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Are we back in Spain?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

We had a fantastic weekend, at least, a weekend as such, getting together with people and enjoying ourselves. Nonetheless, we had to do a few hours work Saturday or Sunday, but it wasn’t too bad, I guess.

On Saturday we got together with a group of Spanish people living in Cairns or close to Cairns. Most of them have been in the country for over 25 years, so they’re real Aussies now, although with a Spanish heart deep down. We organised a barbecue in Palm Cove, one of the beautiful beaches north of Cairns, problably the most beautiful of all. There was lots and lots of food and amongst them, Spanish omelette, croquettes and Russian salad, three of the many dishes that are always present in any Spanish outing or get together. You won’t believe how much I enjoyed those dishes, reminded me of my mum and her cooking. I’m sooooo glad they’re coming to visit us in just over four weeks…

We all had a laugh and I think Steve enjoyed himself a lot too. Normally he feels a bit left out when a group of Spanish speaking people get together. But because everybody here spoke both languages fluently, even himself although he will deny it so he can eavesdrop a bit, he was able to tell his jokes and stories and make everyone laugh.

It really felt like being at home again, so thank everybody for making it happen. Hopefully it won’t be the last time.

And yesterday, Sunday, our neighbour Leanne invited us over to her place for lunch, with our other neighbours, Evelyn and Steve. Food was absolutely delicious, although I wish I could wash it down with a bit of wine, but I guess water will have to do for the time being. We moved from the lounge room to the garden, and kept on talking and talking. And of course, eating and drinking. And when we realised, it was already after 8pm. Just like a lazy Spanish lunch on a Sunday afternoon. I loved it so thanks Leanne as well.

Today we’re back to work, full time, but my cousin is visiting for a couple of days. What a treat I’m having these last few days…

With Alex, from Spain

Friday, January 11th, 2008

One of the highlights of my week is always meeting with all the Spaniards who come to Cairns for holidays. Unfortunately still there are not too many, it’s too far away for us and we usually stay closer to home. Couldn’t say why. But there are some of us who decide to take a year off and travel around the world. And one of the them is Alex.

Alex and I had been in touch for a few weeks, while he was researching to plan his days in Cairns. And finally we met yesterday and had a long and very pleasant chat. Alex is travelling around the world after quitting his job in Barcelona. So far he’s been to some countries in Asia, and his next stop after Australia will be New Zealand and South America, finishing in Brazil. Travelling around the world is one of those things I always wanted to do, but never found the right time to do it. And although I’m now living on the other side of the world, I’ve come here directly, without stopping hardly anywhere on the way.

Alex is going to be in Cairns for a few days, so what I have recommended him to do on those days is what you cannot miss while in Cairns: a trip to the GREAT BARRIER REEF , a trip to CAPE TRIBULATION , ideally staying overnight so you have time to visit the CAPE TRIBULATION BEACH and then KURANDA on a day trip. The means of getting to Kuranda are exceptional, travelling one way with Skyrail over the Daintree Rainforest and the other way with Kuranda Scenic Railway, a train built by the early pioneers. One of the highlights of the trip is Barron Falls, beautiful falls that during the rainy season are absolutely breathtaking.

Barron Falls during the dry season. Still a very impresive sight Barron Falls during the wet season, when the falls are at its best.

Here you have a couple of pictures of the Barron Falls, the first one is the one we took a couple of years ago when we came here on holidays. And the other one is what the Falls look like after some rain. Impressive, isn’t it?

Steve enjoying our trip on the Skyrail. Ready to go back to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

And here you have a couple of pics of our trip to Kuranda a couple of years ago. The trip was absolutely amazing as well as all the staff we met. Recommended 100%.

I think Alex is also going to spend one day in PALM COVE , one of the beautiful CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES .

Alex, I hope you have a great time in Cairns and during the rest of your trip.