So, we've finally arrived in Byron Bay! I have been looking forward to going here for so long! After all these relatively small towns it is great to come in a bigger place once again. I just love it here. Byron Bay is very interesting, on the one hand it is quite touristic with a lot of back[packers walking round nd also a lot of travel agencies etc. But on the other hand it is also quite "alternative" with lot of new age shop nd hippuie-like people walking around. The atmosphere here is quite relaxed, it kind of reminds me of Santa Fe.
We arrived here yesterday late afternoon in the pouring rain. We were all quite tired and didn't have a place to sleep yet when we arrived, when we decided to just park the car, have a coffee and read the lonely planet to see where to go. When we got out of the car we walked past a travel agency and when I peeked inside I saw two fmiliar faces: Ingrid and Sanne! They are the 2 girls we met in Port Macquarie and have been meeting everywhere ever since. That was quite funny and we decided to have dinner together afterwards as it would probably be the last time we'd meet.
We then went to have a cup of coffee and a local guy started a conversation when he saw the lonely planet. So I asked himn if he knew a hostel. He took his mobile phone and we heard him arranging a room for 18 dollars (really cheap for Byron!) in the centre!! Turns out he was the manager of a hotel over there... That was really cool! So we went there and were amzaed at how nice it was! When we went on the terrs we met some guys who said they were playing in a band in the pub of our hotel. We couldn't miss that! So after dinner with Ingrid and Sanne we went there to check it out and it turned out that they played really good! Some mix of r&b/ hip hop/ soul, it was really much fun!
Anyway, today we had to change hostels becuse the offer was just for 1 night, so after having a looong breakfast we searched whole of Byron Bay for an ccomodation landing in the funniest and dirtiest places until we finally landed here at the "BAckpackers at the beach", good price and 1 minute walkiong from the beach. Planning to stay here for at least 2 more days, I hope longer! Tomorrow going to go dolphin kayaking, really looking forward to that! But now we are first going to have our 10th???BBQ and meet up with a few other guys we have met so far who also turned out to be staying here.
Ok, time is almost up again, still didn't manage to upload the photos, hope to be able to do so in the next few days. Lots of regards from Renee too!