Monday, September 12, 2011

Early days in Brisbane

We have successfully arrived in Brisbane.   All children, suitcases and sanity intact.  The flights were actually fine: 5 hours to L.A., a three hour stop over, and then 15 hours to Brisbane.  Serenna was able to sleep for 7 hours of the second flight and Zac for 5 hours.  Us parents not so much but Jas got some work done and I watched 5 movies!  Besides feeling like a sardine (gotta love the middle seats), it was good.  Zac even had a visit to the cockpit to chat with the pilots and try on a hat!

Our "two bedroom" hotel apartment that we had arranged from Canada turned out to be a one bedroom/"two room" very small accommodation (as I suspected) despite their assurances that it was a two bedroom. Jas and I have been sleeping inthe kitchen/dining room/livingroom area and the kids have the beddroom/bathroom/laundry cuboard. No dresser or shelf to unpack into. Generally we are climbing over each other and suitcases. At first I though we can make this work.... it will be good for us to be less pampered and priveleged. Well, that commitment lasted about 3 days. We have found a new flat to move into on Sunday. It is in a 12 story building, also just a one bedroom (for the bargin price of 700/week, yes that is per week!!) but it is bright and beautiful and on the river with amazing views. Soon the pool will be opened and there is also a communal BBq area and a bit of outdoor space to play in.  It is actually only 25 dollars more a week than what we are paying here, so we felt is was well worth it.

I have so much more to share but I have to go as we are headed out on a 5 day road trip in search of kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles and whales! 


  1. Hey, glad you arrived safely. And I'm glad you're using blogger! Now I can just follow along with all your posts. You better follow me too!

    Can't wait to see your photos and hear about your exciting adventure.
    Miss you. xo

  2. You are so funny! Great to read this!