This is my second journal of Apple CreateWorld conference 2011.
I stayed in the Rydges. This was the conference hotel and the conference dinner would be held in the second evening in the hotel.
Rydges South Bank has the best location. It is just five minutes walk to Griffith University and 15 minutes walk to the Brisbane city centre.
After all these years, my expectation of a hotel is quite simple: cleanliness. If you are a person caring for strict hygienic standard, you can only stay at home. In this respect, Rydges has an acceptable level of cleanliness.
Besides its location, the biggest selling point of the Rydges is the restaurant on the 12th floor. It offers you a panoramic view (although not 360°) of Brisbane city, a fantastic view in particular in the night.
After checking in, I took a scroll to the city centre.
When I was on the Victoria Bridge, I remember what I did last time in Brisbane (almost two years ago). I walked across the bridge from the city to South Bank but did not stay too long. I am not sure whether I have seen the Wheel of Brisbane or not before. The Wheel of Brisbane is just like the Eye of London.
Anyway, South Bank is like nowhere, but one thing for sure it is a hub with a combination of art, cultural, residential and commercial elements blended. But to be honest, it needs some character.
You find this model everywhere. This model brings a certain degree of success by a formula, but not necessarily something very special. After all, being unique is too risky.
I took some pictures in the day and went out again in the evening. In the evening it was special under the artificial light. Moreover, it was less hot.
You will find a variety of restaurants and shops. I took lunch at a Japanese restaurant. The bento (lunch box)was fine. But I heard some of the waiters and waitresses speaking in Mandarin. Where are the real Japanese?