Down under in Melbourne...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
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Trip End Jul 06, 2009


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Monday, January 5, 2009

I skipped Sydney and New South Wales (as i never end up doing what other people do) and headed straight down to Melbourne in the state of Victoria...at the very south of Australia.

I went to visit my darling friend, Emma, she's Aussie, from Melbourne. We met during my first stint in Manchester when we moved into the same houseshare randomly and hit it off. We then met in Egypt a couple of years ago to travel together..and its been that long since i've seen last her. It was fantastic to be there!

It was also a shock to the system as the weather was quite different, but i guess it's bound to be when you go south (same as canadian north, well not quite but ya know what i mean) a couple thousand kms...it's a huge country i have to be remember. And the Aussie summer is definiately less stereotypical down here than what everyone imagines, you're lucky if it hits the lows 20C and quite breezy (cold antarctic wind) with it being on the coast. So i found myself annoying myself and moaning how cool it was after the humid 40C i was experiencing...it's all relative though. I should just be glad it's not winter, yet.

My first day in Melbourne, we didn't leave the house til 5 and headed to the city centre or cbd (central business district) or downtown. Just went for a stroll and ended stopping quite frequently for a drink and ended being sort of a pub crawl for two, at our pace. The bars were all groovy! One was a 50s elegant theme rooftop bar with jugs of cocktails, then another rooftop bar with an outdoor cinema, one with a science theme (sinks and science stuff everywhere, weird but worked) and a hotel bar with a plethora of various dead stuffed animals and groovy red decorating, again it worked. So day one, check! haha..

The next day we wandered around St. Kilda, the lovely beach surburb where Emma lives. It has many quaint cafes and bars, and its an area thats becoming trendy but it also has a red light district. And a wee cheesy oldschool amusement park..where we went on the wooden rollercoaster and it has a standing driver on it. And went for a wander along the
beach and a market and then back again. I got a very good vibe from Melbourne..friendly, laidback, good atmosphere.
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