Today was a jobs day so we walked to the shopping centre to get a bank account, register with Medicare, get my camera looked at (there's no-one that does repairs because it's so expensive you may as well just buy a new one) and to use the free Wi-Fi spot, although it turned out it was just a McDonalds, and so would have had to buy something to use it. We needed to get our travel insurance to register with the health care, so we swung by the hostel to have lunch and pick it up, and then went back for our 2.30 appointment with the bank. It was all pretty easy, apart from its going to be annoying finding a NAB/ Redi ATM, as all the other ATMs from different banks charge you if you use theirs to withdraw money- this is pretty standard for all banks.
In the pharmacy, we were looking at tooth brushes, and there was a pack of 2 that had a buy one get one free offer on it, so I pointed it out and Alice said "I think that means you buy one…. And get one free" which I thought was pretty funny.
In the supermarket, we chose some tuna for our tuna pasta tonight (I went for Mexican which had peppers, sweet corn and kidney beans in a spicy tomato sauce, Alice went for lemon and pepper) and some veggie burgers for Bex's cousins BBQ tomorrow. She's having one for Australia day- a day to celebrate when the British came to Australia. We tried to find Goon (cheap wine that comes in a 4L bag in a cardboard box) to take too, but supermarkets don't sell alcohol here.
Hostels here don't have free Wi-Fi here which is pretty annoying, so we brought 24 hours' worth of internet and shared the cost- $4 each, extortionate!
Dom, the guy in our room, went to the supermarket too so he could get some tuna and join in with dinner. He was going to do what we're doing and get jobs, but he's cutting his trip short so get back to England for his mums wedding, and he hasn't been as stingy as us- going out for dinner quite often, so he hadn't cooked before. Mexican tuna pasta is very yummy.
We went to an alcohol shop to get our Goon, and had a sample of it with Dom and the English boys who arrived today. They're having a few nights in Cairns before starting work on a banana farm. They persuaded us to come out for a bit, but I left my ID in my money belt which was in my bag in the hostel, and by the time we went back to The Woolshed, they must have left as we couldn't find them. It was bit rubbish, so we got a cycle rickshaw (although he only pushed it) around the corner to the Irish bar. There was a woman in the toilet who was saying she had come to Cairns in 2009 and was trying to find work but all the backpackers take all the jobs- whoops!