After returning from Stradbroke Island, I was looking forward to a gentle and long weekend. I wanted to spend some more time exploring the city, catch up on sleep, hang out with some friends, and get a head-start on my write-up for my research project. Guess which one of those I did not do...
I met up with Corinne and Alissa, who wanted to hit an outlet mall in the outskirts of the city. Despite being a way ways out there, we had a good time.
|Hats for the most fabulous gangsters|
|cookie monster and rainbow brite|
|the ugliest, most uncomfortable failure to make me change my mind about nike|
We then found this store devoted to ridiculously over-the-top dresses. These were dresses with massive mirror tiles (with angles that make sitting down imprudent) and massive amounts of sequins and whatnot. It was like some weird prom dress store. Naturally, I insisted that the girls try some on. Corinne and Alissa both looked knock-out...
Then we went out for a gentle night on the town.
|Brisbane City from Southbank|
|The Treasury across the Brisbane River|
|Lights on the water|
|The pillar of light that is the Brisbane Ferris Wheel (I still need to put up the photos of our time on it from our second night in Australia).|
That night, my walk home was quite noisy. Every bottlebrush tree I walked under would start shaking. I found it that these were the culprits...possums!
|Lots of spooky glowing eyes...|
After lunch on the riverbank, we took the City Cat over to New Farm. There we wandered around the Brisbane Powerhouse and meandered through the surrounding parks, where people were engaged in LARP combat, family outings with sing-a-longs, tight-rope walking demonstrations, and varieties of footballs (American, Australian, soccer...).
It was such a gently beautiful day, we found ourselves sprawled out on the grass by the river thinking that everything was practically perfect. Gemütlichkeit might just be the only word to describe it, since English is rather wanting.
We decided to wander back fairly early to avoid having long waits for buses.
|Mia enchanted by the ride on the City Cat|
|Matthew mit Brisbane|
|The bluffs of Kangaroo Point|
|Some monument on the bluffs|
|sailboat on the river|
|Mia and I on the City Cat|
|I swear this building looked like the Addams' Family Marina|
|The exterior of the Brisbane Powerhouse|
|Shadows of adventurers|
|Mia had the brilliant and much welcome craving for ice cream, enjoyed at a sidewalk cafe on a sunny day|
|31 October must be a special day at this school|
|Late afternoon Brisbane|
|An old-fashioned riverboat called the Kookaburra Queen...sadly no dixieland jazz|
|The neighbor's dog hanging out on the table in the yard, naturally|
Hypothesis: The weekend will fall firmly into the "Doesn't Suck" category.
Preliminary findings: tend toward rejecting null hypothesis.