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  • Day26

    Bunnings

    November 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Up early to get down to the department for transport to register Bertha in our name. Again, very painless, but not as painless as the UK system of doing it online. Having said that, how easy is it for a foreigner to buy and register a vehicle in UK?

    We came home and I picked up the bunch of keys and sorted them. While we have 4 or 5 copies of some keys, we only have 1 copy of our main deadlock for Bertha. One of the door locks could probably be opened using a wooden lolly stick! We then washed everything we had collected the day before, sorted into what we would keep and what to send to the charity shop.

    With loads of stuff and lots of places to put it, we decided to go to the enormous DIY/trade store called Bunnings. As I’ve said befor, it has everything and makes a large B&Q look a bit insignificant. The plan was simple, park in their car park, start packing the stuff away and if we had a problem to go into Bunings and find a solution.

    In reality the plan worked well except they didn’t have something I wanted that I felt sure I would find in B&Q. Sometimes the language barrier is too high and I can’t make myself understood; never mind.

    The evening was spent continuing to pack and squirrel everything away. Now we just need to put our clothes in, buy some food and be on our way.

    First stop will be Bribie Island, a staggering 40 miles away north of Brisbane. “Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres long, and 8 kilometres at its widest”. The island was connected to the mainland by a bridge in 1963. It is believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it; “Boorabee” meaning 'koala bear'.

    We are meeting a friend who now lives on the island. Hopefully this will give us a chance to see how well Bertha travels full of crockery etc. Earlier today we went over a sleeping policeman and it sounded like everything smashed in the back! It will also be our first night camping!
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  • Day7

    Beautiful Brisbane

    January 27 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Our train arrived at Brisbane’s Roma Street Station at 0950 - only 30 minutes late, which wasn’t too bad after such a long journey. We walked up through a beautiful though very steep park to our hotel - The Pacific. Hoping just to leave our luggage, we were pleasantly surprised to be allowed access to our room, even although it was only 10am. After showering and changing, we set off to explore Brisbane. Today (Monday) was a public holiday in respect of yesterday’s Australia Day. We took a pleasant (but hot) 5 minute walk down to the city centre, and visited the small city museum. We noted that the City of Brisbane was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane who was born in Largs, Ayrshire in 1773. (I remember now that we stayed at the Brisbane Hotel in Largs not so long ago). We then joined the excellent free tour of Brisbane City Hall, the main auditorium of which houses the magnificent Father Henry Willis organ which has more than 4300 pipes. To round off, we took the lift for the Clock Tower Tour, and enjoyed panoramic views of the city.

    Feeling the need to cool off, we then took advantage of the free City Hopper Ferry along the Brisbane River (so far today’s activities have cost us zero!). Seeing this beautiful city from the river was a great way to get your bearings. Visited the South Bank - an amazing complex of cultural buildings - theatres, galleries, museums, as well as beautiful riverside landscaped gardens and an extensive city beach with man-made lagoon. The place was thronged with families swimming, having picnics and generally enjoying themselves. A high quality of life does seem very important to Australians, and Brisbane seems to be a very family-friendly city. I remember our family almost emigrated here in the 1960s under the £10 scheme, and I wonder what life would have been like had we done so.

    We enjoyed a tasty dinner and cold cider at the Plough Inn on the South Bank, busy with locals celebrating Australia Day weekend. My half portion of barbecue ribs could easily have fed half a dozen and even Campbell couldn’t help me finish them off. Back to the hotel for an early night after a lovely day in this most attractive city.
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  • Day8

    Beautiful Brisbane - Day 2

    January 28 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Before our tasty breakfast we did a big washing in the hotel laundry - how can we have got through so many clothes in a few days? We were then joined by my former social work colleague, Kylie, who had offered to meet up with us and show us around. It was great to see her again, and since I worked with her In Glasgow, she has returned to live on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Tam from Govan and their three children. Kylie took us on a trip to Mount Coot-tha, a favourite scenic point, which had fabulous views over the city of Brisbane. We then visited the beautiful Botanic Gardens, enjoying the shade offered by the huge variety of trees in view of the heat. On return to the city, we enjoyed a late tasty Greek lunch, before bidding farewell to Kylie after a most enjoyable day.

    Campbell and I then attended a small exhibition called Bittersweet, about the development of musical theatre in Australia. Although mostly obscure works we had never heard of, it included memorabilia and costumes from shows including The Boy From Oz and, of course, Priscilla. There was also mention of the latest hit musical, Muriel’s Wedding. Although it seems to have had great success here, I am not aware of any proposed productions on Broadway or the West End. The next Runway premiere perhaps? We then visited the much lauded Gallery of Modern Art, and on the way in we saw a pair of old boots on the steps outside. We wondered initially if these were actually one of the art exhibits, I have to say that the contents of the gallery were very highbrow, and we much preferred the architecture of the building to the art works themselves. Bring back Kelvingrove!

    We were planning on going to see the big show in town - The Book of Mormon - but as we both had seen the show before (Campbell twice!), and the fact that our body clock has still not quite adjusted to Australian time, we were worried we would fall asleep at the interval. Instead we settled for a walk round the old, historic quarter, viewing Parliament House, the Old Government Building and the City Botanic Gardens. By the time we walked over the pedestrian bridge over the river and caught the ferry back, it was certainly nearing our bedtime of 9pm.
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  • Day197

    Another hospital visit and the Regatta

    January 14 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Back on the bus at 08.45am saw us off to the Thyroid clinic at RBWH. By 9.30am K had been discharged from anymore follow ups and we were off on the bus to The Regatta for breakfast and a newspaper. Good result.
    The Regatta holds so many memories for us and it was nice to revisit for a coffee and Eggs bene.
    After breakfast it was too hot to walk back along the walkway as planned so we enjoyed a ferry ride back to the city.
    This afternoon was spent relaxing and completing annoying jobs like trying to log into several internet banking apps with 20 verification steps on the new phone etc.
    It’s so nice to be back in Brisbane with its warmth and relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Day27

    A right royal send off

    November 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Obviously we were hoping for bunting along the streets and a brass band to walk slowly in front of us - Bertha doesn’t do much more than slowly.

    To our surprise we had a royal send of by a pair of King Parrots - or should that be a king and queen? Their colours are beautiful.

  • Day198

    Nathan and nothing much else

    January 15 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    We started the day by meeting Trish for a coffee. It was absolutely pouring with rain so luckily we had arranged to meet in Coffee Anthology just around the corner.
    After another nice catch up it was off to the Flight Centre for some options for the next part of our travel. Sadly it was a bit of a waste of time as we found cheaper flights ourselves last night in 5 mins of looking.
    Then it was off to China Eastern to ask how we could claim Qantas frequent flyer points from our recent flights from London. They were surprised to see us but helpful.
    Target, Chemist Warehouse snd then Coles saw an end to our Aussie shopping.
    Nathan came around for a steak dinner and enthusiastically discussed camper van conversions with K - looks like we may be getting a camper van at some point- meanwhile I’m trying to work out how to get to Chile the cheapest way possible.
    Packing is mostly done and dusted.
    Tmrw it’s a catch up with Pat and Lesley Palmer and a flight home to NZ!
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  • Day35

    Brisbane week 1

    September 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Seit einer Woche sind wir nun in Brisbane und haben uns gut eingelebt. Diese Stadt hat uns sofort verzaubert.
    Neben der Skyline, bei welcher sich Hochhaus an Hochhaus reiht, gibt es dennoch viele Parks und Grünanlagen, in welchen man wunderbar spazieren gehen kann. Besonders gut hat uns der botanische Garten und der Berg Mt. Coot-tha gefallen, von welchem man einen atemberaubend Blick auf die Stadt hat. Doch auch kulturell hat Brisbane sehr viel zu bieten. Unter anderem viele niedliche Cafés, einladende Restaurants, eine kostenlose Fähre/Buslinie, tolle Brücken, kostenlose Bademöglichkeiten und tolle Museen.
    Sogar unsere Jobsuche verlief diesmal erfolgreich. Nach etlichen gescheiterten Probearbeiten können wir ab dieser Woche in einem italienischen Restaurant anfangen zu arbeiten.
    Nichtsdestotrotz mussten wir auch schlechte Erfahrungen sammeln. So haben wir uns, natürlich selbstverschuldet, den ersten Strafzettel eingehamstert. Naja wir nahmen alles mit Humor, kann ja jedem mal passieren. 😅🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Day53

    Brisbane

    January 23 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Die letzten zwei Tage haben wir die Großstadt Brisbane besucht und ein paar sehr schöne Orte dort gefunden.🏙
    Wir sind mit einer kostenlosen Fähre den Fluss entlang gefahren und hatten eine perfekte Sicht auf die Hochhäuser von Brisbane. 🛳 🌇
    Anschließend waren wir am „Street Beach“, eine Art Pool mit direktem Ausblick auf den Fluss, der durch Brisbane fließt. 🏊‍♀️ 🏖
    Am nächsten Tag sind wir zum bekannten “Brisbane-Zeichen” gefahren und haben versucht einige Fotos zu machen. 📸 Es war jedoch schwierig wirklich nur das Zeichen drauf zu haben, da immer wieder andere Menschen ins Bild gelaufen sind und jede Menge kleine Kinder auf den Buchstaben rumgeklettert sind.😅😂🏃🏽
    Das haben wir uns jedoch nicht entgehen lassen und wollten unser Talent auch unter Beweis stellen. Jedoch sah es bei uns nicht ganz so elegant aus. 😂😂
    Zum Abschluss haben wir noch die Shoppingstraße von Brisbane abgecheckt, die „Queen Street Mall“. 🛍
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  • Day16

    Mount Coot-Tha

    October 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Another day, another motorhome to see. This one was a beast. 4 tonnes of 4wd, on pneumatic (lift/lower) suspension. Designed for off road so that the accommodation doesn’t fall off when driven across extreme terrain. While this will give us options to go anywhere and not get stuck, I wonder how easy it will be to sell at the end of our trip? Again, a good learning experience and some sound advice about what works in Australia.

    The afternoon consisted of a visit to Mount Coot-Tha that overlooks Brisbane. At its foot is the cemetery where Bun & Mike’s mother’s ashes are, so we stopped off there to say “Hi” and also Bun had never been there. The cemetery is “heritage” so should remain forever .... it is vast and almost full, I wonder how long “forever” is when it has no relevance to anyone left alive which is what it will become after it’s full.

    Drove up to the summit where there is a lookout. It’s a bit hazy so the view was limited. Are there fires somewhere with the smoke causing the haze? At the foot, near the cemetery, is a botanical gardens. Time was running out as we were going out to our first Aussie BBQ this evening. We stopped for a drink before a slightly rushed walk around part of the gardens. Bun and I will have to go back when less rushed. The gardens are beautiful and full of wildlife.

    The BBQ was with Bob and Robin (Robyn?). Bob was RAAF and Robin a nurse. Their house is amazing, beautiful and airy with high ceilings. Bob gets frustrated that the large gardens are messed up by the local (protected) bush turkeys. Lizards and snakes co-habit the garden, some less welcome than others. At dusk, fruit bats flew in and out of the surrounding trees. Bob does most of the cooking and had prepared his own marinade for the satay chicken and prawns on skewers. The main BBQ was sausages, I wasn’t expecting that. Bob makes his own skinless sausages so they were pretty special. Hopefully we’ll go back again as we hadn’t finished our discussions about where to visit in NSW.
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  • Day129

    Weihnachten und Silvester

    January 1 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Die Natur erkunden und Zeit mit Freunden verbringen. Zwei Dinge die uns sehr am Herzen liegen und mit denen wir nicht nur das Jahr beendet haben, sondern welche wir auch verstärkt im Jahr weiterführen werden.
    Dazu gehörte auf jeden Fall der Springbrook Nationalpark, welcher schon sehr lange auf unserer Reiseliste stand.
    Bei den schweißtreibenden Wanderungen kann man einfach mal abschalten und die atemberaubende Landschaft genießen.
    Als Weihnachten dann immer näher rückte, wurde uns schon mulmig ums Herz.
    Das erste Weihnachten ohne Familie.
    Das erste Weihnachten im Warmen.
    Das erste Weihnachten ohne deutsche Traditionen.
    Doch wir haben uns trotzdem eine schöne Zeit gemacht, obwohl man nicht wirklich in Weihnachtsstimmung war. Am Abend des 24. haben wir uns ganz traditionell die Geschenke überreicht. Am 1. Weihnachtsfeiertag haben wir mit unseren Mitbewohnern gegrillt und gewichtelt. Den 2. Weihnachtsfeier haben wir dann ganz entspannt mit Filmen im Bett verbracht. Abschließend sind wir noch zu einem nahegelegenen Berg gefahren, um von da aus dem Sonnenuntergang zu bestaunen.
    Am Silvesterabend haben wir uns das wunderschöne von der Stadt organisierte Feuerwehr anguckt.
    Nun Blicken wir sehnsüchtig den neuen Erlebnissen im Jahr 2020 entgegen, denn davon wird es auf jeden Fall einige geben.
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