De, Ke and I have just returned from our weekend in Surfers Paradise, although none of us are, in fact, in any way surf-y. This was the river view from our hotel balcony:
and this was the city-side view from our hotel balcony:
which while much less pictuesque was perhaps more useful.
Surfers Paradise seems to be a town which attracts a great deal of groups looking for organised entertainment, such as hens/bucks night groups (of which we saw many) and post-season sporting groups. For that reason I didn't really enjoy the town - there wasn't a sense of friends meeting up together so much as associated individuals coming together to get smashed and behave badly (David *quite* snorted when I told him that, as he feels that is the perfect description of De, Ke and I together, and I have icily informed him he has missed my point).
We had a great time together (as always) with much laughter and chatting and wine and food. We went to SeaWorld on Friday, and it turned out to be the perfect day to go - on the off-season so the crowd was small, and the weather wasn't too hot. We saw pelicans, dolphins, turtles, penguins:
rays and polar bears. We went on a glass-bottomed boat in the shark reef and saw sharks, rays and many different types of fish, including a very pensive yellow fish:
After dinner at the Hogs Breath Cafe we went and got surprise! piercings - Ke got a labret piercing, De got a new nose piercing and I just had my nose jewellery changed. Piercings for all!
The rest of the weekend was market shopping, lunch next door, walking along the beach, watching the All Blacks win (win!) and then coming back home to my partner and my cat. Its always fantastic after a lovely weekend away with my girls to come home, it reminds me of just how lucky I am.