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We have finally made it to Brisbane. This is my first time down under, and I love it. What took me so long to come and visit? I have no idea… Right when we land, I sense a more relaxed vibe than in Europe or in the US. It is hard to explain: people are not rushing everywhere. In Heathrow, they are all running around like headless chicken. In short, everybody is more chilled here. Why?

The cab driver is friendly and actually talks to us all the way to the hotel. He wants to know our names and where we come from. Let’s put it this way: this has never happened to me in London.

Brisbane is a modern city, with lots of buildings and company offices. It reminds me a bit of New York, without the drivers tooting their honks like mad or shouting at each other. In short, the buzz is definitely there, but not the fuss. What’s not to like?
And the weather…not too warm, but still sunny. I don’t miss cold London… Along the river, everybody is wearing summer clothes and short pants. People seem a lot more outdoorsy, and quite fit.

I also want to share with you my other initial findings:
1. The flat white is even better than in my local coffee shop in London. Yummy! Who knew the Aussies were coffee lovers?
2. The food is gorgeous. It is fresh, prepared in front of you. It tastes as good as it looks and I am taking this as an opportunity to stuff my face with fresh fish and seafood. I love it. The tables are comfortable and it doesn’t feel as cramped as in London.
3. I understand how the traffic lights are working (unlike in London, where I am still struggling). There is a different sound, on top of the lights, to let you know whether you can cross.
4. Free WiFi is available everywhere -unlike in London, which makes my life a lot easier.

In short, I find Brisbane less hostile than London or Paris. Am I making sense? Is it me?
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London