Archive for September, 2012

Gympie

Gympie

Gay Lohse met upon arrival in Gympie, a small city 3.5 hours north of Brisbane by train. She showed me around the lively downtown, kangaroo-filled suburbs, and historic buildings. Knowing I was from Tennessee, she arranged a tour of the Australia…

Lower Slider Wall

Lower Slider Wall

By Sunday morning, the crags at Mt. Tibrogargan’s Lower Slider Wall had dried, though it was so hot that the rock itself was sweating. James, Lisa, Omri, and I found a shaded area with a range of climbs. I led…

West End Block Party

West End Block Party

Waiting for the rocks to dry after Friday’s storm, some friends and I spent Saturday at the West End Block Party. Boundary St. closed, and a spectrum of Brisbane culture enjoyed a hot afternoon and evening.        …

Two Days, Two Speeches

Two Days, Two Speeches

  Speaking at both Pine Rivers Daybreak and Toowong clubs have been highlights of my time in Brisbane so far. Along with the other three clubs I’ve spoken to, these clubs foster a fun, welcoming environment. They clearly value international…

A Busy Weekend on Two Wheels

A Busy Weekend on Two Wheels

Weekends in town are few. Make ‘em count.                                                                …

International House

International House

Allan invited me to join my host club’s meeting at the University of Queensland’s International House (IH), a facility the Rotary Clubs of Brisbane have supported for decades. Dr. Carla Tromans, the director, and student residents gave an overview of the…

Capital Bikeshare Ridership

Capital Bikeshare Ridership

In July I reported on my research project, which includes an analysis of CityCycle, Brisbane’s bikeshare program. My  contract with Brisbane City Council does not allow me to share my findings derived from their data, but I will share some of the…

ORQ #6 Cities

ORQ #6 Cities

The sixth issue of The Open Review Quarterly is now available! In this issue, the writers explore the relationships we build with our cities. What is the contemporary urban experience? The Open Review Quarterly is a collaboratively edited literary journal on modern…

Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

Last Wednesday, I gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap. One of the members, Shaughn Forbes, has helped me set up more than a dozen meetings with clubs in District 9600. I spoke on the connection between…

Mt. Tibrogargan: Summit Caves

Mt. Tibrogargan: Summit Caves

James and I began our ascent at 8 a.m., following Patience Crack up to the Tibrogargan caves, at which point we scrambled to the base of Trojan. We climbed the five pitches of Trojan, which included a cozy belay cave…