Highlights (so far) from Australia. There's quite a few...
The first one has to be the wine tour, although I'm not really a wine drinker
unfortunately (must sort that out, I love the taste) so I felt a little ill after
the fifth winery or so. Helen had the time of her life, though.
Planet Perth has to be mentioned here. It's been THE highlight of our trip so far -
must give a big shout out to Ray, Carolyn, Jill, Tom, Travis, James, Davina, Caroline,
Nick (watch out for him, he's going for President), Chris, Katarina, Therese, Grace,
Richard, George, Erika, Solomon, Jen, Kristina and John. Hope the holidays or studying or
travelling or (***insert chosen activity here***) are all going well guys!
Yeah. Planet Perth. The only thing missing was random sexual encounters, if they'd happened
the whole tour could have been televised as a reality TV miniseries. It was ace, mainly thanks
to Travis the organiser for sorting it out and all the fantastic activities we partook of
(see page for full details) but obviously it wouldn't have been half as good without
'the guys'... awwwww. We miss you, guys. READ THE PAGE, ALL OF YOU!
The next stop, after a refreshing meal of kangaroo steak, was Melbourne. This turned out to
be an extremely good thing in spite of an initial scare due to a severe case of no money - the
last reserves disappear swiftly when you have to sleep in hostels. I know there's cheaper
ways but before we had to worry about that a very swift job and house search set us comfortably
on the tram to sanity central, with a variety of nasty temp jobs and a room in a 'de lux
backpackers' for $170 a week. Nice one. As for Melbourne, it's one of the grooviest cities on
earth. It's chilled, but without the '...but there's nothing going on' vibe Perth has. It's
got a lot going on, but without the 'AAH! It's all too much!' of London and especially New York.
And it's got the best public transport system I've ever used, in spite of a nasty encounter with
a stinky wino who decided that the book I was reading would be a lot more exciting if he removed
a couple of unnecessary pages. These, fortunately, were still readable on retrieval.
Melbourne was made even better by Joe and Dot, some relatives of Helen's we met up with.
We were lucky enough to be fed, on aseveral occasions, and they took us on two fantastic
tours - one around the countryside surrounding Melbourne including Mt. Dandenong and other
sights and another out to the Twelve Apostles. There's an awful lot of rock in Australia -
I suppose some of it had to turn out interesting. Maybe that's why it feels like we've seen
an awful lot of rocks since getting here. Big big thankyou and much love to Joe and Dot.
Ah. The Neighbours night. We met - Jack Scully! (yay...) Lynne Scully! (Hoorah! Woo!) and...
(drum roll please) DR KARL KENNEDY! Oh yes. I don't really need to say any more, do I? We
were thrilled. Note to Americans and other non-brits - Neighbours is a cult classic for
our generation in the UK. Everyone watched Neighbours avidly at some point in the 1990's.