So, let me continue with the 31st of May. Just before we went to the cinema I had called the people of the Whitsundays to ask if it is possible to delay the trip for one week, as we wanted to stay in Bundaberg to work a little. They answered no. There was no way to reschedule the trip and we'ld loose all our money if we didn't go...
That was at around 3 pm on tuesday, and the trip would start the next day... I thought it would be a waste of money not to go and besides I had really been looking forward to the sailing trip there, so basically I wanted to go, but Renee thought it was too last-minute and preferred to stay in Bundaberg to work and earn the money of the entire trip back that way. It was kind of a hard decision because it was all quite stressful and very last-minute indeed, and besides I'd have to go on my own... But in the end I decided to go and make the Whitsundays trip and meet Renee and Daniel after that in Airlie beach.
Anyway, after the cinema I quickly packed all my stuff, we had a nice goodbye-dinner at an italian restaurant and then it was time for me to leave... Renee and Daniel brought me to the Greyhound station and at 8pm my bus left... That was really sad as we had been travelling together since 1 1/2 months and it was quite weird to be on my own now.
Tu 01/06/2005 -Sa 04/06/2005
I slept as good as possible on the GReyhound and arrived in Airlie Beach at 7am. I then had to go into town to confirm my booking, pay the reef tax and after that I had to pack my bag for the 4 days. That was all quite stressful but luckily I made it to the marina just in time at 12am to leave on the Ise Pearl (beautiful boat!!).
At the marina I met the other 6 girls Kerry (Wales), Ulrika, Michelle & Jana (Germany), Claudia (Switzerland) and Sophie (Denmark) (no guys at all??!!!) and the 2 boat owners (Captain) Sparrow and Machi. When we were complete we left to the boat and I loved it from the start. It wasn't a hiuge boat, but there was enough space to sit down and relax, even to lie down in the sun!
After everybody had chosen their bed and organised their stuff, we set sail towards the Whitsunday Islands! The weather wasn't too good, it was quite windy and there was little sun, but in the end that just made it more exciting as the whole boat moved with the wind...so glad I didn't get seasick!!!!
There is not much more to tell about the Whitsundays actually. During the 4 days we basically sunbathed at daytime, sometimes we had a stop at one of the islands to go swimming, snorkelling or fishing, and in the evenings we stopped at some quiet place and enjoyed the sunsets, the delicious food Machi cooked for us and we just chatted to eachother. Those 4 days were soooo relaxing.
Today we came back from the Whitsundays, said good-bye to Machi and Sparrow and of course the Ise Pearl. We were all kind of sad that the trip was over and we were all still wobbling, because in those 4 days on the boat we hadn't set foot on land even once!!!
Jana, Kerry and I decided to have a BBQ together so that we wouldn't have to go back to 23-minute nnoodles straight away. That was really nice still.
This morning I had to say good-bye to Jana & Kerry and I was really on my own now. I decided to go to the beach, but it started raining... Then I went into town and did a little bit of (window) shopping there. I was on my way back to the hostel when I met Shawn & Michelle with their little baby Joey, whom we had met in Brisbane. IT was so good to see them, and Joey had actually leasrned to crawl in the meantime!! I chatted a little bit with them and than they gave me a ride to the hostel. That was really nice.
In the hostel I met some Israelan guys and went to have dinner with them. Down there I also met Zoey, an american girl we had met in Noosa, and after that we met some really nice english guys. There was a live band playing and I had a really nice evening.