Final week in Melbs!
Never has the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” been more true! Over a month in to my trip, or 20% in as Spence put it when I caught up with him on FaceTime! Personally I prefer 115 days left, sounds longer! Even though it has flown by, it also feels like I’ve been here for much longer. Probably because with so many friends in Melbs, it feels like a second home. Don’t worry though I am coming back, Australia already has it’s full quota of Suttonians!
Have had a pretty chilled final week (I’m aware that you’ll be thinking that I’m on a 5 month holiday), checking out a few more sights, planning for New Zealand and of course catching up with a few more people. When I got here 4 weeks ago Leela and Jenks told me about an Asian fusion restaurant, called Chin Chin, that we had to go to. It’s a very popular place judging by the hour and a half wait for a table, but it was well worth it. It’s probably one of the best meals I’ve had in a while, absolutely gorgeous food that just kept on coming (we ordered the “feed me” option where you sample 9 dishes)! I later found out that Chin Chin is what Japanese children call their Pee Pee! Glad I found this out after!
There were a couple more places I wanted to check out before leaving. First up was the Eureka Skydeck, which is on the 88th floor of the Eureka tower on the South Bank of the Yarra river. For a comparison the Shard viewing deck is on the 71st floor. It goes without saying that the views are spectacular from this height. I’m glad I did this in my final week as it meant I got to see all the places I’ve visit from 300 metres up! Also on the agenda was the mighty MCG which is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club and Aussie Rules. The 45 mins tour took us in to the members section, the media centre as well as the MCC library which keeps track of absolutely everything to do with Australia sport. It’s an incredible stadium, steeped in 150 years of history!
Kat and Bex were kind enough to invite me round to their new place in Mont Albert for dinner this week! They’ve managed to find a lovely place, which in comparison to the shoe boxes we live in back in London, is like mansion! Great catching up with them one final time and I got to meet Bluey and Ruby the cats! I was also invited along to Jenksy’s older brother birthday. Unless you grow up with friends you very rarely get to meet their family, so it was nice to finally meet the Jenkins. We had a delicious dinner at Tibetan restaurant the Wild Yak!
On Wednesday there’s a night market in town which I went along to. Loads of great market stalls, half of which were food. That’s one problem with travelling solo, no one with you to get a different dish for you to go halves with! Saw a great little violin and drummer duo who where doing covers of pop tunes, as well as a female contortionist. Scroll through my pics and yes that’s a women in that box!
For those that didn’t know, I like Instagram just a bit! I had been on a few meet ups with the Instagram London group last year which were great fun, but also took me to places in London I’d never been before. Before I set off I asked Jess (@missunderground), who is the co-manager of Igers London, to put me in touch with other Igers on my travels. Branca (@anneis) from the Melbourne contingent was nice enough to meet me today to catch up. Really great meeting with her and hopefully I can return the favour if she ever decides to visit sunny England! A lot is said about social media not actually being that social, but Instagram is the exception for me. What other app allows you to meet up with people of similar interests on the other side of the world!
Unsurprisingly my final weekend in Melbourne will not be a quiet one. Tomorrow we’re heading to the Belgian Beer Cafe as a bit of a farewell do / an excuse to sink a few more beers in the Melbourne sun. Then Sunday a few of us are going to Future Music festival. With the likes of Pharrell, Cut Copy, Rudimental and Phoenix in the lineup, it will certainly be a fitting way to see out my last day here! In hindsight booking a flight to New Zealand the day after was probably not a good idea!