Paddy’s Day in Cairns

ShamrockTrish and myself had a fairly relaxed Paddy’s day! We eventually got out of bed after a bit of a mad session with the Pro Dive gang from the night before in The Woolshed. We proceeded to Cairns Central shopping centre where we bought some ingredients for a nice cure; eggs, bacon, 2.5 litres of apple & pear juice and of course some bread 🙂 We went back and cooked em up in the hostel then went to see The Watchmen in order to avoid the hottest part of the day! It was about 33 degrees!

After the cinema we wandered about for a bit and headed over to the public swimming place for a nice refreshing dip. After that we went over to the shop to get some ingredients for dinner and some drink. We decided to cook a nice BBQ and get some form of fruit bubbly called Passion Pop! We met an elderly couple at the public BBQ places and they gave us loads of stuff that we could use for our meal; salt , pepper, tomato sauce, onions, tin foil and a nicely cleaned bbq 🙂 The reason they gave us all the stuff was that it was their last day in Australia and they were heading back to Canada! Pretty sweet, i wasn’t gonna turn down the offer of free condiments and bits and bobs!

We eventually moved on and finished up our bubbly and headed off to find a lively pub for some Paddy’s Day fun. We headed over to an Irish pub called PJ O’Brien’s and it was absolutely hopping mad. Full of ppl with green face paint, shamrock hats and bellies full of drink! The place was so packed that there was a bit of a massive queue out the front so we headed off down to a place called the Rhino Bar where they had pitchers of beer called Tooheys for $10. So we found our watering hole and stayed there for a pint or two 😉 hehe.

On the way back I noticed a pretty big bug running about on the pavement!

Pool Dives Complete

prodive_cairnsTrish and myself have just finished the first two daysof our 5 day PADI “Open Water” dive course with Pro Dive. So far we have just been in the classroom and going through the basics in the pool. We’ve gone through many of the basic and important technical and emergency procedures, one of which consisted of my air being cut off! Was pretty freaky to say the least! We also sat a simple enough exam this afternoon to test us on the knowledge we have learned so far. It was multiple choice so it wasnt too bad!

We’re getting picked up at 6am tomorrow and being brought to the boat where we will be part of a 32 diver group. 16 of which, are at the same level as us, the rest are completing advanced courses and also diving for pleasure. We’ll be on the boat for 3 days and the day after tomorrow we’ll be diving 18 meters deep!

We’re going to rent an underwater camera for one of the dives so we will have some really amazing photos to share. We’ll be swimming with so many different types of fish, even including some sharks! They’ve told us they are not harmful to divers but we’ll see!

Earlier myself and Trish bought our own diving masks and snorkels so we can do some snorkeling and diving as we progress down the east coast! It’s good to know we have our own gear that suits us rather than just using rental gear all the time.

After the exam we went to a 2 hour lecture ran by a crowd called Reef Teach on all the sea life that we’ll be seeing: everything from all the different types of fish to different coral types. It went on a bit as it was all so new to us. It felt like we were being bombarded with information! But I suppose its going to be 10 times as immense when we see it first hand for ourselves.

It’s the Final Touchdown

Calypso Hostel

A big hello from down under, we have finally arrived at our first destination, Cairns, Australia. After about 3 or 4 flights we finally got here. At the moment we are trying desperately to shake off some jet lag and find out whats where in this tourist town. The weather is a bit cloudy but I can’t stress how humid it is! The wife beater is out in full force :p poor Trish… haha…

Its a nice hostel with a pool and bar with some grub in the mornings and evenings. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Cairns too, but they offer a free bus service to the center ever half hour.

We touched down at 8am Cairns time and have desperately battling jet lag since then. It’s looking tough at the moment but I’m sure we’ll win 😛 although we just woke up from an accidental 3 hour nap… Plans for the rest of the day consist of a strict rule of no more sleep before bed time, go for a swim, and look into where we are going after our 5 day diving course we start on Thursday. So for now, I bid you g’day