|We stayed at Novotel Brisbane on Creek Street|
|That white on the headboard lit up if you turn it on.|
|We couldn't figure out how to turn on the lights or air conditioner. You have to insert your key card into a slot in the front of the room (inside) in order for lights to work.|
|Notice that to flush the toilet, you push the button on the top, which is common all over there. And you can see the outlet which is different than the U.S. so we bought adapters before we got there.|
|That mini-fridge was stocked with stuff they wanted us to buy. We didn't touch any of it, but then didn't have a whole lot of room for our own stuff.|
|View from our window|
So it took a while for everyone to shower and get ready to go out, but we finally did. We set out on foot a few blocks away to the Queen Street Mall, Queens Plaza and Meyer Centre to check out the city and to find food. It was about 3 pm, but some of the restaurants in the shopping centers looked like they were closing. We finally found something open that Sabrina would eat. We are in a different country and what do we eat? Snag Stand hamburgers and chips (French fries) at a food court.
The hamburgers were pretty good, but I really liked the chips. I'm pretty picky about French fries and don't eat them often. Elisa and I often share food, but this time we had our own hamburgers.
The 3 hamburgers and 2 chips plus 3 botles of water was $46 AUD (Australian dollars), which currently is about $35 American Dollars.
I asked what time they close. She said everything closes by 5:00 or 5:30. What??? Yep, it was true. Restaurants and stores in the malls all closed that early every day of the week and many of the stores and restaurants outside the malls did too. It's a normal thing in Australia, but it was sad for us because we wanted to be out and about longer. Since it was winter there, it got dark before 5:30 so that limited what we could do.
|These birds are everywhere and get kind of aggressive if you have food.|
|It seems that most schools require uniforms there. My girls were in awe. They kept saying how fancy they are there and how they wish they went to a school with uniforms. I don't think they would actually enjoy it though.|
|Burger King is called Hungry Jack's, where you can still get a Whopper, but they'll pronounce it Whoppa.|
|McDonald's is called Macca's. They have many of the same things, but they have chocolate pies and these loaded fries. We saw loaded fries with gravy or guacamole and salsa in many restaurants.|
|At a food court. If you zoom in, you can see some prices.|
|I wanted to try a meat pie from here before we left, but we were never near it at the right time.|
But that first day we were there, we felt kinda tired at 5:30 pm since it was late in Utah. After it got dark that first day, we walked back to the hotel.
I turned on the TV because I wanted to see some Australian TV, but what was on? Ellen, Grey's Anatomy, American movies, The Nanny, and The Big Bang Theory. Finally I found some Australian news and later some Australian music videos. That was entertaining. They enjoy a lot of music from the U.S. and other countries in addition to their own. Here are a few Aussie videos, but don't ask me how popular they are since I have no idea.