Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We're enjoying Cairns

After 1700km, 2 McDonald's meals, 1 picnic, 1 buffet dinner in Rockhampton, 1 night in a motel, the same 2 CDs repeated fifty times at Aaron's request, we arrived in Cairns on Saturday night. The drive up here was a huge success. We did have one major crying session in the car but overall, Aaron was great in the car and we made it here in much less time than expected. We made a tray table for him in the car and that allowed him to do his drawings, eat, move his trains around or convert into a "keyboard". I'll post a photo of that when I can.

It turns out that my brother has not subscribed to internet here and will not until he moves to a more permanent place. Bummer! I'll just have to spend more time in the lagoon. So, I guess daily blogging will only resume when we're back in Palembang in a couple of weeks.

We're staying at a city apartment that is a short walk from the ocean. I mentioned lagoon in the previous paragraph because Cairns doesn't have a nice sandy beach. And, because of the stingers in the water, you can't swim in the sea here. Instead, they've build a huge lagoon and put some sand onto the sides so there is a "beach". It sounds fake but its actually an easier place for me to play around with Aaron because of the shallow edges. My plan is to go to the lagoon each morning, come back for his nap and then maybe head to the shops in the afternoons when its hot. Night time is reserved for all the movies that my brother has lined up for me to watch. My sister in law has also put aside 3 books that she recommends highly so I'll have to get to those too. Just as well there isn't the internet to distract me.

We'll do all the touristy things when Richard gets here next week. So, maybe I'll just save all the photos and commentary for when I get unlimited time in front of a PC. I'm doing this post from the local library but they don't allow any uploading or downloading from their computers. AND, its only a 1 hr booking so I'd better stop now if I want to have a peek at what all of you have been up to.

10 comments:

Mike said...

Sounds like things are going good. That makes me happy.

egan said...

I like how dedicated you are to blogging. That's how I'd be too if I couldn't get my internet fix.

Glad to hear the drive went better than expected. One crying fit isn't bad at all based on how far you were driving. Enjoy the faux beach.

fiona said...

sounds like lots of fun time lined up. :) enjoy!

Bilbo said...

Glad to hear you arrived safely and all is well. I received your Christmas card yesterday, and mailed yours today (Dec 8th)...we'll see how long it takes to get to Brisbane, and whether you get it before you leave for Palembang. Have fun, and let us know what the books and movies were!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

That sounds lovely! Enjoy every single moment Amanda.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

No internet in Cairns...disaster!

Mike said...

Just checking in and changing your comment count to confuse people. Later.

Trish said...

Hi Amanda - I lost your link and I have missed your blog.
My blogger widget is doing something crazy so an old comment is showing and I found you.

Hooray for bring back in Oz... the lagoon sounds lovely. haven't been to Cairns for many years...3-4 days or more drive away from us.

Our local McDonalds has free wifi ;) do you have access to a laptop?

GJ said...

Amanda, If you get a chance take a drive to Mossman gorge. The trip up there is well worth it and the gorge itself is very nice, great to swim in cool, clear mounting water.

Cheers GJ

Mike said...

Just doing my duty and changing your comment count to confuse people. You should be back soon. (with lots to blog about)