Lone Pine Sanctuary is just down the road from my friend Tom's house and it is awesome! There's not much to say, just awesome animal pictures to post for your viewing pleasure. I will say though that I've got a newfound respect for parrots, we befriended some and when we had to leave they made a massive fuss! I was so sad to leave them!
Meghan's friend Kat has Wednesdays off. The two of them often hit up a cool new cafe but with Meghan gone vacationing in Laos with Alex I stood in and let Kat bring me to a cool brunch spot. We went to a new place in the New Farm neighbourhood called Cafe Loco. The menu was very on trend, with lots of paleo and gluten free options. Kat agreed to go splitsies on a couple of things we were both eye balling so we could both eat more things. I suspect Kat is a bit of a Chai latte aficionado as she was very excited about them having Prana Chai and informed me I might never be able to go back to the syrup kind after. So Chai lattes (coconut milk for me), ricotta pancakes, and "mushrooms" were ordered.
Kat then took me to the Brisbane Powerhouse, a graffiti filled former industrial power house that's now a theatre and exhibit space surrounded by a lovely park and rather pricey looking neighbourhood.
They have a circus school!
It started off as a very nice and sunny day!
Fabulous homes everywhere.
Of course I took some photos of the pretty foliage in the area, because I like to do that.
I made it to Brisbane in time to celebrate my wonderful friend's birthday, Meghan of Jaunt and Flaunt (jauntandflaunt.com)!
Meghan picked me up from my friend Tom's house where I was crashing as my first stop in Brisbane. Brisbane is a very twisty town, very hard to get around even for those who live there, so I was grateful for the ride!
We ventured over to the Paddington neighbourhood, known to be very pretty and hip, and had lunch at Shouk Cafe (shoukcafe.com/au). Perched on the top of a hill it was a gorgeous view. Their food is awesome too! We had almond milk Chai latte's all around (a bit too syrupy though) and I had the shakshuka, Meghan the challah french toast, and Kat the lamb flat bread. We also befriended one of the servers...as in he gave me his number very nicely. Blond, tall, freckly, man-bunned, tattooed- just my type.
After lunch Meghan showed me around the area and we ducked into some super cute shops, like Thousand Island Dressing (thousandislanddressing.com)- it has SUCH cute accesories, and one that I would love to collaborate with, Showroom (show-room.com/au). Showroom is a shop that displays interesting wares by web-based designers.
Apparently Easter weekend is a really big holiday in Australia and I arrived the morning of Easter Friday to a closed and hungover city.
My super awesome Californian friend, Kyle, happened to be in Sydney for business and let me crash in his hotel suite at Sheraton on the Park and do touristy things for the weekend. He was feeling a bit tired of going around alone, so he was happy to have a friend in town.
It was pretty drizzly and most things were closed but we managed to make the most of it. We found a nearby hot yoga studio, Hom yoga, where I felt rather self conscious (those people were really fit!) and we lined up for a Malaysian restaurant Kyle had read about and he had his first Malaysian food experience ever!
Remarkably on the Sunday morning, dashing out for a hot yoga class, we bumped into a good friend of Kyle's from his undergrad at the hotel's breakfast room! That just turned our weekend into a huge social adventure, joining other Californians and even a Vancouverite at an event in Watson's Bay and then the Sydney Horse Races.
We (pretty much mostly Vipul and I- we kept losing Kyle) met the nicest ladies at the races that day and got some interesting life wisdom. Penny, a beautiful freckled blonde, let me in on the secret to her marriage which was basically this: marry someone you find really hot. Various friends of hers were getting divorced after finding they had married "nice" and "appropriate" people that they had no passion with, whereas even when disagreeing with her husband she still, er, wanted to be intimate with him. Interesting!
Kyle and Ryan had to go to work on Tuesday so Vipul and I did vacation-y things.
That's my first weekend in Sydney in a nutshell! Well..minus meeting with my crush who I met at UQ in 2008...that's a whole other story.
So today will be a super long travel day.
I already woke up extra early because when I put all my favourite clothes in my suitcase (kindly loaned to me by my awesome lab coworker) last night I discovered they DID. NOT. FIT. Typical Liz, always packing all the things. This morning involved rolling things very very tightly and tetris-ing things in to see what I could get away with bringing. Fortunately that worked way better than last night's plan which was shoving things helter skelter into the suitcase so I could get to sleep.
How I feel about packing (and my purse):
And lastly my one obligatory pic of pretty clouds and blue sky because I have no idea how to blog but I know you have to have pretty pictures :p