Blog day 125 Thursday 8th September 2011
So after being awake for almost 24 hours we finally touch down in Cairns. The flight in held some stunning views over the crystal clear waters and coral reefs. At the airport we called the hostel (Nomads Serpent) from one of the free phones and get them to come and pick us up. After a short wait a minibus pulls up for us. We load on our bags and jump in. The poor old thing looks about as knackered as we do!
Our hostel isn't that far away from the airport which is great as all we want to do is sleep. As we get to the check in desk a group of people are in front of us and they are being told that they can't get into their rooms until 2pm. Our faces drop as the thought of a nice comfy bed is being over shadowed by one of the sofas in reception, with a hundred people around and no sleep. As we step up we are told that our room is ready and we can get up there straight away! HORRAY! We were both once again asleep before our heads hit the pillows!
About 5 or 6 hours later we finally stir back to life, by this time it's already nearly 7pm so we pop down to find out about the Wi-Fi & washing machines, we now have a whole 3 loads of washing to do & Dan has had officially no clothes to wear for the last 3 days that don't make him smell!
After finding all this out we hit the bar to get something to eat. We both share the $7 special of the day which is beef fajitas, followed with a Corona for Dan & a $4 buy one get one free White wine for Trish (its Ladies night). It's finally so nice to eat western food & not feel guilty about.
Tonight is also Poker night $5 each in & winner takes all, now were under no illusion that we are going to win especially as Dan has to explain all the rules to Trish about 3 times before game time is called but with Dan's sleight of hand magic we figure were in with a good chance. The one thing we didn't bargain for however was being seated on the table full of Germans with the worst case of hawk eye ever. Game begins, there are 3 tables set up (about 24 people playing in total) & the idea is process of elimination. Two people get called out from other tables & unfortunately Dan (yes Dan) goes all in and loses making him third out. Somehow Trish survives & makes it to the second table and really stuffs an d*** guy who was full of himself by calling his bluff on a flush, while he had w*** all, satisfied with this sudden gambling knowledge & huge win she goes all in on the next round and is Ko'd, oh well better luck next time!
We call an end to our night & go back to our room to do some research on the internet and catch up with all the usual stuff, before we realise it's gone 3am, time to get some sleep we thinks!