Our first day in Brisbane was another “day off” for us. Now, I know you’re probably thinking: “Alan, you’re on an extended vacation! Isn’t every day a day off?” The fact is we simply need some lazy days once in a while to rest up from all our traveling and sight-seeing. Plus, Caroline didn’t feel like walking around since her injured toe was bothering her. So what did we do all day? Oh, just a little Mad Men marathon.
The next day was a Monday so Caroline was able to go to a nearby medical clinic to get her toe looked at. She had a slight infection so they gave her some antibiotics to take care of it. After that we walked around Brisbane a bit. It was a hot day, but we found the city to be fairly scenic as we did a walking tour of some sights in the downtown area. That evening we did some reading about Southeast Asia in preparation for that leg of our journey. We fly to Bangkok in only three days!
The next day was kinda the same. We walked to the Gallery of Modern Art and did more reading about Thailand. Our hostel is pretty busy and sometimes it’s hard to find space in the kitchen to make a meal. Not to mention that some of the kids staying in hostels seem incapable of cleaning and putting away their dishes! That evening, Caroline was frustrated with things like dirty hostel kitchens, small hotel rooms with uncomfortable beds, constantly moving from place to place, etc. In short, she’s getting tired of traveling and says she wants to go home. I understand how she feels. I’ve felt that way at times as well, but I’m still looking forward to a few more months of travel.
Our last full day in Brisbane we ran some errands and visited the Brisbane Museum. We were surprised to see they had a nice exhibit of costumes from Hollywood movies. Apparently someone in Brisbane is a big fan of old movies and has been collecting these items for years. It was pretty cool to see the outfits worn by some big Hollywood actors.
We also talked about our future travel plans and Caroline was feeling more positive about continuing our trip. I’m glad she’s not ready to throw in the towel, but I would be ok if we went home early. It would give us a few months to get settled in Durango before Caroline’s job starts in August. We are both looking forward to seeing Europe, but if we skip Europe on this trip, there will always be future journeys to see parts of the world we’ve missed on this extended vacation of ours.