A Day at the Races

A couple of weeks ago my friend Emily Anne asked if Travis and I wanted to attend the Food and Wine event at the Doomben Race Course with her and her husband. Clearly we have a very busy social calendar and had to re-work some things in order to fit it in 😉 Just kidding, I jumped at the chance to go and especially to do something different than we would do on a typical Saturday in Houston.

After some last minute shopping and manicures the day before, we were ready for our first race day experience in Brisbane -actually Travis and my first horse race anywhere. Since I didn’t have any background knowledge on horse races, besides what I managed to scrounge up on google and pinterest, I really had no idea what to expect.

I was nervous about but dressing appropriately but when I got there I realized we fit in just fine. Most of the men were in slacks, ties etc. although I did see a couple rebels sporting some denim (not enough for Travis to get mad at me for making him dress up though) and the ladies were in a whole range of dresses and fun head wear.

Anyone recognize our outfits? 😉


My partner in crime and I


Since I had never been to a horse race I really didn’t have much to compare it to. This particular event had different food and alcohol tents set up along the track so you could walk around and try different things. One thing that Emily Anne and Josh did point out was that nobody really seemed to concerned with the actual horse races. You could barely hear the announcer when the races began and everybody just carried on socializing. It did make it easier for us to get a good view as the horses wizzed by.


I was surprised at how quick each race was. It was perfect for someone with a limited attention span (not that I know anyone like that…).


They had other entertainment going on as well- including a grape stomping competition. The winner won a vacation package. It mostly just reminded me of I Love Lucy.


One of the tents we hung out in


As we headed out to find a cab my dogs were barking. It’s been a good while since I have worn heels for an extended period of time. Clearly I am not the only one with this problem because look what we spotted by the exit.


Well played, Doomben, well played. Unfortunately my feet were not hurting $20 worth.

Overall we had a great time at the races, it was a fun way to spend a beautiful (almost) Spring Saturday. Thanks to Emily Anne for supplying the higher quality pictures in this post, you can read her post on the day here.

Upcoming Adventures…

Well life hasn’t been too exciting over here lately. The past two weekends it has poured alllll Friday and Saturday and without a vehicle that tends to limit our options of things to do. BUT we do have some fun things coming up on the calendar.

This weekend we are going to the horse races with another couple. My friend Emily Anne (another former teacher from the south whose husband works for Halliburton) and I spent all day today looking for the perfect race hat/fasinator so we don’t stick out like a sore thumb or a clueless American. In case you are wondering what a fasinator is (because I was) some of them look like this…


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Or this…


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Or sometimes like this…


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We really have no idea what to expect from our day at the races but we’re excited to do something different and Australian.

Another upcoming adventure we have in the books is a weekend trip to the Whitsunday Islands in a few weeks. The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland almost 600 miles north of Brisbane (that’s close by Australia standards). Here is a map in case you are a visual learner like I am.


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My plan is to relax on the beach all weekend BUT if you know my husband there will probably be little of that. He is currently looking into scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and any other activities we can squeeze into three days.

If you are friends with me on Instagram you probably already saw my announcement about our Christmas plans… Sorry Victoria, Texas this year the Alkeks are spending the holidays in Fiji!

I am SO excited about this trip! We leave from Brisbane Christmas Eve and will be staying here for six days…


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So… even though it’s been a slow last couple weeks we have a lot to look forward to. Hopefully I will have plenty (or heaps as the Aussies say) to report back on next week! 🙂