Byron bay, the chilled coastal town renowned for its surfing and hippy contingent. I liked this place a lot, it just had a addictive vibe about it that I felt no other place in Australia could offer. No rushing, friendly, cosy and nestled inside an impressive coastline. In terms of stuff to do here there ain't a whole lot, but a trip up to the Cape Byron lighthouse is worth a visit for some top dollar scenery, we even got to spot some whales from here as it was the appropriate season. Surfing too is popular in Byron but then again that is the case in almost all of the east coast in Australia. You'll see kids, old men and camper vans pulling up at any time of the day to catch the latest waves. The hippy thing is prevalent here too so don't be surprised if you meet people with multi-coloured hand-made clothes, walking around with organic vegetables in their arms and trotting around in their bare feet!
So I started scouting for a spot to busk. I stood for 15 minutes at the top of the town near the beach carpark by a low hotel wall. However I felt it was a little windy in this spot and I too would have cramped up the particularly narrow walkway. Whats more, the cops seemed to drive by twice while I was there, so a little unnerved by this I decided to push onto another spot. I really wish I would properly scout out these places the day before since it wastes time and puts me a little more on edge, as my cousin jockey would say it would make you "lose your bottle lad"! I found a spot by a pharmacy store on one of the main streets. It was busy here with plenty of foot traffic. I was slightly fearful that nearby traffic might be a bit loud but I've learned to really project my voice over the last number of years and so I can get away with that issue a lot better than most buskers I reckon. It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. I found actually that the few Irish songs can really attract attention and if you get one person with a connection to hear it then your surely in for a bit of coin! Another lady, Ninni, whom I told I was playing the night before, also dropped by to play a few tunes for me, which sounded fantastic although as she said herself she struggled to create the same volume to combat the surrounding background noise.
One reason why I get a kick out of busking, is often the kids. Kids are not afraid to stare and check you out, unlike many people who are too afraid to take their eyes off the footpath and caught up in a world of mental thought. The slightest funny movement or sound will send a kid either laughing or staring curiously wondering what the hell is going on and who is this guy! It is also, I may add, another good way to get money out of the parents, I mean, if their kids are being entertained then they are kind of obliged to throw something in the kitty!!! In terms of money, it seems to come in droves or waves. You could have periods where you are giving it socks for about 20 minutes working like a slave and you wouldn't even get a look in never mind some tips! However all of a sudden you could get 4 or 5 people coming at once and usually when you are just tuning up or not giving a s**t! Anyway, I earned 50 Australian Dollars here for about two hours work which is quite good, that could cover two nights accomodation for me which is always helpful no doubt, its better than cleaning toilets right?!
Ok lets move towards Sydney.
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