Monthly Archives: October 2013

When the distance hurts too much…

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Mum´s cake last year

My mum´s birthday was yesterday… I miss her so much and on special occasions like this I find myself missing home like crazy…

Last year we were all together, we all sang happy birthday, we all had a slice of cake and some Port wishing her many years of health and happiness ahead.

I had to wait all day to call her due to the timezone but the first call she got in the morning was mine. We talked on the phone some 30 minutes or so, and told each other how much we are always in each other´s heart. Though the physical distance is big there is nothing that could ever come between us and our unconditional love.

But once you put down the phone, you don´t feel so strong or positive anymore. You feel sad, you miss home, you wish you were there and you feel that you´re missing out on so much.

I have been living abroad for 7 years, though this is the first year that I have been so far away…, but it doesn´t get any easier…

I wouldn´t change my life and I feel so grateful, happy and blessed to have been given the opportunity to live in other countries, to be able to experience so many different cultures and to grow as a person in such a wonderful and rich way. But it doesn´t come without a price and some days your heart just feels tiny and the distance hurts too much…

Then you thank the universe for the amazing family and friends that you have back home and that are a huge support in your expat life. You thank the universe to be able to live in a “dream land” and to have so many amazing experiences. You give thanks for your health, for your amazing significant other, for all the good that surrounds you. You then pick yourself up, put a smile on your face and go out and face the world for a brand new day 🙂

Brisbane Markets

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Australia is not cheap. Going out to eat at a café or restaurant is expensive and so is the grocery bill at the end of each week. There are two major supermarkets chains (Wooloworths and Coles) and their prices are not that competitive. I usually shop at both as each have different things that appeal to me.

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But if you want to buy good quality fruit and vegetables at very appealing prices you should definitely head to the Brisbane Markets, in Rocklea, on Saturday mornings.  You can also buy fresh bread, cupcakes, speciality sauces, nuts, eggs, cured and fresh meats, etc.

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There are also plenty of places to have coffee and snacks. I even found a stall of Dutch poffertjes which reminded me of the time I spent in The Netherlands. In these stalls you can also find some very interesting international foods so enjoy a nice breakfast, brunch or lunch ;-p

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Across the street you can find the Flower Market, which is open everyday. If you want to buy someone a nice gift this is the place to go! There are many options and though flowers are quite expensive you can find nice arrangements for a reasonable price. I bought a nice orchid which is still sitting pretty by the window.

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Brisbane Festival – Riverfire

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Riverfire – Southbank

At the start and end of the Brisbane Festival there is always a massive show of fireworks, music, and lights known as the Riverfire. We did not want to miss it so we headed to one of the busiest vantage points in Southbank. It was super crowded but the show was definitely worth it and the crowd was calm and well-behaved ;-p

I loved watching the fireworks being launched from the tall buildings in the CBD and seeing the whole city come to life! And this time, I was camera-ready!

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Riverfire – Southbank

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Riverfire – Southbank

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Riverfire – Southbank

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Riverfire – Southbank

Next time, we will try Kangaroo Point Cliffs as you get a great view from the bridge and it is not as crowded…

Brisbane Festival – City of Lights

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Brisbane Festival – Southbank

We missed the Brisbane Festival this year as we were on holiday when it started and moving houses during it 😉 It was a shame but we did manage to catch one of the daily night shows, the City of Lights, in Southbank. It was awesome!!!

The most amazing, for me, were the acrobats who danced, drenched in water, to the sound of the music and blended with the lights magnificently, resembling fire breathers at times.

I forgot my camera at home (again!) so my poor old mobile phone did its best and captured some images which will give you a clue of what it was all about ;-p

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Brisbane Festival – Southbank

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Brisbane Festival – Southbank

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Brisbane Festival – Southbank

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Brisbane Festival – Southbank