Brisbane Travel Blog› entry 37 of 53 › view all entries
I'm so excited to be here in Brisbane! Ang is meeting me at the airport and will take me home with her where I'll stay until the new year. Then I'll need to decide where I'm going to live and work for the next few months.
I'm surprised by how emotional I am when I get to the airport. I had a little cry when I arrive both in the airport at the arrivals gate and then when I see Ang. I’m overwhelmed by a feeling I know, the knowing that I’m in the right place that I’m suppose to be here and something amazing is coming. I am overwhelmed with seeing someone I know. Having Ang greet me, seeing Kernel Mustard (Ange’s 1970s VW kombi). The last time I saw Ange was int he summer on her visit to Canada, but its different here in Aus.
For any great celebration (and afterall isn't my arrival a celebration!) you need a little wine so we head to the liquor store, get two bottles and catch up at her place.
She takes a sicky on the Friday and we chill out together, spend Sat at the markets and I eat the best halomi cheese wrap and have the best spiced espresso coffee of my life! I also meet her neighbours Floss and Tim, they are so nice! And I meet Lee next door and her brand new baby. Ziggy the cat welcomes me with a mow when I arrive! It makes me miss Gimii (my cat) suddenly.
I take to Brisbane like the tourist I am. I take the bus and the CityCat (an amazing ferry that takes you along the Brisbane River, stopping at many useful locations throughout the city) everywhere.
I also check out the Old Windmill, built in 1828, which is the oldest building in the state of Queensland.
I visit the ANZAC Square War Memorial, a centrally located shrine where an enternal flame burns in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp and all of those who have lots their lives for their country. The Cathedral of St. Stephen was beautiful. Its located in a lovely grassy open space in the heart of the City. My visit to Parliament House was awesome. I took the guided tour, which I always like to do. Well it was extra special for me because I was the only person on the tour! The building itself was completed in 1868.
I tour the malls, but don’t like them, shopping is not really for me, I need a purpose to like it now, I need to be looking for something. I’d rather do something else than browse for things I don’t need. This happens the more I travel. I like clothes and things but I can’t spend my life shopping for it, and I certainly don’t need all that stuff, so why buy it? I’d rather spend a grand on a trip than a big screen tv.
I check out South Bank, the lagoon and eat ice cream. I’m reminded of my visit here with Katie over a year ago, and then now how this lagoon pales in comparison to Cairns (which is the best I’ve seen so far).
Brisbane is getting ready for Christmas. Carolers sing on Queen street, I buy a gift for my secret Santa party that I’m going to on Christmas Day with Ang and her friends. Then the best news for me, I get a cell phone and a phone number on Wed the 23rd, best Christmas gift I could have bought for myself! I’m very excited to have an Aussie number!! It feels like the beginning of everything I want here.
I’m ready for Christmas! People keep asking me if it feels weird to not have snow or to not be at home over Christmas. Its feels like Christmas to me! I might be physically away from my family but I’m there with them in my heart. So I don’t feel lonely or that I’m missing something. I don’t miss the snow and to me it doesn’t make the holiday season. I’m here in a great place, with amazing people, getting ready for a Christmas party with Ang and her friends. How exciting to spend Christmas in another country!