Posts Tagged ‘brisbane’

Back in Cairns

Monday, January 4th, 2010

What happened with our holidays? Are they finished already? Well, it definitely looks like it, since we have been back in Cairns for a few days already and the office seems to be occupied most of the time with us in front of the computer.

However, the time we managed to take off was awesome and seeing family and friends again was something we always enjoy. This time, though, we won’t take so long in going back to Brisbane, since we want our baby to meet everyone there.

We had time to do lots of things in Brisbane, apart from relaxing in the jacuzzi. We visited the Queensland Museum, where we learnt a lot about living in Australia and its flora and fauna. We also visited an exposition about costumes worn by Opera singers and ballet dancers in famous performances by Queensland companies and although we tried to visit the Brisbane Police Museum, it was closed for the Christmas period. Funny that they decided to close during their busiest time of the year. And the last day we went for a walk to the Botanic Gardens.

But not all the time was spent visiting museums and galleries. We also visited many friends and enjoyed delicious barbies at their places. My parents were always happy when there were children around, so even though they didn’t understand anything that was being said, they could always play with the kids.

Back in Cairns life is back to normal again. Lots of work and many visits to the doctor to check that they baby is doing fine. So far, it looks like it. The little devil doesn’t stop moving around and although there’s only 5 weeks to go now, they seem like a life time sentence. However, I have been promised all nigh long sleeping nights and I’m already looking forward to them.

Here you have some pics of our time away.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We finally managed to get away from the office for a whole 11 days. The saddest thing is that we are already halfway through. Anyway, it’s great to be away, enjoying spending time with the families.

Yes, we took my family to meet Steve’s family, although some of them had already met in Spain. But my parents hadn’t met his Mum and they were all looking forward to it (or so we hoped). It seems it went well and no major disasters happened although we have the advantage that we can translate what we want, so we’re a big part in avoiding them, as long as Andrew and Helen are not around, since they speak very good Spanish.

We first went to the Gold Coast, where we spent a night in Surfers Paradise. Beautiful location, right on the Esplanada. We took my parents to a Surfing Club, so they could experience Aussie culture first hand. They loved the whole idea and the food was delicious, so that was a plus, since my Dad is pretty fussy with anything that isn’t Spanish food.

The day after, the 23rd, we headed for Stanthorpe, Steve’s hometown. His Mum was waiting for us, completely excited. Don’t know how she does it, but she looks younger every time we see her. We also spent some tim with his two brothers, partners and his two little nephews, who are gorgeous (I mean the nephews, Flynn and Joseph). Hopefull Junior, our little baby, will be as well behaved adn they are.

And the 24th, when we celebrate Christimas Eve in Spain, our biggest celebration of the whole season, we organised a traditional Aussie barbecue with the two families. together. It was really good. My parents couldn’t believe that in the middle of the Northern Hemiphere winter we are still wearing summer clothes and enjoying high temperatures. It will be a real experience for them. They are enjoying themselves, although they are finding spending Christmas during summer time a bit weird. Well, I haven’t been able to get used to it and still miss the cold, the snoe or the winter clothes. I don’t think I will ever be able to get used to it completely.

On the 25th we had a lovely Christmas lunch at a restaurant, so nobody had to cook for 11 of us. But first, it was the presents exchange, which I’m sure everybody enjoyed. However, it’s always more exciting when there are children in the family and although we all had lots of presents, including Junior, we were all mesmerized with Flynn and Joseph opening theirs. I loved all of mine, mostly the 160GB IPOD my lovely boyfriend, yes, I mean Steve, gave me. And in case you are wondering, no, nobody got drunk or started a fight.

It was time to leave Stanthorpe again, heading to the Sunshine Coast for a couple of nights, where we were planning to visit Australia Zoo. However, today has been raining heavily and sadly we decided to give it a miss. Besides, the accommodation we chose for those two nights (Beerwah PUb, the only place we could find available for less than five nights) was absolutely disgusting and we couldn’t spend more than one night there, even though we had paid for two. Luckily we got some money back and right now we’re enjoying the luxuries of our 29th floor balcony overlooking the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge, where, hopefully, we will be able to see the New Year’s Eve firework up close.

And, by the way, TODAY IT’S MY BIRTHDAY. I’m too vain to say how old I am, though, so I will keep you all wondering.

Cairns Unlimited in Spanish!!!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Some of you may have realised that I haven’t written anything for ages. It is not that I have been lazy, or out partying or enyoing the wonders of our region. In fact, I’ve been really busy translating a huge amount of the Cairns Unlimited website into Spanish. Since my Spanish is nearly perfect and lots of Spanish speaking people who come to Australia would rather deal with someone in Spanish, we thought that could be our niche. And since yesterday, we have a new baby:

WWW.CAIRNSUNLIMITED.COM/ESPANOL

A few weeks ago we started helping people to plan their trip all over Australia and not only Tropical North Queensland. So the main difference between the Spanish site and the English site is that the first one will also have information, in Spanish, about destinations outside Tropical North Queensland. Cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Brisbane or Darwin, will have their own section, with information about the city itself, a bit about the accommodation and restaurants, getting there and what to see and visit in the city and surroundings. For instance, the page about Sydney also includes information about the Blue Mountains.

We have also included two completely new pages: Average temperatures in Australia and Driving distances.

This is an ongoing process that I reckon will never be finished. Keep checking back, more and more pages and information about Australia is continously added to both our English page and Spanish one.

And I have to include a little note in Spanish.

Finalmente tenemos Cairns Unlimited en castellano. Ha sido un largo proceso que no está, ni mucho menos, completado, ya que iremos añadiendo nuevas página e información según vayamos viendo la necesidad.

La diferencia principal entre Cairns Unlimited en inglés y en castellano en que en ésta última sección incluiremos mucha información sobre otros destinos de Australia, como son Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Kakadu, etc. Esta información la incluiremos poco a poco, pero de momento podéis ver lo que hay en CAIRNS UNLIMITED EN ESPAÑOL Destinos en Queensland y otros estados, información sobre visados, temperaturas medias en Australia, distancias entre las principales ciudades de Australia…

Por supuesto, nuestra tarea no se queda tan solo en ofreceros una página web informativa. Cualquier duda que tengáis, cualquier pregunta, estamos aquí para ayudaros. Estamos encantados de planearos y cotizaros un itinerario que se adapte 100% a lo que buscáis en Australia. Y lo mejor de todo: nosotros no cobramos ningúna comisión añadida al precio que hoteles, tour operadores o empresas de coches de alquiler cobran, por lo que reservar tus vacaciones con Cairns Unlimited, es, sin duda, la forma más asequible de viajar a Australia. Contarás con un servicio impecable, fiable y profesional sin pagar por ello (nuestra comisión proviene de las empresas finales en sí, nunca de nuestros clientes).

Recuerda que además alquilamos cámaras de fotos acuáticas, con los precios más bajos de Cairns, para que inmortalices tu excursión para hacer subarinismo o snorkel a la Gran Barrera del Coral. No te las pierdas!!!

Y nos vemos pronto en Australia.