Monday, 8 July 2013

NOVA: Student 1 Day 4 - The Coffee Works Shop and Esplanade

1st July 2013 

The docks / marina were filled with boat traffic on the Monday morning of my second week of the two week language course with our first NOVA student.

I have never thought of myself as a boat watcher, ever. That is my Grandfather's domain on beach holidays. He sits with binoculars watching boats come in and keeping track of the shipping timetables.

I am however finding this busy little area of Cairns very interesting especially the different ships coming in ... the ones that are small enough to.


Our afternoon activity was a walk to The Coffee Works Shop here in Cairns. I went to the factory back here when Mum, Sis G and Bro S were visiting.

The shop is a condensed version of their gift shop and includes a coffee shop. It smells delicious, like coffee lovers heaven.

They sell chocolates including the very different chilli chocolate that we taste tested. Never say never to tasting and liking things. It may have been different but it was in a very good way.

They also sell many different varieties of local teas and have a wall filled with tins of different flavours. I thought it was an impressive display perfect for the tea lover.

They also stock some very pretty and individual tea and coffee sets perfect to show of that tasty and aromatic hot drink in.

After checking out the shop and grabbing a coffee for M and Student A, sorry I don't do coffee or tea really ... especially in hot weather, we stopped at what according to M is the BEST gelato shop near the Esplanade. We then found a shady spot to sit and eat while watching the Esplanade life pass by.

We saw one of the ferries come back from Green Island.

Then on a dawdling walk back to the Nova School I spotted some Rainbow Lorikeets in the palms along the Esplanade. Student A and M loved them. Student A is very much into birds and animals and loves any sighting.




We then saw another flying thing but not a bird. It seemed that Clown Fish have learnt to fly in this part of the world. I just love the paint job on this helicopter that does tours and flights to The Reef and Green Island.

It was such a beautiful afternoon enjoyed by many on the Esplanade who were soaking up the sun at the Lagoon. It really did look like a great place to be spending the afternoon but I think all those sunburnt backs we saw along the way might not have been thinking so by that night.

What interesting things do you get to see and do as part of your job?
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