Life in Melbourne
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
The suburb of Melbourne that we lived in was called Seddon. It was cute little neighborhood that was about a 12 minute ride from the Melbourne CBD. After being on the road for a bit I was quite excited to also stay in one place and do some micro exploring. Melbourne always ranks very high in the most livable city category so I was quite keen to see what all the fuss was about. Smee had gone to University there so her big gang of friends welcomed us into their clan.
Since I was on tourist visa, work was not legally allowed and since Oz is such a pricey country...I had to improvise.... So I will not confirm or deny that I..... may or may not have found odd jobs at coffee shops, raves and construction sites that may or may not have helped me break even while I was there.... These so called odd jobs, may or may not have been super fun.....
Besides flying up to Queensland for the Apple Grape festival, hiking the Great Ocean Road, camping around Tasmania, and spending month driving the east coast of Oz...I was able to squeeze in a couple more activities while in Melbourne.....
Melbourne Hash: As you know I love to hash and I'm always eager to check it out in what ever I am.... Aussies have a global rep for being party animals so naturally I would think this mentally would go hand in hand with the hashing culture. WRONG!!! The hash in Oz could not be more lame with an electrified laming stick on the lamingest day of their lame life.....Hashing was like throwing a party in a alcohol free nursing home.... Melbourne has 4 or 5 different hashes but after visiting two I knew I was done..... Average age: 100....average beer consumed: 1......average cost: 3 billion dollars.....amount of fun: zero... Ok, ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit.. I did have some fun times and the hashers were nice but still it was no where near the level of fun that most hashes are.
Exploring Melbourne: There is so much to see and do in Melbourne and the best part is that it can all be done by push bike. I wasted no time in procuring a bike at a garage sale.. With my new set of wheels and a giant basket (that could hold 2 slabs of beer) I was whizzing around Melbourne in no time! . I had friends that lived all over the city and with the help of Melbourne's giant bike lanes, getting around was a cinch! Between the rivers, beaches, cafes, pubs, alleys and the CBD there was always something to explore and see! Add to that Australias plethra of free gass BBQs and my options were limitless. You may also notice all the street art I took pictures of...I am a big fan of creative graffiti and Melbourne has it's share!
Night life: There was always some weekend party going on in Melbourne. It seemed as though everyone had massive speakers and turn tables in their houses so when the gang got together there was always a giant dance party. St Kilda, Seddon, Yarraville and Box Hill saw many a late night Shiningan. New Years Eve , ANZAC Day and Australia Day were some some of the biggest gatherings. Another one of our friends was party promoter and local Pysc Trance DJ so he was keeping us informed and getting our gang on guest lists for pricey raves! When I had my birthday it turned into a 2 day rager and Mr. Robinson spared no expensive on making it big!
Dinner Parties: Between Smee's gang of friends, my buddies from India and my working holiday crew we were always entertaining! These people all can cook! Dinner and wine were a weekly occurrence. I perfected my Tasmanian purple carrot soup( loaded with cayenne) and my Kangaroo avocado omelets but for the most part I was on dish washing duty to to my lack of culinary skills.
Street festivals and random outings: Melbourne is lively town. Every week there would be some sort of street festival, sporting event or random activity. Getting out and about is what I do and keeping myself well informed of local events was my hobby. The Melbourne Open is a tennis tournament I always keep my eye on and this year I was able to attend in person! Jamie worked all the way up in Brisbane so when he came to town we would always end up doing some thing major. Wineries, camping and road trips were the norm when he was around and sleeping in was against the rules of the house.
So that was my time in Melbourne. I had a great time hanging out with the Jamie, Smee and Diva (their damn dog). I'm pretty sure Smee is the greatest person in the world and I feel super lucky to call her my friend! That goes for Jamie too but I already knew he was awesome before i came to Australia.
Off to Tasmania!