Showing posts from May, 2005
In the morning we had a much smaller breakfast, bloated as we were from the curry the night before. We walked over to the cinema, and watched The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (an absurd and hilarious movie which Aileen sort-of enjoyed, or at least tolerated). Afterwards we had lunch at Cairns Central shopping centre before heading to the boardwalk, kicking off our shoes, and sitting in the shade reading our books.
We went back to the Tradewinds and collected our luggage from the concierge, who ordered a taxi for us. An uneventful flight back to Brisbane, to discover that Amie had missed us more than Natalie! Dinner at McDonalds, then home to fall asleep exhausted in our own bed.
view from our hotel balcony ... of the mud flats. For some reason, whenever we walked past the water, the tide was always out.
Buffet breakfast is included with the hotel room, so Aileen & I headed down there at about 9 the next morning. After 2 plates of hot food, we felt like we needed some exercise so we strolled down the boardwalk to the wharves, to see the navy ship in port. Of course there were police cars everywhere as a group of protesters in white lab coats were denouncing tyrannical US imperialism, etc.
Next we walked up McLeod St to the shopping centre and bought gifts for everyone back home. By then it was well after 1pm and we were feeling exhausted. We enjoyed a hot spa and then snacked on junk food for lunch. We had picked up some mudslides on the way back to our hotel, and so we cracked open a couple of those as well. I had a couple of hours' sleep, and Aileen woke me up at 6:30 so that we could go out for dinner. We ended up having a dodgy curry at Mother India, which played havoc with our digestion. We headed back to the hotel to watch Shadowlandson DVD: an evening of CS Lewis & C…
USS Blue Ridge
Flight landed at about 8:30pm. $12 taxi to the Tradewinds, where we had dinner at Latitude 351: grilled barramundi in white sauce with chorizo sausage, a lychee mojito and a cappucino for moi; gnocci with spinach, an iced chocolate and a sticky fig pudding for madame. Went upstairs to our room to watch the Cowboys triumph over the Bulldogs 48-12; Aileen fell asleep so I got changed and headed on over to Spence St.
The USS Blue Ridge was in town, so it was Hip-Hop night at Sporty's and Troppo's. There was a live DJ at Metbar, but I passed on that because my first priority was the club where Mark, Miguel, Smasher, etc. used to work. Sporty's was very different from the sports bar in Surfers (I don't even know if it had a video screen) but reminded me very much of The Edge. After a couple of hours and a handful of bourbons, I felt right at home. The finalists of the Cougar Bachelorette of the Year were on stage, which was an added bonus. I caught the last half hour …
6pm flight from BNE