Finally in Melbourne

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

We were finally headed on the road to Melbourne, a city I have been really looking forward to visiting. I had the pleasure of the 200km drive to the city and we only managed to get lost on one occasion where the sign posting in some wild west town was a bit misleading. It was a breeze driving to Melbourne although on arriving at Dandenong on the outskirts it became total gridlock so we had to crawl our way along the final 20km's.

Arrived in St. Kilda, the beach suburb of Melbourne and our home for the next week. Consulted the bible and went directly to the hostel that sounded the liveliest. The only problem we were going to have was finding a place to park! Checked into the Coffee Palace, which didn't seem that good to be honest, but it was cheaper than we were paying in Sydney so we paid up in full for the discounted weekly rate.

Asked if there was anywhere to park in the area and parked up in some residential street on the road outside someones house. Lets hope it doesn't get towed away sometime this week! With an address sorted for the week I headed straight to the nearest ANZ bank and setup an account. This will become a necessity in the next few weeks when I start work but I can't do that until I collect my tax file number.

Feeling hungry we headed down the incredibly expensive looking Fitzroy St and grabbed a slice of pizza and a coke for $9! Going to be an expensive week! The kitchen in the hostel is out of bounds as it is being renovated so we will need to eat out every meal, but Melbourne is renowned for its good food so I'm not too fussed.

Albert Park was across the street so we wandered over and couldn't believe that the Grand Prix track was literally 5 minutes walk from the hostel! I intend to go to the GP whilst in Melbourne so the hostel would be perfect to stagger back to in a drunken state.

In the evening we went out with a couple of the people from the room and headed to a bar along the seafront, The Espy, that they said was good and had a few drinks. It was cheaper to buy a jug so we got one each for $14! Good job the live music was pretty good as thats one of the most expensive drinks I've ever purchased!

In search of something cheaper we went to the Cushion Lounge where they had $4 pints. I expected the place to be empty but it was packed and it had turned into a nightclub playing some terrible music so I quickly finished the drink and went back to the hostel. The bar there was closed so it was back on the street in search of an off license.

Found an off license, which actually was a bar as well, and purchased a huge bottle of VB for the bargain price of $4! This was the biggest bottle I have witnessed on my travels so far. 800ml of beer! Bigger than a bottle of wine! Took it back to the hostel and it took me close to 2 hours to drink before finally hitting the sack at 2am.
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