THE HOUSE WITH THE MOUSE
We didn't know what to expect from Brisbane as a few people that we have spoken to had said that it had a reputation for being a boring city. It turns out that it's the nicest place we've been to so far. It is a really nice city with lots of character. There are lots of beautiful old buildings tucked in between towering modern skyscrapers. The city it split in half, dissected by the river. One the north bank are most of the historical buildings and most of the shopping. On the south bank are parks, theatres, the museum of art and a fantastic man-made beach with a swimming lagoon. Everything here feels like it's been designed around people's leisure time. There are lots of open spaces with communal barbeques and there are a series of walkways all along the river. We are staying in a really nice area called New Farm. It's full of lovely shops and restaurants: none of which we can afford. We've been spending most of our time wandering around the shops, markets and parks. The hostel is the nicest one we've stayed in so far. It is a lovely old 1914 wooden house with old floorboards and wood paneling. There is lovely deck outside and a swimming pool. Our time here has been pretty uneventful with the exception of finding a mouse in our room. Sarah was woken up at 3am by the sound of something trying to claw its way out of a carrier bag next to her bed. Cue; comedy jumping around on beds, tip-toeing around and wielding of bedside lamps in a menacing fashion before the thing scarpered out of the room.
Next stop Byron Bay…