Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

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 City Beach crop top and skirt, Marc by Softwalk sandals, vintage purse.

Checking out the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane is a must for any tourist! Since I’m new to Brisbane one of my favourite things to do on the weekends is exploring all the cool things this city has to offer. Without a doubt one of my favourite things about Brisbane is its interesting urban design. I love how the city effortlessly mixes historical architecture with modernist buildings and structures. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this cool bridge after spending half a day at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which lies in a stunning location by the river in Brisbane’s South Bank area. Despite being recognized as a world class city in recent years, Brisbane still isn’t the most pedestrian friendly city, so this bridge is part of a municipal effort to make the city a more friendly place for cyclists and pedestrians. Interestingly, the name “Kurilpa” reflects the Australian Aboriginal word for the South Brisbane and West End area, and means “a place for water rats.” I live in South Brisbane, and I have yet to see any water rats there to confirm the accuracy of the description. Apparently the Brisbane river is home to bull sharks though, so maybe that’s what the Aboriginals meant? 

Easter Sunday

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Marciano jumpsuit, Marc Softwalk sandals, The Trend crossbody purse. 

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter dinner with your loved ones. Since I live in Australia now having an Easter dinner with my family wasn’t going to happen this year. Luckily for me, my best friend and her roommates invited us over to their house for a lovely homemade dinner to celebrate the holiday. It’s so great to have my best friend here, it honestly feels like home away from home. She was the one who actually encouraged me to come here. It’s always been my dream to live in Australia but I was too scared to take the plunge and do it. I craved adventure down to the very depths of my soul but the thought of moving abroad and failing just terrified me. Thankfully I came to my senses and followed my dream!

Since moving to Brisbane almost three weeks ago, I found a job in my field and a place of our very own. Luckily, our studio apartment came fully furnished. Most apartments and houses in Australia don’t come with basic appliances like a fridge, a washing machine, and sometimes even a stove, so finding a fully furnished place was such a blessing. We live in a quiet residential area just 15 minutes away from the central business district and another 15 minutes away from my work. We also live right across from a park that has the largest bat population I’ve ever seen, but that’s a blog post for another day. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of weird critters down under. Not even giant fox bats can scare me now!

Aqua

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Destination: Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

We’ve been living in Brisbane for about a week and decided to make the Gold Coast our next destination. The train ride took 2 hours but it was well worth it! Surfers Paradise is so modern, and the contrast between the high-rise buildings and the dramatic ocean is really something that you need to experience for yourself. The water is so clear, torquoise, and refreshingly warm. Rocks and stones were not seen for miles and the waves are some of the largest I’ve ever seen! It’s so fun to go in the water and dive under the giant ones. Because the waves are so powerful here, it’s easy to get pushed around or dragged under them but that doesn’t stop the crowds from diving into them anyway.  I do have to admit that the Pacific Ocean here feels almost alien to me. It’s just so different from the ocean back home. Nevertheless, the Gold Coast is a neat place and we will be returning here very soon!

ANZAC Square in Brisbane

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Aritzia top, Forever 21 faux leather skirt, vintage purse, Coach sunnies, Nine West booties. 

I still can’t believe I’m in Australia! And boy, is it ever hot here!  It’s fall here in Brisbane, but the temperatures here have been above 30 degrees for the last few days. I kind of regretted wearing this faux leather skirt because it was so incredibly hot. It’s been hard to adjust to this drastic change in weather but I’m sure I will get used to the heat sooner than later. Brisbane is such a stunning city — the architecture here is so amazing. My boyfriend and I have spent the last few days exploring downtown and the South Bank area, and there’s so many cool things to see! The ANZAC Square in particular was just gorgeous – we loved the European architecture and the grandeur of it all. Located right in the heart of downtown, ANZAC Square is a war memorial that was built in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s a beautiful place filled with so much history, and it’s definitely a must see if you’re visiting Brisbane.