6 days in
Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
65Trip End Mar 31, 2010
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I'm 6 days in and I've been having a lot of fun. I'm not sure if I mentioned before but the flight wasn't bad at all and I didn't get any jetlag. I did get some cool pictures from the plane though.
Here's a picture of Venice Beach which I got to hang out at for the day when my flight got delayed a day in LA.
My first day I just walked around the CBD which stands for the Central Business District, or downtown. It's much smaller than Chicago so I felt like I got the lay of the land pretty easily and even though I am usually horrible with directions I find I can navigate my way around the CBD with relative ease.
I hung out with some kids from the Hostel a couple of nights
I spent about 2 days fixing a bike, or rather having someone help me fix a bike that I now have and I love the freedom of two wheels!
Here's a picture of me with my fixed up bike and my cute new helmet, which you have to wear because it's the law:
I ate Kangaroo meat yesterday for dinner and it was insanely good. I can't believe that it's not more readily available in the states because people would go crazy for it. It's really rich in flavor, high in protein, low in fat, and deliciuos!
Some observations so far:
Australia and England are way more connected then I ever knew. They're still technically part of the Commonwealth, and although England doesn't impose any rules on the country, they're still like the mother country. There's lots of English people here and it's easy to get the accents mixed up between English people and Australians, they're very similiar. There are so many Asians here that you could get off the plane and think you were in Asia somewhere. I guess Australia is right in Asia's backyard so it's a primo travel destination.
Melbourne has awesome street art that is so much more art than grafitti. It's allowed in certian places and gives the city a really vibrant feel.
Driving on the left side of the road also means walking on the left side of the street.
It's not "Yield" it's "Give Way" It's not "Passing" it's "Taking Over" It's not "Carry-Out" it's "Take-Away"
It's not "Melbourne" It's "MelBIN" It's not a "Pitcher of beer" It's a "Jug". There's lots of little things that make me stop for a second but they're easy to understand.
There's not many Americans. As soon as I open my mouth people know I'm either Canadian or American. Back home everyone thought I was a bit crazy to be taking this trip but once I get here there's tons of people doing the same thing. To take a couople years and travel is almost a rite of passage for young people all over the world. I wonder why Americans don't do it more often.
Lots of Love from Down Under!
Where I stayed
Hostel & Backpacker house