A lot happened in the time between my last two posts. In October, when I did the last posting for a few months, I had no hint of what might be ahead. First up, I decided to buy a car — I had been back in Brisbane since August of 2006, and had purposely not bought a car, as I wanted to do my bit for the environment as well as getting to know the city — and Brisbane’s public transport system certainly allows you to do that.
Anyone who visits the city should take advantage of the various transport options — there are the traditional modes of train and bus, but we also have a well developed (and extremely efficient) river transport system of Citycats and inner city ferries. They traverse the Brisbane River and really make for a wonderful way to see the city sights. I used to catch one home of an afternoon after work and found it to be the perfect way to wind down and de-stress.
So, I bought the new model 2008 Subaru Impreza hatch — I tell people that the deal was clinched because it had a connection for my iPod straight to the car’s stereo. I also tell them that I’ll be set if ever Brisbane gets hit by a rogue storm, because Subaru’s are so good in snow conditions. I’m thinking if we get any form of snow, it will be a sign that the world is on the brink of destruction. One never knows these days I guess. I’ve really enjoyed getting out on the highway and visiting friends, as well as exploring some new places. Those places visited as a kid have changed somewhat over the years, which in a lot of ways is quite sad.
The next major thing that happened was that I decided that I needed to move — closer to the city (which also meant closer to work). So I found a place in the sought after West End area of the city — it’s an interesting suburb — close to the city, but with a real community feel to it. I share an apartment with a woman who was looking for someone “mature” — I guess now that I am 50, I could be classified in this manner — certainly age, but not outlook (well, not always — old people with old ideas tend to become boring, and I am anything but that). The view from the large balcony we have is impressive, especially at night — there’s something about the lights in the central business district — they never change, yet I seem to be able to spot things unnoticed in the past.
West End is diverse — no other word to describe it. Many ethnic places to eat — which is great because I love Indian and Asian food. There’s a coffee place down the road called 3 Monkeys — apparently has been there since Adam was a boy, and it’s a favourite place of mine to go to with any visiting friends.
So…this is why I have been a little slow in my writing. But I feel that may be changing. 2 posts in 2 days, that’s pretty good. 🙂