17.12.2010 - 19.12.2010
Australia is pretty big – the whole of Europe fits very comfortably into Australia and you get a real sense of the size from the hours spent on the bus plotted on a map. Over a few trips we’ve spent the best part of 24hrs on the bus and covered only a small amount of the east coast. To break up the bus journeys we were looking for stop off points. Brisbane wouldn’t have been a top choice except for one important thing – it has a Kopy! Adam aka Kopy is an old friend of Stiamh’s from uni days. Not having seen him since a fairly lively Halloween party five years ago I was keen to meet up.
Adam took us out to see the sights of Brisbane ie a big hill with impressive views across the city and a bridge designed by the same guy that did Sydney Harbour Bridge. Most importantly he and Kate took us out for a couple of XXXX Ales and a good sized steak.
I remember Adam starting at University as the quintessential physics student, witnessed, if not somewhat responsible for, his degeneration into a drunken fool. He is now a married man with a full time job, a baby on the way and an interest in sport– the circle of life and all that. It was great to catch up.
To continue the theme in Brisbane we managed to catch up with Ryan and Oonagh who were staying in the same hostel as us. We went out for dinner and drinks but this time we left the travel sickness pills at home. We’re really pleased to have met these two especially since they have done an excellent job of selling London to young Niamh. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up again for a couple of beers when we finish our travels in April (or May, perhaps June – definitely by July.......)