I had a month in Brisbane one week.

25 Aug

The sand and the rocks whispered to me the secretes it shares with the dingos

The sun rises, casting an aura of normality to life.

dreams continue into the beyond

Furreaks in Australia.

I almost scheduled my entire time in Queensland around The Furry Festival.

"Missing it it would be way less fun than going."

More twinkle in a single eye than most people have in both.

To say that The Furry’s excite me while making me feel slightly awkward is
like saying they make my dreams come true.

This year I brought Dan (alias, Cassowary). He opens things with his sunglasses and is a converted skeptic — “Attending was way more fun than not attending.” — Although he surmised that there “probably aren’t any Rhodes Scholars present.” Which is obvious because everyone knows a monkey can’t be a Rhodes Scholar.

Me and Bagel, fraternal twins.

Furternal twins.


Before this, where I had been living, people did not have a high opinion of where I was going: Mike Goldstein has named it Brisghanistan. Call me Americ-honest but I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that The Commonwealth games don’t let the best countries compete?
Anyway, I loved Brisbane. I had a fantastic time on the drive up — highlights being the layout of Lismore, the markets in Bellingen, a beach run in Newcastle, and that gym in Nimbin. I got to reconnect with legends from college, eat homemade sandwiches, explore Toowong cemetery (which is better than it sounds), and link into the Irish network. I surprised myself by being momentarily cut when 5-year-old Henry had never heard of the United States but referenced South America by name.


And, I got to hold a Koala! I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m a tree. His name is Bagel so naturally I asked if he was Jewish which confused everyone. He smelled delicious, like eucalyptus, and I’d like to think that he also has this picture of us up on his blog. With the exact same caption.

Dreams continue into the beyond and one shower is five minutes long. So if I’m in the shower for 10 minutes I’ve showered twice that day.
wag wag wag,
‘mi

11 Responses to “I had a month in Brisbane one week.”

  1. Victoria Jordan August 25, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Samers, too too cute! You are a hoot and I love you. Continue the party and if you ever feel like visiting, please remember I am just 4 hours north of the capital of Mongolia by train (Ulaanbaatar) And Audrey is in Moscow with Nick teaching. The next few months will be very busy with school for me but after that??????

    love you,

    • Sammi Travis November 30, 2014 at 5:57 am #

      Good to know.
      I am 100% keeping Mongolia in mind.
      Right now I’m in Australia, obviously, and I did but a cheeky ticket to japan for a couple of weeks in December.
      Do they celebrate Christmas in Mongolia??

  2. deekerson August 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Speechless for the moment. I hope you post Bagel’s picture where everyone can see it. I’m not sure who is cuter, you or him, but together it’s adorable. xoxo

  3. Russell Poole August 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    So jealous of Bagel. And so proud you’re bringing awareness about only one (human) race contending for Rhodes.

    • Sammi Travis November 30, 2014 at 5:58 am #

      I didn’t realise it was a problem until I read your comment…
      How the heck are you anyway?!

  4. Marvin August 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Aunty B. & I will be in Brisbane for 2½ days in March, 2015. Every minute of our time has been plotted, but I’ve noted your highlights!
    We’re glad that you’re doing well.
    LOL,
    Uncle M.

    • Sammi Travis November 30, 2014 at 6:00 am #

      Have you?! I don’t even know what my highlights were?!
      I’ll see you somewhere in this vast expanse of a country!!
      Xoxo

  5. Jerry and Kathy August 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    You are right I see the twinkle but it was in both of you, keep having fun, we think of you often ! Love Jerry and Kathy

  6. matt van hook September 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I also have had my picture taken with “Bagel” or one of his sisters or brothers.

    There was only 144 of them when I visited Brigsganistan!!!

    • Sammi Travis November 30, 2014 at 6:01 am #

      Wow! I have no idea how many there are now?! Hopefully they’re on the rebound.

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