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September 4, 2003

Poor and happy!

Brisbane Daily Life

I actually managed to round up 3-4 others that were interested in the diving course I mentioned yesterday, but none of them could say for certain that they wanted to come along, or even if they could! For me this spells out that some of them are going to decline when the time comes to order the trip, so even of there were any spots left we'd be to few to go (due to the shared cost of renting a car). In this situation it would both be too late to find someone else to go with as well as to book another trip, so this morning I threw caution to the wind and ordered the Extreme Adventures "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!".

Including the return airfare from Cairns and extra activities like Jet-skis and skydiving this trip will set me back about $2000 AUD, which is a heck of a lot of money for a poor student. But in return I get the best springbreak adventure EVER! In a group of about 50 people we will travel up along the coast of Queensland, first visiting Australia Zoo and then spending two days on Fraiser Island, the worlds largest sand island. There we will drive around in ex-military trucks and have plenty of oppourtunities for surfing, sand-boarding, swimming in small culps as well as other watersports.

We are then leaving Fraser Island by sailboat through the Whitsundays, a beautiful area of small tropical islands and resorts off the coast from Airlie Beach. After snorkling and dazing in this paradise for a couple of days we sail on out to the outer Great Barrier Reef to swim and dive at the worlds most famous corals. From there the trip goes on to Cairns, the largest city on the north-eastern coast with a population of 120.000 people. There we will have an unscheduled day where everyone can do what they like best, I'm thinking of trying skydiving then, but we will see. Then after nightfall we all meet up again for a great party out in the jungle with bungee jumping into a tropical lagoon. Can you imagine the fun! The day after is the final day of the trip, which will be spent white water rafting in the Tully River and ending in a farewell party at the hotel in Cairns before catching a plane back to Brisbane the next morning.

When its all said and done, I think the trip will be worth the cost... and I'm feeling quite relieved that the decision is made and that I get a really cool springbreak. And best of all: These memories will last forever! :D

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