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  • Day3

    We've arrived in Brisbane

    September 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The flight seemed endless and another overnighter with no sleep. But we were in a bit early and quickly in an Uber, arriving at our apartment in New Farm before 09.30.

    Starving, we shot through the shower and headed to the nearest cafe for breakfast. After that we explored the neighbourhood and bought a few supplies for the apartment.

    The afternoon saw us on a ferry to the middle of Brisbane. It's very big and modern but here and there are the historical buildings from older times. We enjoyed a potter round the Botanical Gardens and central Brisbane but my stomach can't make it's mind up which time zone it's in so demanded dinner at 16.30.

    A bit of hunting led us to Red Hook for some delicious ice cold Whaler beer, duck tacos and a Reuben sandwich. The tacos were good but incredibly messy and the Reuben was really good.

    And then just an early night for us after a slow settling in sort of day.
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  • Day5

    To Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    September 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Off to Vue again for breakfast. Scrambled eggs on toast for me and eggs Benedict with bacon for John.

    Then it's a ferry into the city to join the 10am boat cruise along the Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It's a pleasant trip going from full-on cityscape to completely rural lined with trees and mangrove swamps. There's also an informative commentary and we arrive bang on time at 11.15. Who'd've thought that mangroves are a protected species? We've got 3 hours until we're due back on the boat.

    First off, we're petting kangaroos and wallabies, then an emu. We pass the croc enclosure, try to photograph a platypus, fail to spot a Tasmanian devil and admire a kookuburra.
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  • Day71


    February 9 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Um 10 hieß es raus aus dem Zimmer und für uns ab an den Flughafen damit wir unseren Flug nicht verpassen. Davor packte es mich jedoch und ich joggte eine kleine schnelle Runde durch die schöne Stadt Adelaide bis zur Kirche und wieder zurück.
    Vom Flughafen sollte es nach Brisbane gehen ab 11:55. Gelandet sind wir gegen 15:00 Uhr. Im Hotel eingecheckt erkundeten wir nochmal den Park um die ecke. Haben dort an einer Bank bissl Dehnübungen gemacht, den Abend genossen und auf den nächsten Tag vorbereitet
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  • Day4


    September 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    It's a lovely morning to be on the ferry heading into central Brisbane.

    We're off to visit some of the museums today. We start with the art museum, which includes an Aboriginal exhibition, and is such a peaceful space with lots of water features inside.

    Then it's time for prosciutto pizza with rocket at Julius's but before that we're almost deafened by an incredibly low flying fighter jet howling up and down the river practicing for the display tomorrow which concludes the Brisbane Festival. The speed was just phenomenal.

    Then back to the science museum, the Anzac exhibition and a long walk along the bustling river path, passing a Nepalese temple quietly nestling among the trees, to the Maritime Museum.

    Lots of walking, almost 8 miles, and jet lag are catching up with us so we head home for early drinks on our balcony, before drifting to Bitter Suite just round the corner for some light tapas for dinner and an early night.
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  • Day5

    Koalas and back

    September 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It's time to stop for lunch so we plunge into the chaotic canteen and order ourselves fish and chips. It comes surprisingly quickly and is fairly tasty. Sated, we head off to see the koalas.

    Generally they spend 4 hours a day eating eucalyptus and the remaining 20 sleeping, often draped or contorted round branches. I managed to find one doing neither of these things but posing just for me!

    A quick swing by the wombats puts us on the path back to the boat and a chilled beer. Heading back downriver we take up the captain's offer to have a go at skippering the boat! It's actually really easy and, once I've successfully navigated past the Six Mile Rocks, I can hand over to John.

    The river front in Brisbane is heaving. Tonight's the culmination of September's Brisbane Festival. There's a laser light show along the river, water based fireworks, the fighter jet from yesterday and, no doubt, plenty more but we're dipping out. We don't have tickets and just don't want to be caught up in the massive crowds in the unticketed areas. We hop on a ferry and it isn't long until we're back in New Farm.

    It's all happening in the park as we walk through : weddings, birthday parties, zorbing, bbqs, music. Guess it's what comes with having more reliable weather than we have!

    Back at the apartment, John heads for a snooze whilst I read. Suddenly I can hear the fighter jet again. He's up and down along the length of the river several times. I briefly catch a glimpse of him in the far distance but have to make do with the roar of the engines as he swings around somewhere overhead, which are nowhere near as loud as they were in the confines of the city's skyscrapers yesterday.

    We grab an Uber to Teneriffe for dinner. John's got an idea of trying beer and bites in different places. The first one we have meatballs and fish tacos. Next we move on to Green Beacon Brewery which is a very trendy brewery cum bar. The food truck is outside but we discover that they have different ones every day and this isn't what we had in mind. Finishing our beer, we head to a very basic Thai restaurant, Ruean Phae . No beer at all here but a delicious yellow curry with crispy soft shell crabs, jasmine rice and chicken pad thai! Stuffed, we Uber back.
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  • Day6

    Off to Airlie Beach

    September 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    First off we head out for Sunday breakfast. Worn paths develop very quickly so Vue is our destination once again. I go for a blt; have to say their choice of pane makes really decent toast. John goes for a breakfast special of pan fried chorizo with olives, roasted capsicum, shallots, caramelised onion, poached eggs, peas, aioli and toasted pane plus a side order of bacon. He declares it the best thing he's eaten on this trip so far!

    Packing doesn't take long so we have time to enjoy a Sunday morning walk alongside the river for a bit. Then an Uber to the airport and, shortly, we're boarding for our flight to Proserpine, gateway to the Whitsundays. It looks like... we us... The doors are shut and I glance back to see a big, tall bloke coming down the plane. Inevitably, magnetically he's drawn to our aisle seat. He tries to be a considerate seat companion and spends the whole flight with his arms crossed in front of him. We put our armrest up, I schooch tightly into the window space which allows John to use some of my space. It works, it's only a short flight anyway. But the sea, it's an amazing colour

    Proserpine Airport is tiny. One runway, no taxiways, space for a couple of planes in front of the terminal. Bags collected we find our shuttle into town. There's only one other person taking it. Bet you can't guess who it is?? We have a nice chat with our 'seat companion' and the driver on the half hour trip into town.

    The hotel owner kindly upgrades our room, giving us a decent size terrace with direct pool access. We dump our bags and drift into town for a bit of a potter. It has a very laid back, beachy feel to it. We'd like to try local mudcrabs so reserve an early table. Then there's time for a quick swim before dinner. Back to the restaurant but, disappointingly, all the mudcrabs have already gone. Apparent the breeding season is just finishing so supply is limited. We decide to let our reservation go as it's really very noisy in there. We eat Italian in the end, John with a seafood pizza and me with veal.
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  • Day124

    Patience is the key

    December 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Long time no see. But yes, I am still alive, just enjoying the life in Australia. Despite of the fact, that the last couple of months have been kinda difficult for me, I can say that I am living a happy life in that beautiful country. 🥰 We had to face lots of challenges; our car broke all the time, we got a parking ticket of 100$ (60€), didn’t find jobs (or the right ones, where we feel comfortable) and this all led to sadness, disappointment and some (small) fights between my friend and me. 😂 But you have to be sooooo patient here in Australia, it’s annoying, because anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the most impatient person on earth 😂 So now, we are living in a wonderful share house near New Farm Park 😍, each of us is working in a Cafe (and we literally love it, we have even changed our flight to NZ to stay & work longer in AUS) and in total, I still can’t believe how happy, friendly, helpful and whatever Australians are. I haven’t met such amazing people before. ( I will talk about it more detailed someday).
    Last week we celebrated Luises birthday, went for breakfast in a cafe (first time here, kinda embarrassing when you think about it how many times you have been out in GER 😂) and took a day trip to North Stradebroke Island, I can highly recommend that Island 😍😍😍

    So that‘s it for today, already a too long text haha
    So see you later alligator 👋🏼
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  • Day72

    Brisbane (day 2/3)

    September 26, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    On Monday we decided to try the City Hopper which is a free ferry service.
    It was a good choice because you get an amazing view of the city 💕.
    We got off at the last station and decided to just wander around for a bit. Following the river and enjoying the amazing weather we took some photos (climbing trees).
    When we had enough we went back to the ferry and got off at South Bank again where we found the most delicious ice-cream shop 💕.
    "Mister Fitz" sells cookie ice cream sandwiches where you get to choose from six kinds of cookies, lots of tasty flavours of ice-cream and toppings to make your own perfect combination. I chose chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice-cream and Oreo crumb topping which was perfection .
    Tuesday was a beach day again and I also tried the doughnuts from "Doughnut Time" which is just next to "Mister Fitz" . This place is perfection for someone who loves sweet things 💕.
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  • Day11

    "Vanleben" und arbeiten

    November 17, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So das Yellow Submarine Hostel konnten wir endlich verlassen und haben unseren eigenen Van.
    Er ist alt und klapprig ,jedoch geräumig und er bringt uns von A nach B. Pit und ich taufen ihn auf den Namen" Panther 4". Warum? Keine Ahnung. Er errinert uns einfach an einen Panzer... Wir arbeiten derzeit auf einem Friedhof und verdienen richtig gutes Geld. 25$ die Stunde. Das sind so 18 Euro . An einem Arbeitstag verdienen wir jeweils 200 Dollar. Sehr gut. 5 Wochen werden wir hier sicher arbeiten können. Das Ganze besteht aus bohren, schaufeln, und schuften. Ist aber alles machbar und für das Geld legt man sich gerne ins Zeug. Nach der Arbeit duschen wir immer an einer Tankstelle in den Truckerduschen. Durch unsere Arbeitsklamotten dürfen wir dort duschen! Ist ganz gut , da die nächste öffentliche Duschen 12 km entfernt ist. Im Anhang Bilder.

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