Beautiful weekend in Cairns

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.

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2 Responses to “Beautiful weekend in Cairns”

  1. Lena Santillana Says:

    Ok, I’m sick, just sick and green with envy. I just got Steve’s e-mail about the new site for the blog and started looking and reading and by the time I got to last month’s entries I just could not resist and respond to all this. Yes, it’s freaking cold here in Madrid, my skin is becoming some pasty-pale, discusting hue because it hasn’t seen the sun in ages and the last thing I need is to see you looking gorgeous and relaxed in your swimming pool. The nerve!!! AIGHHHH! Do you guys need a secretary? An intern? A floor sweeper? A cook? No, maybe you do not want me as a cook, but I am pretty good at pealing tropical fruit!! I could make your fruit salad every morning! Can you please hire me to do anything at all so I can leave this cold weather and join you at the beach? I better go back to work before I sink deeper into sun-deprivation depression.
    Seriously now, really enjoy seeing the pictures and reading about your adventures, cannot wait to come and visit you, Stefan and I are taking the kids to Florida next summer, but for 2009 it’ll be OUR chance to take a grown up vacation where we want to go and we intend to come and see you guys.
    un abrazo,
    Lena

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