Surfers Paradise

Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
Trip End Feb 11, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

When I first laid my footprints on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise decade and a half ago, I was in awe and wow. What a beautiful place, I thought to myself then, endless beaches dotted with skyscrapers along the ocean front. Never have I seen a place so unique, so futuristic, so playful, it was as if I landed in the middle of a Blade Runner meet Inception movie set. Fourteen years later, the Gold Coast of Australia has developed even more. Home to the highest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, money and glitter are everywhere. So are the tourists, mostly from Asia by the looks of it.

It was nearly impossible to find a hotel room at a decent price, so me and Juliette decided to take the train from Brisbane for the day trip to Surfers. The backpacker crowd has virtually disappeared here so have the real surfers, perhaps the "too rich for my blood" expectation was the cause. Suddenly I realized in the 21st century, Australia is leaning towards Asia more than its colonial history of Europe. There are plenty of Sushi restaurants and Thai Noodle in a box fast food joints. The usual KFC and McDonalds are still there, but they are getting few and far in between.

The sands are still golden even under the dark storm clouds, the waves are still rip-curling endlessly, alone most the time. There are still few surf boards around, but nothing like a fantasy of classic Australian beach town, not sure if Surfers was ever a beach town. However, it is safe to officially remove the first word from the city's name, and just call it Paradise.
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