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Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hello!

I'm 6 days in and I've been having a lot of fun. I'm not sure if I mentioned before but the flight wasn't bad at all and I didn't get any jetlag. I did get some cool pictures from the plane though.

Here's a picture of Venice Beach which I got to hang out at for the day when my flight got delayed a day in LA.


My first day I just walked around the CBD which stands for the Central Business District, or downtown. It's much smaller than Chicago so I felt like I got the lay of the land pretty easily and even though I am usually horrible with directions I find I can navigate my way around the CBD with relative ease.

I hung out with some kids from the Hostel a couple of nights  but after 4 nights at the hostel I was feeling restless and decided to give it a go at one of the backpacker houses. So a backpacker house is basically a house where young people from all over the world can get a room (usually shared) for pretty cheap. No big surprise that they're usually messy, artsy, and basically a party house, which is true for the one I'm staying at. It's cheaper and a good way to meet people but I don't think I'll be staying there too long as it's pretty far from any action and I want to get my own room. I've had something to do every night which is great and due to the fact that I made contacts with people over the internet before I got here. They have all been amazing- showing me around, inviting me out, and giving me an insider view of Melbourne.

I spent about 2 days fixing a bike, or rather having someone help me fix a bike that I now have and I love the freedom of two wheels!   I did, however get insanley lost trying to find the backpacker house, biking for about an hour and a half instead of the ten minute ride it should have been. But hey I figure getting crazy lost is almost a rite of passage, it happened in Chicago and somehow it always works out.

Here's a picture of me with my fixed up bike and my cute new helmet, which you have to wear because it's the law:

I ate Kangaroo meat yesterday for dinner and it was insanely good. I can't believe that it's not more readily available in the states because people would go crazy for it. It's really rich in flavor, high in protein, low in fat, and deliciuos!

Some observations so far: 

Australia and England are way more connected then I ever knew. They're still technically part of the Commonwealth, and although England doesn't impose any rules on the country, they're still like the mother country. There's lots of English people here and it's easy to get the accents mixed up between English people and Australians, they're very similiar. There are so many Asians here that you could get off the plane and think you were in Asia somewhere. I guess Australia is right in Asia's backyard so it's a primo travel destination.

Melbourne has awesome street art that is so much more art than grafitti. It's allowed in certian places and gives the city a really vibrant feel.


Driving on the left side of the road also means walking on the left side of the street.


Cool architecture:



It's not "Yield" it's "Give Way" It's not "Passing" it's "Taking Over" It's not "Carry-Out" it's "Take-Away"
It's not "Melbourne" It's "MelBIN" It's not a "Pitcher of beer" It's a "Jug". There's lots of little things that make me stop for a second but they're easy to understand.

There's not many Americans. As soon as I open my mouth people know I'm either Canadian or American. Back home everyone thought I was a bit crazy to be taking this trip but once I get here there's tons of people doing the same thing. To take a couople years and travel is almost a rite of passage for young people all over the world. I wonder why Americans don't do it more often.

Lots of Love from Down Under!
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed
Hostel & Backpacker house

Comments

unclethomas
unclethomas on

I feel like I'm there!
I feel like I'm there with you. I'ts great to hear that the transition is a good one. Fantastic pictures, the wall with the purple monster head looked cool. Remember when you do get a place to send your address. Keep having fun. I'll keep up on the site here to hear the best from down under. Love ya Uncle Tom.

mamawoolly
mamawoolly on

Thanks for sharing your journy!
Everyone is really enjoying reading about your adventures. It's a great learning tool for the girls, heck it's a learning tool for me too! I love how you shared phrases that are different down under.
Everyone sends you Michigan Winter Wishes. Catch them before they melt. Love and hugs, Aunt P.J.

unclethomas
unclethomas on

Time Travel
Aunt Kathleen and me just looked up the time and I'm writing into the future. 7:55pm here and almost 12 noon there. TO COOL!This is to fun. Catcht you later. Love Aunt Kathleen Uncle Tom

mdomsic
mdomsic on

So cool!
Beth, it looks like you're doing great in Melbourne. I'm so jealous seeing you in short sleeves and capris, by the water riding your bike...when just last night I shoveled three feet of snow off my balcony! Haha miss you!

pwpelletier
pwpelletier on

LOVE
God, this is what I have been waiting for: Seeing you have fun adventures, You GO Girl Love Dad!

k.pelletier
k.pelletier on

Hey Cuz!
Looks like you are having an amazing time over there! I am so happy for you! I havent seen you in forever, we missed you at Christmas! I hope you had a great New Years! I will definitely keep updated on your journey. Have lots of fun and meet tons of people for me. If you ever get an address, let me know! -Kelly Rose-

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