Archive | March 2013

Melbourne V

Last weekend was beautiful. We got our hair cut and I met up with Kristin from Pai in St Kilda, we went to the Lentil As Anything there and got macaroons to eat on the end of the pier. St Kilda is lovely to photograph with the sea and the city in the background.

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In the evening we had a barbecue at Stu and Bam’s from work before heading to White Night Festival, an all night festival across the city. The video below (I hope this works!) explains all about it.

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It was astounding. The CBD was rammed and there was a real feeling of constant excitement, there was always something new to find! Martin and I were learning the ‘Thriller’ dance at 4.30 a.m. in Federation Square!

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I would love to be here for next year’s White Night to see if it’d be even better!

Similarly this weekend I went to St Kilda again. It’s a Sunday kind of place!

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I saw a quote I have on my wall in the UK in a cute bookshop on Acland St, it reminded me of home!

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Oh and last night Sam and I saw pals from Asia – Amy, Michael and Will. It was a good reunion!

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So there we go, once again I am up to date with this blog! Coming in the next few weeks… Future Music Festival, Wilson’s Prom and the F1.

Melbourne IV – St Kilda Fest and Phillip Island

Melbourne is truly weird and wonderful. They knit scarves for the trees in the middle of summer!

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They also do free festivals! We went to St Kilda Fest a few weekends ago, a free festival at the seaside. I didn’t get many photos but it was an awesome day of music, food and sun.

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Oh and I dyed my hair a bit green too!

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Coming back from work we see such wonderful sunsets. Here’s one coming from Pakenham back to the city.

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We get to use the work van at the weekends and took it to Phillip Island, about 3 hours from Melbourne. It was a fantastic weekend of surfing, swimming, laughing and dancing.

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Surfing there was great, I’ve never felt waves so strong!

Melbourne III

Having stayed in the Nunnery for a few weeks, I went to couch surf at my friend Dan’s house. We’d met in Pai in September and it was very nice of him to let me stay for a few weeks, it saved me a lot of money and it was great to be in an actual house (with a house rabbit, Chops). The day I got there it was boiling hot so we put the sprinkler on the washing line!

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I spent a while applying for jobs and after one interview I visited Lentil As Anything in Abbotsford. It’s a vegetarian restaurant within an ex-convent where you pay via an ‘honesty box’. If you have little money, you pay what you can and can make it up next time you go with more money. The food was so good that I wanted to lick the plate and the decor was great, an ever-changing art space. 

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I met a wonderful family there and the mother knew a lot about the history of the convent so I went for a wander round with them. There’s also a beautifully old-fashioned bakery within the building.

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I got a phone call whilst I was at the convent for a further interview… As a Milkman! I went along and got the job. I don’t actually deliver milk, I just tell people about the service and register them for the first delivery. It can be hard work going door to door and people can be rude but I’ve acquired a great group of friends from across the world working there and I get to meet lots of different people and see a lot of Melbourne’s suburbs. We have a lot of fun singing on the bus on the way to work, it’s a bit like having an extended family! I’ve seen some strange things on the streets of Melbourne, like this woman walking her pet goats.

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We have challenges each week to win prizes. One challenge is “soft serve Wednesday”. We’re pitted against each other for the most sales. Whatever loses gets icecreamed! I won against Jake on my first week 😀

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I work there Monday-Friday and sometimes we get to go further away. My bus won a competition to work in Bendigo (a city a few hours north of Melbourne) for 2 days. We all stayed in a log cabin in the woods overnight. It was interesting to see country Victoria but there were a lot of bugs!

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Working is great but sometimes we we’d up doing some really long days – I barely see my housemates but it makes me appreciate my time off!

I moved out from Dan’s into a short term rent with Sam, Matty and Marcus – it’s great to have our own place, I can make welshcakes again!

Melbourne II – The Grampians

Having spent a long time inside applying for jobs, we decide to go in a mini-tour. Sam, Matty, Marcus and I went to the Grampians, a range of mountains 3 hours from Melbourne. It was a boiling hot day and we stopped a few times to see various sites.

We were picked up at 6am when it was still cold. The boys were not happy!

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Driving through the countryside was bizarre. It was the first time I’d seen country Australia and the landscape was totally different to anything I’d ever seen before.

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We stopped to see some real life wild kangaroos!

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We also stopped for lunch and you could have kangaroo souvlaki. Sam tried it, it’s similar to beef but more gamey apparently.

Next up our guide took us to the Aboriginal Centre. It was interesting to learn about aboriginal culture and beliefs.

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We headed on to see some viewpoints and could see for MILES (or should that be kilometres?).

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Our group headed down hundreds of steps to an amazing waterfall.

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We went on to further viewpoints after trekking through the bush for a bit.

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There was an amazing lake/Dam too.

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We climbed up volcanic rock (it was hot with no shoes on!) to see further.

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It was a long day but so much fun and great to get away from the 4 walls of our hostel whilst we were looking for jobs!

Melbourne I

Right let’s do this! So Sam and I flew from Sydney to Melbourne on January 4th. Arriving at Melbourne airport was weird; it was a bit shack-like!

We stayed in the Nunnery hostel in Fitzroy. As you might guess from the name, it’s an ex-nunnery. There are lots of crosses, stained glass windows and nun-based puns on the posters around the hostel. I met some awesome people there and often we sat up on the roof chatting.

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We soon set out exploring the Fitzroy area and the CBD inbetween looking for jobs, setting up bank accounts and getting tax file numbers. Fitzroy is an indie kids dream. It’s like Camden, Dalston and Carnaby Street combined into one. Vintage shops, cafes (Melbournites love their coffee to a whole new level) and the cutest, funkiest bars you will ever see. We went for Afghan food in a restaurant where you could eat inside a tent!

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We went on the Nunnery’s bar crawl down Brunswick St and had great fun! Sam got very excited about the Lord Of The Rings pinball machine that we found.

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Drinks come in bizarre sizes in Australia; Pony, Pot, Schooner (“skull ya schooner, mate!”).

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We went to the cinema Australia-style – in the open air in Melbourne botanical gardens! Moonlight Cinema was amazing, we watched Hitchcock with bats flying across the inflatable screen with the lights of the city behind whilst sat on our duvets.

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Afterwards we got the tram home. Melbourne has the largest tram system in the world and I’m now used to seeing tram lines everywhere.

The CBD is so cool in Melbourne. Sydney was flash but Melbourne just oozes cool.

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We met up with Marcus and Matty and took them to Melbourne Museum “my mum would be so proud of me! I’m going to a museum voluntarily!”. It was fab (I love dinosaurs!).

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So there you have it. Melbourne, Chapter One. Little did I know back in January that I would fall in love with this intoxicating city.