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To Melbourne

Published Sat 15 March 2008 23:54 (+1100)
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Now ugly enough to be kitsch
Now ugly enough to be kitsch

I'm off in Melbourne to visit Luther, well, crash on his couch and go to the F1, plus assorted hijinks.

Melbourne is quite a cool city. The trip in from the airport on the Skybus is no hassles, and the train system is quite navigable (though I lost my F1 tickets somewhere around the train station – grrr – oh well, I've been lucky in travel so far re property, so had to happen some time).

The weather was absolutely sweltering though – in the 30s Centigrade at the moment – and you really feel it as soon as you walk outside.

After hopping off at the stop near my host's place I had a wander up and down a couple of blocks (he being still en route) checking the suburb out – loads of little asian restaurants and groceries.

One pakeha across the street saw my bag and called out “Backpacker?? This is a dodgy area mate, don't hang around here!”, which was amusing as he was the only even vaguely dodgy/threatening guy I'd seen so far. Certainly the asian kids wandering around didn't seem to have a problem!

We were out for a couple of drinks after – both too tired to get too carried away – and Melbourne certainly seems to have some cool places. Though disturbingly, I found another bar with my parent's old carpet (now kitsch-cool rather than merely ugly), not only on the floor but the wall too.