Sun & Sports

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jan 30, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

It was an absolutely beautiful day today, so we decided to spend it right here in St. Kilda. On the first Saturday of every month, there is a market that is set up on about 3 blocks lining the beach, called the Esplande Market. This is where a lot of local painters, artistic medal workers, and the like set up camp for about 7 hours and sell some of their work to the locals and in our case, the tourists. There was tons of little trinkets that we're specially made in Melbourne, so of course I ended up buying myself a cool ring that was handmade by one of the merchants. I haven't taken it off all day!

We then ventured onto the beach since that was the main activity set aside for today. The sand was a lot rougher than what I'm used to on the Jersey Shore! The shells were a bit thicker and the actual beach was way smaller than those found in the core of Wildwood. There were hundreds upon hundreds of people there, either walking around or laying in the sun. There was also quite a few people wind surfing and paddle boarding in the waves, which was pretty cool to watch. We laid and listened to music/read our books and enjoyed the sun and cool breeze for about 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, the wind picked up and the sand was pelting our bodies every time someone walked by, and sometimes even on its on. Now, since the sand was so coarse, these assaults actually hurt! We decided to take cover on a nearby grassy hill so that we could escape the pelting. We didn't realize until we laid back down that now we would just get hit by the dirt/grass/twigs on the hill. So we scratched that plan and headed back for the market and our hostel.

Once we showered and ate dinner on the ground floor of the hostel ($5 roast with carrots, potatoes, and peas - we couldn't beat that) we headed on over to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds to catch a cricket game between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades. Since this game featured both city teams, it was a jam-packed stadium - 46,591 in attendance to be exact - that broke an Australian record for this cricket league. It was pretty cool to see all the kids and adults cheer for their favorite team and/or favorite player (most like a guy named Shane Warne - they called him Warney), but it was definitely hard for us to keep up with that was going on. We tried VERY hard to understand the rules/point system that applied to the game, so we even asked some fans to explain. Some of what they said made sense, but most did not. Kim ended up looking it up online so we could get the mist of what was going on. In the end, the Melbourne Renegades came out on top. Yay Melbourne!

We just got back from the game (after meeting some lads from Northern Ireland - their accents were hilarious, especially because they were drunk) and now we're gonna go to bed. Tomorrow's game plan is to pick up our rental car and then go explore Great Ocean Road. I cannot wait for the pictures that will come from tomorrow's adventure!
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