“If you don’t live on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
I’m now more of a crispy red color, thanks to my nap. I did one hour on the front, one hour one the back, plus a little swimming. I don’t burn easily but out here, that’s all it takes, even with sunscreen. But it doesn’t really hurt, so it can’t be that bad. And it sure is relaxing to lay there in the breeze with the ocean crashing on the beach in perpetual rhythm. After a while you even get used to all the topless women wandering around too. Mostly. While there I met a guy who was receiving a haircut from a girl, right on the beach. She offered to give me a cut too, for A$10, and I almost accepted just for the novelty of it. The guy liked my blue Oregon Coast Aquarium shirt, with the yin/yang live fish/fish skeleton on the front, and wanted to buy it from me for A$20. I refused.
On the way to the beach I encountered a very large reptile of some kind. I also encountered two Kiwis playing chess on the porch of my hostel cabin. I swear they told me it was a ‘manatee,’ which it definitely isn’t. It was over a meter long and tame like a city squirrel. When I first saw it I was apprehensive; the only lizard I’d seen anywhere near that size was a crocodile. But this fella was more scared of me than vice versa; When I approached for a closer look, he shambled away. Guess it was rummaging through trash.
After I ate dinner I scoped out the bars. The one with the best crowd was beginning to fill up so I got a schooner of VB and found a table. I chatted with these two girls from London briefly, but they were just about to leave when I got there (preparing for a sailing trip like the one I’d take the next day). I didn’t see anyone else who looked interesting, so I took off. I bought some postcards to send home and stir up some serious envy.
So now I’m back at the hostel. This one is different from the other two I’ve been to. Here, each dorm is a discrete cabin. The cabins are very simple, almost primitive, but not in a bad way. There’s no need for sturdy construction, insulation, and so on when the weather’s basically perfect all the time. You almost don’t even need shelter here. It’s clean and simple and it suits me fine. And at A$12 a night, an unquestionable bargain for lodging 100 meters from a beach.