So for my last night in Melbourne and to celebrate my first week in Australia, I decided to splurge and eat a slap up dinner. I ate at Chocolate Buddha in Federation Square, a sort of classier version of Wagamamas. The dinner itself was quite cheap at about £10, but I had a cocktail, to make up for all the times I’ve not been down the pub. I had a Great seat looking out onto the city and witnessed all the skyscrapers and Christmas decorations light up for the night. I’ve also seen a huge downpour make it’s way towards me. It’s such a shame about the weather; it’s really hampered my exploration of the city. I’ll be a bit sad when I leave Melbourne tonight. It’s a great city and I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to all the sights ans things to do (and places to eat, it’s a foodies paradise here). Melbourne is big and bustling, but there’s and openness and friendliness here and there’s the feeling that there’s always something awesome tucked away behind a corner.

Take yesterday morning as an example. While walking the streets after breakfast, it started to rain *again* so I decided to walk in the park close by and as the trees were large and broadleaved and offered relative protection from the rain. While walking down a leafy avenue I stumbled upon a little cottage. What was interesting is that this cottage was the house Captain James Cook’s parents used to live in. Not a replica house, the actual building. Someone in 1930 something had decided to transport the entire cottage brick by brick from Yorkshire and rebuild it exactly as it was in Fitzroy gardens, Melbourne. Even cuttings of the ivy climbing the walls of the house were taken and regrown here. Quite astounding.

So tonight I’m off on my overnight train ride to Sydney. Sweet. Should be able to kep you up to date fairly regulary once I’m there (although I’m not sure about uploading my hundreds of photos) so I’ll see you all again very soon.


5 Responses

  1. Sounds like its all going very well to me (weather aside perhaps)…
    If you still need a camera adapter then I can bring one with me – let me know! Oh, and of course I can bring other stuff as well if you need.

    I was amazed that you saw kangaroos one day and penguins on another – wow!

    Wish I was out there right now – think that Perth will be a bit tamer than 99% of what you’ve seen so far although that’s not counting the all you can eat cake shop.

    London is foggy which looks lush at the mo – just packing up for the journey back home and finishing off a bottle of red to get in the christmas mood – i.e. drunk.

    Take it easy!

  2. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas and New Year! Have a great time and I look forward to reading all about it. Take care!

  3. So glad you’re having a brill time. Sounds wonderful.

    Met Mat’s mum in Waitrose the other day. She’s flying out on the 30th December. She was very interested to hear about you already being there and what you’re up to – she’ll watch out for you at the wedding.

    Speak soon. Love Ma xx

  4. Shame about the weather, but Im sure it will pick up in Sydney. Hope you get your camera sorted out – its not about to run out of power is it?

    Happy Christmas!

  5. Merry Australian Christmas Charlotte, by my reckoning you should have been up and jumping on the bed about 4 hours now demanding presents.

    We suspended the annual balderdash in honour of you and Phil not being here and instead had a minutes applause, as seems to be the custom now instead of silence. We then did a lot of laughing with… no thats not right… at, Ali. Ask her to show you her Basil brush with piles when you get back.

    My advice is to crank some air conditioning up, pull the curtains to shut the sun out and cook a full on roast and refuse to accept that the heat is happening outside.

    When you get to Perth you need to find Miss Maud’s Smorgasbord and give her all you can eat cake shop profits a battering.

    Merry Christmas from me and Kathryn, and Blatja eeio eeio cat from Thomas who incidentally started walking yesterday.

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