Published: December 14th 2009October 30th 2009
Great view from the roof.
So we finally arrived in Melbourne! Talk about a huge city. We got there in the evening of the 28th, and saw a bit that night. We walked around to find some food, but couldn’t really appreciate the size of the city since it was dark. Our hostel was really nice though. Melbourne Central YHA was really new, and was much like an apartment building. The rooms were small, and everything just felt new. Talk about a treat. But it couldn’t last forever. The next morning in fact, we headed over to Melbourne Metro, just outside the core. This place was cheaper, but still pretty good.
Well, after checking in, we decided to really see the city this time. We walked down to the shopping centre (Melbourne Central) and looked around for a bit. Great place, but it took us a while to find the entrance oddly enough. Afterwards we went back to the hostel for a bit of a nap. So much traveling had worn us out, so it was nice to be able to stay in one place for a bit. That night we met up with our friends from our tours, Freddy, Sarah and Liam. We grabbed
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Each floor had its own small tv room and kitchen.
some pizza and enjoyed a few beers. Shockingly though the bar we were at closed at 10pm (on a Friday)! It cut the evening short, but we still had a good time anyways.
Saturday we continued exploring the city. One of our first spots was the Old Melbourne Gaol. This was a 19th century prison full of history of convicts, bushrangers and how the building has been used over the years. They even had a play (two people) detailing the life of Ned Kelly, one of the most famous of Australia’s bushrangers. Our tickets included a chance to be “locked up” in the police building (watch tower) next door. The Charge Sergeant would hand us all charge sheets with the crimes we’d have committed, and pretended to throw us in the slammer! It was a fun experience (our Charge Sergeant pretended to be really bossy too, like an army sergeant).
Afterwards we went down to Federation Square and took in the sights. This included tons of the tall buildings, Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River. We also saw tons of people dressed up (mostly girls). This was one of the big days for the Melbourne Cup (horse
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Talk about a nice looking kitchen!
racing). Remember how we talked about the Darwin Cup back when we were in Darwin? Sort of similar, but with 100,000 people attending instead of the 15,000! Anyways, plenty of great outfits and crazy hats. As we walked back to the hostel, we stopped by the Southern Cress Station. Talk about a huge open (but covered) area! Cool to see.
But don’t forget, this was Oct 31, Halloween! Now neither of us was ready for any kind of partying, but we decided to enjoy it as traditionally as possible in our own sense, by watching a scary movie. We watched Let the Right One In, in our room with the lights off. Cool movie. It’s a Swedish vampire movie about these two kids who fall in love. Sounds a little strange, but it worked.
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