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Aloha Brisbane! Exploring the city

We checked out Brisbane’s South Bank, Chinatown, and Fortitude Valley

Posted December 4, 2012 by Melissa Chang

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There’s nothing like having Cat Toth wake me up at 6:30 a.m. by pounding on my door, as I rush to answer it with no pants on. I’m sure Ed Sugimoto felt almost the same way when Cat called him from my room, asking for more Nespresso capsules while he was still asleep. And so we started our first full day in Brisbane, trying to wake up and smell the coffee. (I kid: I was actually awake, but with no pants.)

We had one free day on our own, so we decided to check out the South Bank, which is supposed to be a nice area for shopping and restaurants. On one hand, it is a bit touristy; on the other hand, it really is a nice place. If I had the time, I’d go jogging around the area, since the walking paths are wide and plentiful, and it’s very scenic.

We were told the food in Brisbane is decent, but nothing special; I think they do have special places, as shown in my gallery, but they just don’t have a lot (like in Honolulu). You just need to know where to go. More on that in the next blog entry.

Also, I didn’t realize this until I got there, but Brisbane is quite an artsy town. If you are into art (and some culture, like musical theatre), Brisbane is a good place to check out. Art is everywhere.

Aloha Brisbane! (1 of 49)

Aloha Brisbane!

We started our day the way the Aussies do, with toast, butter, and vegemite. How did it taste? Watch the video below!

These are just the highlights; if you want to see all of my photos from the day, click here.

Wonder what that vegemite tasted like? It’s something you spread on toast with butter, but it’s salty, not sweet. People say it’s gross, while others swoon over it. If you go to Australia, you gotta try it once. It doesn’t have a strong smell, but it makes gravies taste better, so I’d say it must be the Australian harm ha. Here’s Cat’s video, filmed by Ed:

And about that Dragon drink…the photos don’t do it justice. Here’s Ed’s video of Kaleo drinking it, with the history of the drink told by the restaurant’s owner (note his Chinese/Australian accent).

That did it for our free day. My next blog entry will show us cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos!


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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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