Game, Set and Match!
Trip Start Oct 13, 2011
48Trip End Jun 07, 2012
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Conor: Let me start by saying that I loved Melbourne, and that we didn't nearly do it justice in our time there. That said it was a great way to finish our Australian odyssey!
The evening we had arrived we didn’t do much past say hello to Annabel’s parents and go to bed. The next day we all had tickets (of one sort or another) to the tennis final, so we didn’t have much time to spare. We made a quick visit to Federation Square and the surrounding museums. We spent a lot of time in the Museum of Moving Images which had a wicked Space exhibition on, and Annabel and her parents quickly popped into the Contemporary Art Museum, which apparently wasn’t so great. We quickly popped back to get our things, introduced Annabel to sushi (which she now loves!) and got on the tram to the Rod Laver arena
When the game began Jan and Annabel went off to claim their seats and Steve and I settled in to watch a few sets. As some of you may know this was the longest finals match in history, so the first set lasted a fair bit of time in its own right! After this I had arranged to meet Jen and Heledd in Federation Square, where they were watching the match. A short walk got me there just after the second set had started to discover that, unsurprisingly, it was jammed packed; mainly with backpackers! In a wise tactical decision Jen and Heledd had taken refuge in the adjacent pub, that was really empty. Here we could watch the game, with a drink, on one of the mini TV’s. The only thing was that the screen resolution had blocked out the score, so we had to try and work it out from the commentary. We tried writing it down on a napkin at one point, but after a few drinks that ceased to work so we just enjoyed ourselves
Annabel: As I had a ticket actually for the Rod Laver arena with my mum, my night was a little bit different! To be honest, to start with it wasn’t really the most enjoyable match to watch. The tennis itself was great, as to be expected with two players like that, but the atmosphere in the arena was not very good at all. It seemed like literally every person in there, bar about 30, were Nadal supporters, me not being one of them, who didn’t seem to understand the polite and diplomatic nature of tennis. When Nadal would score a mediocre point ,or even Djokavic served a double fault (something you should never cheer) the crowd would erupt like he had just won the tournament! Then if Djokovic made a really good shot they would be a bit of subdued clapping. I felt like I couldn’t even really cheer for Djokovic cause of the looks I’d get! This all wasn’t helped by the fact that my mum and me could really see anything comfortably over the rather tall and large women sat in front of us and quite possibly the meanest old woman I have ever met who insisted her bag 'Hedwig’ have the seat next to her the entire match
We awoke early, me and Conor still extremely tired and my parents somehow not (how do they do that!) and headed off to the Neighbours office to get on our tour bus. All the way to the TV studios our driver, Jerry, regaled us with interesting facts and anecdotes about Neighbours and how the show is filmed, constantly telling us ‘they lie!’ in a very Irish accent. He was hilarious. Out of the 4 of us, I was the only one who actually watched the show. My mum has seen it quite a few times at it’s on in the house, Conor has watched it a bit when I do, and my dad probably tried to block it out when he ever saw it on
Before we went off to the Pub in St. Kilder were the event was held, Me, Conor, mum and dad all met up with Jen and Heledd to have a meal together as this was the last time me and Conor were going to see them. We had a lovely meal (thanks mum and dad!) then had to say our final goodbyes. We left Jen and Heledd at the tram station and the four of us headed off to St Kilder. My mum and dad weren’t coming to the Neighbours night! But you can see penguins on the beach down there so they were coming to have a look at them
The next day it was time to say goodbye to my parents, as it was the day we flew to New Zealand! Unfortunately my dad wasn’t very well in the morning so couldn’t come to the airport, but my mum came with us come to see us off. And New Zealand is where we are now, in Auckland. We are off tomorrow to see some of Conor’s family friends, then it will be time to start the Kiwi bus! Phase 3 of the great adventure here we come!