Exploring Brisbane, and My First New Friend
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I awoke at 10.30am after the first good night's sleep for a while. I have felt a bit like a fish out of water so far but with a bit of closure I took a deep breath, got my head together, grabbed the hotel map and set off to do the walk it suggests around the city. I started with the Queens Street Mall where I had my first good experience with Australian service. I don't mean to generalise, but so far retail and service have been at best useless and at worst rude and sarcastic! (Sarcastic hotel staff, ill-informed drunk hotel staff, long hold times and no knowledgeable staff at Virgin, vague staff at AllPhones.) If you need anything doing to your computer in Brisbane, go to Shane in Harvey Norman in the Queens Street Mall!
Map suggestion B was the Conrad Hotel on George Street; a striking sandstone building dating back to 1886 in the city's old Treasury Building which is now a bustling casino open 24/7.
The Parliament House and old Government Building sit amongst the campus of the Queensland University of Technology and beside the city's botanical garden. Lucky students! I missed the Goodwill Bridge, as I was desperate to walk amongst the trees and grass in the gardens, but will have to return to this area as there is a free art gallery as part of 'QUT'.
She is a Kiwi nurse from South Auckland who likes to spend about 3 months travelling round Australia when things at home get tedious. She works for an agency that sends her to rural places around Australia so she sees another side of the country and gets new experiences before returning home. Apparently Aussie doctors here can hire camper vans and do roaming work; perhaps Adam and George could do it!? We talked for about an hour till I had to return to our hotel to get ready to meet Adam, so we swapped numbers and I let her know later that we were meeting at the Jade Buddha Bar on Eagle Street Pier.