Cairns, QLD, Australia: The Welcome Committee

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

December 8, 2013

After a short flight on Virgin Australia last night, we made it to Cairns. We had booked a hostel for our stay, mainly at an attempt to meet some fellow travellers and to give our wallets a break after our short stay in Sydney. Well, it seems I am not quite made for hostel living. We checked into our private room, which had a shared kitchen and bathroom area with another private room. It was dark when we got there, but the room seemed clean and the bed was comfortable.

Our sleep is still off, so we woke up around 5:30am and had a better look at the room and the hostel. First of all, it seems like the guests before us decided to leave us a welcome gift on the wall next to the bed. For anyone with a weak stomach, now’s the time to skip to the next paragraph.

Right on the wall next to Steven’s side of the bed was a giant green present. I mean, I guess I can’t blame them. It’s not like there are any Kleenex in the room, so why not just wipe it on the wall. Awesome. As if it couldn’t get any better, next to our mini fridge in the room was the Hostel’s welcoming committee…an army of baby ants. Just marching…


Jessica outside our first hostel in Cairns

That was enough for me…. within ten minutes, we were packed, checked out and a taxi on the way to pick us up. As of right now, we are sitting at this beautiful café called Al Porto, right on the water with our backpacks in tow, enjoying coffees and breakfast…with technically no where to sleep tonight! But we’re on vacation, the sun is shining, Aussie coffee is amazing…so not to worry!

On the list for today is the Cairns lagoon. It is a giant, saltwater swimming lagoon that overlooks the Great Barrier Reef. Tomorrow, we’ll be heading out to snorkel and dive the Reef with pictures to follow, from our new under water camera (Thanks Dad and Taryn!). On Thursday we are hoping to check out the Daintree Rainforest.

Life lessons learned today include: Jess is not hostel material (neither is Steven, but he just won’t admit it) and a coffee, the sun and the ocean can make the worst of mornings turn into the best of days.

jess + steven


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