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Published: December 29th 2008
we landed in brissy on christmas day. you wouldn't know it from the sunshine - it was hot and muggy. we checked into our hotel, but of course our room wasn't ready so we went for an hour walk along the river and had our first australian meal: french fries. yes. french fries. we also meandered through the botanical garden and i (susan) went crazy for the trees. they have hoop pines here and booyan trees and mangroves - very cool. and then, very hot and tired, we took the ferry back to the hotel.
when we got back to the hotel, it turned out that toisha was very allergic to the room. the front desk clerk was superfriendly and gave us a couple of drinks while they tried to find another room. BUT IT WAS THE CARPET at the marriott, and not the room go figure (this is ironic because i (toisha) totally advocated for a "real" hotel to acclimate my jet lagged body and so we got a new room and toisha took allergy medicine and off we went to dinner. (by allergic susan means the fucking smell was so chemically overwhelming that it was giving me a
migraine so powerful that the vein on the right side of my head was pulsing and my eyes were about to pop out of their sockets).
there was NOTHING open during the day (as previously evidenced by the fries for breakfast/lunch) and everyone was booked up for christmas dinner so we went to the good old standby: chinatown! it was an open air mall style area and we started with a thai place and then moved on to hunan goodness. it was totally weird 'cause we were surrounded by everything BUT australians - bunch of foreigners who didn't have the forthought to book their christmas meal ;] (or - as susan would say - foreigners who DIDN'T CARE ABOUT XMAS).
The next day we went to Lamington National Park. I (Susan) had secretly hoped we would be able to make it down to the park as some rainforest expert had mentioned to me that it was even better than the daintree in terms of vegetation. Also, I wanted to go on the canopy walk that was free at O'Reilly's (a hotel there). We had to pick up the car and it was my first time driving on the
left and using roundabouts - needless to say we definitely got lost a couple of times. And google maps does not work well for Australian roads (its like the old days when they just had a map without know which streets have construction or are one-way or what the street signs say). Which I have to say - I hate the street signs in Australia; there are diagrams for where you are supposed to go and then you are expected to remember which is the correct turnoff since nothing is signed after the diagram. I spent a lot of time going round and round the roundabout trying to figure out which road was right.
But anyhow, we got to the national park and had some more chips (which are french fries) and then went on a short walk through the forest. While short, it was very very cool. They had rigged a canopy walk over a valley, so you never go up or down - just right across. One tree, I was able to climb even higher and though I'm scared of heights up I went (susan) - the view was fantastic. Also, we got to see lots of
parrots that they attract with bird food. If we had more time, we could have taken a longer walk through the forest, but it was a long drive back to brisbane...
When we got back, we headed to the shopping arcade. people were out the for boxing day (which seemed to be the equivalent of black friday) in full force. was our second day in brisbane, and the city was a lot more exciting. the shopping area was SWARMED (it made me (toisha) fondly think of my little sister dragging me around nyc & dc). anyhoo, we decided to check out why it's also called brisvegas. it shouldn't be. it was the most ridiculous fucking ONE "casino" town. AND they wouldn't let you in with a backpack AND their buffett was DUMB and way overpriced - i think there were like MAYBE 5 mains, 2 meats on the cutting board, a very basic salad bar and a few desserts. stooopid. we did NOT partake.
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