Checking out the Cairns Northern Beaches - Maria’s first Aussie garage sale

Today it has been very productive in terms of shopping. Great!!! After a very early start (I cannot believe that although today is Saturday, Steve was up at 7:00am and felt that I should get up as well). He insisted so much that I got up, so I didn’t have to listen to him any longer, but I must admit that I wasn’t in a good mood at all. Anyway, we decided to make the most of our new life in Tropical North Queensland and have breakfast in any of the CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES. So we took our cereals, milk, bowls and spoons and off we went to find the ideal beach for the ocassion.First we went to MACHANS BEACH, the closest to CAIRNS. We drove back and forth trying to find a spot to enjoy our breakfast, but, being the least developed of the Northern Beaches, we could not find what we were looking for and made our way to HOLLOWAY’S BEACH, the next one.

Holloway’s Beach is a very laid back little village, with beautiful houses overlooking the sandy white and, at the wee hours of the morning according to the Spanish schedule, deserted beach. So we found our spot and sat down to enjoy our beautiful cereal while searching the paper in order to find our dream house.

Enjoying our delicious and nutritious breakfast...Looking for a house.

I must admit that, although too early for me, don’t forget I’m Spanish and days in Spain don’t start till noon, I enjoyed our little trip to the beach very much. However, BEACHES in this part of the world are completely different to many others, including the Spanish ones. In Tropical North Queensland you will hardly ever see a crowded beach, even less not find any place to sit down. In Tropical North Queensland, 99.9% of the beaches are nearly deserted and you can have a beautiful pristine tropical beach all to yourself.

And after breakfast and a bit of relaxation listening to the sound of the waves and the birds, we looked for garage sales in the classifieds section of the paper. And we found them. How different, again, to Spain. Just before we left the flat we were living in Madrid, we organised a garage sale to sell most of our belonging, all those things we didn’t want or couldn’t bring to CAIRNS with us. And, believe it or not, we weren’t too successful. It is not a common thing to do in Spain at all, and although we sold nearly everything, we were a bit dissapointed. People are not crazy about them as they are here. A tip: if you are ever to do a garage sale in Australia, don’t forget to make very clear the time you will start letting people go through your stuff, or bargain hunters will get to your place even before the sun is up. Crazy Aussies!!! I reckon it is because they have to live upside down all their life, don’t you think?

Our new belongings. So we went to a garage sale run by some people who were selling their house, furniture, etc because they had decided to live on a boat. And we found exactly what we were looking for: two office chairs and a cork board. The success of the day!!!

Happily, we went back home only to discover that we had lots and lots to do on our website and even though we wanted to go into town and check some of the MARKETS and later on go to YORKEYS KNOB to check their Festival of the Knob, celebrated every year, we had to stay home working very hard to have everything ready to launch the site in a few days. I guess Tropical North Queensland can wait a few more days, can’t it?

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