02.11.2007 30 °C
Hey there! Today I'm writing from our hostel on Magnetic Island. We took a bus from Airlie Beach up into the City of Townsville. The bus dropped us right at the ferry port, and we bought tickets and got on board. The ferry ride was only about ten minutes long, but it was really fun because there were waves! When we got off the ferry, we were told to just get on the bus and tell the driver where we wanted to go. So, when the bus pulled in, we bought tickets and said, "we're going to Bungalow Bay Resort", and the driver looked at us but said nothing, so we got on board. A large distance later, we were like, "how far to Bungalow Bay?" and he said, "you're on the wrong bus."
We were mildly unimpressed, however this is not a large island, so we got back to the bus terminal without wasting *too* much time. Eventually, we arrived. It's great! We are in little wooden huts in the middle of a rainforest. It's probably not actually a rainforest, but it's the closest thing to a rainforest I've ever seen. There's internet access right in the hostel, which is great because I can't find internet anywhere else on the island. However, the important part of the computer where I would hook up my USB is locked, so alas you won't be getting photos for a while... I do promise a lot once I get back to the mainland!
There's a really great pool, just a short walk away from our dorm room, and there's a whole bunch of hammoks surrounding it, attached to various palm trees. Being in Vacation-Mode, I have insisted upon two days of sitting in a hammok in my bathing suit, reading a book, going for a swim when the heat gets to be too much (which is often)... this is the life! I'm growing very fond of used book stores, because most of them are book exchanges as well. I'm onto novel number four and have only paid $8!!
If we don't feel like going to the pool, we can take a leisurely, 400m walk down to the beach. We are right on Horseshoe Bay, which apparently is the longest beach on the island. We've walked it several times, but unfortunately, the further north we go, the more into jellyfish-land we get, on top of the fact that jelly-season has just started. So, we stay safely behind the jelly-nets, though there are still warnings that are somewhat unnerving... "These nets don't guaruntee that very small jellies, or chunks off of larger jellies will be kept out of the swimming area, so BEWARE"... Kay and I headed back to the pool.
At around 4:00 pm, they bring out trays of food, and *hundreds* of wild lorikeets swarm down on you. If you are brave enough to grab a handful of the food you basically get attacked, but it's worth it. They're too cute! I've got loads of photos, and I wanted to post one of me with the lorikeets, but I will have to do that later. When the lorikeets aren't attacking, there are several kookaburras that hover around the bar. The bartender likes to throw chunks of meat at them, which the kookaburras then proceed to "kill" by smacking it on the picnic tables. Pretty cute.
Wow. This was a longer post than normal. I will most likely get online at least once more before we leave the island, so depending on what I've got going on I will pop in again. Hope you all are doing okay! My heart goes out to those of you cursed with winter weather... the coldest November gets on this island is 19C, so we're just ducky out here! See you later!