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Published: March 18th 2010
As usual I was awake early the morning after the night before, so I helped Jessy clean the house then sunbathed on the Trampoline waiting for Ellie to wake up. Josh rang and I arranged that we’d meet him in the city centre in a few hours for our tour around Brisbane.
A few hours later on the way to the city, we met a girl on the train. I was pleasantly surprised she started the conversation with us as she looked like one of those moody Too-Cool-For-You teenagers (think they’re called Emo’s or something?). She was lovely and really interested in hearing about our travels as she hopes to do this one day too.
Saw the fattest lady I’ve ever laid eyes on. She was wider than she was tall; such a peculiar shape. And the short-skirt-with-ugg-boots outfit did her no favours. Met Josh and his friend Guss and they made us bacon and eggs back at their apartment, bless them! Everyone in Oz seems to be a crazy driver, but Guss may just take the biscuit. Their flat is surrounded by hills and I’m pretty sure the car left the ground numerous times as we raced up and down
dips at an alarming speed, but the breakfast and the view from their balcony made the hair-raising journey so worth it.
We had met Josh in the sea in Phuket when we were in Thailand earlier this year, so we shared our stories about how the rest of Thailand went. We discussed my “Mushroom experience” in Laos and they told us some funny stories about when they tried Mushroom shakes in Ko Phangan and their 6foot10 dreadlocked friend (who’s hard to control at the best of times) lost the plot. Ellie looked thoughtful… “as long as you take it slow, you’ll be ok”. I looked at her dumbfounded… we definitely didn’t take it slow, and we definitely weren’t ok. Josh, picking up on my baffled face, told us they definitely didn’t “take it slow” either.
Josh and Guss took us to the Art Gallery in Brisbane centre. There were modern, traditional and religious pieces and they had a remarkable collection of toy planes that children had made out of scraps of rubbish. We each had our photo taken next to our favourite paintings - mine was one inspired by the Alice In Wonderland fairytale. Went for coffee in a bar
with a live band then, after a drive round the city, the boys dropped us off at the train station. When we arrived at Eagle Junction near Glenn’s house, we came across a Taxi Booking Box, where you press a button and it rings a taxi for you. Glenn’s house isn’t within walking distance from the station so this thing came in handy. What a great idea.
Glenn and his friends were out at a charity head shaving event so Ellie and I made dinner then got cozy on the sofa to watch a few films before bedtime. It was our last day in Oz and we were so sad that yet again another part of our journey was over. Time is going so fast now and I just wish I could hit rewind.
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