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Elaine’s Ephemera

 

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

Captain Cook welcomes you to this weird post

As the trip draws to a close, I thought I’d share a few ‘homeless’ items that haven’t earned their own blog posts.  Sadly, this will give you a bit too much insight into how my mind works and what my interests are, so proceed at your own risk. Continue Reading →

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Cairns and North Queensland

Cairns from our hotel room

If South Beach and Tijuana hooked up and had a little city, it would be Cairns.  It’s tropical, it’s wet and it’s got a hefty portion of tacky. A primary hub for boat trips out to the Great Barrier Reef, this holiday destination is filled to the brim with backpacking Aussie and European kids, all looking for seasonal work. The streets are also teeming with Asian tourists.  The city helpfully provides these signs in all the bathrooms to help with the cultural differences:

 Bathroom warning sign

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The ‘Not So Great’ Barrier Reef

Barrier reef in distance
It wasn’t the reef’s fault. It can’t control the endless attention it receives: photos from space, travelogues, reef lore, films like “Open Water”. And it really is completely at the mercy of the weather. And lens filters.

And if one is just talking about size, then, sure, the reef is great. It’s bigger than Great Britain! My experience with the reef – and, granted, we were only together 8 hours – was SO not great. Continue Reading →

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