Four weeks and I'm still in the Isa! It's quite unbelievable, especially for me!
We arrived in Mount Isa and there was no doubt we were in the outback. Thinking it was the biggest city in the world (wikipedia has a lot to answer for!) it was some what of a shock to discover there were in fact only a handful of shops, 3 cinemas turned out to be 3 cinema screens and everywhere closes at lunch on a saturday and does not re-open until monday morning (a bit of a problem when all you have is a box of cereal bars between two of you!).
We stayed in the pinkhouse, which is backpacker accommodation at the hotel we are working at. But after seeing a mouse run through our kitchen, we decided not to stay there long. And so we're staying in a house share down the road with a couple of other girls who work at the Overlander. Turns out we now have a rat here too! But we also have a fully functioning kitchen, tv, life supply of thriller/violence dvds and free use of washing machines. Not to be laughed at when you've been living out of a backpack and washing at $8 dollars a go!
The work is fine. The girls i work with are really nice. The customers are a bit of a random bunch. I have come to the conclusion that Mt Isa is full of gambling addicts, drug addicts and alcoholics! Bouncers are a necessity in this place! But that's ok because we have 5.
And so all i've done in the last 4 weeks is work and sleep and work and sleep. I did venture out one afternoon for a swim in an old mine but being bit by a cockroach and the fear anything might try to eat me didn't keep me in the water long. Many a promise of a trip to the lake has been made. Still waiting for those to come through. But there is plenty of time. Me and Emma are thinking we'll stay here for a good while longer. There is nothing you can like about the Isa but somehow you find yourself falling in love with the place!