earlier today a black car pulled up in front of my house and whisked me and my rather heavy bag up to sydney airport, where i caught a plane to coolangatta.
it was a nice quick easy flight (just over an hour) and i got the shuttle bus to come a bit further north and check into a hotel, jupiters casino & hotel to be precise.
this is my little home for the next few days,
it has quite a nice view over the hinterland and towards surfers paradise proper.
im here for a conference that starts tomorrow, just across the road at the gold coast convention centre.
im giving a paper on tuesday, then thursday morning my sister is coming down from brisbane to pick me up and im going to spend a few days with her. im very much looking forward to that.
i havent been to queensland for a while, and not to the gold coast for even longer. its not strictly my kind of place, firstly its in queensland, its humid (even in winter) and its kind of tacky. but i have some very fond memories of a christmas holiday here with trent when we were together, and the wonderful seafood we ate every day, and the long walks on the amazing stretch of sand.
it really is quite spectacular
and im looking forward to walking up to surfers again tomorrow in search of some coral trout (hard to get down south). i wish id remembered to bring my swimmers too, because the pool here is pretty impressive,
whereas the whole casino thing is a bit less so!
i cant say i totally understand the whole gambling thing, but it is kind of fun being here.
i just need to get back to work and finish my presentation
before i can enjoy it!