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