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Friday, May 19, 2000
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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Cairns, QLD, Australia:
Latitude: 16° 55' 21" South
Longitude: 145° 46' 43" East
Altitude: 5 feet
From Seattle: 7914 miles
Lodging: Hotel - International Hostel

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Road Miles:5 miles
Weather: Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1135
Miles Driven:184432
Linear Dist: 217469
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
More stats...
Hotels: 379
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 126
Hostels: 253
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3990

Journal Entry:
Woke up early to go to the doctor. It's raining and I get drenched on my walk to the car - luckily it's not cold, and I got a cup of coffee on the way. At the clinic I don't even have time to drink my coffee I'm in with the doctor in less than a minute and three minutes later I'm at the pharmacy. From parking the car to driving away is well under ten minutes! Basically the doctor thinks the same thing I do, for whatever reason one of my inner ears isn't adjusting to the decrease in pressure as I accend from a dive. The irritation causes the condition to gets worse over multiple dives. He's prescribed Stemetil 5mg (Prochlorperazine) - one to be taken before diving to try and prevent the irritation and condition.

Back at the hostel I talked with the booking desk and ended up booking a couple dives on the outer reef tomorrow. Unfortunately that means I have to be up very early tomorrow! The rain means that there wasn't much to do so I spent a long time talking about the different trips available. Finaly I opted for one of the cheaper ones - if my ears are fixed, I'll book a multi day trip later.

Spent most of the afternoon on the internet programming - I've been trying to set up a next layout for the photos in my journal and I got fed up and decided to redesign the entire layout engine so that templates are used. This way I can change the layout of journal pages without messing with the journal engine. I'm only playing with one of the photo pages right now, but once I get it working, it will be easy to propigate through the rest of the journal pages. I got the concept to work on the net, and then later wrote the functions to finish it off - maybe tomorrow afternoon I'll get to try them on the web.

Had dinner at the adjacent pub (dinner is included with the price of the hostel). It's pretty strange as the restaruant is quite nice and the food excellent. The service isn't so good - they really treat the backpackers like lepers, but it's kind of funny as well. I just don't know why the deal between the hostel and the restaruant exists.

After I got bored reading I wandered around the Cairns Night Market until they started to shut down at eleven.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cairns
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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