First time in Brissy. Yep! I was a tourist :P
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June 23rd, 2010 – by: yadilitta
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was ready and now I could start exploring the city.
Since I told her I was Catholic, she recommended me to visit the Catholic Cathedral, but it was in the other direction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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