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As expected, sunny weather greeted me on the day I landed in Brisbane.

Sunset behind tall Brisbane CBD buildings, image taken with an iPhone 7 from rooftop bar at Four Points By Sheraton Hotel

Sunset behind tall Brisbane CBD buildings taken from rooftop bar at Four Points By Sheraton Hotel

Unfortunately, it rained every single day afterwards. Trying to find my way around a strange city in soggy socks and a poncho was not my idea of a typical early fall day on the humid East Coast of Australia.

There’s no hop-on hop-off bus in Brisbane and the river cruise only runs twice a day: 10:30am and 12:30pm and those times always coincided with the rain.

I was truly a sad-sack, especially when my wine tour was canceled. The young lady from the tour company told me that it was a strange off-week probably due to the Easter holiday. Apparently, I was the only who booked the tour and the other two companies were not running tours that week either.

If it wasn’t for my new friend, taxi driver Jason, I would have been bored to distraction and with little to no pictures to show for my malaise.

Jason is part Greek, handsome, has traveled extensively, and is 10 years younger than myself.

Jason: Brisbane taxi driver extraordinaire, image taken with iPhone 7

Jason: Brisbane taxi driver extraordinaire

He offered his services and drove me all over Brisbane. Jason entertained me on long drives with the highs and lows of his pendulum lifestyle and some funny details about the city and the surrounding area as we passed it.

He is also an awesome photographer (check out his instagram) and he took me to some of his favorite spots for city skyline views. I was quite impressed from what I saw even though the thunderstorm and lightning scared us away.

Brisbane city skyline view from South Bank, image taken with iPhone 7

Brisbane city skyline view from South Bank

He is an all-around great guy who’s getting married next year and will be running a Gelato shop with his future wife somewhere in Spain. I would love to see him again someday…

Aerial view of Brisbane from airplane, image taken with an iPhone 7

Aerial view of Brisbane from airplane

Nonetheless, if I ever get back to Brisbane… yes I know Jason won’t be there but perhaps I’ll give the city another chance to shine.


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Dani Lew

DaniLew is a podcaster and a retired nomad who loves to slow travel around the world and share her travel stories and personal photography.The Slow Traveling Soul Sister podcast is all about me and my travels around the world for the last 40 years as a solo black woman, My motto: travel nourishes the soul and broadens the mind, but solo travel frees our imagination and builds our Confidence. #slowtravelingsoulsister #GoSeeDoBe


  • Kristin says:

    What serendipity to get such a great and interesting tour guide! Easy on the eyes too!! And what’s this about 10 years older than you?!?! What is he, Benjamin Buttons?! He looks younger than me!! Well done, Dani!

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