This past week has definitely been an eventful one. About a month ago I got a message from my best friend, Carrie, saying that she had booked her flights and was coming to visit! We had talked about her visiting but I couldn’t believe she was actually coming! She flew into Brisbane Airport on Saturday and we stayed there for the night, along with Brittany and our friends Arielle and Delanie. We spent the day shopping and walking around the city and then went out for the night. It was so cool (and expensive) going out in a big city. Just to get into some of the clubs was $20! Thankfully, the hostel we stayed at called Bunk Backpackers was connected to a bar called Birdees. When we showed that we were staying at Bunk we got into the bar for free so we spent the majority of the night there. It was so much fun and definitely something I wanted to do before leaving Australia.
On Monday, Brittany, Carrie, and I went to Alexander Headlands Beach. It has been cooling down here but it was a very sunny day so we wanted to take advantage of it. I also hadn’t been to the beach in a couple months so I was keen to go again.
On Tuesday, Carrie and I went to Australia Zoo. We spent so much time taking pictures and hanging out with the kangaroos. Petting the kangaroos and taking selfies with them never gets old! I refuse to leave Australia unless a kangaroo comes with me. Why can’t they hop around BW’s campus like they do here?! Carrie also got a picture holding a koala! I’m not a big fan of koalas but I actually saw a couple that were pretty darn cute.
On Wednesday Carrie, Brittany, my roommates Luke and Jess, and I climbed Mount Coolum. It is about a 20 minute drive and a pretty steep hike. It was so beautiful to see from the top and a lot of fun to climb. It was also a much needed workout! The gym at my uni is $13 a week to go to so needless to say I have not been doing as much exercise as I normally would! I decided that I could either buy a gym membership or take an extra flight somewhere and you can guess which one I chose…
Thursday is the big night for uni students to go out. A lot of clubs call it “uni night” so when you show your student ID you do not have to pay a cover charge. Carrie, Brittany, Luke, Eric, Jess and some of her friends, and I went to a club called Fridays. It was a really fun night but a very rough morning since I had class at 8 am the next morning. But I couldn’t let Carrie miss out on a great Thursday night just because I had class the next morning.. What a great friend I am ;)
Friday, Brittany, Carrie, and I went shopping at the plaza. It was a great time except for when it started downpouring right when we walked outside! Besides that it was a pretty lazy day.
On Saturday, we were off to the Whitsundays! We landed around 3:00 pm and walked around the area for awhile. For dinner, we all split a kangaroo and crocodile platter! I really liked both of them. The kangaroo tasted similar to steak and the crocodile tasted more like chicken. I would definitely like to eat either one of them, but I think I preferred the crocodile more.
Our hostel in Airlie Beach was called Base and it was a room for 6 so we had 3 other roommates. There were 3 guys, one from London and 2 from Germany, who were our roommates. We ended up getting along really well with them and went out together. One of our roommates was good at ballroom dancing so he was teaching us how to! Definitely not what I was expecting for the night but it was so much fun. In Airlie Beach it was basically one street full of bars, restaurants, and shops so everything was a short walk away. We went out to a few different bars down the street that night.
The next day, we had an ocean rafting tour. It started at 9 am and was so much fun! The waves were huge in some areas and it felt like a ride the whole time! We got to see many of the Whitsunday Islands and got to stop at one to snorkel for an hour. It was awesome to be able to be in part of the Great Barrier Reef again. The water was pretty cloudy but still really amazing. We then got off of the boat and took a little hike up to an area to see Whitehaven Beach. I can’t even describe how beautiful it was! We then stayed at that beach for a couple hours and had lunch there. The tour was awesome and one of my favorite things that I have done in Australia so far. We then went out again that night and had a wonderful time.
Monday was our last day in Airlie Beach. We had to check out of the hostel at 11 am and then walked around for awhile. The airport transfer picked us up around 2 and we landed by 5:30. Overall it was such a fun trip and a beautiful place. I can’t believe that I was able to do all of this with Carrie! It has been so much fun having her here and I will never forget this trip.
In other news, my oven exploded. I was very tired coming back on Monday so I put my oven on to preheat. Carrie and I were in my room and were home by ourselves. We then were hearing loud noises from the kitchen and thought someone was breaking in. The good news was that no one was robbing us. The bad news is that the glass on the inside of the oven completely shattered. I am still waiting for a replacement. For now, I am very thankful that Brittany is always willing to share her kitchen. It also happened to someone else living in Unicentral yesterday which made me feel a little better that I didn’t do something wrong! I honestly wasn’t even surprised that that happened because things just always have a way of going wrong. At least it keeps things interesting!