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Feeling the Heat in Cairns
Circumstances have meant that I have needed to come north to Cairns in search of work. Looking on the internet has revealed lots of jobs especially in the fruit picking industry, so this may be a better base for me.
Cairns is a nice place with temperatures higher than I have experienced so far. The humidity is strong, and you cannot really walk anywhere without getting really hot and sticky. The hostel I am staying at is also very nice, and you seem to get more for your money here in Cairns. The prices for accommodation are typically much cheaper as well, so this is a good place to be.
As for work though, it appears all the jobs that were here before are no longer available, but a few jobs have arisen from where I have just come from, so I am beginning to wonder if my plan has backfired. I have looked for work in hostels, or in town and have drawn a blank so far, so I need to keep trying.
I have taken many walks in and around the Botanical Gardens which are very pleasant, although the signs warning of recent crocodile sightings tend to put you a little on edge. I took a walk through the green and blue arrow tracks, leading deep into the rainforest, and to some stunning lookout points across Cairns and the airport, taking around 4 hours in total. I would have loved it but for the fact I went out without putting insect repellent on, and now I have around 100 mosquito bites decorating my arms and legs. I guess I only have myself to blame. It is a lovely walk though.
So, priorities lie with finding work here, and the search continues, but it is a nice place to hang about until such time as work finds me. Its not too much of a problem sitting by the swimming pool during the day.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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