(St. Kilda Summer Market – sun’s still out at 10pm)
This city is beautiful. So far perfect weather which makes up for skipping Chi’s summer. I’ve definitely experienced some reverse culture shock: to see Western style again, to be the majority, to see cleavage and a whole lot of leg. I’m not used to it, but give me a few days, weeks, and it’s just like I’m back home just flipped on the other hemisphere. To me Melbourne is Cali with accents. The people here are amazingly friendly. Everyone has been so helpful and kind to us starting with our friend Scotty. We met him on our freezing cold night in the mountains on our Markha valley trek. Even though we only hung out with him and Jeremy a few days in Leh, we were welcomed to bunk up in Scott’s place. We arrived in Melbourne around 2am and while waiting for a ride had a delicious ($7.50) Aussie beer to satisfy our longing for a good brew. The next day we woke up to meet the house. An amazing couple, Simon & Loren, Tommy, a pup named Paddy, a beautiful kitty named Minnie, and four chickens hanging in the backyard pen. That night they took us out to St. Kilda’s First Summer Market where we met more friends, drank on the lawn, tried the local cuisine, and experienced their spaceship like public bathrooms (toilet flushes when you wave your hand to open the door, and you have 10mins to use before the door automatically opens on you). After a good amount of booze they took us to Luna Park, a child amusement park to ride the super old wooden roller coaster which they hadn’t been on since they were kids. Regardless to say they showed us a wonderful first evening out in Oz making it hard not to fall in love.
The next few days weren’t so productive as to finding jobs or a home but hey it’s our first weekend down under we’re allowed to enjoy it. We attended a proper summer BBQ and though I’ve been veg since May, I couldn’t resist the shrimp. Drinking Victoria Bitter beer all through the weekend, the following night I met up with Hilary a former co-worker from Mattersight. She quit about the same time I did and moved to Melbourne. It was great to see a familiar face from home and I’m looking forward to seeing her more often. By Sunday my body was beat from the number I took on it. Since Monday I’ve spent most of my hours running around this city, learning the public transport, checking out neighborhoods to live in, and dropping off resumes. I’ve gone from super stressed and wanting to head to the country to fruit pick to falling in love with the beautiful sights and unbelievably friendly people. It’s only been a week and I need to remind myself of this. Last night we went to the Victorian Market which was full of vendors, live music, and Aussies everywhere. Felt like a neighborhood festival in Chi. There I met a friend of our group who runs a night club so 7pm tomorrow I’ll be pouring drinks all night. It’s a job for now and I plan on picking up a few more gigs to get back in my workaholic ways. Till then need to work on my new vocab…
New lingo to learn:
Must say Melben (otherwise if I pronounce Melbourne how we say it it’s a dollar in the jar)
Slab of grog = case of beer
Skoll it = chug it
Jumper = top
Stubby = can of beer
Stubby holder = koozie
How you going? = how are ya?
Cheers = thanks
More to come…
(View of Melbourne and Yarra River from Southbank)