Settling In + Enjoying Brisbane

We’ve just hit the one month mark! We’ve been here just over one month, and we’re finally settled into a bit of routine. John got a job, an ongoing full-time job! He’s landscaping at a retirement village south of the city; it’s about a thirty-minute bus ride each morning. After a few days there, he just so accidentally ran into…

4 years ago

A Morning at the Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are an ideal stop between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Unlike the world-famous Australia Zoo nearby, the Glass House Mountains are in a National Park and thus free. Captain James Cook (the man who “discovered” Australia) coined the name Glass House because the mountains reminded him…

4 years ago

Orientation: Noosa Heads

We planned the trip to Noosa Heads in about a day and a half. Rather than travel via public transportation, we rented a car. Renting a car ended up being about $20 more than paying for train and bus tickets. We figured that was worth it for the opportunity to practice driving on the left-hand side of the road. We rented…

4 years ago

A Weekend at Noosa Heads

For our first excursion out of Brisbane, we decided to go north. We visited a popular vacation spot called the Sunshine Coast. The city of Noosa is nestled near an inlet from the sea, affording the main beach some shelter from the coastal wind. Noosa National Park protects much of the area. It’s a eucalyptus forest and beautiful coastal…

4 years ago

An Evening at the Gabba

Yesterday we made our first foray into the mysterious world of live Australian sport. Graham invited us to an AFL game with him and the girls, so we went along. The Australian Football League is their equivalent of the NFL back home. The main differences seem to be the lack of pads and…

4 years ago

Meeting Relatives + Seeking Jobs

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. It’s right around 70 or 75 and sunny and perfect every single day. (It gets down to 50 or so at night, but they don’t do heaters or insulation.) Yesterday, we had a family barbecue to meet twenty or so of John’s cousins. This was John’s grandfather’s brother, and three of his five children (and their children). I successfully managed to remember about four whole names! 

4 years ago

Ten Starting Places: Surviving Long Haul Flights + Jet Lag

In honor of having just recently survived our fourteen hour flight from LA to Brisbane, I thought I’d share the articles that helped us prep for such a long flight, as it was the first long-haul either of us had ever done. We’re both accustomed to those European eight-hour flights, but fourteen is a whole new ballgame. In the end, it wasn’t remotely challenging. I slept about…

4 years ago

A Morning at Mt. Coot-tha

Well, we’ve landed! The dreaded 14-hour flight turned out to not be too bad. By sheer coincidence, we were lucky enough to visit John’s cousin Graham on Thursday before we left the States; he was flying through Atlanta with a layover just long enough for dinner and a chat. He gave us the advice to just sleep the whole way from LAX to Brisbane. No screens, just a glass of wine or two at dinner, and we were unconscious off…

4 years ago

Throwing Parties + Packing Boxes

We’re at the ten day mark for our departure, and the days just keep on coming. This past Saturday afternoon was our going away party, with friends and family and fun times. We enjoyed some excellent food, lots and lots of fun conversations, and a handful of final hugs goodbye. John’s family and mine were able to drive in from out of town, and many, many good friends from our years in Athens joined us for drop in bits of time. We studied maps with five-year-olds, karaoked with high school friends, and brunched…

4 years ago

A Couple Hours at the Tucson Botanical Garden

Our first evening, after the temperatures had dropped a bit, we ventured across Martha’s neighborhood to the Tucson Botanical Garden. It was quite an evening for it – they stay open late on Thursdays during the summer, and they allow pets during certain times over the summer. So, we packed up a picnic dinner…

4 years ago