So, one of my other hats in life is to coach and consult on blogging and social media and with this in mind I headed over to the Problogger conference on the Gold Coast in September for two days of incredible speakers, meeting so many other great bloggers and generally just geeking out on stuff that is totally amazing for me.
But, I have a confession to make. It was my first visit to the Gold Coast as an adult (and I don't really remember much from my childhood stop there) and it really didn't grab me as a destination. I knew it would be pretty touristy, and that theme parks were the big drawcard (and I'm not into theme parks at all), but I thought it would still be nice enough. But I just didn't like it that much. I'm sorry.
|The view from my apartment on the Gold Coast|
Zigazag who booked it!)
I obviously only scratched the surface of what the Gold Coast has to offer, but the meals I ate and the walks I took just didn't really convince me that it was a place I want to return to in a hurry. All the advertising brochures left in our apartment raved on about all the theme parks - and although I have confessed to loving Disneyland I'm way too wimpy to spend days on rollercoasters and huge waterslides. I'm sure there is more to the Gold Coast than meets the eye (or than met my eye) but with so many other places in the world I want to visit, I just won't be putting it back on the list for a while yet.
But all was certainly not lost. I had an incredibly fabulous time at the conference, and with absolutely no sponsorship changing hands I will happily say that the QT Hotel, where Problogger was held, was fantastic. And on top of all that, I managed to catch up with a gorgeous friend of mine from my ESL teaching days who at the moment is reluctantly making the Gold Coast her home (it's a long story). This is me and her! These are the main memories I'm taking away from the Gold Coast - and who knows, maybe when I'm exploring other parts of Queensland one day the Gold Coast and I will start our relationship afresh again and I might feel more positive.