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Old January 15 2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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I am going Down Under!

I am visiting Australia for a couple of months for a collaboration at a University. I was not sure I was going to make it (since I also have a 9-5 job besides my PhD) but it seems that I am!

I'll be leaving in less than 24 hours. I have all my stuff laid out on my bed waiting to be packed in my suitcase and then I am off for a quick 26 hours long trip to the other side of the world!

I am really excited about this!

I'll be in Brisbane. Any suggestions for sightseeing or other activities?
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Old January 15 2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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Wow! I have no suggestions but that's very exciting. Have a safe journey!
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Old January 15 2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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I hope to visit Australia sometime this year. Really expensive plane tickets, though.
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Old January 15 2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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Re: I am going Down Under!

Congratulations, Naira. I've never been to Australia, though I dearly hope I'll get to go someday.
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Old January 15 2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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When he was in Brisbane my son enjoyed going to the Lone Pine Koala Santuary and the Sciencentre (he took the Behind the Scene tour).
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Old January 15 2013, 10:36 PM   #6
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I'm a bit jelly. Australia is one of the places I really want to visit.

Good luck, be safe, and have fun!

And long live the Men at Work!
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Old January 15 2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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Brisbane is lovely. Definitely check out Great Keppel Island. It's gorgeous (outside the very touristy parts). There is an underwater observatory (or at least there used to be) toward the Middle Island, which was quite breathtaking.

Have a great time. My year in Australia was incredible. One of the best decisions of my life.

Have a XXXX on me!!

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Old January 15 2013, 11:01 PM   #8
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Re: I am going Down Under!

Wow that's great!!! I haven't been to Brisbane but I hear it's quite nice looking, lots of cafes on water. Small but you'll probably love it!! Middle of the summer, you'll have a shock! I'm sure you will get some feedback from people who've been there in this thread eventually. I hope you have a great time!

Please post all about it!
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Old January 15 2013, 11:09 PM   #9
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Have a XXXX on me!!

Of course, we Aussies have a saying...

Queenslanders only call it XXXX because they can't spell beer.
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Old January 15 2013, 11:23 PM   #10
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You know I've probably tried 200+ beers in my life, it's a bit of a hobby.. but I've never actually had 4X. I actually forgot it existed.
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Old January 15 2013, 11:29 PM   #11
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Re: I am going Down Under!

Please bear in mind that Australia has most of the worlds top ten venomous snakes. Same again for spiders. The rivers are full of crocodiles and the sea is full of sharks. Pretty much everything in Australia wants to kill you !

Also, having spent several weeks in a house full of them in London, I can confirm that Australians are pretty deranged !

You'll have a great time - enjoy
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Old January 16 2013, 01:21 AM   #12
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Make sure to take a side trip to Tasmania and visit Miss Chicken.
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Old January 16 2013, 03:19 AM   #13
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Re: I am going Down Under!

Tiberius wrote: View Post
1001001 wrote: View Post
Have a XXXX on me!!

Of course, we Aussies have a saying...

Queenslanders only call it XXXX because they can't spell beer.


When I was there, there was a jingle running I can still remember today:

"I can feel a 4X...coming on!"


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Make sure to take a side trip to Tasmania and visit Miss Chicken.
I had a great time in Tasmania. I spent 4 days in Hobart. It's quite lovely.

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Old January 16 2013, 03:25 AM   #14
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Re: I am going Down Under!

Australians loathe Foster's lager, don't they? IIRC, there's absolutely nothing about it that's actually Australian, nor was there ever (the Aussie angle was just a marketing gimmick), and they hate it when tourists come down there expecting to order it.
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Old January 16 2013, 03:32 AM   #15
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Australians loathe Foster's lager, don't they? IIRC, there's absolutely nothing about it that's actually Australian, nor was there ever (the Aussie angle was just a marketing gimmick), and they hate it when tourists come down there expecting to order it.
My experience was that Foster's is their Budwesier. It's relatively cheap and sells a lot, but no one considers it to be "good beer". I remember drinking a lot of Victoria Bitter when I was there.

Remember, I was there a long time ago, so my experience may not be valid now.

That reminds of a joke I heard in Australia:

Q: Why is American Beer like making love in a canoe?
A: Because it's fucking close to water!
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