Melbourne, VIC, AU
Then one day about a month into it, we woke up and realized that cleaning up horse poop at 3:45am 6 days a week sucks. In our defense, we were kinda tired that month so it took a while.
Now that were done “playing with horses” we actually had the time to start exploring this town. Melbourne is one of Australia’s largest cities. It didn’t occur to us what that would mean to two people who spent the previous year wondering around island countries with national populations smaller than most European villages.
Take San Diego, add in generous amounts of Portland, mix throughly with a bit of wine & coffee. Garnish with Australian wackness…presto, you get Melbourne!
Once we get over the shock of having more than 4 people per 10 square mile area we got down to exploring this place. Melbourne lives in the alleyways. That sounds sinister until you realize that the reson for this is that the alleys are where they put their coffee shops.
Living gargoyles, birdman competitions, street performers and watering holes hidden in the middle of the river…there’s a lot one can find simply wandering the streets of this city:
Living here a month we found ourselves getting beyond the dining out scene and getting into dining in. The majority of our home cooked meals? Indian Food from the indian supermarket around the corner.
Look, it was cheap, it was good and it took about 60 seconds to prepare the packet in boiling water. The latter was, after spedning all day wrestling half ton psychotic teenagers, a major selling point.
We did however branch out from time to time and begin to explore the quirks of that most simple of tasks, grocery shopping down under:
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