Nat and Beck Go Large!
Singapore airport is supposed to be one of the best shopping airports in the world. WE WOULDN'T KNOW. We had to post home some things from the airport, but the post office in the terminal we were flying from would only allow you to send letters. We traipsed over to the other terminal only to find the slowest wrapper upper in the east who was going to spend the next million hours packaging our stuff! On the way back, two Japanese girls managed to take me out at the knees with their trolley, hindering the Olympic sprint back to our terminal. By the time we got back they had put the 'last call' sign on our flight - so naturally we legged it, magazines and posh cheese butties in hand, to our gate where we sat and waited for a good 40 minutes before they let us board! How rude is that?!?!? Anyway, apart from having the tallest people in the world sitting infront of us with their chairs right the way back, the journey to Oz was boss! We had these tv things were you could choose what you wanted to watch and when you wanted to watch it, mum there was even a remote control! We got real knives and forks and the food was actually nice, pasta or curry for dinner and pastries for brekkie - Bonus! When we got to Oz it took about a million years to get through customs - despite not having any sleep for 24 hours Natalie was a tad hyperactive and it took all the restraint I had not to headlock her in the queue!!!!! She shut up when immigration pulled her up due to a dodgy visa - don't worry, travel agents had missed out her middle name so they let her in eventually! We got a bus to our hostel, where we couldn't check in for another 3 hours, so we went sightseeing. Actually we went the botanical gardens and I officially slept on a park bench! Thats where Natalie was eaten alive by sand flies. We finally managed to check into the hostel and had a nap (for 5 hours) in our mixed dorm bunkbeds, cosy! That night we went out and only managed two cocktails before we had to go to bed! The next day we were going to go and see Steve Irwin and the crocs, but we found out he's not always there so got the bus to the Koala Sanctuary instead. It was the cutest thing ever! Big shout out to the Koalas: Kylie, Keith, Ken, Kath and Kim, the Wallabies: Wally, William, Wilma, Wayne and Waynetta, the Roos: Robbie, Randolf, Ruby, Roger and Rusty and last but not least Eddie the Emu - keep in touch guys! Nat held Kylie while we had our photo taken then we went to feed the Wallabies and Roos, had a walk round then watched the sheep dog show. Highly recomend a visit! On the way back we took photos of a nice church and the Brisbane Museum just incase we never got time to visit them! We went downstairs to the DownUnder Bar (how original) and ended up drinking jugs of snakebite and black - it seemed like the done thing! We were quitely minding our own business when some random welsh bloke called Allan ('you can call me Al') dragged us off to watch the wet Tshirt competition! The DJ on the stage was having the time of his life and it all went down hill from there! Managed to get back to the old bunk beds by sunrise - just! The next day, nursing a hang over believe it or not, we went shopping for our equipment! All the hostels over here have kitchens and with it being so much more expensive here than in Asia we are going to be frugal (ie tight) and cook our own meals. We mainly bought pasta, bread, water etc and some v tasteful plastic bowls, cutlery and tupperware! How cool are we? We think very! After that we just packed our bags AGAIN, and went to bed. Goodnight Brisbane, love Beck and Nat xxx