First time in Brissy. Yep! I was a tourist :P

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lovely arches
Craig's work is located in Southbank. Southbank belongs to Brisbane, but it's not downtown, in order to go there you have to cross the Brisbane River. That might involve a non so short walk... no problem. I haven't been working out and some exercise would be welcome. Well, the problem was that it was raining, but I liked to be under non usual (for me) weather conditions :)

While we were in the train, Craig drew a map of the city, so I'd be able to reach downtown without any problems. It wouldn't be difficult at all, the only thing I had to do was to walk along the river and then cross the big bridge. I walked with Craig to his work, so I'd know where I had to come back.
at the Nepalese Pagoda
We agreed to meet at 4:20pm. So we'd able to catch the train back home, before it got crowded.

Now, I was by my own :) Southbank is such a great area, all green. Just walking along the river and enjoy the view was great, even when it was raining. I was taking some pictures and while walking found a Nepalese Pagoda, how cool! I also saw a campus of the University I'd attend soon, nice! I might have not been walking a long distance, but took my time. I wanted to see as much as possible. It was foggy and couldn't get the perfect view of the city, but maybe in my way back to Southbank I'd be able to do so.

I wish I'd have stayed longer, but I had an appointment at the bank and had to find my way first, hehe. I crossed the bridge. It was windy there, by the way.
Farmer's Market
Crossing the bridge by foot was a great idea. It gave me the opportunity to watch both sides of the city. The green Southbank and the most city style Downtown. Ok, now I just have to remember to check the opposite site before crossing the streets, hahaha. Still hadn't adjusted having people driving on the right side :P

Right after crossing the bridge I saw the cool library and an old building that used to be the Treasury Building but it's right  now a casino, oh well at least it looked good! I was in the middle of a Farm Market. They have fresh products and also some food for sale. So bad it was raining and it wasn't that appealing to stop there under the rain. Just crossing the street the famous Queen St. started.

In my way to the tourist information center - I was wanting to get a city map - I saw an electronics store and decided to look for an adapter.
space ball
Yay! I found it! Mission accomplished, what a relief! Computer would come back to live, yay!!! Happy with my adapter I went to the info center. I didn't know exactly where it was located, just had the map that Craig drew for me, which was very useful. People there were very friendly and gave me the map I was looking for. I asked one of the girls where the Peruvian Consulate was located. I still had some time to kill before my appointment.

The Peruvian consulate was located on Queen St and also my bank, perfect! I went to the address the girl gave me, but couldn't find it, how weird. Oh well, I still had time to kill and when I was going to my bank I found Anzac Square. In fact I've seen it before, but didn't stop there thinking I wouldn't have time, but now I had.
waiting for the bus
It was nice walking around it and see the sculptures, but what I enjoyed the most was watching the people. They were all wearing their formal working clothes, but there was something laid back in all of them. I noticed it wasn't not as in Lima where all the girls wear high heels. Here the comfort comes first. Ouch! More of my shoes are high heels!!! . Well, it was time to go to the bank. Back in Peru I was able to open an Aussie account and could transfer some funds. How convenient! The only thing I needed to do was to go to the bank with my passport in order to get my debit card, sweet! The guy at the bank was super friendly and helped me arranging everything. Yes, Aussies are so helpful and kind :)

Everything was ready and now I could start exploring the city.
Saint Andrews' Cathedral Stained Glass windows
So good I got a map, now things would be much easier. I decided to to all the way up north to Chinatown and then starting going south until it was time for meeting up with Craig (4:20pm). I would have all that time to explore the city, yay! Instead of walking along the main streets, I decided to take the smaller ones and found the beautiful Saint Andrew's Uniting Church. I wasn't sure if I could visit it, but it was open, so I went inside. There were 2 old ladies and one approached to me. I was expecting her to tell me it wasn't allowed to go inside, but instead she offered to give me a tour. She was very excited of having a foreigner visitor. I assume this doesn't happen very often. This lady was super sweet!

Since I told her I was Catholic, she recommended me to visit the Catholic Cathedral, but it was in the other direction.
St John's Cathedral outside
I'd go first to Chinatown and in my way back would look for it. While I was walking along Ann St I saw a huge and beautiful Cathedral. This wasn't the Catholic one, it was the impressive St. John's Cathedral, an Anglican one. I went inside and an old guy approached to me. He gave me a brochure and told me to feel free to visit the Cathedral. OMG! It was huge! They have been working on it for years, but finally they were over and the results are impressive. All the details and everything was breathtaking.

When I left the Cathedral it was bright and sunny, nice! Then I got a call from Craig who wanted to make sure how I was doing, hahaha. While I was staying at his place, he was responsible for me :P Kept on walking and arrived in Chinatown. It wasn't as close as expected but it was totally worth it have been walking all the way there.
signs in Chinese and English
Definitely I was in Chinatown, the signs were written both in English and Chinese, plus most of the people was Asian and there were several grocery markets offering Asian products, sweet!

It was past noon and I was hungry. I was thinking about trying one of the restaurants here, but didn't know which one to try... I couldn't decide and it was getting late. I'd have dinner early at home and didn't want to ruin my appetite, so I went for something small but tasty: a falafel! I was amazed it was so easy to find them here. Back at home there are not many places selling them. Yay! Pfff, it felt so good to sit down at least for a while. I haven't realized it, but I have been walking for 6 hours almost non stopping.

Ok, it was nice to take a break, but wanted to start walking back to Southbank.
fun urban art
I didn't want to be in a hurry and was even thinking about checking the Botanical Gardens over there. Instead of going through the same street, I'd take another route, just to see something new. Good idea! I found nice parks! This is something I really liked  here. Brisbane is a city, but has several parks and green areas which everybody wants to take care. People worry about the environment and if they see that there is water being waste, they would try to fix it. Nice!

Also they love the art and any art expression. All over the city you could find cool sculptures and the urban art was present everywhere, train stations, buildings (private and public), walls, etc. How awesome! Fair Dinkum! It was amazing finding these tall buildings next to lovely parks where people like to hang out and do it everytime it's possible.
Minigunther got caught
Love this city!

It was almost 2pm when I arrived to the City Hall, another place I wanted to see. Back in South America I'm used to find a Main Square with a Cathedral, City Hall and other public buildings, but it was different here. The main square wasn't like the ones I'm used to, with a fountain in the middle. Instead of that I found a nice open space with some sculptures, including kangaroos' one of course. No doubts I was in Oz! There were a group of ladies and I offered to take a pic of them and then one of them one took of mine, great!

The City Hall looks nice but was under restoration, so no visits were allowed... and it said the work would take 2 years, oh no!!! Oh well... Just across the street I saw a lovely Church that seemed to be from a fairy tail, how sweet! Was it the Catholic one? Dunno.
Victoria Bridge and the city
.. and it was getting late for me to take a look inside. Instead of that I decided to start walking back to the bridge, so I'd be able to be in Southbank on time. But I was hungry and saw Greek sweet at the Farmer's market, hehe. Time for a sweet snack :P

Definitely I would be early, so I started to enjoy Southbank Parklands and there is a big Wheel, the famous Brisbane's Wheel. Yes, not many locals have been there, mostly tourists and since I was a tourist, there we go! Plus it was comfy there and needed a break, hihi. So good I decided to do it. From the Wheel you can see much more of the city than just walking. Of course it wouldn't replace walking, but give you another perspective, sweet!

Back to the ground I still had time and was walking slow, found nice gardens and the Street Beach - a man-made lagoon.
nice fountain at Southpark Parklands
This was awesome! Also the fountains. They took so good care of the green areas, how lovely! This area is more about Universities and Institutes, so I met several students and lots of them were International ones, great! I love that environment and might be similar as the one I'd have in Gold Coast.

I arrived a couple of minutes before Craig left and then we met up. Ready to start the long drive back home. Hopefully there would be a free seat. Yay! I found one! It has been a long day and I was thinking about a nice shower, some food and then a good sleep. G'night!
yadilitta says:
yes, it has a lot to offer. Love that city!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010
Airportman says:
Too bad, I only had a few hours in Brisbane :( From reading your blog and seeing the photos, there is more to see and do!
Posted on: Jul 29, 2010
yadilitta says:
gracias por tus comentarios! jajaja, yo soy morena!!!
Posted on: Jul 19, 2010
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lovely arches
lovely arches
at the Nepalese Pagoda
at the Nepalese Pagoda
Farmers Market
Farmer's Market
space ball
space ball
waiting for the bus
waiting for the bus
Saint Andrews Cathedral Stained G…
Saint Andrews' Cathedral Stained …
St Johns Cathedral outside
St John's Cathedral outside
signs in Chinese and English
signs in Chinese and English
fun urban art
fun urban art
Minigunther got caught
Minigunther got caught
Victoria Bridge and the city
Victoria Bridge and the city
nice fountain at Southpark Parklan…
nice fountain at Southpark Parkla…
Southbank institute
Southbank institute
cool bench!
cool bench!
Southbank train station
Southbank train station
Griffith University campus Southba…
Griffith University campus Southb…
walking around Picnic Island
walking around Picnic Island
sweet Aussies
sweet Aussies
nice iron work
nice iron work
Japanese Frienship stone
Japanese Frienship stone
Nepalese Pagoda
Nepalese Pagoda
Nepales Pagoda
Nepales Pagoda
detail at the Nepalese Pagoda
detail at the Nepalese Pagoda
nice carving work
nice carving work
inside the Nepalese Pagoda
inside the Nepalese Pagoda
Nepalese Pagoda from the Brisbane …
Nepalese Pagoda from the Brisbane…
Brisbane wheel
Brisbane wheel
gloomy Brissy
gloomy Brissy
gloomy city
gloomy city
Victoria Bridge and the city
Victoria Bridge and the city
Victoria Bridge and the city
Victoria Bridge and the city
Margaret St
Margaret St
view of Southbank
view of Southbank
Brisbane river
Brisbane river
QPAC
QPAC
colorful library
colorful library
rainy Farmers Market
rainy Farmer's Market
at the Farmers Market
at the Farmer's Market
A Chinese Shop on Queen St.
A Chinese Shop on Queen St.
Tourist info
Tourist info
Old Post Office
Old Post Office
cool sculpture
cool sculpture
thinking
thinking
my bank
my bank
Anzac Square
Anzac Square
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square
Anzac Square
mall at Anzac Square
mall at Anzac Square
Anzac Square Eternal Flame
Anzac Square Eternal Flame
Anzac Square Eternal Flame
Anzac Square Eternal Flame
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument detail
Anzac Square monument detail
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square monument
Anzac Square
Anzac Square
Saint Andrews cathedral
Saint Andrew's cathedral
Saint Andrews Cathedral
Saint Andrews' Cathedral
Saint Andrews Cathedral logo
Saint Andrews' Cathedral logo
Pipe organ at Saint Andrews Cathe…
Pipe organ at Saint Andrews' Cath…
Saint Andrews Cathedral benches
Saint Andrews' Cathedral benches
Saint Andrews Cathedral
Saint Andrews' Cathedral
Queen st telegraph newspaper co.
Queen st telegraph newspaper co.
Saint Andrews Cathedral
Saint Andrews' Cathedral
Saint Andrews Cathedral
Saint Andrews' Cathedral
nice church
nice church
welcome!!!
welcome!!!
St Johns Cathedral facade
St John's Cathedral facade
St Johns Cathedral and modern bui…
St John's Cathedral and modern bu…
St Johns Cathedral side
St John's Cathedral side
St Johns Cathedral complex
St John's Cathedral complex
St Johns Cathedral flag
St John's Cathedral flag
St. Johns Cathedral Nave
St. John's Cathedral Nave
St Johns Cathedral Nave
St John's Cathedral Nave
St Johns Cathedral Nave Altar
St John's Cathedral Nave Altar
St Johns Cathedral Sanctuary
St John's Cathedral Sanctuary
St Johns Cathedral pulpit
St John's Cathedral pulpit
St Johns Cathedral Lady Chapel
St John's Cathedral Lady Chapel
St Johns Cathedral transept
St John's Cathedral transept
St Johns Cathedral nave
St John's Cathedral nave
St Johns Cathedral Nave
St John's Cathedral Nave
St Johns Cathedral Organ
St John's Cathedral Organ
St Johns Cathedral Windows
St John's Cathedral Windows
St Johns Cathedral lovely windows
St John's Cathedral lovely windows
xx
xx
xxx
xxx
at St. Johns Cathedral entrance
at St. John's Cathedral entrance
Knocking the door
Knocking the door
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
Church of Christ
Church of Christ
construction
construction
Proud of being Australian
Proud of being Australian
cool urban art
cool urban art
Catholic School
Catholic School
Chinatown
Chinatown
Arch in Chinatown
Arch in Chinatown
Chinatown boulevard
Chinatown boulevard
entrance to the boulevard
entrance to the boulevard
Chinatown mall
Chinatown mall
nice fish
nice fish
streets in Chinatown
streets in Chinatown
taking a break with my cellphone
taking a break with my cellphone
yummy falafel
yummy falafel
building in Chinatown
building in Chinatown
club in Chinatown
club in Chinatown
birdy
birdy
traffic
traffic
Minigunther calls home
Minigunther calls home
nice buildings
nice buildings
Lutheran church
Lutheran church
lots of bikes
lots of bikes
wide avenues
wide avenues
parking building
parking building
not much traffic
not much traffic
King Edward park
King Edward park
traffic in the other side
traffic in the other side
didnt want to walk anymore
didn't want to walk anymore
King Edward park
King Edward park
King Edward park
King Edward park
King Edward park stairs - I didnt…
King Edward park stairs - I didn'…
IBM headquarters
IBM headquarters
Salvation Army
Salvation Army
nice buildings on Adelaide
nice buildings on Adelaide
always pink
always pink
nice decoration
nice decoration
Anns Presbyterian Church
Ann's Presbyterian Church
Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane City Hall
Main Square
Main Square
xxx
xxx
monuments at the Main Square
monuments at the Main Square
Kangaroos at the Main Square
Kangaroos at the Main Square
of course with Kangaroos
of course with Kangaroos
Albert St Uniting Church
Albert St Uniting Church
Albert St Uniting Church
Albert St Uniting Church
Albert St Uniting Church
Albert St Uniting Church
Central Station
Central Station
Adelaide St
Adelaide St
cool building
cool building
Treasury and Farmers Market
Treasury and Farmer's Market
Sweet Kourabiede, tasty!
Sweet Kourabiede, tasty!
the city
the city
more construction
more construction
nice arches
nice arches
Brisbane wheel
Brisbane wheel
at Brisbane Wheel
at Brisbane Wheel
Minigunther was having fun
Minigunther was having fun
Queensland Performing Arts Centre …
Queensland Performing Arts Centre…
QPAC
QPAC
View of Southbank, Brisbane River …
View of Southbank, Brisbane River…
Southbank
Southbank
construction next to Griffith camp…
construction next to Griffith cam…
more construction going on
more construction going on
rainy view of the river
rainy view of the river
QPAC and Griffith Conservatorium
QPAC and Griffith Conservatorium
detail of flower arches
detail of flower arches
the wheel behind the flowers
the wheel behind the flowers
nice playground
nice playground
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
Streets Beach - a man made lagoon
The lifeguards
The lifeguards
The ambulance, LOL
The ambulance, LOL
lovely fountains everywhere
lovely fountains everywhere
:)
:)
cute pond
cute pond
Confucious
Confucious
walking around Southpark
walking around Southpark
street in Southbank
street in Southbank
small church
small church
girls leaving school
girls leaving school
oh!
oh!
at Southbank Insitute
at Southbank Insitute
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