Thursday night, End of October, 2013. Towards the end of the Build Up.
Mindil Beach Markets.
Though now more orientated to tourists than locals there was still good food to be had at the markets among the cheap chinese plastic and knock-off t-shirts.
The two couples weaved among the food stalls, a local man stood singing with a group of backpackers providing percussion and encouragement and further along the beach people were walking back up beneath the trees from watching the sunset.
A couple of Belgian boys had passed out on the grass and some Larrakeyah kids were painting them various colours with some textas, a tall Yolngu man stumbled along through the crowd muttering to himself and a loud group of young pilipinas giggled and chattered their way noisily up the main thoroughfare.