Capital of Victoria

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Phil and I hit the tables around two in the morning.  After a couple hours, we were both up, so we decided to get some sleep back in the van.  After a brief rest, we returned the van (which was not an easy task) and took a taxi into town.  Then, we waited around for Phil's cousin, who was driving into Melbourne to hang out for the night.  We checked out some hostels but ended up staying in a hotel, which was a nice change of pace for me.  The three of us didn't find too much that night, but we managed to have a good time.

We checked out of the hotel the next morning.  Phil's cousin drove back home, and Phil and I checked into a hostel in the middle of town.  I headed out to check out the town for the day.  I rode on the free bus and tram that circle the city and give a nice overview of all the highlights - Melbourne's a nice city.  It was fun at one point for me to compare this city with all the cities I visitied in Asia - just a little different.  Went to the casino again that night with Phil and did well. 

Phil checked out the next morning, and we hung around until he had to go catch his flight in the evening.  And then, I went to the casino =^).  It was a crazy night, but I ended up fairly big.  After three nights of profit, I learned my lesson from Adelaide and vowed to find other ways to spend my evenings.  It is funny to think that I'm grinding my way through Australia though. 

The next morning, I stopped into a Student Flights store and, surprisingly, ended up booking a flight home!  This is more amazing than you think since I had been deliberating on future courses of action for a while: should I go to NZ?  Or maybe Fiji?  In the end, I decided to get back home to take care of some things before heading down to the Caribbean to sail around with a friend's dad in February.  It was an exciting event - now I had a set timeframe on my trip to Australia in which I could make things fall into place.

I had checked out of the hostel I was at with the intention of heading south to the suburb of St. Kilda.  I ended up going north to North Melbourne for some reason.  Spent the next couple days at the library, checking out sights, and watching movies/reading books.  Going to a free tournament at the casino tonight, then maybe down to visit Fletch in St. Kilda tomorrow.

Oh my goodness, my blog has actually caught up to present time...I don't know what to do.  Well, right now I'm working on transportation and accomodation for the rest of my route.  Not an easy task with the holidays, so we'll see what happens.  It's weird having Christmas in the summertime.  Have I mentioned how much wider people are here than in Asia?  I don't know if I have, but they are - it's crazy.  We really need to fix our whole food situation.  More random notes: it's amazing how fast things dry in the Outback.  It's funny to see how all the backpackers are eating the same cheap food from Coles all the time.  People in Melbourne get in the left lane to turn right - strange.  Australians love mohawks and calling people 'champion' - different.  I guess that's it.  I will be home around the last two weeks in January, so let me know if you're around D.C.  Has anyone seen this show called Kid Nation?  I saw the first episode in Adelaide - it's great.  Anyways, hope that whole winter thing is working out for everybody - I'll try to send some pictures from the beach real soon ;^).  Happy holidays, all.
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