Byron Bay - The most Easterly point of Australia.
On first impressions, Byron Bay is a microcosm of cosmopolitan chic, alternative philosophies, beach culture and hedonistic indulgence.
The streets of Byron are a charming mix of galleries and spas, jewellery stores, souvenier boutiques, cafes and juice bars; all organic of course. Back are my desires of a tattoo, nose piercing
and Giorgina has also had to warn me about the repercussions of dreadlocks. I'll probably have to settle for a less permanent means of remembering this amazing town - a hair braid perhaps, or
A night out in Byron; one to remember.
Tonight we met James at the bus station, a lovely chappy we met in Sydney and have been travelling with since. In search of a curry house, we were blessed with the presence of Chadd Fox - otherwise known as "Hollywood". The most commercial hippy to exists, "Earth is his home". We were introduced to a hippy circle on the beach, bongos, chanting, weed and confidence. Whilst kindly walking us home, we listened to stories of his life and friends; Tom Cruise, Tony and Guy, Bono and Michael Schumaccher - it was a very insightful walk home, indeed. Hollywood felt a magic between the three of us, and taught us to channel our beautiful inner energy through the avenue to change the world and other people. James, who is after all, the "Shaper of the Universe", felt as if he could do anything by the time we returned home.
An evening after bathing in the Pacific Ocean in the rain...
Quite possible the best yet: We enjoyed a cheeky $2 dinner at Cheeky Monkeys with Jim, Ricky and Kirsty (dorm mates) we managed to sneak out before teh wet T-shirt competition in favour of our own devised Byron pub-crawl. Although this had no spiritual pre-intentions, we were enticed into a "Jesus is not a swear word" gathering with live music, dancers and communal prayer beneath, by pancakes! I don't mind if you all llaugh, but I managed to disappear into my own little world and was truly moved. Moving swiftly on, a night full of drunken international drinking rules, shark attacks, two italians driving a stolen campervan around Australia, and some Sydney inhabitants too, a fun, fun, evening.