Couple Days in Brisbane

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 11, 2009

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Friday, June 5, 2009

I decided to stop in Brisbane for a couple night basically just to say I've been here. It was kind of strange at first because I had gotten used to the small town vibe. I liked the fact the for the past couple weeks I was in towns that consisted of one main street that I could cover in 5-10 minutes. The mentality of backpackers here is a bit different as well, many backpackers come to Brisbane to find work so they are here for a couple months so they aren't necessarily looking to socialize every night. I guess I was also starting to not like getting to know a group of people really well and then moving on and having to meet new people, but that's what its all about I guess. Anyways the city itself is really nice, very clean and there some really nice architecture. On the first day I think I hit most of the major sights on a walk that took 3 or 4 hours. I actually ran into a protest of some sort where about a hundred people decided to sit in the middle of an intersection in the center of the city. The cops had to come to sort it all out. Despite being the 3rd largest city in Australia Brisbane actually has a sort of laid back personality, you don't really find the pretentiousness that you find in other big cities.

Last night was interesting as the backpackers I stayed at had a bit of a games night was prizes and what not. Most of the prizes where for trips I had been on or didn't have time to go on but I figured I could trade them for a couple jugs if I did win. I nearly won the first competition which was a thumb war, I took down 5 challengers but a last minute challenger managed to get me because my forearm was already tired and tensed up (that's my excuse anyways). For another competition they called up anyone that could scull (chug) a pint, I figured I could hold my own so I stepped up, worst case I get a free beer. Ends up they never intended to give us beer and we had to down a pint of rice crispies with a cup of soda water mixed with balsamic vinegar to wash it down. You can imagine how pleasant that was and I didn't even end up winning in the end some Canadian girl finished before anyone of the guys had finished half somehow. That also makes me realize that after not really meeting any Canadians for the past couple weeks I would say more then half the bar was Canadians and Americans so that was a little strange.

I'm leaving in a couple of hours for Byron Bay so I'm just trying to preoccupy myself, I might hit up the Treasury Casino and see if I can't make some money to spend over the next few days down the coast.
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