Friday, May 18, 2012

ladies of lesiure.

While Byron and Max were off on a father/son camping weekend in a cold, dirty, four-wheel drive park, Mom and I took the opprotunity to do a bit of girly things and spent her last weekend in Brisbane shopping, sightseeing and eating out. We were sad the boys were away but happy to be home instead of camping in the freezing cold!

We went around to a lot of baby shops to start to get an idea of what kinds of things they have here in Oz. And let me tell you- we were shocked by the prices! Sure there were some items that were comparable, but most things were hundreds of dollars more expensive here. Sigh...

For example, take this Fisher Price Spacesaver Swing and Seat- $65 in the USA and $150 here in Australia... for the SAME EXACT SWING.

Or this Britix (Steelcraft) B-Agil stroller- $250 in the USA compared to $400 here in Australia!

Needless to say, our shopping trips left us a little deflated and wondering how much it would cost to just ship things like this from the USA to Australia. I really like to support the local economy but these price differences are just crazy! They actually had a story on the news last night addressing these issues and looking at the mark-ups across all things here is Oz. From itunes to ikea- Australians are paying 50-100% more for the exact same items. WHY??

Okay- off my soap box now :)


After a few days of shopping we headed back towards the city for some sightseeing. First stop- West End Markets.

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While I normally really like these markets because they have a good range of things, it was just too crowded to really enjoy. There were so many people there that it made just looking at things really difficult.

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The end of the markets led us out towards the Brisbane River so we decided to go for a stroll back down towards South Bank.

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After a leisurely walk along the river, we caught a lift on the City Cat to get a better look at the city from the river.

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The City Cats are a common form of transportation for many city goes. They are like a water taxi or bus that travels up and down the river dropping people here and there. Many people use them for transportation to and from work, but they are also available for tourists like us to pay and ride.

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It was a gorgeous day and the perfect weather for a boat ride along the river!

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For about $5 each, mom and I were able to hop on and off the City Cat for two hours, stopping at different places along the way.

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Part of Brisbane CBD.

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The Storey Bridge.

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We eventually ended up at New Farm Park where we walked around and enjoyed a light lunch at the Powerhouse.

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Overall it was a really relaxing day and the perfect way to round out Mom's stay in Brisbane.

The next day we woke up early and headed for the airport. Departures are always a very sad time for me. It means the people I love are leaving. It means I have to return to normal life and start thinking about work again. In this case, it meant I had to start doing my own laundry and cooking dinner for my family again (funny how when are moms are around we revert right back to being kids again- letting our moms take care of us just like they did 15 years ago).

My mom is the most amazing woman I know. She is kind and thoughtful and loving. She always puts everyone else before herself and has this way of making me feel better like no one else can. She listens but knows exactly when to speak up and tell me when I am out of line. She is forgiving and purposeful and makes everyone feel special and loved.

Max and I could not have been happier to have her here during this time and can't wait to see our families again in November/December to celebrate Byron becoming a big brother again :)

Thank you mom for EVERYTHING you are and all you do. We love you so very much!!! xoxo

1 comment:

  1. I've never shopped on amazon, but I know a lot of people that do. Have you tried looking there for baby items?


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