Cairns day 1 and 2
Arrived by 9 something am. I keep spending so much money on food it’s ridiculous. I am almost out of money already from buying family presents and eating. Anyway, then we went to the pool at our hostel which is decent and hung out there. I tried to get a tan which didn’t happen but at least I didn’t get burned. We got sushi and walked around to get to know the place. Yep yep.
Everyone else went to their tour and I went to my white water rafting tour. It was AWESOME!!!! So tiring. And even though I put sunscreen on twice, I still got burn so badly on the top of my legs and my hands. I met a lovely family whom I was rafting with and our guide was awesome! The family even offered to let me stay with them if I visit Victoria and bought me a usb stick with pictures from our day of rafting. They were really nice, we had a great time together and I’m glad I met them. Haha, the kid next to me on the computer sneezed and I said bless you. I’ve noticed Aussies don’t say bless you, guess it’s more of an American thing. Then like 30 seconds later because he had his headphones in, he says, “Thank you for blessing me!” SO cute! Anyway, I got back from white water rafting and was ready to go to my room, set my stuff down, and go to dinner. Well, my room key didn’t work which was odd but a guy let me in. He said I wasn’t staying there and him and his 7 friends were. All my luggage was gone. I figured there was a mixup and went downstairs. They had me checked out even though I’m supposed to be here until friday. And then they couldn’t find my baggage. They called a bunch of housekeeping people and nobody could find it or knew where it was. I sat and tried not to cry on the seats in the lobby because my vouchers were in my bags that proved I was staying there until friday.
The managers couldn’t find it. The head person couldn’t find it. Finally, almost an hour and half later, a big bag with a bag in it was set in front of me. IT WAS MY STUFF!!!!! I almost cried with joy. All my meds, my camera, my clothes, everything was back. I had a flashback from the beginning of the semester when the airline lost my luggage so I felt better having it back. Apparently the head housekeeper left on holiday today and someone screwed up and put it in a random storage place where they are not supposed to. Then they gave me a 2 hour free internet card for my troubles and I got hand soap for the room and shampoo. Now I have the 8 person room to myself until tomorrow night when everyone comes back which is nice. I went to the night markets again to get things for people and check them out at my own pace. I got a little lost but back fine in the end. Was thinking of enjoying the drink specials but I will the following night or tomorrow night. My legs are so sunburned it hurts and so is part of my hand. I put sunscreen on twice but sitting in the raft all day really got me burned. Regardless, a good day. Pictures will be up when I get back from Cairns. In the meantime, I must work on my research proposal (yeah I’m such a good student I’m working on my homework still even though I’m on holiday) and then bed because I’m exausted! Cairns, I hope this trip gets even better from here.