05.06.2011 - 08.06.2011
Bunk hostel Brisbane possibly ranks among my favourites so far, a very friendly place which even allowed sleep. However, the advanced technology proved a bit much for Rob, who was seemingly baffled by the key cards we were issued to get into our room. After a while he did manage to get the door open, but his clanking around obviously amused our Italian roommate. The elevator also proved problematic - we wanted to get from floor 1 to floor 3, and Rob couldn't understand why no progress was made as he repeatedly pressed the'1' button. Again he did eventually rectify his mistake.
The Italian sisters we met in our room accompanied us on a night out, which again involved a return trip to the hostel after Rob forgot his ID for the second night running. The club contained several crazy people, and although Rob and I both had drink spilled on us by other people we still had a good time, helping this guy get some more people clapping after he had been going by himself for quite some time, and running away from some much older ladies who seemed to want to dance near us. I was mocked by a barmaid for ordering a tap water (I'm used to this from my Smirnoff Ice days but for water I felt it was unfair). On our last night I was mocked again - the budget meals at our hostel come with a free cocktail and my choice of 'Code Pink' apparently wasn't very manly. The alternatives were 'Fruit Tingle' and 'Birdee Sunrise', surely there is no manly option? Felt like I'd walked into a trap. WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO?
The previous night I experienced another interesting drink - the Italian girls had brought back a chocolate vodka drink that tasted like chocolate milkshake . Quite glad I haven't found this in England or I may have ended up having too much of it... They also had lollipops and Rob had cards for magic tricks. A cracking party by any standards. Unfortunately none of us knew any tricks, alhtough Rob managed to successfully fool people with the trick that Joey performs on friends - don't worry if you haven't seen it... It happens too fast for the naked eye to see anyway...
In the daytime we didn't really do anything - braved the 45 minute walk to the 'fake beach' along the main river only to find that it was closed for maintennance. Oh dear. We were largely restrained by budgets - my card balance has unfortunatley dwindled through Australia from $500 to $1.40. Although I do still have some cash.
Have now been reunited with the Australian branch of the Christmas family tree in Sydney . And soon to be reunited with the Singapore contingent, with a couple of birthdays to celebrate, we have a good few days coming up!