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Cairns, Cairns, Cairns
After a month working in a car rental place, I am happy to report that everything is going well. So much so, that I am able to put a lot of money back into my account, instead of constantly taking money out. It is a great feeling walking up to your bank and paying in money.
It feels like I have been here for a while now. I am familiar with all my surroundings, and I know where I am now most of the time, instead of constantly feeling lost. Being in the car for large parts of the day means I get to see a lot of places, and do a lot of sightseeing, whilst getting paid for it. This cant be bad. Frequent visits to the beach resorts to pick up customers, as well as working in the sunshine for much of the day, means I am able to enjoy the beautiful weather day after day. We still get cold mornings, but the sun warms things up fairly quickly.
Aside from this, the hostel feels like home now, and there are always familiar faces about the place. Cairns still seems to be down on tourism currently, and the free services that certain places have been offering year after year, are slowly becoming no more. Everybody seems to be feeling the pinch, and slowly but surely, certain places are falling to their knees. I wonder how much the recent storms along the coast have contributed to this. Even now the Gold Coast is struggling with flood waters, places I was at until recently. It is sad to see. The media hype hasn’t helped with matters either.
I have been lucky enough to enjoy many activities in my time away from work. Cable Skiing being one, hiking another. Trips to the northern beaches, and barbecues down by the esplanade have helped to keep boredom at bay. I have also been attending Zumba down by the water front with friends, which is a lot of fun. I’m not really sure how good or how bad I am, but I know I enjoy it immensely, and is a great way to let your hair down while keeping fit. (Not that I have much hair to let down!)
I am looking forward to trips to the reef, as well as other excursions in and around Cairns that I hope to partake in soon. Dreaming about moving away from Cairns and seeing more of Australia is becoming more frequent now, but I know it wont be too long. I am among friends, and in the glorious sunshine, so this is all I need presently. I will always have itchy feet though.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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