Kerry does the world...
6th Aug 2012
And off to the City I go, via psychoville...
It's now Friday 3rd of August. I'm not sat on the Greyhound bus for a change, hooorraaahhh!! However I had been sat on it for 13.5 hours from Byron Bay to Sydney and prior to that a whole day trip on a bus, yes… I love them ha! So… what have I been up to? I know you're all desperate to know (either that or just desperate to know I'm 1 day closer to coming home and glad to know you won't have to endure my blogs for as long as you thought haha!).
I arrived in Surfers Paradise on Monday around lunchtime. I gained myself a new partner in crime on the Greyhound trip from Brisbane… I started off our friendship by asking if I was in the right queue and then proceeding to push in front of him… he quipped back that there was no need to push and we'd all be going at the same time, yes I'm aware but I want to sit down. HA - all taken in jest though and we decided to meet up once we'd checked in. So after being picked up from the Greyhound stop in Surfers by an extremely hot hostel worker, I got the most unsuitable outfit I could find on (leggings, 2 tops, other layers - it was boiling outside) and headed to laze in the sun with Cale for a few hours. He snored, I got browner, yes I'm still topping up and then we got a few ciders and got to know each other. We'd planned to watch the sunset at the Q1 lookout but at $21 each we decided we had better things to spend our money on, e.g. booze so sat in the park and drank - classy as always! After planking and lunging a few things we headed back to our hostels and planned to meet up later. My lovely Korean roommates cooked dinner for me which was very cute of them and then we got drinking, I bought a box of red goon which my roomies couldn't get enough of. The 'party' at the hostel was slightly lacking so we got some tunes on in our room before we headed out. We left at 10pm with the rest of the hostel, got in free, got a free drink and then drinks were half price for the rest of the night. The music was slightly crap but it was good fun all the same. Cale and I tested out our best ballroom dancing moves and then left at a fairly reasonable hour.
I woke up the next day with a slighty fuzzy head so ventured to the Cold Rock ice cream place for a breakfast ice cream, as you do; vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and oreos, AMAZING!!! Cale forced me… ha!! So, that was it for our time in Surfers Paradise. Really nice place, very holiday-fied but really good fun and has a slightly Miami look to it… would definitely visit again! But off we headed to Byron Bay.
Byron is a proper hippy town, though lots of them are wannabes there are a few 'real deal' hippies to be found. We were staying at the Arts Factory hostel, slightly out of town but dead laid back, really cute and lots of character! We spent our first day wandering around the shops, eating pies and having a chilled one ready for the skydive which I'd managed to rope Cale into as well ha! So our skydive was booked for Wednesday 1st August at 11:30, though they called us to say they'd had a cancellation so would be picking us up early, eeeekkkk!! We got picked up in a limo though, I thought the guy I booked through was taking the mick, but no, we travelled in style!! When we got there we ran through a quick demo thing and signed some forms which I didn't really bother reading properly… I'm sure Cale did though seeing as he's a teacher, I'm sure if there was anything untoward in there he'd have told me. We also decided against the extra insurance, our reasoning being that if something goes wrong we're dead anyway so what the hell. HA! They then got us in our harnesses and we were driven to the airport where we were greeted by the sight of the smallest plane in the world… only big enough for 4 people sat on the floor and a pilot, TINY!! Then the videoing began, oh god… what to say that doesn't make me look like a total div, no a lot really coz I managed to look pretty uncool still but hey sod it, skydiving's pretty cool I'd say. I didn't even notice that we'd taken off so the pilot was obviously a pro and then we started our climb to 14,000 feet. At 4,000 I was like woah, another 10,000 more but it didn't really appear that much higher - which I know sounds like a really stupid thing to say but Cale agreed. So… as soon as my guy, Joe (apparently competes in Skydiving competitions and is pretty shit hot at it) started hooking himself up to me I knew we weren't far from throwing ourselves out of the plane. Surprisingly I wasn't nervous or scared, I was just keen to get out! My wishes were soon granted and the door was opened, eeeeeeekkkkkkkk… I hung my legs over the side of the plane, said a few things about lunging and planking and off we went! It was AMAZING!!!! We tumbled a couple of times then started spinning but soon steadied out and free fell for about 60 seconds. MY GOD it was cold though, it felt as though my ears were being sliced off haha so I was trying to cope with this whilst shrieking (with delight not fear) and trying to look attractive for the video… pretty difficult when you're falling through the sky!!! When he pulled the parachute it gave me the biggest wedgie of my life and nearly ripped off my boobs but apart from that it was amazing! What a feeling!! From there on I took in the views and got ready for landing which was a piece of cake. My favourite bit was definitely launching myself out of the plane, loved it!!!! So now to find something even more daring, bungee maybe but I think that might be small fry compared to a skydive. Base jumping perhaps, we shall see!!! Cale loved it too, I'm sure he loved me taking over his video too… sorry!!! So being massively on a high and after drinking a free bottle of fizz at speed we went for a walk up to Cape Byron and the Lighthouse to watch the sunset. What a beautiful place it is, the beaches are unreal and the surf appears to be even better seeing as how many surfers were there. They were amazing too, very impressive… perhaps I might try my hand at it, only on days my bambi legs don't come out ha! After the lighthouse we ventured to the tattoo parlour where I had my second tattoo, what a day of extremes!! That night Cale had to leave to go to Sydney as he had the Sydney Harbour bridge climb booked so I went out with our other roommate Josh to Cheeky Monkeys where they were having a UV full moon party, however when we arrived (only at about 10:30pm) the UV lady had buggered off home… we soon sorted that out though from the girl behind the bar who seemed to take an instant dislike to us, not sure why. So UV-ed up and after a good few hours drinking and dancing I headed home, kebab in hand to bed. I since found out that one of the girls we were with woke up in the back of a pizza delivery van on her own at 5:30am and can't remember why, danger danger!
The next day Josh and I went to Nimbin on day's bus trip. I would honestly have to say that Nimbin is one of the most mental and concerning places I have ever been to!!! The people are seriously nuts there… way too many drugs throughout the years and blatantly still on them! Anyway, with our minds open we got chatting to a couple of women who at first glance looked fairly normal but on closer inspection they looked slightly worse for wear. One was a 25 year old model who said she was really good mates with Jack White from the White Stripes, had lived with Nick Cave (not actually sure who he is but think he's an Aussie) and went out with Pete Doherty for 2 years… needless to say she looked like she had as well. However, despite how mental this sounds I actually do believe her… you could tell that she once was model material, unfortunately Pete may have ruined that for her. Her friend Karla looked slightly like the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She had the longest, dirtiest nails you've ever seen, brown teeth and a dead animal draped around her shoulders. We were then approached by a person who I wasn't sure at first whether it was a woman or a man, but no, it was a woman, the reason I was confused? She had a moustache, a thick one and trousers like a jester/Beetlejuice/the artful dodger… pretty strange!! Anyway, we left them to it and wandered down the street to check out the shops and a 'museum' which was more like a load of items thrown in a room but interesting all the same. We saw a lot more scary looking people, a man shouting his head off in his house (which reminded us of the texas chainsaw massacre, scary) and a Thai woman and old man, grappling with each other and her shrieking like a bird. It was time to leave… thank god!! We got back on the bus and we taken to a dam to chill out and have a BBQ lunch which was cool. We then headed back to Byron and got my stuff ready to leave for Sydney on the overnight bus.
I arrived in Sydney at 9:30am, met Kate (who thought I arrived the next day but fortunately was free) for a good catch up and a big squeeze and then headed south down the coast to meet the cute Aussie and spent the night there (around 3 hours south of Sydney) playing ping pong and drinking too much beer. He showed me some cute spots around where he lives including some amazing beaches and a wicked lookout and then we headed back to Sydney, in his huge truck, not the best for manoeuvring around a busy city. I got to Jenny's (my friend and hairdresser), late around 8pm then headed out for a night in Kings Cross, the slightly dirty, seedy and mental area of Sydney but most lively at night. Had a wicked night but unfortunately lost everyone and thought I was destined to sleep in MacDonalds for the night however the cute (and slightly drunk) Aussie came the my rescue after I couldn't get hold of Jen and let me sleep in his truck for the night, what an old romantic hahaa!! We spent Sunday on the beach (which is literally a stones throw from Jenny and Danny's front door, amazing) and then having drinks with Kate, our friend Nat and her flatmate Kelly, Cale who I met earlier in my trip and the cute Aussie. My new favourite drink (aside from every other drink at the bar) is vodka lemon and lime bitters… SO good. If you haven't had one, try it!!
Today my plan was to go to Bondi and have an explore there however I explored as far as a few doors down having brunch with the Aussie, chatting rubbish and chilling out which was SOOOO nice after being so hectic and only being in 1 place for a couple of days or less at a time so it was just what the Dr ordered. I did my first proper bit of exercise tonight too, boxing with Jenny though my ability to figure out my left from my right is worryingly shit so I think I confused her more than helped her work out, hmm. I'm going to make sure I get to Bondi tomorrow though then it's circuit at the gym before a $10 pasta dinner, yum!!
Sorry this has been mammoth but hope it's been amusing. I'm now in Sydney until next week, so 2 weeks in total so I'll update as often as I can. Though as per usual the internet isn't always free to will see what I can do.
Hope you're all fabulous. Lots of love xxxxx
P.s. The girl we met in Nimbin who said she was a model wasn't lying, check out Sophie Willings on google. That's her, MENTAL!!!!
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