Back on bottom of the world
Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
82Trip End Dec 13, 2012
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Where I stayed
Mardirossian family home
Greeting me at the international arrivals were my cousins, Nayre and Aimee. After being exhausted and through everything to get there, I was so happy to see familiar faces. They looked just as a remember, just add 11 years. It was funny too to have them now picking me up at the airport since last time, no one was even old enough to come out with me for a drink. Now....They have their own children, drivers liscenses, a whole new ball game. I still couldn't believe I was finally here, so we made our way to the car
Back at the family home, I got to see the rest of the gang. Sylva, Vartan, Vanig (who was rougly 8 or 9 last time I was around) and now he towered over me. I also met Harry, Aimee's little guy who was now 5 years old, and almost too smart for his own good. Cute little guy, but as I would soon find out, wouldn't fall for any of my tricks that usually work on children of that age. I was given a royal welcoming. Made me wonder why I waited so long to come back. And this was just one of many branches of the family I had to visit while down under.
It was extremely difficult to get used to the time change arriving in Australia. It wasn't a mere 2-4 hour time change, were talking nearly 12 hours. I would usually be awake until nearly 3 am, chatting with people on facebook or skype, or going of for late night bike rides. My first week alone I nearly racked up a 150 kms, doing on average 25 kms a night, usually after midnight when it was nice and queit out. My aunt Sylva was always nervous of me going out late at night time, but I had to reassure her....I have been to much more dangerous places than Melbourne so far
Nayre and Aimee were taking me out and showing me around with their other cousin, Sonia as well. We went to Crown casino, the biggest casino in the southern hemisphere. Not that much gambling when on there, but it was good times just to get out with the fam. It wasn't the busiest week I have had traveling, but it was nice, because I needed to adjust my body to the super heat and time. A nice way to ease myself in to Aussie life.
Funny enough as well, my travel mate from the plane ride to Australia, Sarah, was staying a little over a 30 min bike ride away from my families home in Rowville. Since we exchanged emails, and were keeping in touch, we made plans to meet up and head into the city one day. We took the train into town and with no plan what so ever, ended up having a nice day roaming around getting our bearings and taking some pics. We even stopped and grabbed some things to have a small picnic close to Federation square in the heart of the city over looking the river. No doubt about it....Melbourne is a beautiful and fun city, even just to admire
Now the majority of my family that lives in Australia, lives in Sydney area, so I figure heading up there next would be an obvious next destination. I made some arrangements with Agatha, a cousin up in Sydney, for days that I would be coming up there. It just so happen to work out perfect, that I would be arriving on her birthday. Its funny how coiscidences work out like that.
Time to pack the bike up again and start to head up to the big city of Sydney. Some where around flight 50+, but this was only going to be an hour ish. Thanks for everything Melbourne and Mardirossians....I couldn't have done it without you!