I’ve been quiet on my blog for the last five weeks and now that I’m done touring Australia, I finally have something to write about! Here is the first of my daily entries from my travels, and more photos are available on Facebook.
from June 27
After checking in to the luxury of a hotel room after two weeks camping and five weeks in a hostel, I almost didn’t want to leave the room to explore the city. The Comfort Inn was a far cry from the Sheraton or Hyatt where I often stayed for work a year ago, but looking back on the circumstances then, I realize I am so much happier now, even if I have traded down in other respects.
Conceding I should explore the city while I had the chance, I walked down Mitchell Street, where all the pubs and shops were. The street was much like every other city boasting its renowned party district, so overall, the experience was underwhelming.
I stopped by a pub to have a drink but headed back to the hotel for food. Darwin is really expensive; almost as much as Sydney. It was a shock to the system after enjoying cheap prices in the backpacker-friendly Cairns. Despite the prices, there are a surprising number of backpackers here. I’m beginning to notice a distinct “backpacker” smell, and they’re all starting to look the same.
Dinner was order-in pizza, and it was 90% grease with a bit of cheese and pepperoni thrown in for good measure. It wasn’t great, but it did the trick.
Overall, my impression of Darwin is that it has a certain rough-around-the-edges vibe that makes me uneasy, and I can’t wait to leave.