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…
Southbank From Across The River…
Noodle Market By Night…
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!
In all my time on social network I have never done a #tbt … I know, madness. So I thought a PaperPlane Tale would be a perfect way to celebrate my first Throwback! Wouldn’t you agree?
I can hardly believe that it has been nearly 4 years since I set off on my first major expedition. And my first ever flight! … Naturally i’ve been hooked ever since. Continue reading
Things are beginning to get real.
I applied for a working holiday visa to Australia at approximately 8pm on Saturday night prepared for my two months of waiting to hear anything about it. Sunday morning around 10am I received an email confirming that it had been accepted! On a Sunday? Less than 24 hours later?! I think i re-read the email about a hundred times in disbelief!
By Sunday evening, after much deliberation and price checking, one frozen computer, two timing outs and one frustrated dad, my flight to Australia was BOOKED!!
Things are really beginning to get real.
So my trip begins on the 28th July 2015. From London Heathrow, with Singapore Airlines. This will be my first flight on my own and it is going to be a long one… With an incredible fifteen hour wait in Singapore! (Yes you did just read that correctly!)
However I have discovered that the airport provides free tours of Singapore for any waits over five hours so I am planning to take full advantage of this and any other goodies that are offered to me. … a free flight upgrade would naturally be welcomed on either flights!
Now I can really start planning my adventure!! Any recommendations?
I LOVE lists. My brain also loves lists… at two o’clock in the morning when my body just wants to sleep!… In fact, I am shocked at the fact that I have yet to make my ultimate Bucket List! … I have made to do lists, and check lists, and to remember lists. Lists of books, lists of films and lists of people. Card lists, present lists and I owe you lists. Shopping lists, finance lists and ‘I can’t afford it right now, but one day i’ll own that’ lists. (Thank you Amazon Wish List and Pinterest!!)
But the list of things that I want to complete in my life, well that’s a big ask. That list would go on forever. How could it ever be completed?… However I suppose there are quite a few things I could check off that Bucket List after finally choosing what my next step will be.
1. Go to Australia.
3. Travel alone.
4. Do something that scares you.
5. Do something exciting.
6. Go on a long flight.
7. Start a blog ;D
And as I make my way through my travels there will be plenty more things to add and check off that list!
Before I leave though, it excites me to be able to start several lists in preparation for going away. A to do before I travel list, a documents needed list, a what to pack in my case/backpack list, a where to visit when I’m in Australia list and oh so more.
But my plan when away is to not make as many lists. To for once just ‘go with the flow’ and ‘see where things take me’. This after all is going to be a whole new experience for me, and that is what I want it to be. An Experience…
Throughout my childhood my grandparents jetted off to Australia to visit my Uncle, Aunt and Cousin’s every other year. Whilst they were away postcards arrived from the different places that they visited and I eagerly awaited their return for the photographs and the tales about their adventures on the otherside of the world. They told me stories of exotic animals in the back garden, beautiful beaches where people surfed and colourful fish swam, of open roads and rainforests … and of course christmas in the sunshine. (Ok, yes, I did also like all of the presents!)
And although I still find the idea of a hot, sunny christmas weird, and to be honest, just not right, everything that I was told was so incredibly exciting. So much so that every time my grandparents arrived back I would tell them that one day I would also visit Australia.
Now Australia isn’t just round the corner, so popping over for a week is not the best idea, and I found that long periods of empty time just haven’t turned up over the years. First school, then college, then uni, and of course that thing called work seemed to get in the way.
But here I am deciding which direction I should head in, stressing over what my next career move is, and suddenly there is only one thing I can think of… Sometimes you need to take one step backwards to breathe and admire the view before heading onwards. Maybe one giant step (or hundreds of normal steps and a 22 hour flight) should be taken, all the way to Australia?