Local Melbourne

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Well today we had a bit of a lie-in after our long day with the penguins yesterday which was really nice to have. We were ready around midday to go and find some brunch at a nearby cafe. We wondered down Degraves Street which is only a minute from our hostel and is famous for having loads of cafes. Everything seemed quite expensive to us but right at the end was a small cafe/restaurant specialising in locally caught fish. We both liked the look of it so went in and Jennie has Chicken strips and chips and I had a grilled salmon burger with chips. The fish was really nice, as was the sauce they put in it and I treated myself to a Garlic and Oregano dipping sauce for my chips. We paid about $10 each for the meal which we thought was quite reasonable. I've never had a fish burger made completely from just the fillet so it was a new experience.

After lunch we ventured into central Melbourne, a 5 minute walk or so and sat by the tourist information centre where there was free wifi, the warm sun and also two people teaching any volunteers how to dance fifties-style! We didn't feel like we needed to take part but it was quite entertaining. After that finished, a man started his street act just opposite from where we were sitting. It was an odd combination of comedy through making remarks about passers-by, then juggling fire and then sort of embarrassing select members of the public. It wasn't the most entertaining thing to see so we moved on and decided not to give him our money.

We went to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which was quite interesting. There was a slightly unusual exhibition by a film maker which had something to do with the way actors take on personalities and characters and also how we perceive the personalities of actors. It's hard to explain, mainly because we didn't really get it ourselves... We then moved onto the main part of the museum which had some cool stuff including this weird laser light which shone in a completely black room and with the aid of smoke, you could walk through the laser light and look straight down it as if it was a flat light... hard to explain but see the photo to try and understand.

Another cool thing was the ability to make your own Matrix-simulation thing, like in the films. Click on the links below to see our attempts:

http://www.acmi.net.au/timeslice/Timeslice.htm?file=ts-20130202-40e81772a6dd945bcc6601d78f457b98.flv

http://www.acmi.net.au/timeslice/Timeslice.htm?file=ts-20130202-15a91837d6ff25ae215cc88d6bdb6fd7.flv

http://www.acmi.net.au/timeslice/Timeslice.htm?file=ts-20130202-10142ca1706f951339eebfe243a43b14.flv

You have to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer to be able to view them!

After leaving the museum, we went to try and find the Eureka Skydeck which is a high rise building where you can get an amazing view over the city. On our way though we encountered another street performer who was much more entertaining. We arrived just as he was finishing getting wrapped in a lot of cling film. He then got two volunteers to tie a plastic chain around his body, as tight as they could and it looked incredibly uncomfortable, not to mention the addition of the heat as well. He then slowly proceeded to escape from it although not without quite a struggle! Although that was probably just to make it seem all the more difficult than it actually was! We decided to give him a few dollars and then moved on.

The skydeck was really impressive up but the way the building is designed made reflections quite hard to avoids in photos. There was an option to go in the world's only edge experience where you get to stand over a glass platform and look directly down to the ground. It was ridiculously expensive for us to both do it and get a photo since cameras weren't allowed there so we decided against it.

After that, we just went back to the centre and decided to try and get on a free tram that goes around the city in a circle. They were very vintage which was pretty nice and since we didn't have any particular stop we wanted to get off on, we just followed the circle all the way round. By then, it was time to head back for dinner which was spaghetti bolognese with red pepper and carrot (to be more healthy).

We have now gone to buy a cheap bottle of wine as some people we met on the bar crawl are going out somewhere so we thought we would join. Our double room is much cosier than the dorms and we will miss it tomorrow night.

Hope everyone has slept well, more tomorrow xx
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