Well I “survived” a Queensland summer. Barely. Brisbane was HOT. In fact, the heat in January broke some records. I grew up in Chicago, I thought I could handle the heat. NOPE. The main reason is the Brisbane is an outdoor living city. Because most of the time the weather is pleasant, people tend to spend a lot of time outside. Well compared to Chicagoan’s, who spend 3-4 months a year in hibernation.
I celebrated my 1st Australia Day. It’s quite similar to the 4th of July in the States. Including fireworks
So what did I do for the few days I was actually in Brisbane? I watched a lot of sunrises and sunsets from the inside of my air-conditioned apartment.
Other hot day activities included, actually going inside the Queensland Museum. Never mind I walked past it everyday for months. I went with some friends and I pretty sure we went on hottest day ever, because all we did was complain the entire 2 minute walk. We almost skipped the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, because it required a walk in the sun.
For Christmas I had given my parents Opera tickets. I then started getting invites to all sorts of events at their local arts center. Not that I was going to fly to Florida, but I could handle walking across the street to Queensland Performing Art Center (QPAC). I mean while I watching the world go by I could not help but notice the advertisements for shows.
Some friends were interested in going to see Ludovico Einaudi. Given my new boyfriend ( OK, not really my boyfriend) Leslie Odom, Jr. is just amazing on the ivories, I thought I would give Ludovico a shot. Another friend was in town and I mentioned that “a piano guy” was playing. He wanted to go but could not find tickets for “The Piano Guys” Oops….. The concert was fun, something different. It’s good to get out one’s comfort zone every now and then.
I also took a detour on my way back from Bali to go to Perth. I had do something with the birdnest of hair on my head. Since it was first time going in summer, I decided to book a tour out to Rottnest Island. I swear it’s amazing how quickly I forget vital facts like I suffer from horrible motion sickness. It’s an island in the ocean……. I was ok for about the first hour of the boat trip. It was a cruise down the Swan River. Then we hit the Indian Ocean. Um….. seriously… if anyone reading this hears me talking about getting on a boat… just say NO. It was horrible.
Rottnest is a car-free island. I knew my lazy self would not want to bicycle around so I opted for a bus-tour. Which was good because it was air-conditioned. The tour guide suggested I try the pharmacy for some drugs. Luckily I was much better on the return journey. But I choose to leave the island early because I was just not feeling well and it was bit hot. If you happen to make it out there, I would recommend plan on cycling around and going swimming. It looked nice.
I flew back to Brisbane, via Sydney on Virgin Australia. I took the morning flight and I passed on the breakfast option. So I was actually hungry but the time I boarded my Sydney to Brisbane flight. I fully expected the curried chicken I had twice a few days before. So imagine my surprise when I was offered something or Pomegranate Baba Ganoush. I don’t remember what something was, but it did not sound good and let’s be honest nor did the Pomegranate Baba Ganoush. But Burnt Fig Ice Cream surprised so bring on the Baba….. Oh man I about to fly somewhere on Virgin to eat that again. It was SO good. Carrie P or Michelle, if you are reading this, please figure out how to make this for me. PLEASE
End of February finds me back in Australia. Hopefully I’ll be staying put for the new few weeks. Unless of course I find a reason to get on Virgin flight……Until then, Safe Travels!