Australia…the new dream land for the world…
Although I did not have a good beginning, the first 3 days had been amazing.
First arriving to the Gold Coast and having a quick look of the Gold Coast beaches (I am coming back for more), then back to Brisbane to visit a friend from Almeria that is leaving there for about a year.
Also, I cannnot get away from cruise ships. Visiting one of my former co-workers from the cruise ship live that she is now working in a new cruise line (very similar to my beloved Azamara). Then Brisbane Sightseeing and swim in the Street Beach.
Second day, I got the change to fulfill one of my dreams of the childhood: to huge a Koala! But also I had an awesome time hanging out with Kangaroos, Dingos, Tasmania Demons, and Lizards and so on…
|Finally!! Hugging Darren the Koala!|
|Petting some soft Kangaroos|
About my first impressions about Australia:
-It is a popular believe that Australia is a very expensive country. Yes, I agree. Everything is very expensive, even comparing to London standards. However, the quality of live here is amazing. High prices but you get a lot in reward. And of course, very high salaries as well. Minimum salary here is 15AU$ per hour, but very easily you can get +20AU$ only being a waiter.
|Beautiful and surprising nature everywhere|
-Although Brisbane is the 3rd biggest city in Australia, there are still quite in contact with the nature.
-Everywhere you go there are ibis, possums, monitor lizards happily in the streets.
|Ibis crossing the street|
-And by the way, no, the Aussies don’t own a koala or kangaroo and keep them in the garden. If you want to see them, better go to National Park or Koala Sanctuary.
-Australian women look quite smiley to me. The men speak very quick. Even in the public transport they will likely greet you with a smile, when you board their bus.
-Everyone looks very happy, no surprise that Australia is the 3rd happiest nation of the world.
-Internet and telecommunications are very expensive and not available everywhere (free wifi very rare). Even for a pre-paid SIM card they wanted 30AU$ from me.
|Huge Monitor lizard in the street|