So, the town of Nimbin is actually built in an extinct volcano... when I heard this, I was expecting dust and dirt roads and not much greenery (you hear 'volcano' and that is the image that is usually conjured) but it was actually the most beautiful, green, lush, hilly place I've seen in a long time! The scenery driving up to get into the volcano, and driving down into the volcano, was just breathtaking. A few of the roads were pretty scary because we were like right next to a cliff and there was no wall... but it was very neat.
So, it took about an hour to get to the town of Nimbin, and it was so interesting... all the shops were colourful and bright and it was exactly what you would think a town run by hippies would look like...
Seriously, it was like... you take the sixties, put it in an (extinct) volcano, and there you have Nimbin.
After we wandered around the town and had lunch, we got onto the bus again and went off to the market. It was kind of like a flea market run by hippies. (Is anyone catching the hippy motif on this trip?)
And of course, what hippy market would be complete without a drum circle? They were actually really good. It was a shame there was no dijiridu player so we'd know that these were Australian hippies.
So anyway, we wandered around the market for about an hour, then we got back onto our bus to go to see the waterfall. The waterfall was located inside a rainforest... which brought back so many memories of Costa Rica! We only had a short time at the rainforest/waterfall, so I didn't really have time to explore... pretty much we all had time to eat a slice of watermelon and look at the waterfall for a few minutes, and that was it. We didn't go swimming.... some of the other groups did that but I think because we were running a bit late, we only were able to see the waterfall from on top of the cliff. It was a HUGE DEEP cliff, but the waterfall was really neat. The bus driver said that normally the waterfall wasn't as big, but because of all the rain we had gotten lately it was much more spectacular than it would have been. So I guess there was one good thing about all that rain!
So after the waterfall and watermelon, we got back on the bus and headed for home. It was really a great trip, very interesting and I've never really been to a place like that before. It was like an entirely different culture!
Anyway, I didn't really do much last night after I got back from the trip, we just went and had ice cream and sat on the beach and watched the waves and looked at the stars. I took a goodbye picture of all the people that I hung out with while in Byron Bay, since most likely we won't see each other again! None of them are Australian, but I have certainly met people from a variety of other places in the world!
I still haven't met too many Australians, but that will change soon I'm sure... At least I'm going to meet mom's friend soon!
If you have noticed, the pictures are smaller and I was able to put them right side up! I figured out a way to do it (sometimes) on computers, only if the computer lets me save files. I made them a smaller size to make them upload a lot faster. Since I'm paying to use the internet by the half hour...
And now to leave you. I'm going to be on a 12 hour bus trip this afternoon, to get back to Sydney for a day or two so I can the work stuff settled... or wwoofing stuff if that's what I choose to do (most likely it is what I'm going to do, it would be neat to stay with different Australian families and experience their day to day life... and experience the REAL Australia)
But I'll give you one last picture... this was from a couple of nights ago when we were playing Jenga at the restaurant we were at. I was making a funny face so I wanted to share. Good times, good times!
p.s. - sorry about the pictures... they are off center and weird, I tried to make them side-by side but I guess it didn't work when it was published, and now I only have 15 minutes of time left on my session so it'll have to stay this way!