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Published: April 6th 2006
I wake up every morning around 11:00 and walk into the kitchen and pour myself a bowl of Cocoa Puffs, sit down in front of the computer to catch up on e-mails and gossip, then turn on CNN to see what’s going on. Man, it is so weird being back in the western world. Being in a house in a neighborhood with all the amenities. I think I ma having some kind of reverse culture shock. But I can’t help but love it. It’s been extremely relaxing here. Not having to pack up and move on every couple days. My daily routine here in Boronia is to get up in the morning, have some breakfast, play with Sophie (Neal’s dog), surf the net, watch some TV, read a little…and wait for Neal to get off work around 2:00. When he gets home we go do some sightseeing, grab some dinner…then lounge around bullshitting about our travels and watching TV.
On a side note, those of you who have significant others who are obsessed with sports, and if you’re not too into them, just thank your lucky stars that cricket is not big in the States. Je-sus! I have been watching a
My friend all day while Neal's at work
cricket game for the past 5 days. Not games…Game! One frickin’ game…5 frickin’ days! They have lunch breaks, tea breaks, if it gets a little dark or rains a little the game is paused. Australia won last night against South Africa…I was ecstatic! Not because Australia won, but because this game was finally finished!!! This is a game I think even Barry would get bored watching.
Melbourne definitely has a San Francisco feel to it. The weather is a little cool and overcast…the same as SF would be in autumn. They have trams that are much like our trolleys…it’s got a great live music scene and every flavor of restaurant you can think of. Imagine San Francisco with more British influence though. They have English pubs on every corner…they drive on the left side…and have round abouts instead of stop signs. It’s really a pretty great place. I am staying about an hour out of the city in a small town that reminds me of Auburn (if Auburn had an insane selection of restaurants, everything from Thai to Moroccan to Mexican to Persian). Boronia is surrounded by national parks and some of the mountains have great views of the city.
Taking Sophie swimming
There is another sport that is big in Melbourne, it’s Aussie Rules Football, or ‘footy’ as the locals call it. I had heard it was criminal to come to Melbourne and not see a footy game. So I e-mailed Neal saying I would pay for tickets if he wanted to go to a game. He seemed up for it, but when I got here he didn’t seem too excited. I didn’t understand, because I knew him to be a sports fanatic. He took me to the casino in Melbourne and we watched a little footy at the sports book. What a ridiculous looking game. I just don’t get it…and evidently either does Neal. He’s a big football fan, Liverpool to be exact…but he can’t stand footy, and after about 15 minutes of watching it on the big screen I can see why. We never made it to a game…and I doubt I ever will because I leave for Cairns tonight to start my travels through Western Australia.
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