The first several days of my vacation in Australia were spent in my “home town” of Brisbane. Although I was born here, I honestly consider myself to be Canadian and Hamilton, Ontario to be my home town. That said, I did have a wonderful time with my younger sister and good friend Sebastian.
I stayed at the Ibis Hotel in the central business district. This was within walking distance to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and the Queen Street Mall. My only complaint was the difficult and unbelievably expensive internet access at the hotel – I ended up using an internet cafe in the Mall to stay in touch with people. That stopped me from blog and Flickr updates until I reached my dad’s place in Perth.
I have a Flickr set for this vacation. This set includes many pictures from my wandering around the Botanical Gardens, pictures from the Boeing 777 window as dawn broke and even a video of the banking over the Tasman Sea to line up with Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport. I! would like to add the video of the Sydney airport landing, but its current form is too large for Flickr; I’ll try to find an editor that I can use once I get back to Texas.
Although I was too young to remember it – only a year and a half – the Gardens include a flood marker to commemorate the 1974 deluge. Three cyclones had dumped a huge amount of rain, leaving the ground thoroughly soaked and unable to absorb water. As the third downpour began, the tide came in…
Our family had just moved to the district of Enoggera. This was elevated, so we were unaffected.
Sebastian also works for Microsoft and he has planted the seed in my mind about moving here permanently. I have much to consider before committing to such a life-changing step. We’ll see!
Tomorrow morning, my dad and I are taking the train into the West Australia interior to visit the town of Kalgoorlie. There is a gold mine “super-pit” there that should be an incredible site. I’m really looking forward to this.