I'm just about to leave Melbourne where it is 30+ degrees, going to Alice Springs where it is 40+ degrees!! Help!
11.11.2009 - 14.11.2009 31 °C
Hey there everyone,
I actually started writing this blog while I was in Melbourne, but wasn't really in the mood to continue, so I'm going to carry on now, sorry if it doesn't make sense, its way too hot for anything to make sense!
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I thought I would let everyone know what I've been up to just before I head off to Alice Springs.
So when I last wrote, we were going to go to Manly but the day was quite grey and rainy, although still really hot and sticky, so we decided to go to the cinema, after a walk all over the city! We saw the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, which was weird, but ok, then I ended up going back to the house where Faye and Kat are staying, and we went up to Bondi Beach and walked along the coast, where they had a exhibition of sculptures by the sea. Its an annual exhibition in Sydney and it was really cool, some really interesting ones. I was then treated to a fabulous roast dinner, thanks to James' Mum and Dad who were all lovely and very generous! I felt really at home there, and their house is amazing!!
On Monday the weather was gorgeous, so I decided to get the ferry across to Manly myself, and went to sit on the beach, which was amazing! I really felt like I was on holiday, and made the most of soaking in the sun. Faye, Kat and I went to hear one of their friends playing in a bar that night, but it was only a quick drink.
Although Tuesday was again lovely and sunny, I decided to check out the Aquarium and the contemporary art gallery, which were both really good, and I took far too many pics in the Aquarium, as usual. Then I think I just chilled out on Tuesday night and got ready to leave Sydney.
Arriving in Melbourne was a bit of a shock, as it was sooo hot! I hadn't planned on heading to Melbourne, so I felt a bit lost, but had a wander round the city, and then decided to go with a hostel-organised tour of the Queen Victoria Market on Thursday morning. The market was amazing, so many sections, and so much incredible food! I wanted to eat pretty much everything, but the group I had gone with decided to all buy one thing and then go and have a picnic in the park! It was really nice, and reallygood chatting to everyone who were all really nice, and all German! There are so many Germans travelling in both NZ and Oz, its weird, but yeh everyone was really lovely and we had a greta time.
After the picnic I headed down to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and I had read that a new exhibition was starting which was by Dennis Hopper. The exhibition was amazing, so interesting and revealed so much about him that I didn't know at all. There were examples of his own artwork, as well as clips from his most controversial films and loads of his photographs of some really amazing people from the 60's and 70's. I loved it, and would really recommend it. He was supposed to be around for an interview which you could buy tickets for, which I really wanted to do, but unfotunately he has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, so it had to be cancelled. That evening I chilled out back at the hostel, and ended up chatting to a really nice english couple, Hannah and Jo.
The following morning I got the free shuttle to St Kilda, and went to the beach for most of the morning, and then spent the afternoon sitting up on the roof terrace back at the hostel, which was really nice. That evening I had a really interesting chat with George, a really lovely Canadian guy, who has really made me consider teaching english abroad. Hmmm something to think about anyway!
So that pretty much takes me up to just before my flight to Alice. I was so excited about my tour to Uluru (Ayers Rock) but I had seen the forecast for Alice and it was looking like 40+ degrees!! Find out how I got on in the desert in the next entry!!
Love to you all xxxx