A few days ago Joe and I went to the botanical gardens. They are free and open all the time. They were beautiful!
We also saw some people doing that tightrope thing where you string a line between two trees. The hilarious bit was that some cops pulled up and instead of stopping them, they started trying it! I felt bad about taking photos, but it was so cute.
Today is Joe’s birthday and we are off to the beach!
So, we got a dining set and couch last night. We found them both on gumtree from two different people that lived fairly close together. I called this guy who advertised delivery services online for $70, and we arranged that Joe and I would first look at the furniture, then call him to set pick up times.
After seeing the couch and dining set and deciding to get them, we called the delivery guy, Joel The Ute Driver. He told me he was “at the shops”, and would call back within the hour. Joe and I sat in the driveway of the family we had bought the dining set from, like foolasses, until finally he called. When he arrived in his “ute”, it turned out a ute is an el camino! As in, car in the front, pickup in the back. Lots of people have them here, hilarious.
He only had one passenger seat, so he and Joe loaded up and took off to get the couch while I took the bus home. When Joe got home he had some good news and some bad.
The good news was that the dining set was fine. I guess the other good news was that Joel The Ute Driver didn’t mug Joe, But that’s besides the point. The bad was that the couch had a little accident. I guess Joel The Ute Driver was going a bit fast, and the couch cushions flew off onto a 4-lane road! They only found out when another driver yelled to them “mate, ya cushions flew off 100m back!”. They made a u-turn and grabbed one cushion quickly, but just as Joel The Ute Driver was about to grab the second one, a car ran over it. And dragged it many meters. At this point I was rolling in the aisles picturing this scene, poor Joe!
We surveyed the damage today:
Joe and I got the keys today and signed the lease. Yesssssss!
So happy to have a place!
Joe and I are in Brisbane! We’ve been here for a little less than a week, and it feels like both a day and forever. Joe defended his phd a few weeks (!) ago, and he starts a postdoc position at the university of Queensland April 2, so we moved here from Vancouver. Life is a-changing’!
Next up is buying furniture and appliances. Apartments in Australia don’t come with fridges or washers- so weird. It’s fun to start all over again; daunting bit refreshing! Speaking of daunting, the job hunt for me also begins… Eep!
P.s. we miss you Van!
I was in Kimberley last weekend visiting my dad, and it was full of snow! I flew in Friday night, and the airline warned us that they might not be able to land and we would have to redirect to Lethbridge, Alberta and stay the night (at our own expense, of course). Luckily we made it, but the plane was crazy! It was two seats per aisle, and you had to bend over to get in and walk to your seat. Eep.
Kimberley was beautiful, they had probably 3 feet of snow. My dad and I went cross-country skiing Saturday and Sunday, my favourite winter activity:
I was in Kimberley for two reasons- first because he turned 70! Doesn’t he look good?
We were also there to say goodbye, since Joe and I are moving to Brisbane March 18.
I made my last snow angel for a long, long time, and took it all in.
Of course it snowed two days later in Vancouver, but thankfully not like this! 🙂