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First Day in Aussie

First Day in Aussie

 

kangerooI’m exhausted from almost 20 hours in transit from Toronto to Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia, but I want to share my first day. It’s 4:30 am back home, but I have just enough energy to tell you a few things.

Arriving over Brisbane, the mountains looked like piles of sugar on a flat surface. Little strange peaks.

In Brisbane, the roads don’t make sense. Turns out convicts built part of the city back in 1900’s, when the British thought Aussie would be a great place for their overflow of prisoners.

Eucalyptus trees at Coot-tha Park.

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Coot-tha Park is just outside the city proper and is the highest peak in the city at 287 metres–yup, went for a hike, jet legged and all. It’s winter here so it’s only 24 degrees but warm enough to wear shorts.

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The lookout over Brisbane.

 

 

 

 

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Some Dutch influence before the British got here.

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Acidic eucalyptus leaves destroy the soil –hence, not much growing.

IMG_9090But by far, the highlight: the animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We assumed that the $32 entrance fee would include cuddling a koala (which they advertise) but that costs another $10!

 

Luckily the sanctuary included so many Australian favourites.

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Here’s a video of a platypus swimming, which are smaller than I thought!

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Can you handle this much cuteness? Picking off leaves methodically, they move lethargically; turns out the little fellas sleep about 13 hours a day. I was mesmerized watching them manoeuvre their hands so skillfully eating leaves then hauling themselves up trees and pulling branches at their own pace.

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Tasmanian Devils — they look like large rats!

 

 

Another classic Aussie animal, the kangaroo, which when they rest, look quite provocative. I’m weird.

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Ok, I cannot type another word. Sleep. Forgive any incoherent sentences or typos. I’m too pooped to care!

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