It’s hard to believe it’s been only a week here in Brisbane! We landed last Friday afternoon and it’s been a whirlwind since!
Our first weekend spent in Australia was a mix of exploring our new city, and relaxing and adjusting to our new time zone. The sun is up at 6:30am and down at 5pm – so we’ve been in bed before 9pm and up around 6am most days to take advantage of the sunlight! Crazy to think back home in Edmonton right now the sun isn’t going down until 10pm!
On Saturday we did a little walk through mangroves with Jan and Reagan, the sun was on our faces and Kels and I couldn’t help but look at each other with massive smiles. We did it. We were in Australia!
After the walk, we were sitting around the house feeling antsy – so we decided to try out Brisbane’s transit and adventure our new city! We had no data, no phone service – but we figured worst case scenario we got lost and would have to interpret a local Aussie’s accent to lead us back home. ADVENTURE TIME!
We hopped on the bus, (it’s about a 45 minute ride into CBD) and watched the suburbs go by until we crossed over Story Bridge and into the city. We got off and found Queen Street Mall quite easily. Queen Street is a massive pedestrian street that has shops ranging from Chanel, H&M and Cotton On to Australian Souvenir shops. We wandered in and out of stores all over the area. There were street artists on the corners singing and performing and contributing to the vibrant atmosphere. Our tummies began to talk so we found a sushi place for lunch (so cheap and so yum here!) and then continued to wander, also finding Anzac Square. With all that walking on top of what we claimed to be jet lag we wandered back to the bus stop (all by ourselves!) to get home just in time for dinner!
Sunday morning Jan and Reagan took us along to the bay to check out the little market, so cute! Then we relaxed at home reading and sitting in the sun (IN WINTER – HA).
Monday morning we got on the bus, ready to adventure our city again! This time we ventured over to South Bank – an area with a lovely promenade along the river, gorgeous walk ways and views of CDB. We managed to find the City Botanic Gardens, it was like a mini rainforest in the middle of the city! The weather loved us again, a 26°C day (don’t worry we made sure Kels was sunscreened up), and such an eventful day in a gorgeous city, photos don’t do it justice!
Continuing on with the pattern of exploring this new and exciting city, on Tuesday Kels and I decided to walk to the ocean. From our place it was just over a 4 km trek there; again, the sun was on our side and the weather was gorgeous. So nice out that I decided to hang my t-shirt off of the backpack Kels was carrying and walk in my sports bra. It was all find and dandy… until while wandering down the esplanade we realized that the shirt had fallen off at some point (oops). We had to retrace our steps, and I was successfully able to clothe myself and after what felt like ages later and miles of walking we found ourselves back home and absolutely pooped.
Wednesday we set out on a mission – find Death Before Decaf; a bad-ass 24/7 coffee shop in New Farm. (Coffee here in Aus is so much better than back home in Canada – I will never touch Starbucks again). We took our coffees to go and wandered along the river. I love this city!
We spent the rest of the day exploring around the river, doing pull-ups at the little parks and riding the City Hopper – a free water taxi that takes you from one bit of the river to the other end! And of course, we fueled ourselves with sushi from LR Sushi (highly recommend if you’re in Bris, it’s a good fill, super yum and priced so well)! It was such a lovely day spent walking the in the sun, our legs were jello by the time we were home.
Thursday was one of those days where what we had planned just didn’t go by plan. We decided to try a new bus route to find a new gym in Lota – we got on the wrong bus, so what was meant to be a 10 minute ride ended up being an hour long. All part of the adventure we said – no harm. So we find the gym at about 11am, only to be greeted with a sign saying that we’d have to come back after 1pm because the owner was at the dentist. So what began as an inconvenience turned into a stroll along Manly Harbour and then the most delicious burgers we have had in AGES. We found this cafe down a little laneway called Cambridge Lane Espresso and decided to grab a table outside and treat ourselves to a nice little lunch. SO WORTH IT. Kels had an Angus beef burger and I had a lemon pepper chicken burger and we were both blown away! When we finished lunch, we walked the 2km back to the gym and the owner let us have a free drop in. What turned out as a day where nothing was going the way we hoped turned into a beauty afternoon. That’s travel for you though!
Crazy to say that today has officially been a week here in Aussie Land – and today was a day for the books! Kels and I bused into the city with no set plans but to find a place for coffee and then see where the day took us. We found a cafe called Brew down a little laneway (I love these little things) and had a coffee to start the day. Then we wandered to see what new bits of the city we could find. We found ourselves at Roma Street Parklands – 10/10 recommend! We couldn’t believe we were still in the city and not in a little rain forest! We spent a couple hours just wandering in and out of gardens; and we made a friend! We found a water dragon (who did not breathe fire) and I made Kels stand around as I took heaps of photos and spoke to our new friend (who we called Moose).
Lunch was, you guessed it – SUSHI. We found a spot in the sun and sat in King George Square and listened to live music as we ate. There’s constantly events and such going on in Bris, this city is so great!
Overall, I can’t believe it’s already/only been a week here – and I can say that I’m happy we chose to start our adventure here in Brisbane. We’ve had nothing but sunshine and blue skies, kilometers on kilometers of walking, delicious sushi and new adventures every day! Next week we’ll start attempting adult life (yuck) and start looking at jobs. We’re getting ourselves bicycles this weekend, so we can cut down on some of our walking and turn it into biking (and hopefully find more to explore)!