brisbane, it’s been a slice.

I’ve been spending my days trying not to get a sunburn. I’ve been trying to enjoy myself despite carrying along my little friend, Jet Lag (he’s a selfish mooch of a friend who doesn’t buy his own food, always wants to sleep and keep his bags under my eyes).

After spending a few days in Brisbane, we’ve met some locals who have been kind enough to show us around all the neat spots. The folks here are extremely friendly and more than happy to take you on a tour of their city. I wish I brought my FitBit to show how much we actually walk here. Going from driving everywhere because I could to walking everywhere it not only good for my legs but good for my mind too. I’ve forgotten how nice it is to be active and take my time getting somewhere.  We have been to Mt. Coot-Tha which is a beautiful look-off of the city below. We set up a little picnic here and got invaded by little yellow ants – not my thing so we took the hint and peaced like a heard of turtles. We have spent a lot of time at a place called South Bank. It is a man-made beach in the middle of the city with a wonderful little market and food strip – a welcome surprise when it’s nearly 33 here everyday.

We are heading to a place called Noosa today which will hopefully be home for a bit. Hostel life isn’t ideal for a 25 year old who is used to living mostly alone with all amenities at my fingertips. I was up at 3am this morning due to 1/8 people in our dorm snoring like Pumba on Lion King – Time I used to FaceTime family at home. I’m not worried about people getting into my things in the room. We each have a hotel room type key card so only 8 people have access to the room – all who are on file and camera so if things go missing, it shouldn’t be hard. We will go to Noosa by train and then take a bus – I’m anticipating nearly two hours total. We will hostel it there for a bit and then find an apartment if we like the area and make it home base for work and travel.

Although the weather here has been great, FaceTiming with home after a snowstorm makes me miss it for sure! I didn’t get to see one good snow before I left. This is still pretty great though.

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The view from Mt Coot-Tha – although hazy, still a pretty cool sight & we beat the rain! The rest of the photos are GoPro or iPhone photos – my Nikon is bulky and hard to carry around. Despite getting much better photos, I do find myself regretting bringing it.IMG_8765

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I’ve seen bathtubs bigger than the one at our hostel. It does the trick though. Our hostel is right on the edge of Chinatown in Fortitude Valley – lots of neat little sights and restaurants. We are also incredibly close to the train station making things much easier to explore.

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I was lucky enough to get out to Caloundra close to the Sunshine Coast and finally get my toes into the ocean again. We just caught the sunset and left just as the sky opened up with the biggest rain drops I may have ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunset quite like this before. It actually took my breath away! Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetAn iPhone pano of Caloundra before the storm came in. Stunning.
IMG_8782IMG_8769A “ute” or utility coupe. Likely one of the funnier things I’ve seen here and there are plenty! I can see how they could be useful however, I think I’ll keep the Sierra…
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The Wheel of Brisbane is incredible to see at night! The city lights are even prettier.IMG_8755IMG_8730 IMG_8725 IMG_8711So far away from home but FaceTime makes it closer! Thanks, Apple! So far, I do miss home a bit but I’m enjoying the sun and the lack of commitments between 9-5. 🙂

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