Archive for November, 2007

Beautiful weekend in Cairns

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I cannot believe that it’s nearly December and it’s so hot. You know, coming from Europe we are not used to having this temperatures and what’s even more shocking for me is to see all the Christmas decorations already up, when we heading towards summer. I grew up associating Christmas with winter, as it should be, haha. But I think I will get used to not having to wear tonnes of clothes, a coat, gloves, etc. A few times I have talked to my family over the phone, they have told me it’s very cold in Madrid, with temperatures as low as -2 in the city centre. And here we are, in beautiful and tropical CAIRNS, enjoying the beach and the swimming pool every day, as you can see in the photos.

Maria enjoying our tropical swimming pool in Yorkeys Knob, Tropical North Queensland. Steve walking towards the beach at Yorkeys Knob, in the Cairns Northern Beaches.

The first photo was taken in our swimming pool, probably around 9 oclock in the morning. And the second one is the entrance to the beach closest to our home in YORKEYS KNOB. It’s less than one minute away. We cannot complain, can we?

Every weekend we visit Rusty’s Markets, where we buy fruit and veggies for the whole week. We’re trying to have a very healthy diet and, following the Australian Government advice, eat five portions of fruits and veggies each day. So every morning we enjoy a delicious fruit salad, a fantastic way to start the day. Well, in Rusty’s Markets all the produce comes directly from the farms and some times it’s the actual farmers who are behind the stalls. Many families are Asian, but we have also met some Spanish people, Cubans, French and Colombians with their own stall. As you can see, the place is very cosmopolitan and it is always very interesting to discover new tropical products. A shame there’re so many things we don’t even know how to cook. I must admit coming to Rusty’s to do our grocery shopping is one of my hobbies as every time I discover new veggies I had never seen before. And yesterday we also tried sugar cane juice. Absolutely delicious and soooooo refreshing!!!

Steve enjoying a sugar cane refreshing juice at Rusty's Markets, in Cairns. Interesting view of Rusty's Markets, in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland.

In my last blog I promised that I was going to tell you who Harold Holt was. Harold Holt was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966. Until here, nothing really unusual, is it? Many countries all over the world have a Prime Minister. But Harold Holt is better known because his term as Prime Minister was dramatically ended in December of the following year when he disappeared while swimming near Melbourne and was presumed drowned, but the body was never found. Basically, he went for a swim with some friends and never came back. The theories concerning his disapearance are many. Some say he was murdered because he opposed to the American bases in Australia, some said he committed suicide, but my favourite theory is that there was a Chinese submarine waiting for him and now he would be, in case he was still alive, living happily in China. Why would the Chinese be waiting for him? Because he would be a spy. True or false, it makes politics a bit more interesting.

More visitors!!!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

We have had a very hectic weekend, with lots of visitors. Do you remember Ana and Elias? They came back from their trip to PORT DOUGLAS on Saturday morning, and their plane wasn´t leaving CAIRNS until the early afternoon, so we invited them over for lunch. I really enjoyed the time we spent with them again, a shame they had to leave so early.

On Friday we hosted our first Couchsurfer in Cairns. Rita is from Portugal and is travelling around the world for a whole year before she goes back to her teaching life. It was absolutely fabulous meeting her, so many things to talk about and so little time. But I think we made the best of it, talking about nearly everything over a beer or a huge plate of nachos, as you can see in the photo. Those of you who had been to our place in Madrid for lunch or dinner will have already realised that Steve hasn´t changed and still cooks as if he had a whole army over for dinner. I must admit the nachos were delicious.

Rita and Maria at home in Yorkeys Knob, Cairns Nothern Beaches. Nagore and Iñigo in the Port Douglas hotel where they were staying on their Tropical North Queensland holidays.

And last night we met up with Nagore and Iñigo, Spanish couple who live in Texas and are in Australia on holidays. We met up with them to hand them one of our UNDERWATER CAMERAS the had rented for their REEF TRIP.

I don´t know if you are aware that next Saturday Australia will elect a new Prime Minister. As you can imagine, politicians are going crazy with the campaign, like in any other country. But what has surprised me in Australia is how much money the two main political parties spend on TV advertising. And most of this advertising is not to so much about what they can do if they win the elections but what their oponent has done wrong or isn´t going to do. I don´t remember the Spanish elections ever beeing so cutthroat, but then I have never paid to much attention to them.

Anyway, I have to go now, there´s a program about Harold Holt on TV now. Don´t know who Harold Holt is? He´s a celebrity in Australia but not only for having been Australia´s Prime Minister. You will find out more in my next blog and I assure you that it is an interesting story. See you soon!

New friends!!!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

As usual, we have been very busy, but we have somehow managed to find time to meet some of our customers, that, as you can see in the photos, had already become good friends by the end of their stay.

Nacho and Cristina are from Barcelona, Spain, and Nacho contacted me a while ago because he wanted everything to turn out good. This was his first trip with Cristina and Austalia was his whole idea, so he couldn’t fail. They first went to Sydney to visit their friends Dan and Paula (also in the photo) and later came to Tropical North Queensland, stopping along the way in MISSION BEACH, CAIRNS and CAPE TRIBULATION. I think their favourite spot was Mission Beach, they were lucky enought to find a room in Scotty’s Beach House Backpackers Hostel, the place where we slept when we were making our way to Cairns from Brisbane. Don’t you remember? No dramas, check our previous blogs.

We went out with them for lunch, along with their friends Dan and Paula, Aussie and Spanish, and we enjoyed a really beautiful Mexican lunch. Loyal to the Spanish tradition, we finished our lunch and stayed in the restaurant long after, sharing travel stories, different points of view about various subjects, and just enjoying ourselves. I was very sad when we had to say goodbye, for some reason I felt I was saying goodbye to old friends. I hope they come back very very soon, otherwise we will have to go to Barcelona and see them. Good luck with all your project, guys, you deserve it!

Nacho and Cristina came to Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, to spend their holidays. Here they met with Paula and Dan, friends from Sydney. We met Ana and Elias in Cairns, the day before they went diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ana and Elias live in Sydney and came to Tropical North Queensland to celebrate Ana’s birthday. Happy birthday, “guapa”! I had been in touch with Ana long before they planned their trip to Cairns, we both belong to an online community of Spanish expats, so we had chatted on the phone and exchanged emails a few of times. But when Ana decided she wanted to visit this wonderful part of Australia, mostly because she wanted to go on one of the many DIVING TRIPS to the Great Barrier Reef, she contacted me and asked for our help. We put together a nice itinerary for them and during their time in CAIRNS, they also visited KURANDA, the DAINTREE RAINFOREST, the GREAT BARRIER REEF, and today they are in PORT DOUGLAS. Ana doesn’t know yet, it is a surprise Elias has organised for her, but they are staying in these beautiful apartments, Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments and later on they’re going for a beautiful Aboriginal show with dinner in the middle of the Rainforest. Have a really good time, guys!!! Poor Ana really wanted to go scuba diving and they booked a trip through us with one of the many diving companies. But she felt really sick on the way and didn’t feel like diving. And the crew were so nice than Ana got a refund. Isn’t it awesome? I hope they can come back and try again, it is really worth it.

And we also met with another great couple, Maria Jose and Fernando. It is a shame we didn’t take any photos when we shared a few drinks with them, but they have promised to send us some pics when they go back home. They only wanted to go snorkelling, so we booked them with one company that only does snorkelling so you can be assured that you will be taken to coral reefs suitable for snorkellers. And they had the time of their life!!! Today they should be on a SCENIC FLIGHT over the WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, spending some time on WHITEHAVEN BEACH. Guys, let us know how everything went.

This is a photo of the Digital Underwater Cameras Cairns Unlimited has for rent. Take as many photos as you want of your diving or snorkelling trip to the Great Barrier Reef.And of course, their trip to the Reef was even more enjoyable because they rented from us one of our great DIGITAL UNDERWATER CAMERAS. If you are thinking of scuba diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, don’t miss the oportunity of renting one of our latest model 7.1 megapixels digital underwater cameras for much less than you think. Have a look at the photo of the camera and if you are still hesitant, why don’t you