here in Noosa.
The rain was making planning anything difficult today, with trying to decide whether to risk going out or not. I am not one for staying in a hostel if I can help it, no matter what the weather, and so I had a strong desire to complete the coastal walk today. I took my raincoat and made my way to the start, then proceeded along the route, taking in the sights as I went. The views were clouded – quite literally – and didn’t make for a very exciting walk and with the strong wind at times and driving rain that accompanied it, parts of the walk were frustrating. The sand on the beach appeared to have a vendetta against my legs, and frequently rode the wind to deliver a swift slap to my bare skin.
Although the weather had been bad today, it never got to the point where it was unbearable and there is always some way to enjoy it I find. It is after all their rainy season here, and there is much worse weather in other parts of Australia currently. There are stories of cyclones out to the west, and storms along the East Coast further north. I was actually happy to be where I was.
I joined the rest of the hostel crew in the afternoon by the television to watch a few movies, and took the opportunity to get some washing done. Many others in the hostel had the same idea, so finding the right time to dive in and use the machine was imperative. I managed in the end, and it is nice to have clean clothes again. This brought my fairly unproductive day to an end, and I just hoped for better weather tomorrow. We will see.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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