So in about 8 hours I am flying up to Cairns (pronounced "Cans" to the people here). I'm staying with a friend of one of my cousins. I've never met the guy but have talked to him on the phone a couple times. He sounds like a good guy and is letting me stay at his place, so I have a good feeling about it.
The last couple days were fun. It rained a lot, which cooled the place off a bit so that was good. Friday night, I went out with the York brothers and a few other friends, a couple of them from the capital city of Canberra. Coincedentally we were at a bar literally 2 businesses down from where my other Keene NH contact, Judd Marcello was having a beer. So we met up, had a drink. That was the first time I've seen Judd since arriving so it was great to finally meet him in person. He has been a great help in preparing me for life in Australia.
Finally had my first coffee or as Denis Leary once said my first "Coffee flavored coffee." Its called a Long Black. So I've messed that up a couple times by calling it a Tall Black. Its strong too! Not like my Dunkin Donuts where I could drink a 24 oz cup over the course of an hour. Here it is a 12oz cup, but because it is so rich, it still takes an hour to finish. I miss my watered down black coffee from DD.