Australia – 1/27/15-2/17/15

Australia was so much more than we imagined. We knew our time with our friends would be amazing, but were dreading the heat and the desert. But Jesse and I were pleasantly surprised at how green and lush the Sunshine Coast is.

We stayed with our friends Nic and Jen (and their daughter, Maddi) for 3 weeks. I want to talk about everything, but I also don’t know how to fit it all in! I made a little gallery below with the highlights (you can click on the photo to see them as a bigger slideshow)!

It was common for us to be up at 4 AM to get in activities before the heat of the day. This included climbing mountains and running, of course!

We got in a few sessions of good rock climbing, the waterpark on the Gold Coast, cute shopping in Montville and Mt. Tamborine, and lots of time at the beach. We went to the Long Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane to see koalas and kangaroos (contrary to popular opinion, it is not common to see these guys just roaming around wildly), and stopped for great coffee at so many cute places. I took in some boxing classes with Jen (of course this happened right near the beach) and Jesse and Nic had some epic runs.

It was an amazing time, and apparently, a very mild summer – I think we had a low of 27 C and a high of 30 C =]

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