Not in Kansas Any More
Trip Start Nov 12, 2011
46Trip End Aug 18, 2012
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Where I stayed
Kookaburra Inn Brisbane
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Arriving in Brisbane was really strange. The airport is in a flat green area that was so reminiscent of Richmond we continually questioned one another on whether we had landed at home or in Oz. There is even a train track that mirrors the position of the Canada Line in relation to the road away from the airport. This sort of set the stage for our experiences in Brisbane, which felt a lot like Vancouver. Mind you, we did go to Starbucks, Lululemon, and bump into a man from Kitsilano who has been living in Brisbane for the past two years. Or maybe it was the fact that this was our first visit back to a first world country in five months, whatever it was it left us both feeling a little homesick. Strange to be in a place that feels like home, but is missing your friends and family (we miss you!!!).
We really enjoyed shopping at a grocery store and eating… fresh fruit and veggies!!! (Why is it so hard to find decent veggies in Asia? Nothing but meat and rice.) We had heard horror stories from other travellers in Asia that had talked about the incredible high prices in Australia and that everything was very expensive. We actually found the prices to be pretty similar to at home. When you factor in that each item on the shelves has tax included in the prices and that you are not expected to tip in the restaurants, the prices pretty well match up. Throwing 12% HST and a 20% tip on top of menu prices in restaurants at home makes things pretty even with Australia prices. The biggest difference seems to be in accommodation prices, apart from hostels there is really nowhere to get a room on the cheap. The Motel 6's of home do not seem to have an equivalent over here. So, we forked out $76 per night to stay in a place with share bathrooms and kitchen. It was pretty nice, but $76 did seem pretty steep. But then again I think private rooms in hostels in Vancouver are around $100 per night. Sigh… Why can’t we have the comforts of home with the prices of Asia?
Next stop: Cairns
It was amazing to buy groceries and cook and shop at Lululemon but as Sacha said everything is tinged with familiarity from home. Something different that we have noticed, there are very few imported goods, everything seems to be made in Australia. I am speaking mainly from what we saw in the grocery store but also on household products, it is so different from home where everything comes from China.
We haven’t seen any wildlife yet but we are in a big city, I can’t wait to spot a kangaroo.
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