Here is just a quick blog fix for you all before I tell you about the zoo (tomorrow).
I arrived in Noosa a couple of days ago, and didn't really do much in the actual city... because my hostel (called Dolphins Beach House) was about a 3 hour walk from the city. I was picked up by their courtesy shuttle, so at least I didn't have to walk, but straight from the beginning I wasn't really thrilled with the hostel... the people weren't exactly RUDE to your face, but it was kind of like, they wouldn't do anything extra for you... anything that might inconvenience them in the slightest. For example... I asked "do you have laundry machines?" and they said "yes.". That was it, no letting me know where they were or any extra information (or telling me that the dryer was a dollar every FIVE MINUTES!). Also, everytime I went to ask them a question, they gave me the impression that it was just so hard for them to have to ANSWER my questions... a real 'too busy for you' kind of attitude.
The hostel itself was OK, but it looked a little dirty... and a bit run-down. It was in the suburban area, so it wasn't noisy or anything like that, but if I had known that it was so far away from the town (where I can DO things) I probably would have chosen some place different... The only reason I booked into this place, actually, was because this was the place my travel agent recommended. It seemed like they really wanted to market it as a peaceful escape from city life... they had little paintings and sculptures all over, it could have been nice if it was a bit better maintained.
About the far distance to the city... at least they had about 10 shuttles running to and from town throughout each day... but I really like the freedom of choosing myself when to go to or leave... which is why I like walking places.
Another thing that irked me a bit was the fact that all over the rooms and the common areas, there were little signs posted... little messages from the staff to us that made me feel like they didn't really think much of our intelligence. For example, there were three signs around each light... one saying "please save the planet and turn off the light" one saying "Shut off the light when you are done with it" and one saying "It's simple! Flick off the bloody switch!". There were signs around the fridge telling us to put our food back in the fridge or the cockroaches will come, and signs saying "It makes us very cranky having to wake you guys up at 9:30 to get you to check out! blah blah blah blah..." Also, there was a sign that said "starting in january, everyone is only allowed to stay a maximum of one week" so I guess they didn't like seeing people any longer than that...
Maybe they had problems in the past with a couple of the patrons, but because of that, they make me feel less valued and feel like I am being spoken down to... Maybe I am being overly-sensitive, but I just didn't like it. Some of the signs were just nice reminders, and some were downright rude.
I also had the feeling that the people didn't care so much about anyone from when I was on the computer, and overheard the conversations of the staff amongst themselves, talking rudely about someone that they had just gotten off the phone with. And speaking of the computers... the hours of being able to use them are terrible! The reception closes at 8, and that means you must be off the computers at 8. And the night before last (when I told you that they said 10 more minutes) it was actually only about 7:35... I overheard them saying that they really wanted to leave, so they decided amongst each other to close the office early. "Sorry guys, we are closing 15 minutes early, so you have 10 more minutes on the computer!"
Maybe it is just unfortunate for Dolphins that I just came from Fraser Island, where I had a bit of bad luck which caused me to spend a lot more money than I thought I would have to that week (the camera wasn't too expensive, but still, I am on a tight budget!) so maybe I am a bit harsher than I would normally be... but I am so glad to be leaving today and heading for Byron Bay... my favorite place so far :) And pretty much, my last stop before going home...
One more thing about the hostel that I am staying at before I go... I am not yet sure if it is true yet... but I woke up the night before last with 3 bites on my wrist, and a couple on my arm. Then, this morning, I saw a bunch of bites on my leg. I don't know what bedbug bites look like, and I got a bit worried when I saw this... if it was mosquitos, that is fine, but if it was bedbugs... it would REALLY skeeve me out. I talked to the manager about it, and she looked at my bites and said that it didn't look like the bedbug bites, which tend to bite in a straight line all in one area of your body... but she would check anyway just in case. Me, I hope beyond hopes that this is true, and it's just mosquitos, but as soon as I get to my next hostel I am giving ALL my things a good wash. They do LOOK like mosquito bites... so I guess I am not as worried as I might be...
OK, until my next post! Bye now everyone!