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Published: March 24th 2010
Day 109: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010.
Surfers Paradise, Australia.
Per the Contiki Brochure, "With a free day, hang out among the bronzed bodies and surfers on the golden sands. Our hotel is only a short walk from the beach. For adrenaline-junkies, there’s an optional tandem skydive, where you can get your thrills and an amazing bird’s eye view over the area. Otherwise, try out some kayaking or even a Harley Davidson ride - your Tour Manager can help you get the most out of your time here. You could also hit the shops - Surfers has some great places to shop and a huge outlet mall for bargains, so get some tips from your Tour Manager. Tonight, there’s the chance to experience ‘Draculas’ - a fun vampire-themed cabaret show and dinner. Watch dancers, singers and comedians perform as you tuck into a three course meal."
I don't have anything planned until our excursion tonight (Dracula's Cabaret). So, myself and Michelle head into town, do a little shopping and crash on the beach for a bit. We went into the water for about 5 minutes but the waves were ridiculous and we soon decided we valued our lives more than
that. We were then joined by Christine and we headed off to the do Aquaduck
tour. This is a bus that does a land tour for about 10 minute and then it goes into the water (one of those army type boats) and does a 40 minute tour of the harbor. It was a unique way to see the city.
That night, we dressed up and headed over to Dracula's Cabaret
. This is a dinner theater that is "run by vampires" and the show they are currently doing is "Vampirates". Basically it's a variety show and it was funny as hell and a definite must do if you see it playing somewhere. To get into the theater, you hop on the "ghost train" which is basically like the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. Shaz was kind enough to warn me that there is someone who jumps out of you (I have a tendency to burst into tears and then hit whoever scared me when I get scared- I do not enjoy that.) So, I rode with Harley and kept my eyes shut the whole time. The waiters are all in character and everyone was hysterical. I had to shake my
head at my disappointed memory of Moulin Rouge- this blew that out of the water. This was the best night I had on the trip, even though I did get picked on. We were sitting at the front of the stage so the actors were singling some of us out and having a few laughs. I was wearing a rather busty dress and they mentioned that if I had been on board the Titanic, it wouldn't have sunk. Nice to have the girls appreciated. They had some technical goof ups in the show and the way they rolled with it made it even funnier (from accidentally hitting a fellow actor in the nuts to the set not being set up correctly but the curtain going up- they laughed and had fun with it.)
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