We keep our search in the markets of the region to find the perfect present for family and friends back in Spain. Yesterday we made our way to Kuranda, where there are dozens of stalls and souvenir shops to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
First stop was Kuranda Homemade Tropical Ice Cream, where we had a delicious ice cream. I went for the Mint Choc Chip and Steve decided to try the Rocky Road, with marshmallows, nuts and many other ingredients. We had a chat to Cliff, the owner, who was already on his second ice cream of the day, and it was only 10am!!! I saw him later sitting outside of the van, and he said it was to keep himself away from the ice creams for a while.
After the ice cream we were then ready to start our search. We’ve got a very good idea of what we want, we’re only trying to find the place where we like them most. Kuranda has four different markets, alghough there’s not a big difference between them. Some of them have a few more eateries, some of them sell mostly hippy stuff, but basically in all of them you will find those Australiana items everyone wants to take home. But the big discovery of the day was a candy shop, where a couple of people were making candy in front of a big audience. Someone had ordered personalised candy, with a message, something like ‘Steve loves Maria’ type of thing. And we saw the whole process till the end. Absolutely amazing how much hard work it implies and the results. The black and white stripes that you can see in the photo are the letters, rearranged somehow to be readable when the candy was converted into a long thin tube.
We also went for a bit of a walk down to the Barron River. It’s a beautiful area, very quiet and peaceful, surrounded by rainforest and with the river in the background. Kuranda Riverboat Cruises operates a boat up and down the river, where you can see lots of different native birds, snakes, turtles and even the ocassional freshwater crocodile. But the walk only is really worth it, away from the many tourists that pack the streets of Kuranda every day.
My darling tried to impres me by solving one of those puzzles made of metals, where two pieces are tangled and without using any force you have to separate them. After trying for a few minutes he gave up, of course making it very clear, and loud, that I had given him the most difficult of all of them.
And the picture above is one of my favourite corners of one of Kuranda markets, it always gives me the impression that you’re entering a fantasy world.