Cairns (Queensland)

Funny story here. I’m a fucking moron, no, really. When I was packing for Australia trip, my first stop was here in Cairns, Queensland. Well, I looked up the weather here: 80F and sunny. So, what do I pack? Right, one pair for jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc. I didn’t even look over at Sydney or Launceston, or other places I’d be visiting… How fucking stupid is that?! It was ~32-34F (close to 0C) in Launceston. Sigh. I have so much to learn, I think. Well, anyway, here I land in Cairns and it’s a freaking heaven! Gorgeous weather every day, no wind, people are lovely and super-friendly. Oh oh oh! You can order raw kangaroo meat in a restaurant! How many kinds of kangaroo have you eaten? Me? Four kinds. So, there!

Well, I’m writing this story, … oh about 2 years after the visit since I *finally* got my hands on the keyboard and started typing. I forgot many things about this place, besides the insanely gorgeous Great Barrier Reef (but that will get its own post). Let’s see what I remember from the pics.

Sunny here, with palm trees.  Florida, basically.

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Yep.  Just like Florida, minus pink houses and plus friendlier people.

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Very clean here.  Everywhere in Australia I find it quite pleasant to walk around.

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Many tourists here, much more than in other cities I’ve been to.  I hear from the locals that many travel here for work since the benefits are, apparently, better; and jobs are, apparently, easier to find.

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Huge public pool.

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And your typical trash can.

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I think this was pretty early in the morning so they’re preparing for the tourists to flood this place.

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Water is very clean, even by the docs.

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Otherwise, no difference from USA.

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Same flowers, too.

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Same trees, too.

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Except… the fuck is that?!

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What the?!

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It’s BATS!  Everywhere.  On my gosh!  I’m looking up at other trees and I see bats.  Well, this is definitely different, don’t you think?

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Yes, they’re in this tree, too.

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Pilgrims.  Lots of those here.

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Mushroom?

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See how clean the streets are?  I don’t recall seeing them clean…  How then?

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Oh, look, that’s me.

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Next to tarot card reading for $20 or $30, depending how stupid you are.  I think I’ll go and get both, what say you?  Nah!

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Missing tree?  or a random hole?

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Mmmm see-food?

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House prices here are comparable to USA.  Told you, it’s Florida!  Well, with bats and a reef.

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Same shit as USA though.  See, abandoned shopping carts?

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I love the red palm trees, though.  Very nice.

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Impressive church.  Yep.  Florida!

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I’ve seen this before…  Maybe in Atlantic City? or in Florida?

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What’s cool and different are these public grills.  There’s a full kitchen in there, sink and all.

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And parrots.  Parrots and bats, but not in the same tree.  Interesting…

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Seagulls are smaller here, and less annoying than in Atlantic City.  I bet smaller bird shits less, too, don’t you think?

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Miami?  Yeah, I’ve definitely seen this before.

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I like this view.

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See, these public grills are all over the place.  Imaging something like this in Philly…  There’s be shit all over the place.  This, if I recall correctly, is after a days-worth of cooking and all sorts of “mess”.  I need to ask the locals how they manage to keep the place so spectacularly clean.

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Alrighty.  Last drink and heading back to the conference.

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Overall, I would not go to Australia just for Cairns.  Food it great, people are nice—much better than Miami—but not worth the flight.  Until you see the Great Barrier Reef!  I’ll work on that post next.

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