The Wonderful World of Oz

September 3, 2019

Small moments

Filed under: Uncategorized — A @ 3:01 pm

I’m always inclined to remember the BIG stuff on our travels. Brandon and I have both talked about some of those from this trip already: the Great Barrier Reef, the art, the food (and wine and beer), the Opera House… Loads! So, in contrast to our highlight reels — and perhaps as a fun complement to Brandon’s recent highlights list — I thought I’d do a rundown of some of the tinier moments that were just as memorable but that I may end up forgetting years later. (Kind of going in chronological order here, not, like, order of importance.)

- I had to buy new shoes because I left my BEST travel shoes in the downstairs bathroom at our house in Columbus. This was pretty much the… second day in Australia, first thing in the morning. Anyway, the young woman working at the shoe store was REALLY nice and chatted with us and asked us how long we would be in “Brizzy.”

- One evening (was it later that same evening?? I can’t remember!), we ferried over to the other side of the river that intersects Brisbane and walked on this really cool path along some cliffs. The views were great, and I loved seeing the sunset reflected on the stone of the cliffs. I was kind of tired at the end of it, though, and ready to get on the ferry back to our side of the river. But the ride itself was also beautiful, which I wasn’t fully expecting; the icing on the cake was seeing all the lights along the river from the ferry. One of the bridges was lit up like the Indian flag, and my favorite was this cluster of trees whose trunks and branches were COVERED in orangey-gold fairy lights. Those trees were magical.

- The last day of our Bundaberg/Bargara trip had a few nice moments. The first was our morning walk on the beach near our resort. It was a lovely, pink-and-gold morning, and the beach was peaceful and the ocean calm. I left my shoes and jacket by the path, and it felt so comfortable and safe. “Here’s my spot at the beach; I’ll leave my stuff. See you later, stuff!” It felt like being a kid again. After a good walk through both the sand and the water, we made our way to some big black rocks in the tide that I enjoyed walking on. Being positioned in the tide the way they were, they were super smooth and round and easy to stand on, and they felt nice under my feet. Again, something simple, but I don’t want to forget it.

- The second thing on that day was a chance to talk with Bart, our tour guide. The restaurant where we had reservations for lunch somehow managed to set enough places for everyone in our group MINUS ONE, so Bart went and sat at a table by himself. Brandon and I joined him, so he wouldn’t be lonely. We hadn’t really gotten to know much about him, so it was nice to hear a little bit more about him. Turns out, his main gig in the tour guiding world is taking people out on fishing boats. Anyway, it was a nice chat, and I always like to try to remember our guides on adventures like that.

- For our last night in Brisbane, we stayed in a really cool “art hotel,” which I believe I’ve mentioned. Called The Johnson, but it’s written on the side of the building as [The Johnson]. Brandon had told me there was a whole series of these hotels through Australia, and he made a little joke about how he wants to stay at all of them. Spoiler alert: we didn’t. HOWEVER. When we got to Melbourne the next day, we were walking from the train station in our suburb (Box Hill) to get to our hotel for the first time, and I saw something that looked a “]” and said, “Wait. Is that another one of those hotels from the same series?” Brandon turned around and gave me the HUGEST mischievous grin. It was classic.

- The WiFi at the ferry terminal in Manly — outside of Sydney — offers you coupons when you log on for the first time. I got a free gelato. BAM.

I think that’s a good sampling for now.

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