My good friend Alison with her daughters Maggie (right) and Freya (left) at their lovely old Queenslander house where I house sat for a few days.
Brisbane is a lovely sub-tropical city about an hour or so north of the Gold Coast. It is the capital city of Queensland, my home state. I went to school and University there and lived there a large part of my life. Even though it was so close, I only managed to find time to spend a few days there on this trip. The main purpose was to house-sit for my good friend Alison who was travelling to the USA for a special workshop. While there I managed to look up a number of my friends. I was especially lucky to catch up with my schoolmate Sandie, who happened to be in town (from Cairns-2000km away) to celebrate her daughter Beth’s 21st birthday.
So here’s a glimpse of my Brisbane buddies and the beautiful Brisbane River.
This blog was started in 2006 when I embarked on a new life adventure teaching English in China. It was a wonderful, enriching and enlightening experience. Many of you came on this journey with me.
For those of you who are searching for more meaning and satisfaction in your life and feel that teaching languages overseas might fit the bill, I enthusiastically encourage you to take up the challenge as I did nine years ago. You will never regret it. In fact you will probably say "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
I then began a journal of my journey home to Australia- the long way round! U... full info
Sue & SandieIwas really lucky to catch up with Sandie as she now lives in Cairns (North Queensland). We have only reconnected with each other for the last few years after a 30year reunion of our senior year!
View of Story BridgeThis is one of several bridges spanning the Brisbane River. This is the view from the new apartment of my good friends Barry & Jane. How lucky are they?
Old & NewOne of the few remaining old cathedrals in the centre of Brisbane is dwarfed by the ever increasing size of surrounding skyscrapers!
Sky High!My friends Barry & Jane live on the 42nd floor of this building, these are the remaining floors above them!
Brisbane RiverYet another magnificent view from Barry & Jane's apartment. Nothing better than to sit back, relax, enjoy some yummy snacks and a good Aussie red wine on a late summer afternoon with good company and a view!
Bayside BuddiesA number of my Brisbane friends belong to one of a number of hashing groups (social running/jogging/walking clubs). Here are ex-Gms (presidents) of the Bayside Hash at a commemmorative run on the banks of the Brisbane River.