This American Shark Bait arrived in Oz on Saturday (just kidding… you know I can’t swim. Great Barrier Reef is NOT on the itinerary). I’m only getting a chance to post now mostly because wireless net access is well… not the same here. I can honestly say that Americans are spoiled. Most airports have free wireless access (not so here in Melbourne) and the hotel wanted $15 AUD for 20 minutes of access and I had to rent a network cable. So… I had to wait for more permanent digs to get my access.
Saturday and Sunday were spent exploring Melbourne at night (what a cool city!) and checking out the local shopping. (HUGE mall — Chadstone) I got to try some more Aussie food like meat pie (YUM! with ketchup) and a pineapple glazed donut from Donut King. Needless to say, my Jenny Craig counselor was probably feeling a disturbance in The Force the moment I took my first bite.
Monday we went to Philip Island. OMG! I was in heaven and yes, I saw kangaroos. They were behind a fence but we could get really closeup. The track tour was AWESOME! I got to stand on the start/finish line. (My heart still skips a beat when I think about it.) And I also got to stand on the winner’s podium.
Tuesday was my first day on my own going into Melbourne. I immediately found the Factory Outlet mall (hee hee) and I took the City tram around the perimeter to get familiar with everything. I discovered Cherry Ripe ice cream.
(Cherry Ripe is my new favorite candy: cherry flavored coconut covered in chocolate. Hmmm, there goes that disturbance in The Force again.) I ate a cone of Cherry Ripe ice cream (I know how great is THAT?!) while sitting by the Yarra River and watching the boats. Getting around was easy. I walked most of it. (Hey, I can’t just keep eating like that and not get some exercise.) Buses & trams are all over. I didn’t take my camera yesterday. I will today though.
So I know everyone’s been wondering how I am. I’m doing great thanks to a special Aussie who would probably be embarrassed if I mention him here. But he knows who he is. (Well, duh!) This has been the trip of a lifetime so far… I haven’t laughed so much in ages and the countryside is just beautiful. The people are so nice and hey, the accent is just music to my ears. I want to see as much as I can in the short time I’m here. It’s just incredible!