Today we all got up around midday and set off down to the South Bank in Brisbane. The South Bank is very pretty and a great place to spend the afternoon. We first looked at the Water Dragons in the Rainforest Walk, then stopped for lunch beside the Southbank Beach which was sadly closed for refurbishment. Further on was a lovely craft market, Stanley Market, and live music, after which we stopped off at a cafe by the water before walking back along the waterside promenade. Here it is very similar to the London South Bank and aside from the riverside car highway, the lack of St Pauls and the path flanked by jungle-looking plants on the opposite bank you could be convinced. Typical arrogant Londoner, comparing everything to home!
After a quick stop-off at home we changed and then headed out for dinner and drinks at Stones Corner in Greenslopes.
'Nin, me, Megha, and George at Stones Corner
We sat outside under the beautiful purple Jacaranda trees that are so common here and I tried to play Miss Introducer between George and Adam, new UK residents in Brisbane and my Brisbane friend Sally and 'Nin, our new hostel friend. The evening was of mixed success, as Janin's and my loud banter with bar staff and everybody else made a few 'enemies'. The bar staff refused to serve our table again despite the fact that we had just been laughing and joking with them, as it is illegal here to serve anybody who is already intoxicated. We were surprised and a bit put out, as we were not at all drunk, but just bubbly, but we duly all left the bar and went to the bar next door instead. Here we nearly came acropper again as I was caught out again by the need for ID and it was only some begging and promising to be well-behaved that got us past the door staff. Australian residents were quick to use these incidents as evidence for how conservative Australia remains, despite the laid-back easy-going perception that the rest of the world still percieves....!