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Jan 9, 2007 - Flying off to Melbourne!

Well after the busy day on Thursday in Sydney sorting out my travels for Australia, I flew down to Melbourne on Friday afternoon. After a quick flight, about 1 1/2 hours, I landed late in the afternoon and was picked up by Peta, an old friend from my Edinburgh days! Was off in my first car journey of Australia, stopping for a slurpie (yummy haven't had one of those in years!!) before meeting up with friends Sharon and stopping at Dave's for a lovely BBQ. It was definitely a good night as it was a nice hot 36 degrees. It was definitely an...

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Jan 8, 2007 - Melbourne, VIC

MELBOURNE \ CHRISTMAS \ CRICKET - Sunday 24th December to Friday 29th (Days 57-63) Arriving late the previous evening we met up with Jim & Karl who we were to share an apartment with for next 7 nights in Melbourne, and headed straight for the Turf Bar, official HQ of the Barmy Army for a PINT (none of your schooners-short measurers stuff). Gill and I spent Christmas Eve looking around Melbourne centre and getting those last minute presents, and some decorations for the apartment. (Jim and Karl spent it drinking-a theme that was to repeat...

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Jan 8, 2007 - Melbourne

We finally made it back to Melbourne and I was already supposed to be meeting up with Nikki and Jonny and the hostel. It was Neighbour's night at one of the bars in the city so I was meeting them out. Neightbour's is this really bad soap filmed in Melbourne but all the English are obsessed with it so they all pay $35 to go to Neighbour's night on Mondays to meet some of the stars. I met up with Derick, Emma, and Chris and we all went to meet Nikki and Jonny at the other bar.

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Jan 7, 2007 - We've arrived!

G'day mates! Well it's taken 23 hours of flying, eating aeroplane food that was actually quite tasty, and laughing along as Borat takes the US by storm, but we've finally arrived in not so sunny Melbourne. It's a bit overcast at the moment, but we're starving, so breakfast will be the first point of call! We arrived at Hotel Bakpak (or whatever it's called, long story), thanks to the work of a taxi driver that didn't seem to know which country he was in, and have settled in our temporary home. (Michele you were right and we're glad our...

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Jan 6, 2007 - Back to Melbourne

We arrived back in Melbourne yesterday evening after another comfortable crossing of Bass Straight. I have heard many stories of the crossing between Melbourne and Devonport being hairy and I'm sure it is at times, however we were blessed with two very calm days for both journeys to which we are very grateful. The only drama came when, after positioning ourselves in the best possible spot to view both Tasmania fading in the distance, and the final humiliation of the poms in the Ashes (i.e.; very near a TV), a woman working on board decided...

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Jan 3, 2007 - Day 32 - Port Campbell to Belgrave (nr Melbourne)

On the road at 8pm after a quick cappucino and massive croissant to get to the Cape Ottway Lighthouse. We spotted even more wild koalas (poor Alex must have got fed up stopping all the time so that I could get yet another photo)on the road down to the lighthouse. It was really fascinating seeing the inside of the building as well as the keeper's cottage. Apollo Bay was next - great weather so the beaches were very busy but yet again a beautiful place..... Further on the coast we came to Wye River where we stopped for lunch, watched a bit...

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Jan 1, 2007 - Day 30 - Sydney to Port Fairy (via Melbourne)

Well as expected, the fireworks at 9pm and midnight were spectacular. We could see them going off all across the city from my parent's hotel room (they had a harbour view so I opted for that rather than sit it out for hours down at the shore). The midnight ones were amazing though and the bridge looked fabulous with it's red coat-hanger and diamond all lit up. Thanks to everyone for the Happy New Year texts - it's still hard to believe that I started a new year in somewhere like Sydney and was a part of the 75th anniversary...

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Dec 31, 2006 - Melbourne

It was a long, slow drive through the outskirts of Melbourne to our campground about 16km from the city centre. We stayed 5 nights in Melbourne and had a wonderful time. We spent quite a bit of time catching up with my sister, Lucinda. As always Auntie LuLu was a big hit with the girls and they were very sad to say good-bye to her again. We also had a few good nights with some of Guy's old friends that he hadn't seen for the past ten years. In between times we explored the city centre and St Kilda, went to the museum (well, Guy and the...

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Dec 29, 2006 - Ashes and Partying in Melbourne!

After our fuzzy heads from the previous day (Xmas Day), we spent our first day apart for one and a half months! Sophy had a lie in, some retail shopping and a chick flick at the cinema film with Rhiane, while Paul headed off to the MCG to meet 7 of the lads from the Xmas day party to watch the traditional Boxing Day test match. This was the 100th Test match held at the MCG and the view from the seats was incredible. The MCG can hold up to 100,000 people, the stadium was absolutely awesome and that day there was an attendance of 89,155. The...

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Dec 26, 2006 - Merry Melbourne Christmas!

We arrived in Melbourne at Midday from our flight from Brisbane. First impressions of Melbourne was that it was quite cold and after speaking to some people, we understood Melbourne can have all 4 seasons in one day! We caught the airport bus to our central 4 star hotel which was a little Xmas present to ourselves, as well as getting upgraded to a Deluxe room and a very good deal with the help of Sophy's colleague Regan (Big Thanks Regan!). We went out to explore and first point of call was the Rialto Towers which has a 55th Floor...

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Dec 24, 2006 - Melbourne

was aThurs December 28 What a day we have had! Just when I had given up hope of getting tickets for the test match we got talking to some people about the unavailability of tickets on the net whilst we could clearly see empty seats on the TV. Not long after that a guy approached us, having gotten wind of our disappointment and said he was a member of the MCC. As a member he could access two tickets, and if we wanted to risk it we could all go to the ground and see if we could get another member to give us access to their two tickets....

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Dec 23, 2006 - Merry Christmas Eve... Eve

Hello All, I guess everyone's now on holiday, preparing to stretch their trousers (and liver capacity) during a week of Xmas excess!!! Jodie and I are both feeling a bit homesick, missing friends and family who we're used to sharing the holidays with... Still the reports of frozen fog are making us feel a little bit better about being in Oz (it's +30 degrees here)!! Not a lot to report on the last couple of days. We've mostly mooched around Melbourne and chilled out so will keep it brief. Hope you're all well and look forward to catching...

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