I’ve just returned from an incredible three weeks in Australia. I was staying in Brisbane, Queensland with my sister. I’m lucky enough to have family out there, so we stayed with them for most of the time. Some highlights of my trip include:
Being ‘bitten’ by a stingray…We went to Seaworld along the Gold Coast, you can pay to feed the stingrays. I was told “Make sure you put your hand right in or the seagulls will eat the food”, I interpreted this as “Put your hand right in the stingrays mouth”. As it turns out, she only meant “keep your hand deep in the water”…Thus I thrust my hand straight into the mouth of a rather large stingray and as it closed its mouth one of its cartilage plates cut my finger! There was of course that moment of pure terror when I thought to myself “Oh my lord!! I going to die…I’m going to die like Steve Irwin!”. How stupid am I?!
Finding my name on a coke bottle…In Australia Coca Cola have come up with (what I believe to be) the best gimmick in the world of soft beverages. The 1.23 litre and the 450ml bottles have the phrase “Share a coke with…” and then a name. It took me a week of turning round every bottle in every shop I’d been in to find my name. I have never felt such joy!
Max Brenner… Max Brenner is described as a ‘chocolate bar’. Customers are invited to consume all things chocolate within the chocolate coloured walls. There is nothing on the menue that doesn’t contain chocolate, it’s a chocoholic’s haven! I would strongly recommend sampling the ‘exploding shot’ and the ‘tutti frutti waffles’. The exploding shot is a dangerously delectable concoction of melted milk chocolate, popping candy and white chocolate drops. It’s served in a shot glass and one can choose whether to ‘skull’ it or devour it with the twizzle stick provided…I prefer the messier option.