Meanjin / Brisbane
.....If you recall my last post about Au, I was on a "home" finding excursion...initially interested in Sydney, but everything turned around with the Pandussy. Flash forward two years, and I'm happily settling into Brisbane. (maybe without the Sex In The City parody...this time...maybe)
Sunshine Coast indeed. *Alexa play Pocketful of Sunshine*I've seen Australia's other major cities plenty of times, and they did nothing to set expectations for what Brisbane would be! Syd is like NYC and Melb is like LA....Brisbane is its own thing....a cross between San Diego and Honolulu, with the friendliest people I've met this side of Thailand.
My first week was filled with people who were happy to sit down with you and chat, share stories, and just get to know what you're about. The lifestyle is relaxed, the climate is wonderfully sub-tropical, and the water....well I am notttt getting in that just yet (Bull Sharks and Jellies still scare me..and the Aus Gov 😂). read that article, that was 1,700 lbs of jellyfish for my states mates.
The coolest dude I've met thus far is Andrew, a local that takes trips to the US and specifically avoids our "tourist destinations", instead opting to go on fucking TORNADO HUNTS! Books a whole ass trip on a 14+ hour flight to the Midwest to experience our worst nightmare...as a vacation.
This man is FASCINATING!
|I bet its lowkey romantic, in a will we survive kind of way.|
Per usual, my quest begins in the city botanical gardens just down the street from my new home in Binbilla...the modern day CBD/Frogs Hollow neighborhood....I prefer the aboriginal names for the regions, they just sound way cooler. 🙃
I digress, the anthophile in me loved every second of these gardens.
I have the Bris ....just need the Bane...
|(the way he was 2022 gay culture before 2022 gay culture)|
*sigh* ...he's out there....
The formal name of the sculpture below is: Building Blocks of Life by Anton Bruinsma.
...I affectionally know it as
Big Fat Titties When They Hanging Out My Tank Top.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing his other works around Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Up the street is your typical city stuff, cool shopping plazas, restaurants, lots of neato buildings.
circling back down by the river walk....
No where near Croc County yet I'm still sus of every track I see on the banks...because that one time.
Bird? sure...croc?? nah...but maybe? Idk, I only ever sold popcorn in Boy Scouts.
The walk circled back to the park, so here's another tired/happy pic.
...My week ended at Sportsman Hotel, a gay bar you can best describe as Cheers but with drag shows, leather nights, and karaoke. Literally, took no time to be introduced to the locals...and vice versa....EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAAAAAAMEEEE!
took a stop see the nearest of several museums in the CBD Museum of Brisbane
Small but mighty! These were awesome exhibits
....and then things got a little thirsty....
[on lookers] : *rapid camera bursts* "he sure is taking a lot of photos of this one"
Sunshine Psychology ...indeed.
Finally, this wonderland of colors that looks straight out of a Kyary kyary pamyu pamyu video
This post will be updated as I get into some of the events, holidays, and touristy things like the Australian Zoo...I LIVED for Crocodile Hunter and cant wait for a chance to experience that legends legacy zoo <3
It's home now, so I'll have plenty to share! Oh how quickly this city stole my heart. My absolute favorite city in Australia.