Melbourne

Today I spend 8 hours on a bus, going from Canberra to Melbourne.  I know I had longer bus rides with my mom in New Zealand, but it felt particularly long today, perhaps because the wifi was broken.

It was a 20 minute walk from the coach drop-off to my hostel, but I was glad for the opportunity to stretch my legs and see some of the city.  For the first time, I had absolutely perfect weather – not too hot and not too cold – so I stopped by Flagstaff Gardens on my way and sat on a bench, started a book, and watched people actually enjoy being outside.

Once I checked in, I heard about the Queen Victoria Night Markets, held only on Wednesdays in the summer, so I went to check it out.  The pictures don’t do it justice!  It was packed full, yes, but it was also filled with amazing food and so many homemade products.  It definitely worked in my favour to arrive today.

I walked a little more in the city (on my way to get groceries), and I don’t know what it is about Melbourne but I really like it. My hostel also has a great rooftop patio, with a not too terrible view of the city.

I just don’t think there’s many places out there where you can find Darth Vader playing guitar on a street corner.

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I’m planning on doing a walking tour tomorrow to see more of the city and get myself situated, and then I’m supposed to go to the Australian Open (tennis) on Friday if it doesn’t rain, so I’m excited for the days to come and for the opportunity to do more.

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