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Published: January 2nd 2007
Happy new year everyone!
We've just arrived in Brisbane after detouring to Surfers Paradise where we rang in the new year. We stayed in a lovely campsite just outside the town which was a great spot, very commercial and touristy quite like your Majorca's of the world but it had real character and most importantly a fantastic beach.
One of the nicest things we did there was go to the beach cinema. This was a great publicity stunt or community sponsorship programme as us PRs would call it, by Optus one of the two leading Aussie telephone companies. In a move to create brand awarness and improve their image they erected a huge cincema screen on the beach right in the centre of town and played a different family film every night for a week in the run up to new years eve. Big kids that we are we got to see Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King under the stars and over the noise of the crashing waves with free icecreams thrown into the bargain....def a nice way to spend an evening.
We did ofcourse find entertainment outside of the beach....a trip to Dream World a
Disney-esque theme park on the outskirts of the town and a couple of great nights on the town were had before we left Surfers for Brisbane.
We've just checked into a trailer park (please no jokes) but treated ourselves to a hostel last night and wow did we get our moneys worth. Matreses, bed sheets and a TV room are a real novelty to us at this stage and half of us took full advantage of the couches and telly and stayed up most of the night watching DVDs while the other half made the most of the beds and slept from dinner time through til check out.
It seems like a nice city, an awful lot smaller than Sydney which suits me coz I was forever getting lost there. It's the first city we've hit since we left Sydney which was just massive, overwhelmingly so, but after Surfers which was such a lively place it seems relatively quiet...so far at least. Like Sydney (and Surfers come to that) its very high rise but in an almost structured way which I like.
I'm not really sure of what happens me next. The others are all going to
start looking for jobs and accommodation in the morning coz they're all staying here a few months. My plan was to leave at the settling down point but its hard to imagine leaving just yet with so much more to see.
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