Queensland- The Sunshine State Brisbane City
18.06.2008 - 18.07.2008 21 °C
The flight from Bangkok was fine and we arrived on time in Brisbane. Our welcome commitee was there at the airport to meet & greet us into the country. It was lovely to see John, Michelle and John Jr at the arrivals hall. We stayed with John & Michelle during our stay in Brisbane. It was so good to have a place to live and a place to put all our things. It took us a few days to settle in and get used the place. After around 3 days we were ready to pack our bags again and go out to the main road and flag down a tuk-tuk!
Brisbane just seemed so clean, organised and normal compared to the last few months of backpacking around Asia. After a rest we went to the local supermarket to buy a few bits. It was weird seeing price tags on all the food and no haggling for anything as it was all fixed price only! It was such a treat to buy cold milk, cereal and brown bread. After eating off menus for the last few months we were delighted to be cooking our own food just the way we liked it. It was such a novelty to be able to flick on the kettle when ever I fancied a cuppa!
Too be honest I dont have a whole lot of news to report back from Brisbane. We were both shattered after the last few months so we just took it easy for the few weeks that we were in Brissie.
Ben practically had a job in the bag before we landed and he just had to formalise a few things with his new boss.
I went for a few interviews with recruitment agencies in the city dressed to kill in my new power suit that I got especially tailored off an Indian tailor in Bangkok. Putting on make up and trying to walk in high heels was a different story after looking like a right crusty in Asia for the last few months! The interviews were fine and one of them offered me an immediate start which I could'nt take but hopefully I ll have something lined up for September. Funds are going low after living it up for the last few months and with the visa that we have we re not allowed go on the dole for the first 2 years of living in Oz!
Brisbane is a lovely city and is the capital city of Queensland which is known as the sunshine state! When we arrived it was supposedly "winter time". Imagine this you can still get sunburnt in winter time in Brisbane! The weather was really good not really beach weather but still unreal for winter. The only disappointment was that it got dark at around 5.00pm. It gets dark early in summer time too because they do not observe daylight savings.
The city itself is really relaxed and chilled out. It seemed a lot bigger and the skyscrapers have gotten higher since I was here last with Gina back in 1999. There s a lovely clean river that goes through the city (not a plastic bag or shopping trolley in sight!) called Brisbane River, makes it easy to remember just incase you forget where you are! Its really handy because you can travel on the ferry cats around the city or use the train to get around.
Apart from sleeping and eating and watching our pirate DVDs that we bought in Vietnam and Thailand we took up a new found love for Aussie rules and played a few games at the local Oval.
It was great to get ourselves sorted and get set up for when we return in September. All I have to do now is get a car loan buy a ute and put Ben in the back with a slab of VB.