I love it here.
I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that I’m a little disenchanted with Oz. Not that I don’t like it, but that I don’t like it enough to be spending what I’m spending, or to get a job to stay here longer. I would however work to stay in Noosa.
Noosa is like a beach side vacation town that has backpackers, but more holidaying Australians. It’s ‘posh’ or ‘lush’ as the brits would say. There’s tons of gorgeous shops with great clothes from cheap to pricey, there’s tons of beach, it’s big enough to have a cinema and a few grocery stores, and it’s adjacent to a national park. Anika’s list of good place criteria: running paths, shopping, cafes, services within proximity, sunny. Check on all of the above! My plan is basically to be in resort mode, I’m following the GTL regime. Gym: there’s hot yoga here!! Odd because I think it would be hotter to do yoga outside…maybe it’s air conditioned? Goon: Self explanatory. Tan: also self-explanitory. Laundry: Long overdue and luckily my bunk has ample hanging space. I reckon [look at the British rubbing off on me] if I wash 8 items a day I should be sweet in 6 nights.
Yesterday was the best day! I got up, went to Bikram Yoga ($20 for 1week unlimited!!) had an unreal practice, then met up with my friend from home, Josh, and had amazing food and drinks all day in the rich end of Noosa. I forgot [gladly] how broke I am as a backpacker. I had a crusted mushroom avocado salad at lunch. Seared scallops and watermelon punch at happy hour and amazing steak calamari, mango, cashew salad for dinner. LOVE IT. As for today, I’m in shock from bikram. Oh, I should also add at the bar I found a guy who has offered to let me clean his windows and boat for a few bucks over the next few weeks.
As for the upcoming plans, I’ve booked all the way until December 16th because it is peak season and hostels are filling up. I’m having major anxiety over this because the whole point of trotting down the east coast was to go on my own pace and see how it went and I am now ‘tied down’. It’s like the commitment phobe in my relationship life is coming out in my travel planning life. So from here I go to Brisbane for 2 days, Surfer’s Paradise (the Aussie Jersey Shore) for 2 days, Coolangata for 2 days (don’t remember why I’m going there), and Byron bay (Stoned Canadians Surfing) for 10 days followed by a 4 day surf camp at Spot X then Sydney for the holidays!