So! I've been really busy since I last updated this. Or more Dad has been busy on the laptop sorting out our Mexico trip!
Cairns was gorgeous, on arrival we were very very tired but had a 15 minute taxi ride from the little Cairns airport to the hotel. Our taxi driver pointed out all the sites and where to go etc which was nice. The hotel was lovely and our room looked out onto the port which was a very nice view! It was nice to not be in the Ritz and not be waited on all the time!
On the monday we had a trip to Green Island and had to get up really early which was painful but we managed it, and seeing as the port was only across from the hotel it's not as if we had a long walk there! So we went over and bought some bacon sarnies from the cafe, booked our diving and made our way over to the boat where we met our diving instructor. I was well scared! But he talked through everything with us and then we were free to walk around the boat until we arrived at Green Island. It took about an hour to get there but was well worth it! The island was gorgeous, seas completely clear and a lovely blue in the deep parts. We had a glass bottom boat booked for 11.15 so until then we chilled on the beach for a bit. The glass bottom boat wasn't too exciting but was nice to see a bit of what I was going to see when diving! The driver of the boat fed the fish so they all came near the boat, was quite good but there was some big fish which made me a bit aprehensive about going under! Anyway after this we grabbed some lunch and made our way over to the diving centre, I was dead nervous. We grabbed some diving suits, masks, and had our oxygen thingies put on, which were dead heavy! I could hardly walk in them. First of all our instructor Yuki who was Japanese had us in the pool to practise breathing and how to clear our masks etc, I was with Dad who has dived quite a bit before and another lad James who had also dived before, so I felt pressure to do well and not waste time! I really didn't like it at first, could not comprehend not being able to breathe out of my nose, which sounds ridiculous but it is hard! I kept just feeling claustraphobic and coming to the top. Anyway I kinda got my head round it and we were off to the boat! We went out 15 minutes into the sea and then the were let off the boat. It took me 3 attempts to get under the water, I couldn't see anything when I put my head under which scared me a lot. We had hired an underwater camera so Dad took loads of pictures of my legs thinking I wouldn't go under!! But I managed it in the end, although my ears didn't really like it I had to equalise a lot. I did enjoy it though! Although Dad said visibility wasn't too good. And it did almost solve my fear of the sea, but I do still get scared when I can feel things touching me under there! After the diving we just slobbed about on the beach and then went back to Cairns :)
On the Tuesday we went to a Crocodile farm, quite last minute and on the way our bus picked up another family. Turns out they live in Southern Australia now but they used to live in Sheffield and the Mum worked in Doncaster Royal Infirmary! Bit of a coincidence. They were a really nice family and the kids were lovely too. The croc farm was where they controlled the breeding of the crocs for selling their skin to the Japanese for handbags and stuff was to stop the crocs being hunted in the wild. At first I thought it was dead cruel but then if it's preventing them being killed in the wild and being made extinct then fair enough! Also at that place was loads of other Australian animals like Koala bears which I love!! I want one. Then all kinds of birds, wallabees and stuff. We went to a snake show which was interesting and a croc show which was very impressive. THe guy got in the water with a huge croc! Rather him then me.. I got to stroke a Koala too nd feed a Wallabee which was cute :)!
Wednesday was the day we departed for Hawaii, we didn't have to get up that early so we went for a run and had breakie then off to the airport! The flights were knackering, Dad let me sit in his Business Class seat though which was nice so I got some sleep. It was hard though going from +10 GMT to -10 GMT. In Hawaii we didn't do much in the way of activities, it was just nice to slob around on the lovely beaches. On the first night there we ate at Turtle Bay Resort which is where they filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I love that film so it was nice to see the place where it was filmed!! Our hotel wasn't too nice but it did us fine for only a couple of nights before we drove back to central Honolulu to stay in a hotel near to the airport. So on arrival there we chilled on Wakiki beach which wasn't as nice as it's made out to be, I prefered the rural beaches where we were before! But it's nice to say I've gone there. We then went out for a meal and after some room changing because of a broken shower I went to sleep whereas Dad stayed up sorting out this Mexico trip. By this time Tom had already set off to Mexico which was weird thinking someone else was going to be joining us! We had to get up at 4am to set off to the airport and return the car, we'd hired a red convertable Mustang which was fun! But probably a bit inpractical in reality.
The flight to Mexico was tiring yet again and we didn't land there until 1.30am local time by which time Tom was already asleep, so me and Dad got a twin room and I posted a note under Tom's door with our room number etc. We didn't get much sleep as we had to be up at 10am for breakfast and then back to the airport for our flight to Tuxla. Only a short flight then a 45 minute taxi ride to San Cristobal in Chiapas. Which is where I am now! It's lovely, quite rural which is nice. Haven't really done much since we've been here but Dad's managed to lose his glasses which is a pain as they are brand new and his prescription sunglasses!
Anyway I best be going, the boys are irritating me wanting to go do something. But it's okay for me to be sitting around waiting for them when they're busy!
On Thursday Tom and I are going to Merida via Mexico City and meeting Dad there. Will take some patience for me and Tom to put up with each other for that trip! But I'm sure we'll manage (don't worry Mum if you're reading!!)
Will try and update soon. Although I always say that and it never really happens aha
Lots of love! Eve xxxx <3