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:: Friday, August 08, 2003 ::
Learned to surf!
I am now a surfgoddess!

OK, that's not exactly true. I wouldn't say I was actually GOOD at it, but I did get up on my board and ride a wave or three!

It was so exciting! I had a lot of fun and all the people were so nice!

Have decided that the Arts Factory Lodge is not for me. I reckon I'd like it more if I knew more people there. But I haven't really bonded with the people I do know and others are just not so easy to meet/talk to.

LOVE the Wicked Travel people, though.

And I suppose I do love that the hostel is really well set up for reading. So I've actually been reading. And going to bed at a normal time and sleeping like a normal person....

Except last night one of my roommates brought a boy home from the bar and he convinced her to let him stay.

I was like, "dude, you're NOT staying here."
And he ignored me and passed out in her bed and snored so loud I could hear it clearly through my earplugs! Well, at least I wasn't hearing any other noises that I didn't wanna hear.

Met up with a girl I met in Sydney - in my surf class! Will go out for a drink with her tonight and then up early to see the sunrise at the most easterly point of Australia.

:: Cathy 1:18 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 ::
Just spent a lot of money on some more travel plans.

This time, I bought :
1. scuba diving course in the Whitsundays
2. trip to Cape Tribulation (3d/2n)
3. 3-day Kakadu Nat'l Park 4WD trip
4. 3-day trip from Darwin to Alice Springs
5. 3-day tour of Uluru, Kings Canyon, the Olgas
6. 2-day trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide

Got some nights of accommodation thrown in as well. And some free Internet access while here in Byron. Although they don't allow ftp access.

Thank god for automajik bloggers.

So, that's about all the money I have. But at least that's all the things I wanted to do paid for.

God, travelling is expensive!

:: Cathy 11:55 PM [+] :: 0 comments

So, here I am in Byron Bay. Home of people who walk around in bare feet, hippies and tree-huggers, alternative therapies and back-to-nature enthusiasts.

Staying at the Arts Factory Lodge. Strange place.

But they offer yoga everyday for $5! Yoga with "The Baron" is an interesting, mind bending experience. I also did the Welcome Walk tour and got a free bottle of wine for my troubles. And I went to the beach, slept off my overnight bus trip and tackled the waves a little.

Last night was the Arts Factory Talent Show. Very cool.

Today I bought flip-flops (called "thongs" here) and am planning on doing very little. YAY.

Tomorrow (Fri) I do a 3-hr "Learn to Surf" package.

Saturday I wake up to watch the sunrise at the most easterly point of Australia.

Then I leave Byron for Surfer's Paradise.

:: Cathy 7:10 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 ::
OK, I'm packed.

I suck at packing. I absolutely loathe it. But I'm done.

My backpack's overfull. I'm leaving behind several boxes of things here in Sydney to pick up on my way home in March.

Trying to update my site in the meantime, as I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to do it again in the next 2 months.

So many last minute things to do. Just like when I was leaving Toronto. But this time, I didn't have Kendra or Al to help me.

But I'm ready. Mostly. Except my food cupboard... heh.

:: Cathy 12:53 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Monday, August 04, 2003 ::
Today I said goodbye to Andrea. She left for Perth this morning. It was pretty sad.

Last night, we went out for YumCha, finally. Then we went to Scubar for cheap wine and got a little drunk.

I also met up with Sonal at Starbucks so that we could say "see you in March 2004."

I've been visiting the travel agent, trying to get my plans sorted out. And today I made the leap.

  1. Sydney-Cairns McCafferty's hop-on/off 3-month bus pass.
  2. Three-day Fraser Island tour
  3. Three-day Whitsundays tour
  4. 6 nights accommodation

$1000 later, I'm still trying to decide when/where to do my PADI dive course.
- in the Whitsundays?
- around Fraser Island?
- Magnetic Island?

So many options. Not enough money.

After Cairns, I'll do a trip to Cape Tribulation and then fly to Darwin. Do Kakadu National Park. Travel down the red centre to Uluru, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy... to Adelaide.

Then Melbourne in October for the Canada vs. New Zealand Rugby World Cup match.

I leave for Byron tomorrow night. Whew.

:: Cathy 4:31 AM [+] :: 0 comments

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