Our life in Brissy
10.03.2017 35 °C
We decided that the farm work was going too slowly so city work would have to do for now so we moved into one of the hostels Ariel stayed at 6yrs ago near the city centre of BRISBANE. We were at The Base Hostel Uptown for about a week before we got hired at their Central Hostel for Work for Accommodation. Kevin mostly got shifts working at reception helping with people's bags while Ariel got cleaning jobs; kitchen cleaning meant lots of free food as none of the other workers did their jobs properly so we got first dibs on leftover food...which was a lot!
We spent a lot of time at the library looking for work. Kevin got a job first at a lovely little restaurant/cafe called Felix for Goodness. He worked as a kitchen hand and got lots of delicious leftovers for us.
While working at the hostel we also enjoyed finding Sonny's Bar which hosted some talented musicians, and during a Hostel event we won 2 separate passes to Underwater world! (Which we would use at Christmas time).
Ariel also went down south a few times to see her friend Cam Clough and enjoyed checking out the Northern Part of the Gold Coast including beach doggos, killer milkshake place and more sushi!
Ariel worked at a call centre for charities for a few weeks but she hated it despite the good pay and ended up e-mailing her old work in Vancouver (who have offices all over Australia) and got a job in the Brisbane Office as their Fundraising Support Officer! The spot had just opened up. The hours weren't full-time so Ariel tutored a South Korean guy for a while as well. By the time both of us had 2 jobs (hostel and paid) we were ready to get OUT. Luckily Ariel had an old work friend who had a room opening just outside of the city so we took it. We were so lucky as it was a lovely old Queensland house overlooking a nice valley called “The Gap” and had gorgeous sunsets, a pool room, great room-mates, a BBQ, and most importantly our own room!
We spent the next 6 months in Brisbane living in Red Hill at the 122 House. We had 5 other room-mates and made many other friends that frequented the house. We even had a house possum called Peter (apparently QLD homes either have a possum or a carpet snake...we wish we had the latter). We also had a visiting cat for some time before we started to take care of a friends rescue dog Calvin (part dalmatian, part irish wolfhound).
Here are the highlights of our 6 months:
Practicing balancing on a slack-line, playing pool, painting and playing card games
Creating our own Settlers of Catan game from recycled materials
Jamming with the many musical instruments and other musical friends we made
One of the lovely room-mates Jackson loved to Surf so we woke up early some mornings to join him to go swimming up North at Dicky Beach
Got invited to Nate and Sarah's wedding!
Scrambling up one of the Glass House Mountains of Beerwah for our 1yr travel anniversary!
For an x-mas gift to the house another room-mate Ash bought everyone tickets to Jurassic Park the Musical...it was low-budget, hilarious and not family-friendly!
Hosted a PJ Party and re-united with our Europe/Morocco travel-buddy Chelsea!
Ariel organized work Oscar Party & Christmas Party (all you can eat Korean BBQ and Karaoke)
Attended Kendra Cloughs' and Marks Engagement party (big thing in Oz)
Weekend camping at Byron Bay with friends and drank first Caesar while abroad!
Skeleton Halloween Party (Ariel=zombie Snow White and Kevin=The Dude)
Surprise visit from Vancouver friend Zia who we took on a drive up to Noosa National Park and saw wild turkeys and a turtle
Celebrated 4/5 room-mates birthdays
Attended Sea Shepard fundraiser
Invited to wedding dinner of Kevin's co-workers sister's Nepali wedding!
Watching many lightning storms from our balcony (after scrambling to close all winders/doors and bring all balcony items inside)
Cheap bowling at Strike Bowling
Day trip to Moreton Island
Volunteered at Caloundra Music Fest (Sept 30-Oct 3rd): Highlights include Cat Empire (3rd/4th time seeing them live), Tower of Power, The Black Seeds, Cheap Fakes, Kim Churchill, Paul Dempsey, Incognito, Michael Franti, Harry Max, Daryl Braithwaite (still got it!), Guy Sebastian.
Felix Christmas party at bowls club
Christmas Eve spent at 122 watching the Grinch, eating baked Brie and taking photo's with Calvin.
Christmas Day we drove up to the Cloughs and ate a LOT (including shrimp with mango and avocado, YUM), played games and digested.
Boxing Day went to SeaLife/Underwater World to use our winnings; Kevin got to swim in the shark/ray/fish tank and Ariel got to swim with the seals!
Bought 4x4 Mitsubishi Challenger for future road trip
Last minute ticket purchase to Woodford Folk Festival to see Tash Sultana with Cam Alman (Ariel's old boss). Other highlights were Bullhorn, and Junkyard Beats and layers of art and other entertainers. It was a huge week-long festival. However we had to get going to Byron Bay to volunteer at the Falls Music Festival! (Dec 30-Jan 2nd). It was a scorching weekend where we saw amazing acts from Grandmaster Flash, Childish Gambino (to take us into the New Year), Ballpark Music, Fat Freddy's Drop (Ariel almost dropped of heat exhaustion), Bernard Fanning, Matt Corby, Pond, Violent Soho and the Avalanches. We took out time to leave as the final evening brought in a thunder storm that had everyone leaving early and we scoured the abandoned camp sites for leftover goodies! We found about 6 bags worth of food, camping and other random things like brand new socks! Silly wasteful people.