04.02.2013 - 10.02.2013
So here I am In Brisbane, or Brissy as the locals call it! I seem to have finally found my way from my B+B to the CBD and back which bodes well for this week! This week consisted mostly of me wandering all around, taking in the sights, sounds and yes a few beers, all helping me to get properly acclimatized to the Australian way of life. So far I like it, nice and relaxed, nothing taken too seriously....I even found a pub called 'The Pig and Whistle!' We have one of those in my village back home! Did make me laugh!
I really enjoyed my free walking tour, taking in all the street art that Brissy had to offer. The guide was really nice and well informed, the group was not too small or too big and the people were really nice too. It actually helped me to navigate around the city as I could look at a piece of art and be like, 'Oh yea, now I know where I am....' We caught a free CAT ferry too which was really cool! Just to get back from one side of the river to the other, these are the free ones which run all day. They go everywhere too I think.
I went to Streets Beach almost everyday too seeing as the weather was so beautiful! Definitely better than being back home in the freezing cold for sure!! It still feels a bit surreal though, being here halfway around the world away from everything and everyone I've known. It's good though to feel that way I think, getting out of your comfort zone and doing something completely new and different. I certainly loved it!
The highlight of being here though definitely had to be going to Lone Pine and holding a Koala!!!! SSOOOO amazing!!!!! I took a lovely boat ride out there (All the while praying I wouldn't be sick!! Thankfully I wasn't!) with commentary on the different parts of the River we were sailing on. Very informative. A lovely way to start the day. First thing I did when i got there was definitely find out about holding the koalas!! 16$ I think it was for 1 photo. So worth it though! Unfortunately mine wasn't called Dave but he was definitely very cute! I had a wander around and saw a lot of other native Australian animals, including a Dingo!! :O The Tassie Devils were hiding though.... Went to see the Kangas and got my pic taken beside one too! Best.Day.Ever! I suppose this is ubiquitous, EVERYONE who comes Down Under does, find a Kanga, take a pic of you feeding one...if you can get a koala too that's awesome........but it has to be done! I had a great day there, saw some Eagles/Birds of Prey which were incredible!!!! :O Also saw some water dragons by the river whilst waiting for the boat back too! They were eating the bread which the driver/guides were throwing for the fish! Haha! Awesome!
Also this week i discover one of the BEST cooking shows (apart from Misterchef!) on Australian TV: My Kitchen Rules !!! Amazing!!! The 2 judges, Pete and Manu aren't too bad looking either, another reason to tune in! :P There are 15 teams who start out the competition, cooking for the other 5 teams in their particular group and they go to each other's instant restaurants located in the team's own homes!!! Scary or what!?! So each night of the week is a different restaurant until all 5 teams have cooked and scored each other. The team on the bottom of the leaderboard at the end (in each of the 2 groups, consisting of 5 teams each) go head to head and then the losing team goes home. Each week a team is eliminated. There are also challenges along the way as well as cooking in Kitchen HQ. It's just an awesome Aussie cooking show where normal people compete for the title and for a life changing sum of money. (The team that eventually won had never been to an elimination head to head !) So I tune into this every night when it's on and hope that I can continue to watch it to the end.......!
All too soon, the time comes for me to leave Brisbane behind and head into Mackay where I will be staying for 2 nights before getting the Greyhound bus to Ilbilbie to work on the horse ranch, Loose Rein !! I have LOVED Brisbane and definitely want to return at some point.........what i didn't realise then was how soon I'd be back......!!
Picture is of the Ilbilbie Roadhouse where the Greyhound bus stops.....literally in the middle of nowhere..........eeppp!