So it hasn’t even been a week yet and I know how to get around Cairns Town. Yep – I’m zipping around the streets like I’ve been here years and years. And years. No GPS required. No iPhone Maps. No stopping for directions.
Trust me. It’s that small.
But it’s Oh So Pretty. And the people are Oh So Lovely.
Country folk are like that, you see.
Anyway, so I thought I would whip up a short post about my first impressions of life in the tropics. First impressions involving cocktails that have rightfully taken TOP SPOT.
Cairns folk can rockety-rock a cocktail
My. Oh. My. I had a mint and lychee daiquiri and My. Oh. My. It was part frozen, very alcoholic, thirst quenching, and very alcoholic.
It was delicious.
Cairns folk wear hooded jumpers in the morning
Okay so it’s been 20 degrees each morning at around 8 and the locals are evidently cold. Some wear hooded jumpers, some wear trackies. Granted, they stop at gloves and scarves, but I’m really not understanding anything fleece in a climate that turns HOTTY HOT HOT at 9am. Sharp.
Today, I realised my girls needed new summer pyjamas because unexpected move and there are none to be found in any shop in the town of Cairns. It’s 30 bloody degrees and they don’t sell summer pyjamas in a winter that resembles summer.
In fact, they’ve replaced summer pyjamas with fluffy robes and ugg boots.
So the question is: Are these people certifiably insane? Or just unreasonably, unfathomably and genuinely cold?
Cairns folk do good sushi
Lots of talented Japanese in this town and they OWN the Australian sushi trade. Fresh, imaginative and delicious sushi rolls that will rock your world.
Cairns folk are a multicultural bunch
My girls’ new school has Italian, Ugandan, Scottish, Aboriginal, Sri Lankan, Korean and Japanese educators. The kids are are just as varied in ethnicity and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. I want my children to learn about cultures of the world from a young age and I want them grow up knowing and embracing people of every colour, background and walk of life.
- It’s stinking hot in the day. And it’s winter. I fear for my hair in summer. #frizz
- Cairns does good nails #ItsAGirlThing
- I am pleasantly surprised at the standard of coffee (sorry to be judgey, Cairns). It’s good, excellent, even. Except for the place that charged us $5.50 for a takeaway cappuccino #RipOff
- The MYER sucks. Really bad. I’m hoping I find some pretty excellent boutiques when I find actual time to shop. And if I don’t, I’m sure my husband will be happy because less shopping. #ButTheresAlwaysOnlineSozHub
- Rusty’s, the fruit and veg market, is the bomb. I even bought myself a new cart to take with me so I can look like a local. Oh, and the strawberries are stupendous #buylocal
So there you have it! Have you been to Cairns or FNQ? Or are you a local yourself? What juicy Cairns secrets can you divulge?All comments read, appreciated and responded to. So thank you x