Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Adventure needed

Just between you and me, I'm going to take this job in Brisbane at the University of Queensland. It's with an organization called UniQuest that manages the intellectual property developed at the university. My position will be working with the electrical engineering department (which includes CS).

I likely won't start the position until June. Which means I have four weeks to putz around between now and then, and I'm trying to decide how to best use that time. If I'm not careful I worry I may just sleep it off. So I need some goals. Here are a few ideas:

Drive from Melbourne to Brisbane. Stopping off in Canberra, Sydney and coastal towns. Trying to get in as many roadside attractions as possible. However, this could be a little lonely doing it by yourself.

Take up a hobby. I could go ahead to brissie, then head down to the gold coast for a week of surf lessons, or north to hamilton island to get my dive certification.

Do a big trip. Take the railroad all the way out to Perth (west coast).

Go international. My visa came through today (still can't believe it only took a few weeks when they were promising months), so I can leave Australia and return again.

What do you think? What would you do if you had a month in Australia?


Jon April 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM  

I would go to Perth because that's where Rottnest Island is, where the quokkas live. Quokkas!

jeff April 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM  

I'd consider the surfing week and then take a week or 2 trip, possibly to a destination non-Australian (visit friends in New Zealand?). That should still leave you time to explore Brisbane before you really have to get to work.

Or do something ridiculous and adventuresome, like drive a hovercraft to Ayer's rock. And blow it up.

Dave April 9, 2008 at 10:30 PM  

you could do diving AND surfing! do it do it! i vote to save brisbane until you're living there. and i vote against roadside attractions. i really like the perth rail idea, too.
(you asked what i would and i would go fishing for giant trevally - where you are is arguably the best GT fishing in the world, but i'm betting that's not tops on your priority list.) seriously, if you think you're gonna like diving, do it now!
or go to new caledonia or northern australia's islands - somewhere off the beaten path. and then blow things up. and surf home.

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