Sunday, July 27, 2008

Random stuff altogether

I lost my camera case a couple of days ago. I think I left it in the shuttle bus that took me from my hostel to the Greyhound stop in Hervey Bay. It's not a huge problem but this kind of thing bothers me a bit. I'm going to have to buy a new case now. The hardest part is finding a store that sells the item I'm looking for.

I have about a week now before I have to head to Thailand. I have been trying to prepare for it. I looked up some places to stay in Bangkok for 1 night when I arrive. has a ton of different places on the list but because there's so much selection I'm not sure which one to pick.

I purchased a lonelyplanet thai expressions book while I was in Cairns over a week ago but I haven't looked in it yet. I don't expect to be a master at it but I would like to show the locals that I do respect their language and do wish to learn something about their culture while I'm there.

I'm on the greyhound now headed toward a place called Byron Bay. There's supposed to be a hippie culture there and be very friendly to backpackers. I'm guessing the average age there is pretty young as well.

Byron Bay will be the last stop before I hit Sydney again and prepare for my flight to Bangkok. I have 4 nights to hang out in Byron. The only thing I definitely have planned is surfing lessons. I've heard that Byron is the best place to learn to surf because the beaches are very wide and shallow, which make the waves even and long lasting (and safe). I hope so, because I don't feel like hurting my back again. :)

I've been having trouble finding a good way to call internationally. The computers in the internet cafes and hostels here are just not up to par compared to NZ.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you try to contact the shuttle bus office or lost and found in the city.

July 28, 2008 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yeah Jim, don't body surf anymore. No need to get another incident of "Brokeback Mountain"

July 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

No I didn't. I doubted that they would mail it to me. That sounds like too much of a pain for them to bother. The hostel is the place that owns the shuttle bus.

July 29, 2008 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Yeah I won't be body surfing anymore unless the waves are like 2 ft tall. I learned my lesson the first time. :)

July 29, 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Jim, the best way to call internationally is to buy a calling card at any newsstand. It is old fashion, but it still works the best in my opinion. You just need to find a pay phone.

August 18, 2008 at 9:01 PM  

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