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Published: April 26th 2010
Could we look any happier to be drinking???
Christine and Simon are flying in from Ireland to join us in their own little rented campervan and we plan to travel to Sydney together but first we had a few days in Melbourne to ourselves. Melbourne is by far the biggest city we have been in in months and navigating its roads and highways took a bit of getting used to. We made our way to St Kilda where it seems all the backpackers migrate to. As it happened it was St Patrick’s Day (the main event in our pre-Christine and Simon time in Melbourne) and we caught up with two friends of Stephen’s, Rob who he studied architecture with and Steven (Peasey) who he worked with in Leixlip.
We really took part in the Irish/English expat backpacker lifestyle while were were in St Kilda, and if we stayed any longer we would have been broke so it was probably good for us that St Patricks Day came along when it did. We saw it as an opportunity to have one big blow out before we settled back into travelling and sightseeing. Most evenings involved drinking, especially in the bars down by St Kilda. It was great to sit
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back and relax with a few beers watching the sun go down over Port Phillip Bay. We met so many new people and it was a little strange at first as they were all Irish, Scottish and English. We hadn’t been surrounded by this many from Ireland and the UK since we left home.
St Patrick’s Day in Melbourne went off a storm. There was a sea of green in every pub we went into, Irish music modern and traditional blaring, people were spilling into the streets, happy as the day was long with not a care in the world. We visited three Irish pubs in total ending up at a pub looking out onto a green which had been turned into one big beer garden, Each pub we went to we were in various states of soberness or drunkenness depending on which way you look at it. We had a fantastic day though, everyone makes a massive effort over here as we are so far away from home, and we didn’t see one person not wearing something green. If it wasn’t for the sunny glorious weather we could have been at home. We crashed at Rob’s place that
As sober as we looked.....
evening and the next day, a little worse for wear we didn’t move far, only picking up the phone to takeaway.
Melbourne is a fantastic city to go out in and we really enjoyed our time here. The traffic can be a little crazy; it is stressful to drive around with all the left hook turns and tramlines intersecting roads. The food is fantastic however and you can find many cheap eats in St Kilda, with the restaurants and bars that are full every night of the week giving this city a great atmosphere. You could be forgiven for thinking its Saturday night every night. Whilst here we have also had a little work done on our campervan. We had three chips in our front windscreen from our time in the outback so we had the whole screen replaced. We also had a full service completed and luckily only a few little things came up, a ball bearing here and a spark plug there. Not too bad for a 26 year old van that’s driven 18,000 kilometres in six months.
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