Cairns, Australia part 1

I have been in Cairns for 9 days now and it has been just great. First of all we are here for one special reason, our friends are getting married :) !!!!!!!!

When we arrived in Cairns it was raining, and that is not so unusuall as January can be a raining season. However, we was told that in the last few days it had been raining about three times more than it would usually do when the monsoon rains is there in February. Great, we are going to be soaked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rain did stop at times, thank god, and the first day we had without rain and lots of sun was when we went to the Great Barrier Reef. As we are here for a wedding we are a group of 40 people from Norway so we did this trip as a group activity, and it was so much fun. We had clear skys and clear water and the 1,5 hour boat trip out to the reef was just fab, everybody layed out on deck and got loads of sun:) Temperature this day was about 32 degrees. Even though it is raining here now, it is always warm, and very humid, it can be up to 97% humidity in the air! When we arrived at the reef the first thing we had to do was snorkeling, and that was a really fun experience. I have snorkeled before, but this was just beyond every thing I have ever seen. The reef had so much tropical fish, plans and lots more you think you would just see in pictures. Everybody who goes to Cairns needs to do this, it is something you will never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bride prize was one of the highlights while we were in Cairns. The groom?s family had invited the whole family and all of us from Norway to spend the evening with them in traditional PNG (Papa New Guinea) style. The whole concept of the bride price was that the groom?s family gave the brides family gifts so they would accept the marriage.  When the bride?s family accepted the gifts, she would be ?owned? by the groom and his family after the marriage.  So for this ritual people had dressed up in traditional PNG style and the bride was the center of attention with all this traditional clothing and accessories on her. They walked from one of the houses where they had dressed up and made the bride ready and into the garden of the house where we all were sitting and waiting, singing and dancing on their way???..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gifts were presented to the bride?s family and all of it was handmade stuff, made by the groom?s family. It was a very generous gift and of course the bride?s family accepted them. Even we got a nice Aussie/PNG handbag, very very thankful for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course parties like this have a lot of food! To make this evening special a whole pig was put on the bbq and we were served all types of fish, meat, potatoes, salads, bread, pasta etc etc, PNG style. It was delicious!!!!!!  And do not forget all the good drinks we had????.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things we also had to do was going to the zoo. Cairns tropical zoo is not very big, but they have all the animals you want to see in Australia.  We first went to see the Lemur as they were about to be fed when we arrived there.  They are so cute and very clever animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next it was the Kangaroos, and there we could go all the way up to the kangaroos and feed them if we wanted. Of course the kangaroos have their little resting place where we were not allowed to enter, and with our luck almost all the kangaroos were there. And the food we could give them??????????.. They didn?t want it ??????????? Talk about picky animals!!!!!!! Anyway, they were great, and if we had been patient enough and just sat down with them for a while they would have come up to us. Actually there was one little male kangaroo that I managed to flirt a little with so he ate the food from my hand (too bad there is no pictures of it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can not miss the crocodiles, some of them are huge! All of the crocodiles have been captured somewhere in the Queensland area around Cairns, and there is always a reason why they are being captured and put into the zoo. One of them had taken 30 kettles, no wonder he has to spend his life in the zoo!  Another one had eaten the Sherrif's dog............................ you know you're in trouble when you do that;) The small crocks on the other hand, have been born in the zoo. Quite cute I must admit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am terrified of snakes but had to go and look at them. Well, not going to write about all the different types of snakes they had there, but it was many, and they are butt ugly, just look at the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairs zoo is not very big, but it is worth going to if you are in Cairns. You will go through the plae in a few hours, and then you are using your time. There is a few other animals we saw as well, of course there was koala bears there too, and a wallaby and a wombat, and some birds. I want a kuala, it is very lazy and it likes to sleep, it is the perfect pet and I think Roxy(my dog) would just love it! When I get to Sydney  I am going to the zoo again, this time I am going to hold a koala or maybe pet a tiger...... ha ha, just joking:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to Cairns zoo on the 31st of December and you all know what day that is! We had the perfect new years eve party. We all, 40 Norwegians, went to Salt house at Cairns marina for a three course dinner and it was amazing. The fireworks was great. First at 21.00 it was a fantasic firework show for the kids and at 24.00 for the grow ups, or who ever was awake. Too bad I did not have my camera at 9 when I watched it at the pier, at 12 I was back at the hotel :(

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you guessed right, it was a white theme that night!

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