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Prepare to watch the sun sink. Fanny Bay


I sat for a time around the Darwin airport with the rest of the team who had a couple of hours here until they could get their connecting flight to Brisbane.  They were going to overnight in the city then make the final flight across the ditch to NZ tomorrow.  I was a little sad to not be doing that with them and felt a little like I was missing out on a piece of this adventure but I concentrated on what the next few weeks might have in store for me and that seemed far better than getting home too soon.


When finally I got a shuttle into the city I landed a bunk bed in a room with 7 other guys at the Darwin YHA.  I have to admit that the room smelled bad.

  Boys stink and the airconditioned status of the room meant it was never aired by having a window thrown wide.  It needed it desperately!


The reason I hung here at the hostel was to find the best way to head south through to Adelaide, Bryon Bay, or where ever else providence may lead me.  As far as this was concerned I checked the hostel notice boards and found 4 notices from people looking for happy campers to share their costs as they travelled south from Darwin.  I gave them all a call and ended up arranging a meeting with a couple of them over the weekend so that we could discuss the details and I could decide which would suit me best.


Tonight though was the Mindil Market was on down at Fanny Bay.

Emdee: Drum n Base digeridoo. V.Cool!!
 This is a regular Thursday night market during the Darwin dry season.  I caught a bus and wandered around in the late afternoon sun.  There were lots of food stalls and touristy goods like crocodile t-shirts and leather goods.  The highlight for me was a digeridoo drum and base band called “emdee” who were drawing a huge crowd with their fantastic music.


Everyone was enjoying the sun as they wandered around the market but I headed over onto the beach to catch the sun as it set into the sea.  I wasn’t alone, there were hundreds of people of all ages sitting on the sand waiting to see the same spectacle.


I stayed at the market until after I had eaten dinner (Turkish) and before I suffered too much from the cool night air.  The bus home at about 9.30pm was full of those leaving the market, many with artworks, toys and painted faces as proof of their visit.



goezi says:
Thanks Dan, for all the grins and encouragement. I have more to do on this trip and the next 4 months as well. Just can't seem to get the telling done when i'm living it. You've better discipline than I on that score mate. I don't even find the time to log on!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
rotorhead85 says:
Another great blog, Chad! Fascinating story and read, thanks!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2010
goezi says:
Cheers Britt. C:
Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
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