#56 - doing the cultural thing in melbourne
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I started my day with another run - this time on the "Tan", which is a loop that goes through the area where the Botanical Gardens are. So funny, when I came around the loop, I saw a finish line. Turns out they are doing a fun run around the Tan that was starting about an hour from when I was running. The run is going all day today from 12:30 & all day tomorrow - you can basically pick up a number whenever & then time yourself doing the loop. Kind of random that you don't all start at the same time...but maybe this will actually raise more money because you can get people to do it at many different times instead of just once. ANYWAY! I may go back tomorrow & do it. I mean, I ran the loop today so I technically already did the race.
After running, I walked up to Federation Square & the whole area where I was yesterday. I decided to do the cultural tour of the city - I went to two different museums & saw a bunch of different exhibits. I went to the National Gallery of Victoria International and saw an exhibit on the Bugatti family...I think I surprised myself because I actually found it very interesting. One of the Buggati's was a famous sculptor (Rembrandt), one was a famous furniture designer (Carlo) and two were famous car makers (Ettore & Jean). Very interesting stuff. I didn't really love any of the other exhibits that I saw there.
So, I then went to get a bite to eat in the arcades - I got a flat white to take-away & I got some sushi (I was intrigued by how they serve it - they don't cut it up into little pieces - you just get it as one big roll).
Anyway, then I went to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. I saw three very interesting exhibits there: 1) Across the Desert: Aboriginal Batik from Central Australia" - interesting aboriginal artowrk, 2) "No standing only dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis" - AWESOME photos, loved wandering around this exhibit and 3) "Rosalie Gascoigne"....I loved her work.
Walked back to Naomi & Steve's after that & I was pooped! Decided to take it easy & take a nap. I just noticed today that when I'm in a big city, I definitely feel more guilty if I'm not out "doing something" than if I'm in a small town on a lake or something.
I'm going to services tonight at Temple Beth Israel - I figured hey, it's shabbat & I haven't really participated in anything "Jewish" since my latke-making-menorah-lighting-experience at the Bullard's in Wellington and my one time at temple in Wellington. Should be interesting!
So....I went to services. I always find it interesting to go to services in other cities/countries. This temple had very different tunes than what I was used to. It was nice to be in services & it was very moving to hear the rabbi & others talk about the busfire & what the temple was doing to send aid to the victims. It's really just so bad.
After services I walked home - it was a nice walk home around Albert Park...I feel like I've walked around that lake a million times now!