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Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 29, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Friday, September 25, 2009

We have deliberately not updated the blog for a while, friends and family may have worried that we had fallen off the edge of the world but we wanted to really absorb ourselves in Ozzy culture before we came to any real conclusions and our first impressions. 

Our very first impression of Australia as we got off the plane, it was bloody freezing! Its been pretty cold all week, not the sunshine state we were led to believe from watching Neighbors! Its early spring here so we have to expect changeable weather, everyone has told us how Melbourne is famous for 'four seasons in a day' they aren't joking the day can start gloriously sunny, overcast by mid morning, start hailing by dinner time with freezing winds then be red hot again in the evening.

Its a strange place to say the least, but that seems to sum up our experience in Oz really, you can have preconceptions for anywhere you visit but it was always going to be different from just seeing if a place is nice to visit, we are here for the long haul. We are defiantly coming round to Australia though, the culture is so different to what we expected and what we are use to in Europe. The culture defiantly seems to lean toward America and the place has a very American feel with the wide roads and brash attitude, but this is mixed with a very un-American easy going attitude with a bit of a hint of Brit humor.

Our friend Blair collected us from the airport, he's a true easy going Ozzy we met in Cambodia on a tour five years ago, along with others on the tour we have all stayed in touch and remained good friends. He's been a real help and made the transition alot easier for us, his family have also been diamonds and really made us feel at home. We also caught up with our friends from Manchester Matt and Jools who have been living in Melbourne for over a year, its been great and surreal at the same time catching with the same people we use to talk to about how great it would be to finally get here, here!

Apart from Blair running us all over Melbourne and around while he's been on leave his Dad also offered to drive us to the old mining town of Echuca, the drive from Melbourne took us through what felt like real Australia, away from the generic city that could have been anywhere in the world we passed through towns that could only be described as true country Ozzy. The drive was long and the country was predictively massive, we were starting to get a real feel of the scale of things here. Echuca is now predominately a tourist town after being a missive inland port that follows the Murray river, its gold mining boom days have been preserved in the old buildings and steam boats that plod up and down the river.

We have already seen our fair share of wildlife, roo's, penguins, bats, possums, loads of amazing birds and our first deadly spiders! I'm not really frightened of animals but seeing my first white back left me a bit shocked, more shocked as we were helping Blair's dad clean out the shed and I had only just started! With marigolds in hand we finished the clean up with a watchful eye.

We have had a great few weeks in Melbourne, our initial fears are becoming a distant memory as we get on with life down under. We are heading off to Adelaide on a 8 hour long train journey early next week and catching up with Adelaide travelers who we met way back in Poland, they have offered to put us up for a few nights before we move on to the Adelaide Hills where we have found a really friendly couple who have agreed to put up with us while we find our feet in the area. The Australians we have met and talked to so far have been so encouraging and friendly that in true Ozzy spirit we are really looking forward to 'havin a go!'
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