Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Gold Coast

They say the Gold Coast is the Miami of Australia and while I have never been to Miami I can see a lot of correlation. Despite how tired I was my friends and I still attempted to go out on a street full of clubs. And yes, I say attempt because we went at 11 p.m. and the action was just getting started, so we gave up, got ice cream and falafels and went back to our hotel.
The highlight of this trip was that I treated it like a vacation. Keep in mind I did have a 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. internship, so I had never appreciated going to a resort and sitting by the pool with a mojito in hand more in my life. We stayed at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, which was a little off the beaten path, but 100% worth it for the royal treatment I felt I was receiving. Tip: when abroad splurge on at least one trip because you deserve it. 
There was a beautiful beach along the edge of the resort and we went on one short beach walk to see what it was about. I have probably said it a million times now, but Australia is beautiful and this was just yet another beach to prove it!
I also walked along the main part of town in the day-light and it was quite charming. It had trendy restaurants and the weather was so warm compared to Sydney, so it was nice to stroll through the shops for a while. At the end of the street is what I would consider the main beach! From there I walked to their main mall, which felt very American and not as exciting as anticipated.
One night we adventured to the first Mexican meal I had in a while at a restaurant called Bonita Bonita and WOW, it was delicious! We were there for happy hour and so we got a great deal, but also enjoyed every bite. Then, we went to the Australian version of Pink Taco (A restaurant in LA) where we got these giant drinks in a pineapple. 
Lastly, we went to the fish & chips place across the street from the Sheraton. It was really unique because it was like a fish market for locals, but also a highly known lunch spot! We took it to go and ate it poolside. Yum, I'm craving it now!
I ended my Gold Coast vacation by stopping at The Island Rooftop to order a PiƱa Colada! It ended up being one of the cutest and aesthetically pleasing places I saw there.  

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