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Settling into a Routine in Cairns

1 June 2011 5 Comments

I am over a week into my job in Cairns now, and things look to be going well. You could say everything is on track and going according to plan, but I don’t want to tempt fate.

It is nice to have money coming in, and even nicer to be able to actually see the money I am earning, but I don’t seem to be saving quite as much as I hoped I would. All the money I have coming in tends to go straight back out again, paying for food and accommodation, as well as the odd trip to the cinema. Paying twenty dollars for a ticket for a 3d film was a particularly nasty shock.

However slowly the money is building up though, the fact is, it is building up, and I am slowly increasing my holiday funds. I have lots planned still, and want to do as much of this as possible, and I am forever revising my plans, recalculating how much money for this and for that. All about me people are coming and going, sharing their stories of their latest adventures, and anticipating their imminent adventures. I, on the other hand – along with others in my hostel – am tied to a routine that denies me the freedom to enjoy myself as much as I would like. This was always going to be the case though, and I am happy and grateful to have my job, and the ability to prolong my stay here. Others have not been as lucky, and have had to fly home prematurely.

I do long to continue travelling, and I wish for a large sum of money to fall on my lap, but I guess I am not alone in wishing for this. As the winter draws in, and the mornings begin to chill my bones, I am happy to be keeping myself busy. It will not be too long before I can be up and about again, seeing all the things I came here to see in the first place. There is a part of me that misses home now though, but just a little.

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  • Scott said:

    We miss you too, bruv!xxxx

  • Kirstin said:

    You’ve only just started working!!!! And you’re already complaining! 😛 You need something to keep you distracted while you work and save, something free. And you should rather stay with locals than with other tourists, because otherwise you’ll constantly be reminded that you’re “stuck in Cairns”. Which must be soooo terrible 😛

    If you work hard enough you might be able to afford to come snowboarding in NZ! 😉

  • dan said:

    Work is never fun, no matter how long you have been doing it!! And being in Northern Australia makes me eager to be exploring places.

    Coming to NZ would be great, but a lack of funds prevents this unfortunately. It’s all about the money, as always. What is this free distraction you speak of? I am intrigued 😉

  • Craig Stevens said:

    Yep, echo Scotchy’s comment. Miss you loads too. But good luck with the bread making, and forthcoming further adventures. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • dan said:

    Thanks guys. Cant wait to catch up properly, and cant wait to see your bike Dad 😉 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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