This is the official blog of my Study Abroad Trip to Australia and New Zealand. I'll be leaving December 26th and returning home February 2nd.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 9: Sweet Home Alabama?

Day 2 in Brisbane! It was a little bit cloudy today but the weather felt great with little patches of sunshine showing up at just the right times. Today's blog will be short and sweet because we didn't do much today which isn't a bad thing at all considering we've been going at a break-neck pace since we've gotten to Australia. We got to sleep in til about 9 and I cooked a gourmet breakfast of scrambled eggs and cheese on the stove of our kitchenette and had a chocolate chip muffin supplied from the grocery store next door.

We took a Brisbane River Tour later that day and it wasn't the most interesting thing we've done on this trip but the scenery was great. It gave me a taste on the built environment of Brisbane, Australia. It seems like a more of a coastal town than Sydney with the prominent houses lining the river banks or on the top of the large hills within the city. The CBD of Brisbane is extremely interesting with its high rises scattered throughout historical buildings. Brisbane planners seem to have made an effort to eliminate urban sprawl with the cluster of city, commercial, and residential structures. The boat tour pointed out several prominent landmarks within the city highlighting the Story Bridge. It was similar to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney but I found this one to be more visually appealing. The boat captain gave us a shoutout by playing Sweet Home Alabama over the intercom. It was funny but a little awkward at the same time. But Lynyrd Skynyrd was a nice little taste of home when we were half a world away.

Later that evening, we went out to a pub a few blocks away from our apartment and ate dinner and shared a few jugs (pitchers) between our classmates. It was a fun close to a relaxing day in a more low-keyed city. It is a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan giant of Sydney. War Eagle!

The Story Bridge
Another view of the Story Bridge
Awesome street performers called Rattlehand in Brisbane

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