Wildlife, Souvenirs and Comedy

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
Trip End May 16, 2005

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Today we drove back up to the Yarra Valley as there's a wildlife Sanctuary in Healesville. I wanted Colleen and Jon to get a chance to see the wildlife as Jon wouldn't stop crapping on about how he wanted to beat up all the Australian wildlife... right, typical male. So anywho, I drove them up there and dropped em off as I've already been to 2 wildlife parks since being here and well, didn't need to see another. There was an Aboriginal cultural center that I took a walk through. The cultural center was designated to the aboriginal people of that area who back in the 1800s had been placed on a type of reservation. The reservation went through some troubled times when it wasn't well managed and it eventually was taken over as it was prime real estate. To make a long story short the reservation was eventually given back to the people but really the aboriginal story in Australia is very sad. In fact even to this day the big issue is that the government, (John Howard the PM) will not make a formal apology of saying a simple "I'm sorry" to the wrongs that occurred to the Aboriginal people in the past. Granted these people are not directly to blame for what happened but what's so hard about saying a simple apology? I then went into Healesville and did a little walk around. Found a fantastic little boutique and bought a pair of shoes. Shoes are a weakness but I love them so. We then stopped quickly back at home, had some lunch and drove into the city. We parked at Camberwell station and took the train in as I didn't want to deal w/ city driving and parking. We got into the city and went over to Federation Square. I was very excited to show Colleen this building as the funky fašade is made of fractals! Colleen being the math geek she is was VERY excited! Fractal according to her repeat themselves 3 times of which was the case. You have a triangle. 5 triangles made a larger triangle. 5 of those triangles make an even larger triangle. I guess that was 3 times equaling a fractal! SO insanely exciting! No really, it's pretty neat, math is cool. So Colleen liked that. We then did some souvenir shopping for Colleen and Jon and took a walk through the arcades. We headed up to Brunswick street for dinner at Bimbo's pizza... good pizza, strange restaurant but I liked it but it is Brunswick street and then had some Gelato! Mmmmm gelato. Don't know if quitting smoking or all the ice cream and chocolate I've been eating has been making me gain weight but I'm sure it's a combination of both. We then went to the semi-final for the Raw Comedy Festival, which is part of Melbourne's International Comedy fest going on now. Justin Hamilton from Triple J was the host and god he was funny! Colleen and I were in tears! The raw comedy semi final was 18 young undiscovered different comedians from around Melbourne who were competing to win the final. Some were really really good and some were really really bad... regardless it was a fun night!
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