Final few days of Southern Hemisphere
Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
31Trip End Mar 04, 2013
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Our flight left at 7am and was a 4 hour flight - and we went back in time by 2 hours because of the time difference. some practice for our flight home when we go back in time 11 hours. When we land it will be 5.10am - but it will seem like 7.10pm - which means chips for breakfast! :-)
We landed and caught the SkyBus to the central bus station and then taxi'd through a very snarly Melbourne to the apartment - and to luxury. After 5.5 weeks in a campervan it's like 5* accommodation - big comfy bed, en-suite, kitchen factilities and TV!!!!
On our first afternoon we trundled into South Yarra to do some shopping, bimbled around the shops and had a very nice dark hot chocolate in the Lindt shop - they give you a pot of melted chocolate, a pot of frothy hot milk, a cup and a spoon - absolutely yummy. Debs did some research, comparing Lindt hot choc waffles to Max B - and Max won (just) on waffle consistency... We then stopped in at Coles for provisions and bimbled back to the apartment for a movie and an early night.
The next day we headed into the CBD and bimbled around - buying some 'momentos' and having a Max B hot chocolate, before heading over to the Docklands area to watch Cirque de Soleil's 'Ovo'. It was our first time seeing the show and it was very cool - the performers do some amazing routines, like running upside whilst balancing objects on their feet, tight ropes, amazing trampoline displays, contortion - all of which we'll be trying next time we're drunk... After a late night and long walk back to the apartment from the Docklands, we decided to chill the next day and head into the CBD in the afternoon. We did some more shopping and I overdosed on an Italian thick hot chocolate at Max B's - before heading back to the apartment to get changed ready for Les Miserables at the Moonlight Cinema.
The Moonlight Cinema is held at the Botanic Gardens, a little secluded sanctuary out of the lights and noise of the town's traffic. Starting at 8.30pm, the sun went down, the bats came out and we sat on bean bag beds and watched the film - which was excellent. It did get a little chilly though but luckily we had a blanket, body warmer, jumper and wooly hat...
Then it was the last day here and we reluctantly faced the day - headed back into town for more shopping :0 - met some people who are coming to London to study for a year and who spent the summer in Bristol. We then headed to Federation Square for some drinks and food at Time Out - and Debs got to have her favourite nachos. I had one too many Pimms... We bimbled back with intentions of packing and ran down our favourite things about being away.
The next morning (today) we packed (didn't happen last night) and are currently chilling out before we embark on our epic journey back to the UK - a pleasant 24 hour flight with a 1.5 hour stop over at Singapore in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
We're very sad to be leaving Australia - and the warmth - the outdoor lifestyle, the people, it's all been fantastic - a truly wonderful experience.