Saturday, January 3, 2009

Take Me to the River

My final full day in Brisbane began with the soft pattering of rain on the corrugated steel roof of Bryce's traditional Queensland-style house. The weather had turned quite cool, and the rain was soft and dreamy.

We decided to head to the Miegunyah Folk Museum, which was housed in a historical old house. Unfortunately, when we got there, there was a sign on the door saying it was closed until February. So then we tried to go to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, but when we got there, we found out that the address given was just an office space. The real Hall of Fame is about 1200km away in Longreach!

Not to be deterred in our sight-seeing, Bryce suggested a cruise on the Brisbane River. It meanders through town, and a series of boats and motorized catamarans taxi passengers up and down and across. Many people use these, which are owned and run by the city as part of their public transit system, too and from work.

Continuing in our theme of things being closed, we had planned to go to Tukka for "advanced Australian fare" -- i.e. "bush tukka." They offer dishes such as strawberry and tonka bean cured Queensland crocodile with asparagus and a passion fruit dressing, and kangaroo fillet. When Bryce called for a booking, though, he was told the restaurant was closed until next week. So, we went for Balinese food, which I had never had before. I had a spectacularly delicious lamb stew cooked in a hot pot with bok choi.

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