Is this really it?
08.01.2006 26 °C
We spent the day in Brisbane yesterday and walked around Australia's 3rd largest city (it only took us 2 hours to walk completely around it). It's divided by the Brisbane river that runs throughout the city. We started off walking in the wrong direction and walked through industrial and sketchy neighborhoods to get to a place with some restaurants and bars. We were a little disappointed because the area we walked through was not nice at all. Even the cute area the inforamtion person told us to go to was a bit depressing. We decided to go home over the Goodwill bridge. Once we got there the area around the Goodwill Bridge is absolutely stunning. That's when we realized we had gone the wrong way. We walked along the Brisbane river and took in the stunning architecture of the public space. It is really well done I was thouroghly impressed. The park was even completed with a man made beach. This beach was more like a pool with some sand and tropical trees around it overlooking the river but it was cool just the same. Australia really could teach the US a lesson in public parks and landscape architecture. I feel as though the US does not understand the importance of having beautiful public spaces. We tend to build these beautiful billion dollar buildings and just throw a couple of trees and a shrub in the courtyard. Here tehy put a lot more emphasis on outdoor spaces. Maybe it's the weather and people are more inclind to be outside.
Over the Goodwill bridge is the botannical gardens. They included a mangrove forest where you could walk among the mangroves on a floating bridge. It was very impressive. We came back to our hostel from the opposite direction and saw the University. The campus was really nice. Just outside campus is a bunch of cute shops and eateries. Since it was Sunday a lot of places were closed. We were so exhausted from the night before that we went to bed pretty early in preparation for our 7 hour bus ride today.