First day in Melbourne!! So great to be in a big city again, I love it here! Had to make a full program though... First to the Observation deck to see Melbourne from above, went there with Anna. We were going to go to the immigration museum straight after but there were so many shops on the way that we didn't make it in time, 6 more days for that though... Then I met with Renee & Richard for lunch, that was nice. After that I went to the Victoria Markets, strolled around a little but didn't find it that special. Spent the rest of the day (window-) shopping... It's amazing how many shops Melbourne has got, you could shop for days!
Still having a great time here. Starting to look forward to going home now though, the last 3 weeks here! Tomorrow I'm gonna go to a footie (australian footbal) game with Anna & a friend of hers, looking forward to that.
So, today we went to see the footie game in the famous MCG stadium in Melbourne. After having been explained the aussie rules (quite interesting) we headed off to the stadium and watched the local teams Hawthornes against the Carltons. The guy from the youth hostel told us about the teans and we decided to support the Hawthornes, and they actually won!!
While watching the game I got a message from Simon that he and Nigel his brother were in Melbourne and if we wanted to go out in the evening. Didn't have any plans yet so we said yes.
It was lots of fun and in the end Anna ended up with Nigel and me with Simon, perfect! We got home at 6am and hung around at the lounge of our hostel, that was really cosy..
At around 9am Simon and Nigel had to leave too check out of their hostel in St Kilda (funky suburb of Melbourne) and move to a new one in Melbourne-city. We walked them to the tram station, said goodbye and Simon said he'd send a message later on. Back at the hostel I noticed that I lost my cell-phone We spent an hour searching but without success (so back home I'll have to collect your numbers again...). Then we realised that Simon only had my number and wouldn't be able to reach us, luckily we could put the pieces together and remembered which hostel they were staying at. So we went there and surprised the 2 and decided to meet up in an hour to do some sightseeing. That's pretty much what I've been up to today... Still a little hung-over and tired so probably wont be doing anything special today.
Last night we finally slept! Still pretty tired waking up this morning though... So Anna & I decided to start the day with a big coffee and then went to the immigration museum with Clara, my roommate from UK. The museum was quite interesting, it answered a lot of questions I still had about it. There were some interesting facts as well, for instance, 1 out of 4 Australians is born in another country!
After that we met Simon & Nigel again, had lunch and walked to the gardens. Then we brought them to the bus because they still had a tour booked.
Just went into the internet to book a flight, because I'm going to go to Tasmania after all! I was quite disappointed at first that I didn't get to go there because the tours over there were to expensive. Then Simon & Nigel said they were going to rent a car there and invited me to come with them. So now I get to go to Tazzie!!! Leaving on wednesday until monday, after that back to Sydney and then back home...
Anyway, c yaz soon!
Big hug, Nicky
PS. Happy birthday Mam!!!!