Flying to the Gold Coast again

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Us and the swedes

We checked out early, dumped our bags at the hostel 2 doors up (Wizard of Oz - affiliated with the hostel we were in and annoyingly much nicer with common room, dvds and TV etc) and wandered down for a five dollar lunch and wireless at Five-O's bar above McDonalds. We concocted a rough plan for the excursion we want to go on but our phones wouldn't call the 1800 numbers so we decided to leave it till we got to Coolangatta, before setting off to catch our plane around 3.30pm. As we landed at 7pm it became clear that it had been raining, and our shuttle bus drove through some amazing forked lightning till we finally arrived at our hostel in the pouring rain. My flip flop fell off as we were running and started floating away! So much for the Gold Coast and the jealous friends we left behind! At the hostel we ran under cover into the bar area with pool table, TVs, sofas and books.

Tiger - security man for the Indy 300
It seemed like a really cool place so we dropped our bags and came downstairs for a drink. It's the first time we've shared a dorm, and the first time we've had to strike up conversation with other travelers since our last hostel we had a room to ourselves and no bar. I suggested a pool game as a good way to start conversation but it was Megha's request for an ATM that got us chatting and soon we were sat down with a Matt, Maria, her swedish friend and Tiger, a rowdy old fella down here to do security for the upcoming Indy 300 streetcar racing. Since the bar was shutting soon, Matt cleared out the bar of beers and when they shut off the lights we sat in the dark with a torch chatting. We stayed up till about 1am until the younger kids paired off for a grope so Megs and I went to bed. It's a bit weird hanging out with kids, but I'm hoping the excursions will see a more varied age group and more cultural past-times!

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Us and the swedes
Us and the swedes
Tiger - security man for the Indy …
Tiger - security man for the Indy…
Us and Maria
Us and Maria
Talking late into the night with o…
Talking late into the night with …
The boys
The boys
The girls
The girls