Once again...out of Auckland! :) Daniel’s birthday’s coming up so off to good old Brissy!
Planning was a bit more complex this time since Daniel did not know I was coming to Brisbane. Luckily, he loves talking about people he met so I caught some of his new friends’ names and wrote to one of them, lovely Sina. Funnily enough, Sina and I did not know each other before but have heaps of mutual friends back home. Best requirements for getting along! :)
Sina convinced Daniel – who was initially planning on doing nothing for his birthday – to go out for dinner downtown. After a never-ending cab-ride I eventually got to the Korean restaurant. Daniel looked like he was in shock when he saw me approaching their table :) But I guess the surprise was a success.
The next day we went downtown again and strolled through the city. Since I’ve been to Brisbane quite recently there was no need for big sightseeing. Lisette, one of Daniel’s friends, had a little get-together that evening for his birthday. Nice and mellow night – and awesome student accommodation! ;)
Lisette's apartment - that's some luxury student accomodation!
We did not do anything much the next day, however, it was my personal highlight during the trip: a visit to Aldi! Yay! Lots of German products and a huge feeling of ‘home’. Awwww...love it!
On my last day we went with Sina and Lisette to Stradbroke Island, the 2nd-largest sand-island in the world – I heard. However. We went to a couple of beaches, hiked a short walk, and had lunch at the most touristy place. Beautiful island if you want to get out of the city for a few days! We even saw dolphins and a koala...no sharks though.
dolphins (I need to get a better lens)
Lisette and Daniel jumping with Sina
that's not the koala we've seen :)
I am not allowed to list names here :)
16 people on one tree - that's the record!
on the ferry back to Brisbane
Naturally, a megacity as Brisbane has no proper options to get from a suburb to the airport. So I got up VERY early in the morning to catch a cab, which brought me to a distant bus terminal, where I took a bus into the city from where I would get the train going to the airport. The picture below was taken when I had to wait for another train after I've missed the initial one by 5 seconds. It was great morning (apparently for others, it was the end of a great night).