Well now its time for Ben and I finally to leave Brisbane. It has been a great 6 months and I really have loved it here. The weather has been pretty crappy lately but that isn't the norm here and if I was to move anywhere in Australia it would be here, its a great city! I am sad to be leaving. My good mate Bernie has been really cool about letting us stay with him so we definitely owe him a thank you for sure! He has opened his home to us and really helped Ben and I out. Ben made it back from Fiji in one piece and had a great time ( I knew he would) so tomorrow we are off.
We got a ride share with another German guy we met. He is a really cool guy and he will be taking us up with coast with him so it is definitely gonna save us money which is good! We will be visiting Bundaberg,Frazer Island,Airlie Beach,Townsville and finally Cairns where I fly to New Zealand in November from. So we have a whirlwind tour ahead of us! I really will miss Australia a lot I wish I could stay I will be sad to be leaving. Nothing I can do about it though so upwards and onwards as they say :)
I am done with work now and wont be working anymore here in Oz. It was good while it lasted and paid me pretty good so I can't complain. It has kept me fed and a roof over my head while allowing me to have a little fun and save some money for onward travels. I am real excited about South America after we leave New Zealand in April!
I also wanted to mention something I find a little humorous. Before I left America I got a real Brazilian soccer jersey from one of my parents foreign exchange students. In the interest of full disclosure I will let yall know that I know basically nothing about soccer and really have no interest in it. It just isn't my thing. But, I get SO many comments on that jersey! People stop me on the street haha total strangers! I have been spoken too in Portuguese more than once and I don't speak a lick of Portuguese lol
I also wanted to mention the Chilean Miners. I am quite sure almost everyone on the planet knows the story, 33 miners stuck 600 meters (2000+ feet) underground for 69 days. It is really an amazing story of survival and I am really happy for all those guys. It really sucks that they were placed in that position in the first place because of substandard working conditions etc. Their bosses should be in prison! I heard it cost 20 million dollars to get them all out but I am sure for their families it was totally worth it. Those miners will be millionaires anyway if they choose to speak about what happened to them so they will never have to work again. There was a few miners who were cheating on their wives and their mistresses showed up at the mines. Those guys should have just stayed down there haha what a mess! They shouldn't have been cheating in the first place but it will be interesting to see how they fare personally.
I am not sure how much Internet access I will have while I am traveling but I will try and keep yall updated as much as I can. Take care til next time,Tyler
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