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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane December 4th 2014

My nephew works in the Central Business District of Brisbane, near the Brisbane River, so it seemed like a good plan to go in with him for a day and explore the area on foot. I wore my second most comfortable pair of shoes. Although I did enjoy my day, when I return (still a lot to see) my feet will NOT be settling for second best. I headed directly for the river and very quickly realized that the "walking path" is first and foremost a cyclist path......at that early time of morning mostly people heading off to work and slowing down for nobody, especially not camera-clicking Canucks. And while the river is picturesque from a distance, up close it is brown and smelly. I remembered, from my list trip, a lovely Botanical Garden and headed ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane December 3rd 2014

One of the (many) great things about an extended stay is not having to RUN-AROUND-AND-JAM-PACK-EVERY-MOMENT-WITH-EXTREME-EXPERIENCES!!!!!!!!!!. Just writing that sentence tired me out. My first week has been low-key and has allowed me to gradually adapt to my new surroundings. The immediate neighbourhood has kept the camera clicking. img=https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/1513828_10152837131490956_3248932714926070570_n.jpg?oh=fa08f00914d2c2b1fd664d1d6c3f27c1&oe=54F98F21 These poinciana trees are everywhere and definitely make up for having missed the jacarandas (I did see them last trip). There are many flowering shrubs and trees the names of which I have yet to learn. I also enjoy, when traveling, capturing pics of signs that strike my fancy. img=https://scontent-a-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10850103_101528426... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Toowong December 3rd 2014

01 decembre 2014 : Lever a 07h00. Nadia part faire des courses a Cessnock car ils ont des invites a midi. Nous donnons un coup de main a Nadia pou preparer les salades (dont le dagga, specialite libanaise). Nous partons pour l'aeroport de Newcastle prendre notre vol pour Brisbane. Nous decollons a 18h05 avec 10 minutes de retard. Nous atterrissons a Brisbane a 19h10, mais 18h10 heure locale, car dans le Queensland il passent a l'heure d'ete mais pas dans la new south wales, alors que Brisbane est un peu plus a l'est que Sydney. Alan nous attend a l'aeroport et nous emmene a Toowong ou ils habitent avec Carole et leur fils Ryan. 02 decembre 2014 : Reveilles par le soleil a 6h00 du matin. Lever a 6h30.Petit dejeunerpuis nous acconpagnons Ryan et Carole a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 30th 2014

So while I’d been asleep Snow White had kissed all of her dwarves off to work and they proceeded to make their way into my head and started mining my skull. The hangover was unbearable, the post-steak events of last night had involved meeting some new roommates and a bottle of Southern Comfort. There was a travelling pair of friends from Manchester, they’d been to Sydney and were heading up north to spend 3 months in Yeppoon. Why anyone would spend more than a week there is beyond me, but these guys had hated everywhere they’d been to so far. They hated Sydney and they looked disgusted at the hostel, with the guy asking if he had to take the sheets off the bed when they checked out. Yes, of course you do. It’s a hostel ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 29th 2014

Sleeping with the fans out of order had been harder than I’d anticipated and as much as I liked the new guy that had moved into the room, if he didn’t stop snoring I would’ve quite happily bashed his head in with a baseball bat. Then there was the jets that persistently rumbled overhead, mum had mentioned that the storm had been on the news all over Australia and that it had been so bad that it had overturned a plane. The thoughts of one of them being overturned as they flew over leaked into my head. Now that would make it harder to sleep, then again it would stop the snoring. I got through it somehow and when I left the room in the morning I saw the full damage of what had been done, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 29th 2014

Writing this from Brisbane; be warned it is a mammoth entry! Found a great stonegrill restaurant in Airlie Beach so had dinner there before getting the bus at midnight to Rockhampton. Only issue was that the bus was an hour late leaving so I missed my connecting bus to Biloela and ended up hiring a car with a fellow passenger. Two hours later we were in Biloela and Alan from the ranch collected me - very twinkly blue eyes and some interesting driving! Settled in to the accommodation (log cabins in the forest) and met my companion for the night......a lizard. Better than a spider. Goat muster on horseback in the afternoon, when we rounded up 150 odd goats. Horses were a mixture of Australian saddle horses and wild brumbies; I rode "big Red", not actually ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 27th 2014

I awoke to the sounds of rustling as people foraged through their backpacks in search of shampoo, deodorant and their clothes for the day. I guess my body way getting more used to sleeping in a hostel as I’d slept in for longer than I’d planned. After dragging myself outside and through the shower I went in search of Katie to check what was going to be on the day’s agenda, however she was proving to be quite elusive. I ended up slumped in the bean bag chairs that I’d grown quite fond of and ringing mum to get the full details on this “spider attack.” Judging from the picture the arachnid did look pretty lethal but apparently it had been exploring the home of one of our family friends when she decided to spray it. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 27th 2014

Okay so my first bad morning in Brisbane, I got a much better sleep than last night but despite that I still woke up in a bit of a low. I pulled myself out of bed and opted for a cold shower to try and blast some life into me. I wandered out into the Wednesday morning air of the hostel, it was laced with a humidity that was just too heavy to be comfortable and as if to match I had a growing sense of homesickness housed somewhere inside me. My head swirled with all sorts of anxieties, I was away from my parents and I hadn’t made as many friends in the hostel as I’d planned. On top of that, the enormity of the cost of travelling had finally dawned on me and who ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 26th 2014

So after saying our goodbye’s to mum and dad at Rockhampton Airport Katie and I finally left for Brisbane, although not before I caved in and bought another science magazine. Security was laid back and keen to get home, as was the fashion in Central Queensland, which made it easy to breeze through and onto the small white plane on the tarmac which waited eagerly to take me away from the family that I had grown up with for the past 18 years. It was a sad moment yet I couldn’t help but feel butterflies in my stomach when I thought about what was waiting for me. Finally I’d be out of that tiny, half-witted, redneck town that my parents had chosen to call home and off into the world, starting with a city that I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 26th 2014

Day Two! I’d found myself waking up a lot during the night due to the heat so by the time it got to 6:15 I’d given up and made my way to the showers. The bathrooms were better than I was expecting and after getting changed into my clothes for the day I dumped my backpack back in the room and gave mum and dad a call to let them know I wasn’t dead. It was a weird feeling talking to my mum and knowing that I now couldn’t see her without somebody booking a flight. There was something unsettling about that but I was still feeling really excited about the day ahead. Katie was up now and she’d come to join me, it wasn’t long before we noticed a slight problem. We were both absolutely ... read more




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