Paul: Ambling Around Brisbane
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Brisbane, etc.
Baby Boomer; born in London, survivor of the sixties. Became a ‘£10 tourist’ when I emigrated to Australia in 1970 (In those days for the princely sum of £10 the Australian Government provided a one-way ticket and a week’s accommodation for those traveling on their own). At the time, it was the cheapest adventure tour on offer anywhere in the world.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
A recent arrival on the scene, I took up blogging to provide an outlet for my images and make use of the technology that’s on my desk and in my pocket.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
One of cities treasures is the Customs House. If you make it to Brisbane then the area around Eagle Street is well worth a visit.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Brisbane differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
What really stood out for me when I arrived in Sydney back in 1970 were firstly the pace of life…everything seemed to be in slow motion and secondly, and the one that was almost a deal breaker was the ‘6‘clock swill’. Would you believe the pubs closed at 6pm and didn’t even open on Sundays. That’s all changed now thank goodness.
I will say though that having spent two thirds of my life in Australia it seems to me that the wheel has turned. ‘Normal’ for me now is how things are here in Australia.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Brisbane? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Obviously no one is ever fully prepared but as I can’t recall having any major problem at the time I can only say we muddled through.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Brisbane?
Make yourself at home. Get on with life and enjoy the place for what it is.
How is the expat community in Brisbane? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Over the years, Australia has become a truly cosmopolitan society, so much so that I doubt if anybody arriving now would have trouble making new contacts.
How would you summarize your expat life in Brisbane in a single, catchy sentence?
Hearty, healthy and well catered for.