Oh hello Brisbane (pronounced briz-bun)
The weekend is here. At first students weren’t too sure about the early wake-up call and breakfast this morning just to get to the zoo. Soon after arrival at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary students were appreciative of beating the crowds to be the first ones in line today. Jessica, Devon and some of the girls were brought to tears when they had the opportunity to hold a real live koala bear for a photo-op. Avery and some of the boys even let down their guards and were quite tickled in holding these cuddly creatures. Ashlyn was busy snapping away pictures on her camera, she is always able to find artistic angles in her personal photography. I think all of us spoke ‘baby talk’ to the cutsie-wootsie kangaroos that ate out of our hands. The kangaroos were also happy to pose for pictures and selfies.
The early start to the day allowed time for students to enjoy the city this afternoon. Some were able to walk along the Brisbane River and visit the bustling Saturday afternoon markets and shops. Hosting Expo 88 allowed for development of the South Bank river area. The boardwalk is filled with cafes, gardens, concert halls and play areas. The large Ferris wheel gave students who chose to ride a bird’s eye view of the city from high above. Vegan restaurants and swanky donut bakeries were sampled both last evening and today. Other students chose to use the afternoon to get further into their studies as coursework continues to keep them motivated in managing their time. I’m sure one or two students escaped to their rooms for an afternoon snooze. I believe some of our fine students are starting to see how tiring travel is on their body. We are reminding them to eat well, sleep well and to remain hydrated each day.
We are off to dinner shortly before yet another evening of packing. A busy day of buses, airplanes and layovers await us once again tomorrow. I continue to be pleasantly surprised at the dedication to academics as most time spent waiting for airport transportation is usually spent with books and laptops open.