G'day mates, how ya goin'? So, as you can see i've picked up on some of the lingo here in Melbourne, Australia, I'm trying my best to fit in and not sound like the biggest tourist ever...... Today is July 4th, and I'm still getting used to the way the speak over here and their "slang", it's very bizarre for a good ol' Canadian like me, but I find it very interesting and I'm trying my best to pick up as much as I can. So, I arrived here in MELBOURNE (not Sydney) at 5:30 pm on July 1st. My flight departed New Zealand at 9:45 am and flew for 1 hour and 25 minutes with Virgin Australia Airlines to arrive in Auckland at 11:10 am where I had a 4 hour and 20 minute layover. Then I departed Auckland at 3:30 pm and flew for 4 hours to arrive in Melbourne, 2,461.8 km later at 5:30 pm. So, now I am in lovely, laid-back Melbourne with its local and international art, botanical gardens, boutiques, multicultural dining, and lively nightlife! I am staying at the Travelodge in Southbank (a suburb of Melbourne) for $155 a night and the hotel is convenient because its close to all the tourist attractions and tons of things are in walking distance. Here are some pictures of the Travelodge:
Melbourne has got such a cool, easy-going vibe to it, it's so easy to fall in love with the place. I guess i'll just do what I always do and tell you guys what I've done in my past few days here, and what I plan to do in my days remaining... I'm getting super predictable, ay? (See what I did there? I wrote "eh" in the Australian form, I bet you didn't see that coming!!!). So, on my first day in the lovely city of Melbourne (July 2nd) I walked to the Yarra River and did some window shopping in little boutiques and had to make the toughest decision ever when it came to deciding where I should eat! The amount of restaurants along and nearby the river is crazy! After asking some locals, most of them pointed me in the direction of The Hunky Dory Fish and Burger Bar. I ordered the Grilled Seafood Salad with fresh fish and calamari. It was absolutely delicious and super fresh!! Here are some pictures from the Yarra River and my lunch:
Yarra River. It's kinda polluted and smelly but hey, so is lake ontario...
The river again. Along the river there was tons of street performers, some of them were really good!!
Grilled Fish Salad from Hunky Dory Fish and Burger Bar. The freshest fish I have ever had, I don't think i'll be able to eat frozen fish anymore....
Southbank is an important cultural hub in Melbourne and is full of art and museums. On my second day I visited The Malthouse Theatre and The Melbourne Arts Centre. There were not any shows or anything going on, but I still wanted to visit just to see what the places were like, and I can really tell that Melbourne is full of art culture. If I ever return I hope to actually see a show!! After visiting the art centres I went to St. Kilda Beach which is Melbourne's most popular beach!! Its expanse of sand and its promenade, pier and harbour, marine clubs, sea baths and restaurants, set St Kilda apart from any other Melbourne area. All year round, and particularly in summer, St Kilda Beach is a mecca for enthusiasts of all kinds. It’s perfect for walking, cycling, running, rollerblading, swimming, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, boating, jetskiiing, snorkelling and sky diving. Here are some pictures from my second day in Melbourne:
Melbourne Arts Centre.
St. Kilda Beach and boardwalk.
St. Kilda, full of life and entertainment- Melbourne Style!
Aaaand finally we are caught up to today, July 4th. Today my plan is to go on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne. The tour takes you through the city streets and on to South Melbourne, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern aboard the Melbourne Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, your privacy assured with one-way windows. Melbourne's tramcar restaurant-on-wheels is painted a distinctive glossy burgundy and is especially fitted out in velvet and brass like the luxurious Pullman-style European trains of the past. The tour sounds really awesome because you are on an oldfashioned tramcar and you get to enjoy and meal while driving around Melbourne. I'm really excited for this tour!! Here are some pics of the tramcar:
The Tramcar Restaurant.
The interior. It really makes you feel like you are on a car from the past!!
So, I'm gonna head out so I don't miss my tour!! Cheerio mates i'll talk to you when I arrive at my first stop in Asia!!! I shall be departing Australia on July 10th to leave for my next region to travel!!! Hooroo everyone!! That's also Australian slang for goodbye.... I think