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Fairfield

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  • Day196

    Hospitals and Hospitality

    January 13 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Never a great start to the day when u r on the bus to the RBWH hospital by 9am.
    Plan was for bloods and then leave for breakfast before returning for K’s oncology review at 1pm.
    The reality was discovering a thyroid review appt for next week she didn’t know she had so after some v efficient shuffling by the hospital staff it was bloods, 2 x thyroid ultrasounds, brunch (across the road as the hospital is enough to kill even my appetite!) and straight back to the oncology dept ( which is enough to make even the miserable person grateful to be alive).
    After great news that K is still all clear we finally got out of the hospital 5 hours after we entered.
    Time for a bit of shopping before home for half and hour and then out again at 4.45pm.
    We got the bus to West End for a lovely reunion and dinner with our Aussie mates from our Mongolia Tour.
    Libby and Neil hosted us at their west end apartment, which weirdly was directly across the river from our old Toowong apartment which u could see into the balcony with their binoculars!
    Phil brought his wife Kathleen so we finally got to meet Isobel’s mum that we felt we already knew after being on holiday with Phil and Isobel.
    After Neil BBQ’d a v good steak accompanied with Libby’s salads we settled down to watch Erica’s slide show of our Mongolian holiday- it was fab as we haven’t had to chance to view our photos yet. We r now excited to being reunited with a laptop so we can plough through 1000’s of our holiday snaps which feels like have taken years ago.
    Anyway the 11.10pm 199 bus saw us back home just before midnight. A long but great day.
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  • Day225

    Brisbane

    November 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Today we are heading back to Brisbane so sadly it's time to leave the homely comforts of Auntie Tricia and Shane's and continue on our adventures. After packing our lives back into our rucksacks, Tricia took us for coffee in Beaudesert before dropping us off at the bus stop.

    For our forth visit to Brisbane we are staying in an Airbnb not far from the CBD. This ones a little bit different as we have our own bedroom / kitchenette with a separate bathroom. They have also left us a welcome box of Thorntons chocolates which was you can imagine have gone down very well!Read more

  • Day226

    Day 2 - Brisbane

    November 14, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we decided to have a much needed lazy day. We set no alarm (although we still tend to wake up at 6am), made some breakfast in our little studio room and got ready for a day at the Lagoon.

    We found a nice spot on the sand and that's pretty much where we stayed for the next 6 hours. After reading two books in two weeks on the farm I decided to start the book Shantaram on Blake's kindle, which is like a million page book with too many big words in it, but I'm actually doing quite well. I was hooked after 20% and I'm at about 75% now so could be finished in a week or so. Unfortunately Blake left the sequel at the farm as it was a hardback which pretty much needed its own suitcase, but maybe when I'm back I'll try finding it. After sufficiently topping up the tan and a few dips in the pool we grabbed bits for dinner and headed home.Read more

  • Day227

    Day 3 - Brisbane

    November 15, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A slightly more overcast morning made it perfect weather for the walking tour today. The tour didn't leave until midday so we popped into town to top up our bus cards and have a mooch around before it started.

    Meeting Terry our volunteer host for the tour at the visitor centre, we made our way with around 8 others from around the globe. We first learnt that Brisbane was named after Thomas Brisbane and that the city was first used to house European convicts. Our first stop on the tour was the Brisbane Arcade which was built by the youngest two children of a European free settler, after the city was opened up for non convicts to come and live. It's always funny when they talk about 'history' over here as nothing is ever older than about 300 years. This is due to the fact a lot of Australians don't acknowledge the aboriginal history, although Terry always made a point to mention them.

    After seeing City Hall, the Botanic Gardens and some of the older sandstone buildings, we ended up at Old Government House. Inside was a room with a old map projected on the wall and a glass floor where you could see the footings under the building which were made of stone and wood in a traditional style. After the tour it started to rain so we popped into a university building called The Cube, where they had interactive walls where you could play games which were pretty cool. For the rest of the day we opted to take a ride on the City Hopper ferry boat. This free boat drove up and down the river giving us a different view of the city and various piers that came out over the river. We also saw the man made cliff faces which were made from where the prisoners quarried the rock to build the city.

    In the evening we went to the Brooklyn Standard, a really trendy music venue to catch up with Alina who we met in Fiji. The venue was really cool although we couldn't really hear each other over the blues band that was playing. Ironically in neon lights they had 'if you think the music is too loud, you're too old' written on the wall. After we finished our drinks we opted for a quieter bar for a nice catch up. Alina is studying in Brisbane and had just finished a 3 hour exam which finished at 8pm, before coming to meet us! Rather her than me.
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  • Day13

    The University of Queensland

    January 20, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ja was soll ich sagen, ich habe mich engeschrieben :)

    Habe ich natürlich nicht gemacht, würde viel zu viel Zeit kosten ;) Zur University of Queensland ging es heute mit dem Fahrrad. Hatte mich ja schon für die Citybikes registriert und wollte auf den Account wieder ein Fahrrad ausleihen, was aber nicht gelang. Naja das Problem war schnell rausgefunden, es war nur ein 24 Stunden Benutzerkonto. Also kurzer Hand nochmal registriert und auf ging es.

    Mit nur einen stop bin ich zur Universität gekommen (Muss das Bike ja aller 30 Minuten wieder an eine Station andocken, damit es kostenlos bleibt). Auf dem ersten Blick schien die Universität nicht sehr eindrucksvoll, allerdings bin ich dann noch ein wenig rumgeschlendert und habe noch ein paar echt schöne alte Gebäude gefunden. Habe dann auch nochmal ein Blick nach drinnen gewagt und ein Raum war komplett mit Apple Rechnern ausgerüstet. Insgesamt war der Campus gut anzusehen und der ein oder andere Park war auch dabei. Bemerkenswert waren die großen Sportanlagen, welche über das gesamte Gelände verteilt waren.

    Zurück aufs Bike und ab in die falsche Richtung aber rechtzeitig bemerkt und umgedreht. Leider war ich zu dem Zeitpunkt ein paar Hügel hoch und runter gefahren, die ich dann wieder hochstrampeln durfte, aber zum Glück hat das Fahrrad ja 3 Gänge :/. Zurück auf dem rechten Pfad ging es über eine Brücke auf die andere Flussseite und wieder Richtung City, wo ich an einen tollen Aussichtspunkt vorbei kam. Was ich auch sehr schön fande, am Fluss stehen überall (wo ich heute rückzu entlang gefahren bin) Fitnessgeräte, leider ein wenig weit weg von meinem Apartment.

    Meine eigentlich Überlegungen gingen noch vielleicht den Fluss in Richtung Flussmündung zu erkunden, was ich mir aber verkniffen habe. Stattdessen gabs nen leckeren frisch gepressten Saft in der Stadt und eine gemütlich Fahrt zur Unterkunft mit dem Bus :)

    Heute Abend soll es noch Richtung South Bank gehen, bissel entspannen, die Zeit genießen, das Treiben beobachten und vielleicht mal im Freibad abkühlen. Fast vergessen, ich habe meine Steuernummer bekommen :) und das schon nach einer Woche und zwei Tagen.

    Es gibt übrigens doch wieder ein Video, wollte vorerst keins machen :P
    https://youtu.be/bWymoN9YeAM
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