Another weekend, another adventure!
So far, I have upheld my promise to myself about trying something new every day while I am here. Some things are obviously more exciting than others, but I can definitely say I’ve been keeping myself busy. After getting back to the Gold Coast from Melbourne I have really had to kick it into full gear with my school work. Midterms are right around the corner and I’m procrastinating writing both of my 2,000 word essays by blogging instead. You can’t blame me though considering all of the amazing opportunities I have been given since being here. It’s also pretty difficult to focus when its 90 degrees outside and the beach is a 2 minute walk away. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyways, Alex and I decided to watch the sunset on the beach one night and I can’t help but feel like I’m living in a dream. This country never ceases to amaze me.
On Friday, I ventured up to the city of Brisbane. It is only about an hour away from the Gold Coast, but when using public transportation it takes about 2 hours to get there. I ended up using Airbnb for the first time and stayed in the South Bank area with Ashley. South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. It’s located along the Brisbane River and is home to endless restaurants, parklands, and cultural sites. Once we got to our apartment, we decided to walk around and explore. Our first stop was lunch at a cute Mexican restaurant called Cactus Republic. I haven’t had Mexican food in a while so I really enjoyed my chicken tacos! After we were full, we headed over to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art where the same artist we saw in Melbourne, Yayoi Kusama, had an exhibit showcasing more of her art.
Then we headed over the river to the Queen Street Mall which has over 700 retailers. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of stores that I didn’t even buy anything (which is very unlike me). I’m pretty sure we only saw a tiny portion of it before we decided to go back to our apartment for a nap.
Later, we took a ferry to Hamilton, a suburb of Brisbane, for yet another night market. Before coming to Australia, I would’ve never expected these to be so popular but they are definitely a cheap and convenient way to try a bunch of local foods and hear local bands. This night market was called Eat Street Northshore and it had 180 dining and entertainment options. Its no surprise I tried something sweet: donut fries! Let me attempt to paint a vivid image in your head… think little french fry-like sticks of doughnut batter fried to crispy, pillowy perfection and served up dusted with cinnamon and sugar paired with soft serve chocolate ice cream and chocolate, caramel sauce drizzled perfectly on top. Do you I have your mouth watering yet? It was that good.
The next morning we checked out of our Airbnb and made our way to Streets Beach which is also located in South Bank. My cousin, Alan, recommended we check it out and I’m so glad we did. It’s Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach and its basically a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and tropical plants. We lounged around getting tan for the rest of the day before we decided to go back home.
I really liked Brisbane and hope to go back soon! We had great weather, great food, and a great experience…there’s nothing better than that. Once we got back to the Gold Coast, I was back to my regular routine: eat, pool or beach, eat again, sleep, then repeat.
This Sunday Alex turns 21!!! Stay tuned for whatever adventure this upcoming week brings!