Homemade Magic Cakes by Grandma

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Hand-painted storefronts of Nimbin
We're now settled in a quaint, eco-conscious backpacker retreat in Nimbin.  The YHA is a real getaway.  We've sort of just spent our time doing not much of anything other than marvel at how lovely it's been lazying about our comfy red couch just outside our room. 

Nestled at the top of a hill about a kilometer outside the one-strip town, this retreat really does feel isolated when looking over all the grassy hilltops and tall trees, especially since we had to drive along several lengthy and winding country roads to find the place.  Other than needing to do grocery runs at the local store in town, this place had all we needed: a room, a big couch for enjoying some fresh air, and a swimming pool.
The main drag in Nimbin
  And even though we lost power for the night, it just made the whole place seem that much nicer.

Nimbin is quite the town.  It's a true hippie, free-loving, weed loving, happy community.  Just walking down the one strip of shops and cafes elicits offers to purchase weed or homemade magic cakes baked by little old hippie grannys (totally happened!).  Many of the townspeople here are dressed as though they've just stepped out of an ashram or hippie commune somewhere in India.  Our happy baking granny was found knitting on a public bench wearing a purple satin frock and her frail looking frame was crowned with a purple floral headband, a shock of long white hair and serene, friendly smile.

All the storefronts in Nimbin have hand-painted signage reading things like "Rainbow Love" or "Bringabong".
Poster advertising Nimbin's annual Mardi Grass festival
  Posters on the public bulletin boards read of available rooms in co-ops, yoga and meditation classes, and poetry readings at the local vegetarian cafe. The shops themselves are mostly hemp-centric selling hemp clothing or homeopathic creams made from all natural ingredients.  Every other shop is a head shop selling wide varieties of pipes and bongs and posters advocating the legalization of marijuana.  Information about the subject was readily available around town. 

And you also find stores selling items from exotic spiritual places such as India or Nepal... or Thailand!  Rod and I easily picked out common tourist souvenirs from several of the countries we've traveled such as little wooden Buddha statuettes, rope necklaces, and colourful scarves, all the while mentally noting the marked up prices.  I sort of get a kick out of seeing people gawk at 'authentic' and spiritual New Age nick-knacks shipped all the way from India when in reality these pieces are one of hundreds of thousands replicated in sweat shops designed to make money off the tourist market.  $30 is a nice mark-up on an item that cost 50 cents to make. 

Sorry, I digress.

And I don't want to take away from the 'must see' nature of Nimbin - it is a must see kind of place. 
alwaysmoving says:
You're just a must see kind of person
Posted on: Dec 18, 2008
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Hand-painted storefronts of Nimbin
Hand-painted storefronts of Nimbin
The main drag in Nimbin
The main drag in Nimbin
Poster advertising Nimbins annual…
Poster advertising Nimbin's annua…
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