A Travellerspoint blog

August 2013

Beautiful new apartment

Check it out guys, my awesome new apartment. I am moving on up. China doesn't pay as well as Korea, but the perks are amazing.

My room has only one bedroom, but I get an office and awesome living room on the very top floor. I'm in the PENTHOUSE!

There is also a wondrous rooftop patio just next to my place, which will be the place for lunches and parties in the future, I'm sure.

Check out the photos. Be jealous, be very jealous.

Living room

Living room


Living room (with flooded porch)

Living room (with flooded porch)


Bedroom

Bedroom


Bathroom (sorry no bathtub)

Bathroom (sorry no bathtub)


Office

Office


Kitchen

Kitchen


View from the roof

View from the roof


Rooftop garden

Rooftop garden

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Sleeping in Nanjing

I woke up way too early for my taxi pickup, and he came right on time to get me. Kelsey woke up early on her day off to see me off, and I was on my way to another year of more adventures in the land of Mao. Once again, I was selected "randomly" for a secondary search. It happens at least 85% of the time, I must be doing something obviously wrong. Please someone tell me what it is. Another cool note, this is the first time in my life I have ever gotten two seats on an airplane! Go me! This flight to Nanjing is about 3/4 full. Amazing! I got to the airport on time, and then proceeded to plop down on the marble floor and get comfy. Ready for my 12 hour layover.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales and a nude beach!

I didn't take any pictures in the morning because I got stuck at the mall due to some sort of lock down incident which lasted about a half hour.

Then, I accidentally checked my camera at the art museum in my bag and I was too lazy to get it back out. This museum is exhausting. Not only is it huge, it's also crammed full of any type of art you desire.

I had the most fun in the "basement" installation, which invited you into a creepy looking basement to find a dead girl under a tarp on top of a shelf…. I went through twice because the first time I was so scared I just ran through it. The security guards were laughing at me.

After this, I took a fast ferry to Watson's Bay, supposedly one of the best views of the harbour in town. It was really nice but the day was a little hazy.

On my way to the point, what did I find? Yep, you guessed it: a nudist beach. I saw the sign and I was like THAT is where I will be eating my picnic today, friends. (Even though I'm all alone, I still talk to myself like this, Hahaha) I excitedly ran down the steps, whipped off my clothes and jumped enthusiastically into the water. Only to immediately find that it was insanely freezing. After about a minute, I was out again and re-clothed, reading my guide to the art of picking up, on the beach with another amazing salami sandwich and some sauvignon blanc.

Again, by the time I arrived home I was exhausted, so I fell asleep while Kelsey and Sophie were watching Switched at Birth.

A fast ferry

A fast ferry


Fast ferry

Fast ferry


Fast ferry

Fast ferry


Watson's Bay

Watson's Bay


Watson's Bay

Watson's Bay


Watson's Bay

Watson's Bay


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


Sunset

Sunset


Me vs. sunset

Me vs. sunset


Me vs. sunset

Me vs. sunset


Sunset over Sydney

Sunset over Sydney


Sunset

Sunset


Sunset

Sunset

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Taronga zoo and big hike

The next two days would be full of ferries. I ended up taking the exact wrong one, and found myself at Taronga Zoo. I was a little bit early for opening time, but I thought, what the heck, I'll spend the day here and do my hike too. I can do anything!

The first place I went was to see the kangaroos! Of course! I found some, but there was also an emu, who needed to chase me for some reason. I think it was because of the checked pattern on my backpack, or perhaps the delicious cheese sandwich I carried for lunch. As I walked around I tried to lose her, but she was having none of it. There was no one else to distract her so she followed me closely and curiously. I even snapped a picture of her as she tried to peck at my backpack. I was pretty cool about it until she touched my arm with her feathers, when I snapped, started screaming out of control and ran with flailing arms to the exit. My god, my heart was pounding with irrational terror and fear.

I also saw a Tasmanian devil, a rock kangaroo, many monkeys, koala bears, elephants, a tapir (!!!), snow leopards, a crazy bird show, penguins, chimpanzees, a gorilla, platypus, and a wombat.

I still had tons of energy after that, so I went back to where I was supposed to go in the morning, which is the exclusive neighbourhood of Cremorne Point. Most of the time, I was hiking in what looked like a jungle, cut off from the rest of the world with a myriad number of kookaburra and other birds squawking overhead. There were a couple of secluded beaches and an abandoned mansion to explore.

By the time I finally got to my destination, which was Balmoral Beach, it had grown dark. I was growing more and more terrified by the minute. The kookaburras wouldn't shut up and I eventually found myself in between two intimidating and seemingly endless barbed wire fences leading to the beach. My heart, again, was pounding, this was an adrenaline filled day! No wonder I was so pumped up. Finally, I got to the beach, where I promptly bought a giant Victoria Bitter and walked down the long stretch of sand, sipping it all the way. When I was done, I caught the bus back and passed out right away.

Waiting for the ferry

Waiting for the ferry


The ferry

The ferry


Ferry ride

Ferry ride


The emu that attacked me

The emu that attacked me


Emu attacking me

Emu attacking me


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil


Rock kangaroo?

Rock kangaroo?


Rock Kangaroo?

Rock Kangaroo?


Monkey

Monkey


Kangaroo

Kangaroo


At the zoo

At the zoo


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Koala

Koala


View of Sydney

View of Sydney


Kangaroos

Kangaroos


Me vs. Kangaroos

Me vs. Kangaroos


Elephant

Elephant


Tapir

Tapir


Snow leopard

Snow leopard


Bird show

Bird show


Penguins

Penguins


Me vs. Penguins

Me vs. Penguins


Me vs. Chimpanzees

Me vs. Chimpanzees


Koala bear

Koala bear


My friend the emu

My friend the emu


Wombat

Wombat


Tree kangaroo??

Tree kangaroo??


Tree kangaroo??

Tree kangaroo??


The ride back down

The ride back down


Me vs. ferry

Me vs. ferry


Me on the ferry

Me on the ferry


On the ferry

On the ferry


On the ferry again

On the ferry again


Still on the ferry

Still on the ferry


The lush hiking trail

The lush hiking trail


Cremorne Point

Cremorne Point


Cremorne Point

Cremorne Point


Hiking

Hiking


Secluded beach

Secluded beach


Jungley

Jungley


Boats and jungle

Boats and jungle


Abandoned mansion

Abandoned mansion


Jungle

Jungle


Sunset

Sunset


Brightest light on Balmoral beach

Brightest light on Balmoral beach


Me on Balmoral beach

Me on Balmoral beach

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Coogee to Bondi hike

OK, I thought, enough with the architecture and city life. What is a trip to Sydney without the BEACHES?! I spent the rest of the week wandering from beach to beach. Just amazing. This place is paradise.

The first hike I did was the "eastern coastal walk" from Coogee to Bondi beach. People were just motoring down the path jogging with their dogs and whatnot before work. I was just meandering around like I didn't have a care in the world. And really, actually, I don't think I do! I mean, what the actual eff!? What is my life right now? Just having fun and exploring, seeing things that I never thought I would, ever in the history of evers! It's amazing. Really… what… am… I… doing? Making my dreams reality over and over.

It's incredible what you can accomplish when you don't have anyone to answer to, like a landlord, or debt. It's complete freedom and I'm loving it. I feel so lucky to be able to follow my instincts and do this crazy thing that I'm doing. I have never felt so exhilarated in my life.

What are we here for, if not to experience everything there is on this planet? I don't think people were designed to be as sedentary as we are. I mean, we evolved this way, wandering and traveling. There's a reason we're all obsessed with the idea. Some of us act on it, and some of us don't. I'm not gonna speculate on the choices that other people make, but I think I'm on the right path over here. At least it's the right one for me. I think it's the only reason I have such a feeling of exhilaration all the time. It's completely fulfilling and amazing, something that I wish more people were lucky enough to experience it too. I am constantly grateful for everything I have at this moment. Like Louis CK said, "Everything's amazing, and nobody's happy"… count me out of the latter group. Anyway, back to the beach. All along the coastal walk there are various places to stop and enjoy the sunshine. Which I did, every single time. Today I didn't bring a lunch, so by the time I finally got to Bondi, I went in search of a lunch. What I found was a thrift store, where I immediately bought some quick dry shorts, in order to take a swim. It was actually too cold and I didn't swim, but I ate a bunch of Tim Tams, strawberries and drank a bunch of wine by myself and my new thrift store treasure-find "The Game", oh yes, that book about picking up women by Neil Strauss. As soon as I opened it I was ENGROSSED in this thing and finished half of it in one day!

I finished up the hike with a look at some aboriginal rock carvings in some rocks at a nearby golf course, then took the bus home, where I went out for Vietnamese food with Kelsey and her friends. The sound in the restaurant was strange, so I couldn't hear the conversation at all. That was OK with me though, I was too wiped to really be social, and the other people there didn't seem to mind when I only piped up every once in a while when the conversation got loud enough to drown out the others from the other side of the restaurant.

Oh and I also had "sarsaparilla" which I was excited about, but turned out just to be root beer, that's a little sweeter, I guess.

Me at Coogee Beach

Me at Coogee Beach


Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach


Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach


Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach


Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Eastern Coastal Walk

Eastern Coastal Walk


Me on Bondi Beach!

Me on Bondi Beach!


Bondi Beach!

Bondi Beach!


Me on Bondi beach again

Me on Bondi beach again


Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach


Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach


Ancient carvings

Ancient carvings


Bondi Beach golf course

Bondi Beach golf course


Bondi beach golf course

Bondi beach golf course


Me vs. sarsaparilla

Me vs. sarsaparilla

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Architectural delights of Sydney

Today was a day to explore more of the architectural aspects of the inner city. I started at town hall, saw Queen Victoria's talking dog, that asked you to put money into his fountain, some astounding 19th century building design at the Queen Victoria Building, which is now a posh mall, the extravagant State Theatre, The Mint, The Sydney Hospital, Parliament House, the State Library, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Hyde Park Barracks and St. James' Church, all of which were unbelievable, considering Australia had just about the same amount of time to build their civilization as Canada did.

I don't know why they take so much better care of their surroundings than we do, but anyone can see that it's worth it. I was beginning to discover that Sydney really deserves to be classified a world class city, unlike Toronto and all its misguided enthusiasm for such a title. Anywho, I also visited Hyde Park, which has an amazing art deco fountain and a WWI memorial with as many stars in the ceiling as Australians who served in the war (120,000), pretty sure that number didn't include women, which is annoying.

From there, it was time for some more modernist examples of architecture and a trip to the city museum, which was really engrossing for someone as fascinated by urban geography as I am. I think it would have been boring to anybody else.

I was still ready to go exploring, so I set off for Chinatown and Darling Harbour, squeezing two days into one and freeing me up to do whatever I missed out on on Friday. Yes. Travel powers to the max.

I wanted to stay as far away from Chinese-type activities but I couldn't resist the strange "Golden Water Mouth" fountain, which drips golden-hued water into a grate on the ground.

I walked through the centre of Chinatown and visited the tea garden. It didn't compare at ALL to the beauty of the one in San Francisco, I don't know why they even bother Everything was quite Disney-fied, with impeccably clean streets and fake bamboo all around, but it was interesting to see I suppose. Darling Harbour was also tacky, so I didn't stay there long at all. I guess it was the place to be in the 80s and 90s though, so there's that about it.

That night, I was really excited because I was going out to meet my Travelpodder friends Rani and Gerre! I had known them for at LEAST five years through our blogs and forum postings on the website and it was excitinggggg. They were exactly how I expected they would be, and are really nice open friendly people. Our food was bland, but of course that never matters, when you are in good company.

Town Hall

Town Hall


Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria


Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building


State Theatre

State Theatre


Sydney Tower???

Sydney Tower???


Hyde Park

Hyde Park


Anzac Memorial

Anzac Memorial


Anzac memorial

Anzac memorial


St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral


Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks


The Sydney Hospital courtyard

The Sydney Hospital courtyard


Parliament House

Parliament House


State Library

State Library


Modernist

Modernist


Sydney Museum

Sydney Museum


Australia Square

Australia Square


Australia Square

Australia Square


Some other square

Some other square


Me vs. train

Me vs. train


Sydney Library

Sydney Library


Golden Water Mouth

Golden Water Mouth


Paddy's Markets

Paddy's Markets


Chinatown

Chinatown


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Friendship Tea Garden

Friendship Tea Garden


Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour


Me on the train again

Me on the train again


Rani Gerre and me

Rani Gerre and me

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The harbour front

While Kelsey was working all week, I set off on my own adventures. I had a lot of time in the city, so I really wanted to get to know it well. I went on some crazy long walks and really took my time getting to know the place. It was the first time in a long time I can remember having this luxury.

I started out on Observatory Hill, where I got my first glimpse of this monstrously huge city. Then attempted to buy a drink at 9 a.m. at the oldest bar in town, it didn't work. The next stop was the ancient Garrison church, which was constructed with massive sandstone walls in the mid-1800s. I walked through the "Argyle Cut" and meandered around "the rocks", the oldest part of town. A really strange aspect of Sydney and Australia is the glorification of criminal gangs in the founding of their identity. I guess you gotta start nationalism somewhere. The Suez Canal was just one example of the creepiness of the olden days. It was a lane where gangsters would hide out, in between two buildings that tapers at the end.

Nearby is Cadman's cottage, the oldest house in the area, built in 1816.

Then, there was the Museum of Contemporary art, where I dodged hundreds of schoolchildren for a glimpse of yet some more otherworldly aboriginal art.

From there, I checked out the model Sydney in the floor at Customs House.

At the famous Circular Quay, I read all the quotes from the writer's walk. My favourite quote was this one by Christopher Brennan: "I know I am the wanderer of the ways of the worlds, to whom the sunshine and the rain are one and none to stay or hasten, because he knows no ending of the way, no home, no goal…" Kinda sounds like the last three years of my life, n'est pas?

Here's the original poem: http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/brennanc/poetry/wanderer.html As if this wasn't enough deep thinking for one day, I finally, came to the Sydney Opera House. A building I had dreamed about visiting ever since I was a kid. For some reason, my parents bought me this light up globe for Christmas. I don't think I even asked for it, but I loved it. You could look into it and see scenes from around the world. Thinking back on it, it was kind of a glorified fancy view master, which sounds lame now, but in the early nineties it was the coolest thing. Anyway, when you looked at Australia on the globe, you could see the opera house and Ayer's Rock. I had always wanted to visit these places but assumed it only happened to glamorous, exciting people, not me, who was destined to be stuck in Ontario forever. Australia is on the other side of the world! Whenever would I have time for that, what with building my awesome journalism career and whatnot? So coming here, on a whim and a prayer, while in between two exotic job placements was kind of blowing my mind. I was transformed into a geeky 12 year old, unable to tear my eyes away from this object of desire that I had been dreaming about for 20 years. Wow.

After all that, it was time for lunch and a rest in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The greenhouse was closed and so I waited around to try and glimpse the famous bats in the park. I waited for about a half hour and then decided I wasn't really that into it, so I went home. Kelsey was there again and we chatted for a bit and went to bed early, exhausted after eating a yummy pasta bake she concocted with tofu.

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill


Lord Nelson Bar

Lord Nelson Bar


Garrison Church

Garrison Church


Argyle Cut

Argyle Cut


Suez Canal

Suez Canal


Cadman's cottage

Cadman's cottage


Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art

Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art


Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art

Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art


Sydney Harbourfront

Sydney Harbourfront


Customs House

Customs House


3D map

3D map


Writer's Walk

Writer's Walk


My favourite quote

My favourite quote


Me vs. Sydney Opera House

Me vs. Sydney Opera House


Me vs. Sydney Opera House

Me vs. Sydney Opera House


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House


Me vs. Sydney Opera House

Me vs. Sydney Opera House


Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens


Me vs. Oporto burger

Me vs. Oporto burger


Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens


Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens


Me vs. Royal Botanical Gardens

Me vs. Royal Botanical Gardens


Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens


Closed greenhouse

Closed greenhouse

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A Newtown adventure

I made a token effort helping Kelsey set up the workshop at the market in the morning and then set off on my own adventure of Newtown.

There was a park set up by some union activists, an aboriginal mural, and the old Camperdown cemetery. Then, I headed down to the beautiful campus of the University of Sydney on the bright sunny day. It felt really old school and scholarly.

I ended my walk at Victoria Park, where I was shocked by my first glimpse of an ibis, an unbelievably bizarre looking prehistoric bird.

I met up with Kelsey back at the market, then went home for a nap and when I woke up she was back already. We went out for down and dirty vegan Thai food with "spicy crunchy tofu" that tasted like pancakes and turkey bacon.

Green Bans Park

Green Bans Park


Aboriginal mural

Aboriginal mural


Camperdown cemetery

Camperdown cemetery


Camperdown cemetery

Camperdown cemetery


Camperdown cemetery

Camperdown cemetery


University of Sydney

University of Sydney


University of Sydney

University of Sydney


I'm in the quad

I'm in the quad


University of Sydney

University of Sydney


Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens


Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens


Me vs. spicy crunchy tofu

Me vs. spicy crunchy tofu

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Marketing and DIY T-shirts

Kelsey took me around the city at various markets. Most of which were overpriced, but I ended up getting a deal on a bunch of bras at Paddy's Markets. Just what I need in the land of the small-chested. (No offence, Chinese ladies, but if you start selling clothes my size, I will stop complaining). I hadn't seen Kelsey in more than 10 years, and she had changed into quite the militant cyclist and vegan revolutionary-type! I didn't realize this, but it was neat seeing all the cool things she was up to.

The next day, she was helping out at a drop-in bike workshop type thing at the local market. One of her friends came over to make a t-shirt for the workshop with their group's logo on it. I wanted in on this too, so I jumped at the chance to emblazon the image on one of my shirts as well. It was my first time screen printing and I always wanted to try it. So fun. Saturday night, we had vegan Indian food with real pappadums and some Australian political conversation. I don't know why, but I passed out for like, an hour on a chair. There was a nice pillow right beside my elbow, so it must've been that. Totally not the gin and tonics.

Market

Market


Me and Kelsey on the bus

Me and Kelsey on the bus


Screenprinting!

Screenprinting!


Put the paint on the screen

Put the paint on the screen


Smooth it over the design

Smooth it over the design


Again

Again


and DONE

and DONE


The vegan Indian dinner

The vegan Indian dinner

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The train to Sydney

I woke up early to leave for the train station, said goodbye to Rachel, and promptly forgot my umbrella at her house. Sad face. Luckily for me, it didn't rain anymore after that anyway. I will need to get me a Chinese umbrella as soon as I get to Changsha, I don't think the climate is as great there. The highlight of the train trip was when I saw one lone wild kangaroo galloping (??) through the fields beside our train. After that it was just about me eating pitas, eggplant dip and dates, while being asked a million questions by the retired high school teacher beside me. When I got to Sydney, I took the bus straight to Kelsey's house, it was easy to find and she was home waiting for me with her roommate Sophie and her dog, Elliot. (A rottweiler/dalmation, if you can believe it) I was sleepy and couldn't keep my eyes open as they were watching an episode of Eureka on the computer. I went to sleep after that and slept in her new roommate's room! She had gone on vacation to a wedding, so she let me sleep in her comfy bed.

Me on the train

Me on the train


The train to Sydney

The train to Sydney

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I saw the MOTH!

Tess and I lounged around at her house until late, but we managed to get our butts to the Ceres environmental park. It's kind of a ramshackle community built by hippies. The day we were there, a bizarre parade of children beating drums and dressed in some sort of Himilayan garb passed by. There was a lot of chickens and plots of land people had been tending to grow their own food. Then, we went to an Indian restaurant that Tess said had the best baklava in the city. That was our lunch. Christian wanted to buy some seeds and so we went back to the environmental park. He scooped some up and then we went back home, where I packed up and walked to the train station in the rain with Tess. Rachel's boyfriend, Erin was cooking me a kangaroo dinner feast! I brought some wine and we feasted on cheese, pitas, crackers and pancetta. Then we chowed down on the perfectly cooked meal, which I hear is difficult to do. I had already bought tickets for Rachel and I to go and see the special performance of the Moth in Melbourne's town hall, so we went over there right after dinner, and enjoyed the talks, which incidentally included Tony Wheeler (founder of Lonely Planet). His performance was underwhelming, as you might expect of a natural writer.

The Moth is an awesome podcast that my publishing house friend Tricia turned me on to, at around this time last year. I have been addicted ever since. It's just people telling their stories to an audience, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, just about whatever. Usually there is a theme but it's usually loose. Anyway, I was listening to it a few weeks ago and they said they would be in Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers' Festival. And *gasp* coincidentally I was going to be there too! So, it was a no brainer, we HAD to go.

Chickens at Ceres

Chickens at Ceres


Tess and Christian at Ceres

Tess and Christian at Ceres


Melbourne Street

Melbourne Street


Nice architecture everywhere

Nice architecture everywhere


Seedlings at Ceres

Seedlings at Ceres


Ceres

Ceres


Erin and pancetta/cheese/crackers

Erin and pancetta/cheese/crackers


Erin and Kangaroo

Erin and Kangaroo


Rachel and Erin

Rachel and Erin


Me vs. kangaroo

Me vs. kangaroo


Me and Rachel at the Moth

Me and Rachel at the Moth


The Town Hall stage

The Town Hall stage

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To the beach

I couldn't decide what to do today at all. Rachel convinced me that going to St. Kilda's beach would be a good idea, so I went down there. It was a little cold, but I made a salami sandwich picnic anyway and walked around on the beach and down the pier. I even had an Australian pale ale with it. The no-beer diet is called off....

Luna Park was closed, so that was sad. I think they were doing renovations.

I bought some new semi-professional dresses to wear at my new university job at the South Melbourne market. It was a good idea.

Then, I had a bunch of hours to kill so I walked all the way to Lentil As Anything to see Tess and wait for Rachel to arrive for dinner at 7 p.m. They have really good coffee there, and also really good curries. Tuesdays are Indian nights, so it was very appreciated.

We sat beside some crazy gay guys, one who was a drag queen, who entertained us as we dined. Oh and there was also a guy playing Pakistani (???) music.

It was cold and we were full, so we went home early.

St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach


Me vs. St. Kilda Beach

Me vs. St. Kilda Beach


St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach


The pier

The pier


St. Kilda pier

St. Kilda pier


St. Kilda Pier

St. Kilda Pier


St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach


Luna Park under construction

Luna Park under construction


Luna park through the bars

Luna park through the bars


St. Kilda

St. Kilda


Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent


Lentil as Anything croissants

Lentil as Anything croissants

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Tess' City Tour

Tess took me all around Melbourne today. We met Dominique at Flinders Street station and then we went to Queen Victoria Market and I bought some junk. Then it was rainy and cold and we waited for Tess' friend Jo at a hipster coffee shop. She is moving to London in a few days. It got even colder, so we went inside to the Ian Potter Centre, where there is a lot of Australian art. After that, it was time to meet Rachel again, for dinner at her parents' house. Tess went to a dance party with no lights and I went off with Rachel, where we ate many avocados and wore hats at the dinner table. (Some of us did anyway).

State library

State library


Me and Dominique at the market

Me and Dominique at the market


Shopping alley

Shopping alley


Hipster cafe

Hipster cafe


Tess, coffee and Jo

Tess, coffee and Jo


Sh

Sh


Me and shopping alley

Me and shopping alley


Shopping alley

Shopping alley


Shopping alley

Shopping alley


Flinders street station

Flinders street station


Graffitti alley

Graffitti alley


A bunch of birds

A bunch of birds


I like these frames

I like these frames


Aboriginal art

Aboriginal art


Me vs. wicker lady

Me vs. wicker lady

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Art all day

Today was the day for art. I wanted to go to the Hollywood fashion exhibit, but it was over the day before. So instead, I went to the permanent exhibits at ACMI, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, where I stayed the whole morning, reading about and watching old films and TV shows. I met Rachel for lunch at work and we went to a free (!!!) lunch concert at the University of Melbourne. I am eating a lot of meat pies. From there, I went back for some more art at the National Gallery of Victoria, but only made it through the top two floors, barely. Tess had planned a dumpling making party with some crazy people from her volunteer job at Lentil as Anything, a donation-based vegetarian restaurant. You can imagine how hippy they were. We made good dumplings anyway.

Federation Square

Federation Square


Palm trees

Palm trees


Parliament house

Parliament house


Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building


Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building


Fountain and Royal Exhibition Building

Fountain and Royal Exhibition Building


Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building


Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens


ACMI The Lost Thing Exhibit

ACMI The Lost Thing Exhibit


ACMI history of film

ACMI history of film


ACMI history of film

ACMI history of film


Cate Blanchett's (???) dress

Cate Blanchett's (???) dress


Mad Max (???) car

Mad Max (???) car


Flinders street station

Flinders street station


Rachel works here

Rachel works here


University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne


National Gallery Victoria

National Gallery Victoria


Chair made out of old clothes

Chair made out of old clothes


Making the dumplings

Making the dumplings


Tess is frying the dumplings

Tess is frying the dumplings

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Bad weather day

I saved the picture taking until today. However, it was terrible, windy, foggy weather, so none of the pictures are any good. All of the lifts were closed except two and I could only go on the blue square runs. Which are the medium ones. Scary. I went down quite a few times and fell way less than I thought I was going to. Lisa wanted to meet at 3 p.m. and I was done around noon. So, I went back to the hotel and sat around in the jacuzzi and steam room for a couple hours. Ahhhh. Rowan also came back early and we hung out in the lobby for a while to wait for Pravin and Lisa to show up. We took off exactly on schedule and drove home, stopping at Subway, now a novelty for me, so I was a little too excited for that. I passed out quickly on Rachel's floor that night.

I'm on the slopes

I'm on the slopes


Me on the lift

Me on the lift


Skiingggggg

Skiingggggg


Best view I could get

Best view I could get


Me on the mountain again

Me on the mountain again


It's a blizzard in August!

It's a blizzard in August!


The best run of the day Davenport Access

The best run of the day Davenport Access


From the back of the car

From the back of the car

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