Brisbane: A Large City with a Soul
I’m not a fan of big cities. Even Ljubljana is too big for me. But when you travel and discover new places, you’re open to anything. Even multi-million cities. Like Brisbane. Especially if it’s the last stop before a 10-day vipassana meditation. I am before a huge life experience, one that I’ve been dreaming of for the last few months.
``I’ve been amazed by Brisbane the moment I had taken a walk by the river with the same name. A large city that breathes.``
I’m in love. I’ve been amazed by Brisbane the moment I had taken a walk by the river with the same name. A large city that breathes, surrounded by skyscrapers that reach up towards the blue sky. Underneath, green parks, playgrounds, running and bicycle tracks, a climbing wall, and countless spaces for outdoor picnics and hanging out. Hanging out in a city where you can lay in the grass and watch the business center of town from afar, present in that moment when you need it. A city where nature hasn’t been forgotten. Where angsty business men don’t run into you on the streets because they’re incredibly late for a meeting. A city where you can breathe freely despite its immenseness.
I would give anything to work here.
Everything’s close by.
A lot of Slovenians live here. In the center as well as the suburbs. Some have been living here for years, some for only a few months. Everyone loves the city. Just like me. I would give anything to work here. Everything’s close by. The coast is a few kilometers away, countless possibilities for activities, business opportunities and nature. This is what captivates me the most. Only a short drive away, many hiking trails and volcanic cones that wait for you to climb them. Islands with indescribably beautiful beaches and wreckages at the bottom of the ocean. Wonders that call upon you to stay.
``I’ve been amazed by Brisbane the moment I had taken a walk by the river with the same name.``
Its fine weather, sunny days and pleasant temperatures make Brisbane a Mecca for Australians as well. They migrate here in masses, which in turn quickly shrinks the green planes of mangroves. Winter is coming. They say it officially arrives on the first of June. They obviously don’t care much about the solstice or the equinox. Cold nights, chilly mornings, sunny days and the sun that burns you if you forget to put on sun screen with a high factor in the morning. I’ll admit, I didn’t expect the cold. Not even a little. I don’t have any warm clothes with me. I’m going to a warm place after all, a tropical place where they only know sunny days and warm temperatures. The temperatures don’t fall as low as here in rainy Cairns, so I won’t bother with warm sweaters and thick socks.
Do you wanna know how was my first month in Cairns?
I’m slowly learning how not to worry myself with unnecessary problems. Like Australians. It’s true, they know how to enjoy life and are completely unburdened. I’m finding out that it’s not because they know how to find their peace, or deal with circumstances they are living in and find solutions. They’re not burdened because they know how to go over their problems and make a step forward.
``It’s true, they know how to enjoy life and are completely unburdened.``
``If I had only known that a new adventure awaited me in a city with a large soul.``
It’s the opposite: they don’t want to burden themselves with anything. When they face an obstacle, a challenge that’s not even a challenge, a different or opposite opinion, they simply retreat. Walk away. Turn their backs. Close the door. And forget they were even facing a problem. They don’t need to take a deep breath. While they close the door, they’re already flirting with a new adventure that awaits them on the path that leads the other way. If I had only known that a new adventure awaited me in a city with a large soul.
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