It’s finally time to write about my trips, though frankly I’m pretty lazy talking bout it… The memory of it has just began sleeping in my mind and now I’m waking it up. It should be cranky. Without further ado, let the story begin *if it is a story in the first place*
The first thing that greeted us when we took our first step out of the plane at Avalon Airport was the crazy heat burning our skin. It was bloody 47 degrees!!!!!! Honestly, words cannot describe how hot it felt. The Sun was literally burning on your skin, and when the wind blew, it just brought more hot air to our skin making it even hotter. When I was still in the plane I was thinking… hmm I shall take a picture of the airport when I get down. Suffice to say, I didn’t take a picture instead I walked straight to the shade and never turned back.
To emphasis more on the heat. We took a bus transfer to Melbourne and my oh my… the bus probably did not have a functioning aircond because it was blowing out hot air and throughout the entire 40 mins, it felt like a freaking sauna! *With sweat and guys going topless*. Could have fainted…. The bus stop was literally heaven.
Time to skip the heat part and get straight into topic!
MELBOURNE. Hmmm… how should I begin.
Melbourne is without a doubt a city. We were walking around at 11pm and the shops are still open. Wow! Walk around Brisbane City at that time you probabaly see people waiting for taxis and buses only…
Time for some pictures
From L-R: St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne City Tram & Federation Square
Not a good picture I know. Boy do I like their trams… reminds me of HK, but I think the HK system is better though the Melbourne trams are more modern. Federation Square is… I have no idea what Federation Square it.. LOL My guess it’s some sort of modern meeting place. Oop, the Melbourne Visitor Centre is at Fed Square, it’s actually behind the tram in this picture, it was closed when we got there. Everytime we were near the visitor centre it WAS closed.
Flinders St Station
Again another lousy picture… This is Flinders St Station, one of the few train stations in Melbourne which is not underground. It’s quite an importatant stop too. Lots of connections. Oh they have so many different train lines there… pretty interesting if you so happen to be like my dad… LOL pretty interesting how they connect actually…
Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle (Free)
They have this City tourist Shuttle which is absolutely free. Unlike the on in KL where money is king. They don’t even check if you are a tourist or not. Anyway, they bring you to most of the tourist attractions in Melbourne City.
– The Shrine of Remembrance
– Royal Botanical Gardens
– Arts Precint (National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre)
– Fed Square
– Sports Precint (Telstra Dome, the tennis court where the Melbourne Open is held)
– Melbourne Musuem
– Lygon St (Little Italy)
– University of Melbourne
– Queen Victoria Market
The bus comes with commentary too. English of course.
Which market comes with a map? QVM!
Imagine how big Queen Victoria Market is… it’s bloody huge!!!! I think it used to be only the small quadrilateral on the top of the map. It’s pretty interesting. The main part is actually shops in a building. A really really clean market. Actually markets here are all clean.
American Doughnuts Kitchen! Yum!
If your in Melbourne, go grab yourselves some American Doughnuts! It’s made fresh on the spot. It’s definitely hot when it reaches you hands…. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the warm strawberry jam just surprises you. Man, I’m yearning for more.
The place is split into many sections, a general area, a food court like area, the meat area, fish, organic food and delicatessen. At the deli area they let you try free cheese. I couldn’t taste them cause I was busy eating my doughnut… LOL wasted!
University of Melbourne
Time to compare universities… eheheh… Well let’s see… The buildings in the University of Melbourne is pretty in it’s own way. It’s mainly made up of colonial buildings and has a very British/ American University to it *in my opinion*. They have sprawling grounds with no clear definition where it ends, cause there is one main area which is definitely University of Melbourne’s but there are also University of Melbourne bulidings outside that fence… so…. I think it feels more British/American cause of the weather and the leaves of the trees were brown… Unlike in UQ where the trees are perpetually green. Even during winter.. ahhahah maybe Autumn it’s brown…. I still prefer UQ.
Ok.. now for a little side track.. I’ll just probably talk about stuff that are in Melbourne… places like the Great Ocean Road will be discuss later or some other time or maybe never? hahahahha… Let’s proceed.
oh man… this entry is getting tougher and tougher…
Graffiti which are quite common in the alleyways
The colourful bath houses at Brighton Beach
More bath houses. Pretty ain't they?
I like the Sky!
Can't get enough of them bath houses!
And… that’s it! LOL cause I’m skipping the torrent of photos from the day trips… phew…
This was shorter than I thought… I didn’t put in some other pictures… I have no idea why…. I’ll save you the pictures for a next time… that would probably kill me.. and you…. with the amount of pics… gosh….
Cheerios for now!