Weekend in Melbourne

A fter the happy finding of MoVida and checking into my hotel, it’s been a wonderfully social weekend.

I went to East Brunswick to see Katie and Luke’s nice new digs and then we all went out for an early evening meal at a local Lebanese restaurant (I didn’t eat much).

Then to North Melbourne to see a Fringe Festival show with Kate and her friend Briar. How to be a lady is a clever one-person show of physical comedy, the herione of the story waking up incredibly hungover and then leading us through the trials of “normal” life before arriving at a personal epiphany. It contains the best puppet show involving a dildo and a toilet brush that you will ever see…

Kate and I retired to a nearby bar for a long overdue catchup, I outlined my upcoming travel plans and she talked about a possible trip to South America over Christmas, amongst other things. As she had to work the next morning we parted before midnight and I retired not long after.

Sunday morning saw Katie (no, not Kate) and I meet up again at Federation Square where we watched a very skilled street performer do his stuff, then we headed off for lunch. I was in the mood to return to MoVida but it was closed for a private function (d’oh!), so after a few false attempts we ended up having great food at a sushi-train style Japanese restaurant on Swanston St.

Katie went to work so I decided to re-visit the magnificent State Library of Victoria which she had introduced me to on a previous visit. This stately building is marvellously peaceful, and at its heart is a five-storey high reading room with a vaulted dome skylight illuminating all. Finding a seat I settled down for an hour or so’s research into my upcoming trip to South East Asia, the stillness of the room helping my focus immensely. No wonder it’s a popular venue for uni students to go for study.

Then back to the airport for some computer time, where I am currently sitting waiting for my flight. Bad weather between here and Sydney is causing some flight delays, but hopefully I won’t get home too late tonight…

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Born in New Zealand, now living in Australia. When I'm not travelling, that is... Though I have travelled quite a bit before, 2012 is the first time that I've taken a year off to roam the world. Spending this time with Kristen exploring some of this planet's finest sights has been the best decision I've ever made. Who knows what 2013 will bring?

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