My weekends in Australia were definitely days to look forward too. With choices of going to the beach, heading to Brisbane, going to Aussie Rules football (footy) games, or traveling to nearby tourist destinations, I almost felt busier during my weekends than my weekdays! One especially beautiful Sunday, my friends and I decided to spend the day at the beach. We hopped on the bus and headed to Burleigh Heads, a beach about an hour or so bus ride from our apartment complex. Burleigh is known as one of the more beautiful beaches in Gold Coast, so we weren’t disappointed. It was so relaxing to soak up the sun, get lost in my book, and take a dip in the water every once in a while to cool off. Later that evening, we were delighted to find out that every Sunday night, people put on fire-throwing shows in the park right next to the beach… cool! They also have a drum and bongo circle going, and we had a great time dancing and watching the fire twirlers. (A couple of my friends joined in on the fire jump roping; some had success… others had burned feet!)
Another weekend, an Australian friend of ours who plays on a minor league footy team in Gold Coast invited a bunch of us to head up to the Sunshine Coast with the footy team for one of their games. (Cute footy players? Umm… count me in!) We hitched the 2-hour ride with one of the players, dropped our stuff off at our hostel, and headed to a 3-story condo overlooking the beach where a bunch of the players were staying. We had a great time and spent the rest of the night watching AFL, the professional Aussie Rules Football league and trying to learn all the rules! (WAY different from American football!) The next day, us girls headed to the beach for a bit and then watched the game from our friend’s truck. It was so much fun eating snack food, soaking up the sun, and starting an impromptu dance party with our friend’s boombox and iPod. It was almost like I was tailgating at a Mizzou game again! (Except in a bikini… MUCH warmer weather!) That night, the guys made a bonfire on the condo’s beach, so we all chilled there for a while then went out! On Sunday, everybody was pretty burned out, so we spent the morning hanging out at the beach and headed back down to the Gold Coast that afternoon… what a weekend!