back to work!
04.04.2007 27 °C
Brisbane, Brisneyland, or Brisvegas... call it what you will (and trust me, they do here!) seems to exist for one reason to travellers..its the last stop before Fraser Island and the Whitsundays and a lot of people use the city to wash their clothes and get drunk.... very drunk...
Pol and I are currently residing in Staff quarters of the palace Hostel in Down town Brisbane (which is very compact) and i am employed in the more upmarket of the two bars that is attached to it. Pol is working at Picasso's Pizza restaurant so as you can guess, we dont get to see a lot of each other at the moment. We did partake in a few drinkies with some Canadians over the weekend which resulted in Pol taking part in the drinking competition with three others. And guess what, her team won! $25 each.. not bad!
Brisbane itself does not really hold much to keep you occupied. There is a man made beach on the South side of the River (roughly 100 metres long) with a salt water lagoon attached to it! The South side of the river also hosts the University and is far more sedate and laid back that the north side (where we are!) Brisbane in all honesty seems to be half complete. There are diggers and cranes everywhere and come early evening, all the bars are full of Large workers (All Irish!) who are hammered!
Couple more interesting points to make about the city:
We have just had level five water restrictions imposed on us. This means 4 minute showers and absolutely no car washing apart from the windscreens, mirrors and rego plates.
Brisbane is one of the most liveable cities in the world. it polled higher than London (unsurprisingly) and Paris! According to one local i was speaking to last week, more Australians are flocking to the area than anywhere else in the Country (nearly 2000 families a week) This is putting an enormous strain on the water supplies and apparently the situation is so bad, the city may run out water next year!
Anyway, i wont harp on any longer.. we shall write more as it happens.
Polly and ali