Our first full day. Time to go explore the city!
Here are some random things we happen to come upon while passing through the city.
I of course did some research to see what were some of the common food joints and saw that they had endless chains of Pie Face. Meat pies aren’t exactly a popular snack to have here in America so I was quite excited to try the chain. Go figure that the night before my flight I happen to pass a Pie Face on 33rd Street! Talk about ruining the fun in eating something international and only available there. Apparently they now have 3 chains in the city. On the bright side, I have a new spot to go to when I’m waiting for my train.
Roma Street Parklands
Great recreational park!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
This was the highlight of the Brisbane part of my trip.
It was swimming around so fast I could barely got a shot of it.
Do you see his brolic arms?!
It was great seeing animals from across the world and actually being able to hold a koala and pet some kangaroos. I was extremely tempted to just take home that baby koala! We came a little late to the sanctuary so we didn’t get to see some of the great shows that they offer, like the bird of prey show. Luckily we were able to see the lorikeet feeding which was absolute mayhem. There are tons of lorikeets flying around so you’re bound to duck a couple of times thinking they’re going to fly right into you.
Going into the sectioned off field area I didn’t really expect to be surrounded by kangroos. I assumed it would be somewhat gated but it was a huge open field with just you and the kangaroos. There is food that you can buy to feed them but you can simple just grab some grass and they’ll eat it out your hand.
We tried having a barbie (barbecue) but it started raining hard so we ended up just cooking inside. Before we arrived in Australia, we already had the intention of eating some exotic meat. As in, kangaroo, emu and crocodile. We just finished spending the day playing with kangaroos and to end up having kangaroo steak and meatballs that night wasn’t a good feeling on my conscience. Apparently kangaroo meat is commonly found at grocery stores as if it were a main protein like chicken. The steak was seasoned so it was hard to get the real taste of it and the meatballs almost tasted like any other. It was hard enough taking just one bite of each because of how guilty I felt. Never again.
I ended dinner with some common Australian desserts, lamingtons and pavlova.
Lamingtons are an airy sponge cake texture that is covered in chocolate and coconut shavings.
Pavlova is a cake that has a soft meringue texture with fruits on top for decoration. It is ridiculously sweet and comparable to eating all the meringue frosting off a dominican cake! I really don’t understand how Australians can eat a huge slice of this and not get a toothache!
Stuffed from all the food and exhausted from a long day, I nearly passed out during dinner.
Agenda for tomorrow… the Gold Coast!