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I’ve moved on from Brisbane for now… But i’m not done with it yet don’t you worry. I’ll be back there just next week!
I’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather so far, Queensland’s winter is kicking England’s summer’s YouKnowWhat! Today was the first bit of rain and cloud since I arrived on Thursday last week, which means i’ve had lots of sun to spend my days walking around enjoying the sights in my shorts and sunnies. Here’s to you Vitamin D!
Can anyone who’s been to the Gold Coast recommend a trip in the surrounding areas? I’d love to hear about it!
I was lucky enough to meet with my friend Elise again on Friday so got to see parts of Brisbane I might not have visited. We spent the afternoon wandering around, popping into little shops in the Valley and discovering sweet goodies.
First yummy stop was ‘I heart brownies’ which created delicious brownies in different flavours, all in little heart shapes. If you want to split a brownie between two of you, you have to take a knife and d it yourself though as the company ‘do not break hearts’!! Too right!
Second stop was Chester Street Bakery, home of the most amazing cakes. You can choose between a giant slice, a individual mini (not so mini) cake, a tray bake slice or icecream sandwiches. From 5 on a Friday and a Saturday they also do Pizza’s but I didn’t get to witness these. We split an ice cream sandwich but I would love to go back to try some amazing cake.
I love the stationary shops they have here. One is called Typo and is filled to the brim with random items that I can not justify buying at the moment. I can’t wait until I can make my first purchase.
Sunday I packed up my bags again ready to check out of Brisbane. But before I headed away I had the day to enjoy a bit more of Brisbane. Whilst staying at the AirBnb I met a Portuguese couple, Tatiana and Charles, who were staying there whilst looking for permanent residence. They were so lovely, and I hope I can go back and see them before I move on. We decided to bike to the local market to buy some fruit and veg, and nosey around the trinket stalls. The choice of food was amazing so we spent ages choosing a wonderful variety. As we headed back to the house we found a lovely spot by the river and decided to use some of our goodies for our lunch and come back for a picnic. It was gorgeous sitting by the river indulging in fresh bread, avocado salad and several types of chorizo and sausage.
These couple of days were taken over by strolls in the sun and eating as you can see. Pretty perfect!
Here’s to the next couple of days…
I’ve spent the past couple of days enjoying Brisbane with old friends and new. The days have flown by and I don’t think i’ve even seen half of this lovely city so I will definitely be back for another visit!
I arrived at Brisbane Airport Thursday morning… my luggage however did not! I handed in my details with the lovely staff, who helped me along with a washbag and a bit of cash for essentials and off I went not knowing when or if it would arrive… Amazingly it arrived only hours later at my AirBnb!! I’m not entirely sure what happened there, as it seems to quick for it to arrive on a seperate plane, so maybe it had got caught up somewhere… but I am extremely lucky and thankful that it turned up so quickly!
The evening was spent with my friend Elise who I met at work in London when it was her turn to travel to the otherside of the country. It was so nice to see her and have a long overdue catch up in person! We strolled along Southbank, eating delicious discoveries from the current Noodle Market they have there… FYI I didn’t actually have noodles, cheesy chicken spring rolls which taste like a cheeseburger! And a waffle on a stick!
It gets dark here really early! Considering it was a BEAUTIFUL day, sunny and at least 23 degrees, by 5.30pm it was pitch black. And it does this all year round because they don’t have daylight saving here… so now it is winter, but even during summer it’s still dark at 5.30pm. I find that odd! It feels like your day is cut short and that you should be heading home to bed. On the other hand it is light at 5am. But considering I am no morning person, i can’t see myself getting up that early too often!
Thursday night I slept… and considering there was an 18th birthday party going on upstairs, I slept solidly and soundly (with the help of earplugs) right into Friday morning.. where I also slept for a long while…. I needed that sleep! And I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems that that is as far as my jetlag goes! I actually feel really good! … I think it will be a whole other story when I get back to England.
I think i’ll leave this tale here for now… or this post may get really long… so… To Be Continued…
Wow, these past few days have been manic. Whilst I thought that I was rather organised for my trip, turns out.. I WASN’T!!! I was running last minute errands right up til the last minute! … Meaning I didnt even have time to update on here how things were going.
You’ll be happy to hear (i hope) that I have reached the halfway point of my journey and am happily typing away in the comfort of Changi Airport, Singapore. The 12.50 hour flight went as smoothly as possible, the only downfall being my inability to sleep well sitting upright… I’m sure that will change by the end of my travels!!
I flew with Singapore Airlines, an incredibly accomodating company. Before we had even moved hot towels were passed out, although with the amount of bodies in such a small space I was happy for the towel to turn cold as quickly as possible. Food and drinks were constantly handed out. It was good to see trays of water and orange juice being passed around so often as well, especially on such a long trip.
Singapore airlines have set up a new transit programme just in time for my arrival which meant that I was handed on my arrival two complimentary $20 vouchers. One was for the cosmetics/alcohol counter and the other could be used in most stores and services in the airport. I treated myself to some new nailpolish and handcream with the first voucher and best of all 2 hours in a transit lounge with the 2nd voucher. Food and an amazing shower was perfect after a well needed nap.
Before I could nap I took advantage of Changi’s free bus tour of Singapore. It was great to be able to visit some of Singapore whilst I was there! The tour is about 2 hours long with 2 twenty minute stops to see the merlion statue and the king”s mansion. These were more than enough for me on this particular day as the heat was humid and uncomfortable when fighting against having had no sleep. I enjoyed watching the world go by, seeing everyday life from the road. These are a few photo”s from my phone…
I would love to tell you about my ride down the 12ft Slide they have at Terminal 3… and the rooftop pool they have on top of the Terminal… But unfortunately both were closed due to renovation work. I was really looking forward to both of these, but I suppose they will have to wait for another time!
I”ll be heading off for my 2nd leg of the journey soon! Only 9 more hours and i’ll be in Australia!
It’s the final chapter of my trip to London. But don’t worry, there was still plenty to do in the last couple of days.
Up, Up and Away:
Friday started off with a little adrenaline rush as Lizzy, Tom and I headed off to conquer Up @ the O2! .. I figured I couldn’t possibly climb Sydney Harbour Bridge if I hadn’t climbed the O2!… And what a buzz you get from accomplishing it! Whilst not the most spectacular views of London when you reach the top viewing area.. unfortunately it isn’t in the best situation for that… the experience is still well worth doing purely for the climb. I mean, who doesn’t want to say that they’ve climbed over the Millennium Dome? Dressed up in the lovely provided jackets, donning the comfiest shoes i’ve worn in a while and weighed down by a harness that is attached to a cable throughout the climb meant that I was ready and raring. There is even a phone pocket built into the suits for photography purposes at the top! The floors were springy to give the effect of actually walking over the O2 roof, this also made the climb comfortable on the knees and easy to grip. If you get the chance to do this, do it! … Mind you, if you were going to do it for the view, do the London Eye instead!… Don’t forget O2 customers can get a discount code as well.. what more do you need!
Wining and Dining:
After the climb I met up with my lovely friend Holly, at Caffe Concerto in Green Park, for an evening of good food and great conversation…. In fact, yesterday was Holly’s and her BF Elliot’s third year anniversary.. So a huge congratulations to you both!… Caffe Concerto was a lovely restaurant complete with grand decor and chandeliers. However the price was much sweeter than you would have expected considering the service and food that was offered. The evening passed quickly as we brought each other up to date on our different adventures.
I also managed to fit in a little catch up with two university friends, Will and Bruce, who have taken over the flat that I stayed in when I lived in London. I hope they are loving it as much as I did!!
Breakfast At T..rafalgar :
Saturday… the final day! Lizzy and I managed to fit in one last little treat before I had to catch the train back home. We popped by Trafalgar Square for breakfast in the sun and then into the National Portrait Gallery to see the Audrey Hepburn Exhibition. I think Audrey Hepburn is the pinnacle of sophisticated fashion. She just looked flawless no matter what she wore, however you can see that precision and decision went to every outfit. Simple and elegant. Mind you, I may even have a touch of sophistication if I had Givenchy filling my wardrobe… I loved living her life for a few moments as i wandered around the exhibition, devouring the stories that went with each of the incredible photographs of her.
And then it was time to go home… But not for long! I now have less than a week until I fly!!
Two drifters, off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after that same rainbow’s end, waiting, round the bend
My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me”
Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
A wonderful couple of days in London were quickly followed up by another couple of days!! (I was there for six, aren’t I lucky!!)
Tourist at Trafalgar:
I got to continue being a tourist on Wednesday whilst my friend Lizzy was at work. First stop was Tottenham Court Road for a cheeky look round Primark. I needed a dress to go under my belted shirt I was wearing as the one I had packed had SHRUNK IN THE WASH!! Ooopsie! I found a perfect simple black dress and a floppy hat that tied the outfit together perfectly!! I loved my outfit for the day, but somehow managed to not get a photo of it!! Ahh well, i’m sure I will get to share it with you in the near future.
The sun was glorious as I walked around the centre, so naturally I headed to Trafalgar Square to munch on my lunch (left over pizza thank you very much Domino’s). Being a weekday it wasn’t packed but it was still busy enough to pass the time sitting on the fountain edge and watching the world go by. I love seeing everyone pose for their photographs, don’t you? This was followed by a stroll around Covent Garden and St Paul’s Church garden which is currently decorated for a Shakespearean play being performed there.
The Breakfast Club:
I met a friend at The Breakfast Club for tea. It was YUMMY! … We both had an American breakfast which means pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage and potatoes. All with lashings of maple syrup. Whoever worked out that pancakes, bacon and eggs taste fantastic together with syrup is a genius. I can’t get enough of that concoction! More importantly than the food however was getting to catch up with Chris. A fellow ex-colleague who is about to start a Masters in Drama Therapy! I am so proud of what he is achieving and know that he is going to be incredible in his field of work. Luckily for me, he has also been on his travels to Australia so he can send me me lists of places to visit when he thinks of them!
My ultimate and all time favorite chain for cocktails in London is Be@One. After tea we headed to Greek Street’s Branch to meet some other friends from my work in London. I haven’t been back to London since February so it was wonderful to get to see everyone again and find out how they all were. So much changes in just a few months, I can’t imagine how much will differ next time i’m back in London. We spent the evening trying a few (a lot) of the hundreds of cocktails on offer to us, making good use of Be@Ones clever ‘appi-hour’ app once happy hour was over, and enjoying the show the bar staff put on when making each cocktail. They really do rock the “service with a smile”!
Muggles Everywhere As Per Usual!:
Thursday’s first stop was at Platform 9 3/4. I nearly swapped my plans and headed to Hogwarts instead of Australia, but alas, someone had been tampering with the barrier again so we couldn’t get through. A fellow wizard managed to capture me and Lizzy on a photograph as we tried to push the trolley through the barrier… proving Gryffindor and Slytherin can work together sometimes!
A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
Wow! If you are in London at any point… OR the tour is coming to a theatre near you… GO AND SEE THIS SHOW!!! It is STUNNING. The script, the acting, the set, the lighting, the projections, the costume, the perfectly timed work of the back stage crew. Everything is FLAWLESS. I was in awe throughout the whole performance and I don’t think it is a show like any other at the moment, especially on West End. Based on the book by Mark Haddon (which you should also read!) A Curious Incident is based on a tale by Christopher, a 15 year old boy. The story enables the audience to see into the mind of someone who may have Autism or Asperger Syndrome and delves into how they cope with the challenges that life brings. I would go and watch this play again tonight and tomorrow if it was possible! … Several £15 tickets are released for every performance, at 10am on the day, in the Gielgud Theatre box office. I bought one of these and had a slightly restricted view but felt I did not miss anything. …. FYI… don’t rush off at the end of the show.