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Great Ocean Road Photos

Posted by Jason del Sur in Adventure Down Under, Photo Albums
November 30th, 2007

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It’s Still Warmer than Lake Michigan

Posted by Jason del Sur in Adventure Down Under
November 30th, 2007

The frigid waters depart Antarctica and arrives on the southern coast of Australia. And when it gets here, it’s still cold. During late spring and early summer, even when the weather calls for a swim, the water temperature might not. But since it’s winter in Chicago and summer here, I have an obligation to dive in. All I can say about it is at least it’s warmer than Lake Michigan ever gets.

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Ewen, Victoria, and I departed Melbourne yesterday morning heading out along the Great Ocean Road. It follows the coast west from Melbourne through mountains, cliffs, and rainforests. There’s breathtaking scenery around every turn. Unfortunately, my camera’s battery died 3/4 of the way down the road and I left my charger back in town. Luckily, Ewen and Victoria still had their camera, so I’ll have some more photos once I can get them from them.

Tonight I’m off to see Spamalot and tomorrow it’s off to Sydney.

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The Twelve Apostles

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We found a group of koalas napping in the trees

Melbourne Photos

Posted by Jason del Sur in Adventure Down Under, Photo Albums
November 30th, 2007

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Coffee and Beer

Posted by Jason del Sur in Adventure Down Under
November 28th, 2007

I’m sorry I have no incredibly funny stories to report so far. It’s been fairly tame so far, but incredibly relaxing. This is mainly due to the fact that there is little to do in Melbourne except sit at cafes and drink coffee or beer.

Yesterday, I did very little besides wander from cafe to cafe. To help illustrate my point here is my approximate schedule for yesterday:

9:30am: Wake up, eat a light breakfast, shower, etc
11am: Arrive St. Kilda beach, sit at cafe, take coffee
12pm: Walk along beach (I didn’t bring my trunks as I was warned the water would be too cold this early in the summer. That was a lie, well, at least relative to Lake Michigan).
1pm: Sit outside and eat lunch (best octopus I’ve had outside of Greece). More coffee
2:30pm: Wander around St. Kilda. One more cafe for a beer
4pm: Take the tram to Carlton, another area of town where there was probably about 50-60 restaurants in about a mile stretch on Lygon Street. Wander around Carlton. Another cafe or two.
7:30p: Meet Ewen and Victoria at the Night Market, sort of like a Chicago Street fair, but it happens every Wednesday. There’s bands and lots of great food.
10:30pm: Bars. Wednesday was a fairly quiet night at the bars, but had a great time chilling over a couple beers with Ewen.

So, as I said, nothing crazy and insane, but damn was it a nice day. Today, we’re heading up the Great Ocean Road for some nice coastline scenery.

And now for some pictures:

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Melbourne Skyline

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Yarra River

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St Kilda Beach

What happened to Monday?

Posted by Jason del Sur in Adventure Down Under
November 27th, 2007

Just to get this out of the way, Melbourne is 19 hours ahead of Chicago. Take Chicago time, subtract 5 hours and add a day.

Thanks to this nice little feature of the International Date Line, I didn’t have a Monday. Left Atlanta on Sunday evening and got in this beautiful Tuesday morning. Thanks to it being an overnight flight, I really just feel like I’ve been awake since 5am. Only it’s now a day later.

Ewen picked me up from the airport and gave me a nice drive-by tour of the city. After that grabbed some brunch and I hit the city. Checked out a couple museums (all of which were free) and wandered around the central business district, knows as the CBD. I’ll get photos up soon.

Melbourne is a beautiful city with lots of cool neighbourhoods (spell check on this computer suggested the “our”. Silly Australians), each with its own unique feel. And there’s very distinct boundaries. You cross the street and all of a sudden the trees are gone.

So far the thing that has amused me the most (besides the fact that the girls here are beautiful) is that walking down the street you can see Movember going on.

Now it’s off to the bars for the first night out in Melbourne. More to come…

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