Down And Out In Darwin
So the flight from Singapore to Darwin is only like 4.5 hours. So even with the NyQuil, it's not really a good sleep on the plane. But I think I did doze off for a bit. Landed in the pre-dawn Darwin and caught a taxi to my hotel. So the cab pulls up and there's a sign that says the hotel is closed (and has been for 2 months) until April. Lovely. Mind you, it's now 615AM. And I am stumbling tired and not in the mood for this. There's another DoubleTree right next door so I go there. They have rooms available, but I can't check in until 3PM. Unless I want to pay for an early check in. Fine. So I get up to my room, which is stark and sad compared to my junior villa in Phuket, close the curtains, pop the ear plugs in, and go to sleep. I wake up around 1130 feeling marginally better.
I clean up and I've got two things I want to do. First I want to check out the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and second I need to find a plug adapter. Apparently both of my multi-plug adapters don't work for AUS/NZ. Lovely. Anyways, I hope a cab to the museum and it is hot, hot, hot outside. It's in the mid 90s and with the humidity it's over 100. Lovely. The museum is nice. I really like the aboriginal artwork that uses dots. I just find it fascinating. And there was plenty of it. There was also an interesting exhibit about Cyclone Tracy that basically wiped out Darwin in 1974. It was a category 5 cyclone that ripped directly through Darwin at a time when building standards were not what they needed to be. You could go into a dark room and listen to recording of the cyclone and it was a bit creepy.
After the museum, I hit the downtown to find my adapters and some more cold medicine and then hit a local pub for lunch and a pint. I did see an Irish bar called "Shennanigans" which I thought was hilarious. Then it was back to the hotel to do laundry. My cold is still kicking my ass so I basically laid low for the rest of the day. I did want to find a place for my sunset cocktail, but late in the afternoon a pretty savage thunderstorm rolled into town so I just hunkered down in my room. My tour starts at 0615, so no late night partying for me.