#56 - doing the cultural thing in melbourne

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The finish line. Woo hoo! I technically did the course anyway!

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.

That's a self-portrait pic of me imitating the phoenix in the background. Very Diamond-esque to imitate statues.
..but maybe I'll do it all officially.

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).

Temple Beth Israel in South Melbourne with flags at half-mast for the Bushfire victims
...it was SO jam-packed.  It was around lunch-time & there were just so many people - seemed like many more than yesterday for some reason.

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.

Crazy red sunset from the smoke in the air (not from the bushfires, from the fires they were burning on purpose to protect the city)
  It's like I know there is so much going on that I want to be a part of all of it & I want to make sure I'm experiencing it....while when I'm at a lake or something, all I really want to do is sit somewhere and enjoy the view.  Just an observation.

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! 

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The finish line. Woo hoo!  I techn…
The finish line. Woo hoo! I tech…
Thats a self-portrait pic of me i…
That's a self-portrait pic of me …
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbou…
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbo…
Crazy red sunset from the smoke in…
Crazy red sunset from the smoke i…
fountain near the shrine of rememb…
fountain near the shrine of remem…
i was in the mood to take pictures…
i was in the mood to take picture…
very confusing.  i thought i was g…
very confusing. i thought i was …
the shrine of rememberance.
the shrine of rememberance.
botanic gardens - i actually ran m…
botanic gardens - i actually ran …
GO THE TAN!  A running race that w…
GO THE TAN! A running race that …
The water nymph statue.
The water nymph statue.
A sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti. …
A sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti.…
Cool chair by Carlo Bugatti.  He h…
Cool chair by Carlo Bugatti. He …
Chair by Rembrants brother, Carlo…
Chair by Rembrant's brother, Carl…
So I can remember the info about t…
So I can remember the info about …
Car designed by Etienne Bugatti (o…
Car designed by Etienne Bugatti (…
Car designed by Jean Bugatti (or i…
Car designed by Jean Bugatti (or …
The Bugatti 57.  Oooo.  Ahhhh.
The Bugatti 57. Oooo. Ahhhh.
Just such interesting colors & arc…
Just such interesting colors & ar…
BUSY little arcade.
BUSY little arcade.
Yummy sushi.
Yummy sushi.
Bushfire appeals everwhere. Its j…
Bushfire appeals everwhere. It's …
Rosalie Gascoigne work.  This one…
Rosalie Gascoigne work. This one…
Rosalie Gascoigne work.  This one…
Rosalie Gascoigne work. This one…
Rosalie Gascoigne work.  This one…
Rosalie Gascoigne work. This one…
The Ian Potter Centre - this part …
The Ian Potter Centre - this part…
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbou…
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbo…
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbou…
Temple Beth Israel in South Melbo…
Crazy red sunset when I walked hom…
Crazy red sunset when I walked ho…
Funky sunset
Funky sunset
Some cute little parokeets that we…
Some cute little parokeets that w…
More pretty sunset when I was walk…
More pretty sunset when I was wal…
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