A few weeks ago, Matt, Ron and I headed to Nimbin and Byron Bay for a day trip. We rented a car, and being the only driver over 21, I drove. It was SO STRANGE driving on the other side of the road. I only messed up once, and Matt was paying attention enough to be like "AHHHH," so that was good. I also had a horrible tendency to get distracted by the beautiful countryside of New South Wales and sort of drift toward it.... Anyway, we made it to Nimbin alive, and without getting lost, which was pretty impressive. We got lunch and wandered. Here's a hilarious photo from one of the stores:
They sound like good business hours to me!
Here are some more shots at the museum:
Can you tell I love this museum? Afterward we wandered a bit, and shockingly Matt and Ron let me go into a few of the hippie stores to check out the cool jewelery and clothing. Afterward we just walked around for a little while before getting back in the car to go to Byron. This dog was hanging out outside the hemp embassy, and I thought he was utterly hilarious. I actually put this photo in my portfolio because it's just so ridiculous and awesome.
The laws of Nimbin:
After we got sick of Nimbin (you can really only take so much or you feel like you're losing touch with reality...), we headed off for Bryon. We ran into Matteo, Ryan, Brett and Keebler in the parking lot randomly on the way out! Coming into Byron from Nimbin is SO beautiful. It reminds me of the Postal Service lyrics, "I watch the patchwork farm's slow fade into the ocean's arms," which was my Facebook status for about the week after the trip because I'm cool like that. We immediately got to the beach, about in time for what my photo teacher calls "magic hour." As the sun was setting, some dijiridoo and drum players starting jamming on a rock jetty. Here's a photo of them:
and a little boy rocking to their melodies... with no pants.
Ron and Matt, enjoying their reading on the beach...
After that, we wandered the streets of Byron. I bought another set of peacock earrings (I lost one at the Sydney Mardi Gras). I took a picture of the lighting store next door because it's so pretty!
On our journey to find dinner, we were much dismayed by the following:
WHY DIDN'T I CHANGE ALL MY MONEY TO AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS BEFORE I CAME HERE??!?!?! Ahhhhh!
We got dinner at a crappy kebab place-- there is an abundance of these in Byron Bay, and headed back home. We had to wake up early the next day to return the car- we decided if we get another chance to go to Byron before we leave, we'll spend the night! I'll be updating this soon with the Melbourne trip- sorry I'm so behind!