all day long i hear people talking out loud
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Simon would have a field day with the singer outside the food court of Queen Victoria Market. When he gets to those high notes it's a bit painful. But I've got my calamari and chips (fries) to get me through the tough times. It was a gloriously sunny and warm day (are you tired of hearing that yet?) It did finally rain in Auckland, but I landed in sunny Australia that day. A travel tip to others: DONT fly international and then connect to domestic...it's such a hassle! I had to clear immigration in Sydney, collect my bags, go through customs and declare my half-eat box of Vita-Wheat Cracked Pepper crackers (fucking awesome) that were made in Australia anyway....walk for what felt like a mile down long corridors. It kind of felt like when you have to use the bathroom at a mall and you walk down the longest hallway ever.
(there's extremely overdressed...make that UNDER dressed...girls that just walked into McDonalds...hmm, just what you crave before getting drunk....fast food. Gross. One of them can't even sit down because her dress/should be a shirt is too short.) Yes, I am in the American monstrocity that is McDonalds...but it has FREE WiFi (as in I don't even have to buy anything!) and it's open 24 hours...and it's right across the street from the hostel. And let me tell you, the McDonalds is the only perk this hostel has going for it.
I was up and out into the sun by 8:30 and didn't come back till about 6. Walking the entire time! I did pause briefly to relax on the lounge chairs scattered around the stone covored, open-air, cafe cluttered Federation Square. On Tuesdays and Thursday-Sunday there's Queen Victoria Market, just outside the CBD (they actually use the term "central business district" but just say CBD for short. I've only ever said that in sociology class). It's a large farmers type market, but with retail as well. Most of it's under one HUGE roof...lots of funky clothes and souvineers....and LOTS of produce, meat, and fish. I bought a box of strawberries and ate them as I was walking back into town. It's a great place to walk around and definitely to get your fruits and veggies! Since they did have a food court that looked so much more appealing than my granola bar, crackers, and apples.
Melbourne is lovely. Going to school here would not be bad at all. There's trams all over. Not the old cute looking ones, although there are a few of those that opperate as the free city loop, but they're more like the ones in Boston. Just a ton more of them. Apparantly it's the biggest tram system in the world. It holds nothing to NYC's subways, but being above ground makes them trams I guess, rather than subways. There's trains as well for longer trips I think...and I did see one or two buses, but it's mostly trams. The streets are littered with shops and a few very 14th street like. There's a handful of old buildings, mostly churches and theatres, that have remained in use throughout the urban development around town. Yarra River runs through town, separating South Melbourne from Central and the waterfront provides the perfect place for a string of restaurants specializing in seafood.
Within my remaining days in Melbourne I'd like to get out to atleast the University and the beach. I'll have to take the trams for both of those, so I have to buy the Metcard. I keep wanting to say Metrocard. The day pass is only $6, so that's cheaper than NYC....and Boston. I hear the beach isn't really much, that there isn't really a nice beach in the area. I'm sure out in the suburbs they're nicer, but there's a tram that runs like every 5 minutes down to St Kilda beach and it stops just a block away from the hostel. I might have to invest in a beach towel this trip... My stays in towns are longer than when travelling through NZ, mostly because I'm not seeing as many places.
Cheers for now.