Last month, in May I took my wife and 2 kids to visit my family in Australia.
This was the first time to visit my country since 2011, right after the big earthquake and nuclear catastrophe. So as you can imagine, my family was very pleased to see us again as see that we’re happy and healthy.
We stayed a total of 3 weeks in Brisbane Australia, my hometown, and it was actually rather colder than I expected. I was hoping for hot summer-like weather but it was actually closer to what we left behind in Japan.
Some of the highlights of our trip were:
- Lone Pine Koala sanctuary
- Sunshine Coast Holiday Apartment
- Shopping at SEVERAL shopping centers and outlets
One thing that actually surprised me a lot was the price of everything in Australia nowadays.
Everything looks like it has doubled in price. Drinks especially are way over-priced.
A bottle of coke from the vending machine is about $3! A typical lunch from a small restuarant is at least $16 (e.g. a roast lunch).
It’s easy to spend around $50 in one afternoon, on lunch for 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids) and drinks or a snack at a coffee shop.
Even though things were expensive, I had a nice time spending it with my family and friends. Even though I hadn’t seen them for 2 years or more, it felt as though it was just a few days ago that I saw them last. Time flies but it’s amazing how some things stay the same.