24.07.2009 - 24.08.2009 30 °C
Howdy folks! Sorry for the delay in updating the blog, basically, we havent done a lot of travelling (other than commuting to Brisbane City) since the last post, so we havent updated.
So what's new? Well, me and Ryan have jobs! Yes, pretty hard to believe, but its true. We were very lucky, both of us put ads on a site called Gumtree, and applied for jobs via their website, and thankfully, we both had results. Ryan currently has a mon-fri job working in a printing factory in the city, printing t-shirts, ironing transfers, and making stubby coolers (little foam beer coolers). Pretty basic stuff compared to what he's used to, but he is enjoying it for the free t-shirts they give away! I'm doing data input in an office, watching cctv footage of traffic for 6 hours a day, clicking buttons to count how many cars pass through traffic lights (rivetting stuff!) My job is more casual employment, so they basically call me when they have work for me, although they have been pretty reliable so far. So weekdays have consisted mainly of working, which has been a nice change, as we've been 'working for the weekend' again. On weekends, we can either chill out here in Tanah Merah, which has a local complex 5 mins away with its own shops, cinema, restaurants and bars, or we can head into the main city about 30km away. You can get a day ticket into the city for around $10 (5 British pounds), hop on a bus or train for 40 mins which will take you into the city, and includes all transport in and around Brisbane, including the ferry (it was nice to be able to catch the ferry back into the city after work!) There's loads to do in the city centre, cinema, theatre (a little out of our price range!), the Brisbane Wheel, Botanic Gardens, or we can chill at the beach (not the actual beach, a manmade thing near the river) as well as a few theme parks, about an hours drive from the city, so i'm sure we wont get bored.
So far we have been to an AFL game (Australian Football League) at the 'Gabba' stadium in the city, and watched the 'Brisbane Lions' thrash the 'Melbourne Kangaroos (I am just in the process of uploading pics). It was a fun day out, the stadium was massive, and AFL is like no other sport I've seen, and seems to play by the rules of 'hot potato'. All the fans are allowed to sit together, and not seperated into teams, because no one out here is as competitive or violent over sports, as with a particular European ball game that will remain anonymous. We're hoping to go to a Rugby League game at the Suncorp stadium soon as well, as they're big on their rugby out here.
We have also been to a house party one weekend, one of Ryan's colleagues birthday's. It was fancy dress, and the theme was Rubix cube, which meant you had to wear different colours of clothing, and at the party you had to entice and persuade others (using any means) to swap different articles of clothing with you until you had all of one colour of clothing and win a prize. There was pass the parcel, wrapped in each sheet was a vodka shot, a sweet, and a fake moustache (?) It was a brilliant party, although there was more drinking than clothes swapping, and by the end of the night, the hosts were downing the champagne 'prizes' themselves. Still, we had a lot of fun, and eventually I ended up crashing out, curled up asleep on a beanbag with their pet labrador, Mr Jungle!
Woody has often invited us along to his 'after work drinks' on a friday evening, which has been pretty cool. Its been nice to get to know his work mates, who are all lovely. On one or 2 occassions, the 'evening drink' has moved on to a club or 2, and on one night, a strip club (very funny night!). One of Woody's mates, a guy called 'Gibb', is in England now as i type, has been since monday, so we enjoyed telling him of the delights he will experience when he visits the Motherland. Hopefully we will see them all a few more times before we leave Brissy, and i'm sure we will stay in touch either way.
...And as football season has not long started (Ryan has been lost for months without it!) there have been a few games to watch. There's a pub in central Brisbane called the Pig and Whistle, which is a massive Gooner pub, and has a late licence to play all the games, incl. the 3pm saturday games, so thats been pretty handy (the early morning commute back on the last night bus at 6am isnt so much).
And if we're chilling in Tanah Merah, there's the cinema or bars to go to at the local complex. One place we have regularly stopped at is a little bar called Fitzys, conveniently placed just outside the complex, at the start of our long walk home, after the last bus has dropped us back from the city. Its pretty cheesy, a very random place, that holds random events and tribute bands like 'The Fleetwood Mac Experience' but still a laugh when the mood is right. Just the other night we stumbled in on a jelly wrestling competition (and before you ask, no I didnt!) but yeah, thats Fitzys!
And if we cant be bothered to hike to the complex, we can head to the local parks, have a picnic, rent a movie out on 'dollar tuesday' from the local video rental, watch the new Australian Pop Idol that's just started, or help Woody bottle up (and then drink) his home brew beer. One evening, probably one of my favourites of all, there was a huge electrical storm which we stood outside the house watching, and afterwards when it cleared, me, Ryan and Woody climbed onto the roof of the house and watched the stars when the sky cleared. It was pretty amazing. The weather is getting hotter, winter is just about over, which means its getting up to the 30's again. Apparently it hits the 40's in summer, i'm not sure how we'll cope!
So, yeah, thats about all so far. All in all, we're still having a fantastic time, the time of our lives. Brisbane is probably the best place we've been to so far as its become like a 2nd home now. We'll be sorry to leave this place. Hope everyone is well back in the UK, missing everyone lots! Thanks for all the comments so far, its fantastic to hear from you all, keep them coming! :D Lots of love xx