We are a nosey species. Always wanting privacy but always wanting to know other people’s business. This is why ‘people watching’ is a hobby that many of us have taken up during our chill time. It is especially easy in a city and the variety of people is always fascinating.
This is Queen Street, Brisbane. There are two bars that are 24/7 here, Jimmy’s on the Mall and Pig ‘N’ Whistle. These are ideal for a late night drinks after a shift at the hotel or watching Premier League football. The time zone difference makes watching European football pretty hard.
I went out with a couple of friends last night to watch Tottenham vs Burnley. Before that though we met at Jimmy’s, the bar you can see above. Now these are prime people-watching spots. Open 24/7 and situated in the middle of the high street, literally thousands of people whizz by everyday. It is fascinating to see how diverse we are as a species, but at the same time how similar we behave. Almost everyone trying to fit into the societal norms of acceptance, meaning something as simple as woman with a shaved head or a man with pink hair stands out from the crowd.
I remember working on Sydney Harbour and found it fascinating to see a buisnessman in a suit walking by an aboriginal man playing the didgeridoo. Two completely different cultures living alongside one another and making it work. Of course it doesn’t always work, but we live in a time in which travel is easy in a world full of diverse cultures and ways of life. Travel won’t stop, so co-existing is a necessity.
Anyways, back to Queen Street. I was talking to the British guy at the bar serving me about the roofless section of the upstairs bar, laughing that a no-roof bar in the UK would be crazy. I got my drink and headed to the table when my friend noticed the girl on the table opposite had passed out. Her friends were so immersed in their phones they didn’t even notice.
Don’t worry though, she woke up eventually. Maybe just a power nap before the big night ahead.
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