He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich.
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
I got my first taste of VB (Victoria Bitter beer) since 2002 and also discovered another favorite in James Boag’s lager from Tasmania
. We arrived late on a Saturday and had Sunday off after flying every day since departure. For Sunday, I hired a van and driver to take us around the area. We started at Queen Victoria Market- a flea market that was a huge hit with the group. From there, we continued on to wine country- the Yarra Valley. It’s about an hour+ out of town and located in beautiful country. We stopped at a few vineyards to taste and had a picnic in a park. We made sandwiches with fresh cheese from a dairy we visited and meats from a Coles supermarket, where I discovered an amazing hot red pepper-crusted salami. Fantastic! All the while, there was a kookaburra sitting in an old gum tree, laughing and calling the whole time we ate. They are good-sized birds! Our last stop on the way back to Melbourne was the Coldstream micro-brewery- a place where I could have sat all day. They had a bar where we did a flight and there was a guitar player singing as well. He played “Land Down Under” which was a lot of fun!
The next day was filled with mall tours, but again, I will spare you the details of that. It was interesting walking through the Australian Target stores (no relation) with a Target perspective. They are very good at copying what we do! It was a bit of a hectic trip to the airport, but everything was squared away and we all flew off to Sydney together on by far the shortest flight of the trip.
It feels so good to be back down under! I was last here in January of 2002 and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the world. "No worries, mate!" really sums up what I love about Australia. It's the people more than anything and their laid-back, friendly attitude. This friendliness, combined with a beautiful landscape makes it a place that is difficult to leave. Our first stop down under is Melbourne. With its wide boulevards along the Yarra River, it’s a quieter, charming city (the Saint Paul to Sydney’s Minneapolis). It’s also a sporting capital- with stadiums all over the place for “footy” (Aussie Rules Football), cricket, soccer, rugby, and tennis. Sadly, we will be just missing the Australian Open tennis tourney, which I loved taking in during my last visit.