Brisbane, Australia

Absolutely loved Brisbane. Such a great little city.

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I was happy to meet a dorm roommie, Katrina from Denmark. She’s well traveled and speaks perfect English.  Lacey’s back was hurting so Katrina and I went out. We prepartied at Francisco’s (A Brazilian I met in Whit Sundays) house. Then we walked to the Valley where there are a ton of bars. It kinda had a San Diego gas lamp feel. We met some Kiwis and hung out with them. Next thing we realized was the dawn light was slowly peaking through the sky.

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Katrina and me

Instead of sleeping I decided to check out the art museums with Lacey. The Galley of Modern Art was a 10 minute walk from the Base Embassy hostel. I absolutely enjoyed it.

I really liked the white forest exhibit. It felt colder in the room because the trees looked like they were covered in snow. Walking through it felt like a Doctor Seuss movie set. 

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I loved this piece made of road signs. The reflective material really catches the eyes.

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There was a really good interactive exhibit where there are spiked clubs hanging from the ceiling and notes on the floor from patrons to those who have been lost or who are suffering.

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Another piece was sectioned off due to the explicit material. It was super disturbing and I was disgusted.  Why would someone paint a mural of child sexual abuse. The artist was trying to bring awareness.  This piece made me realized how much this kind of abuse can be swept under the rug because of the horrible dirty stigma. People don’t want to talk about it. The abused don’t want to come forward and others don’t want to hear it.

After this we went to the kids gallery. Lacey and I colored kangaroo masks and with a computer app put our face on a kangaroo poster.

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We're being silly

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We then went to the contemporary museum across the way.  Beautiful set up.

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I read that in the seventeenth century the Netherlands was a center of art production. Go dutch peeps! I wonder if a Disselkoen ever put down the plow and painted something. I would like to think so.

Here are some paintings I liked:

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Next day my lovely Katrina and Lacey left and I stayed to check out Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. I met an Italian, Chilian and a Dutch person on the bus to the sanctuary.

Of course I had to hold a koala and take a picture. Mine was hungry and didn’t want to rest itself on me. Oh well.

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Koala Bear

Koalas are low metabolism animals and have a diet of eucalyptus tree leaves which have near to no nutrition. They sleep about 18-20 hours per day to be able to save energy on this diet. They only live to about 10 years on average, but the ones in the sanctuary lice longer due to the great care.

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Feeding the kangaroos was so much fun! They are so sweet.

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Mum and joey (baby kangaroo)

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There was an Emu too. I was a little scared of it because I was bit by a huge goose as a child. Lol

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Emu

We also got to feed domesticated Lorikeets. Watery oatmeal was their meal and it would splash all over you because they are messy eatters. All at once they flew away when they were all done. It scared me.

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There were also Tasmanian devils, wombats, platypuses, snakes, lizards, cockatoos, and tons of other birds.

My favorite animal has to be the cassowary. It was behind a gate because they can be quite dangerous. They are very territorial and if they feel threatened they can attack. Look at those colors and horn on the head!

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