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Jun 26, 2006 - Melbourne - Cold Weather and Strikes

B: We arrived off the train in the dark and the weather was properly cold for the first time on our trip. At the hostel, we upgraded from a dorm to our own private room. The hostel was very hip with funky colours, trendy toilets and a roof-top balcony with views over downtown Melbourne. That night we headed to the Metropolitan pub for a meal which turned out to be very good - it had won pub of the year in 2005. We found Melbourne quite lacking in must-see sights and must-do activities; it is more of a lifestyle city. I suggested we head out...

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Jun 26, 2006 - Melbourne

And so back to Oz, and the joys of jobhunting... 27/06/06 Been in Melbourne just over a week now, and remembering how depressing job hunting can be. If i had longer then it would probably be fine, but I'm fast running out of time since I want tospend a month travelling up the east coast before I go home. So that leaves me around 5 weeks to work in. Although if I don't find a job I can't afford to go anywhere anyway! So agencies have been joined and pestered and CVs have been handed out, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but also...

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Jun 24, 2006 - Melbourne

Hello everyone, well we made it here in one piece! We are now living in a nice wee suburb of Melbourne called St Kilda, it's very lively with a lot going on so we are happy with our choice. We moved into our flat a few weeks ago (I've posted some photos, happy now mum?!). It's a big flat, quite retro - not exactly the colours we would have picked but it's and ideal base for us for the time being. We are chuffed with the place and we were dying to have a house warming party but then we realised we had no-one to invite yet (awwww!). So if...

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Jun 11, 2006 - (I Come From) The Land Down Under

So we expected the transition from Delhi, India to Melbourne, Australia to be shocking, but wow! We spent three and a half weeks in the Land Down Under and never tired of the blue sky, the clean air, the wide and unbroken sidewalks, the easy access to brie cheese and organic vegetables. Our transition back into the First World began in the Singapore airport, where there was FREE internet access and a piece of mocha cheesecake cost as much as our hotel rooms in Cambodia. But man, that cheesecake was good! I have to admit that the ease of...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Carolyn and Murray are married!

Wow, it has been an eventful week! We've driven up the Great Ocena Road and seen the 12 apostles (great big rocks jutting out of the sea by a really picturesque coastline), been to Warrnambool, Geelong (Rob bought his didge there from the Narana cultural centre), Ballarat and of course, Queenscliff, the site of the wedding. Speaking of the wedding, while it isn't our story to tell, it was absolutely perfect. The guests were marvellous and we love Murray's family and we think they liked us too, the sun was out, everybody looked really,...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Melbourne International CCI*** 3 Day Event at The National Equestrian Centre in Werribee, near Melbourne.

The journey to Werribee from Adelaide took 9 and a half hours by wagon! We stopped for half an hour to get the horse's heads down but then completed the whole run. We also took Scott Keach and his horse ESB Irish Fiddle. He isn't Elite-listed but is a proper spooky thing and Scott wanted to give him time to settle in. After settling the horses for the night we got the wagon set-up for our ten-day stay. The first night was really cosy as Scott and Nicky's caravan was locked so they had to kip in with us. Fortunately the luton was massive so...

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Claire's Big Trip!

May 25, 2006 - Melbourne bound

We're here in Melbourne! We thought the LA-Melbourne leg was 17 hours, but then we found out it was only 14 hours. True to form, we were diverted to Sydney and then had to cirrlce Melbourne due to fog before we eventually landed....17 hours after leaving LA. Touche. Anyway, we met up woth marianne's parents and the best man (matt) and we're just about to head out and get to the hotel then eat and walk around the city centre. More to come for sure! The country side from the plane looks like Canada until you se that all the trees are...

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May 22, 2006 - Melbourne Part I

Hello Everyone! I have been in Melbourne since Thursday, and it has been pretty cool so far. Some say Melbourne is more like Vancouver because of the arts and cultural factor, but it is definately missing the beautiful scenery that Sydney has! On Thursday, my very delayed flight landed and i made my way to a hostel for the night. A friend of mine picked me up to go to the Carron Pub to watch the biggest fight ever for Australia - the Mundine vs Green fight.. and the pubs everywhere were PACKED! The next morning i was chatting with a few...

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May 8, 2006 - my flight to Melbourne, Australia

AUCKLAND TO MELBOURNE ON QANTAS After flying back to Auckland and spending the night at John Sax's house (I wrote about that great place last week), I hopped on Qantas' 6:50 a.m. flight to Melbourne. Qantas was operating a 747-400 series airplane -- one of my favorites. By the looks of the gate area I thought there wouldn't be an empty seat on the plane, but I was wrong -- that's how big it is. In fact, business class was almost completely empty (I scored an upgrade). The 1,640-mile flight over the Tasman Sea took only 3 1/2 hours, and...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

May 8, 2006 - my flight to Melbourne, Australia

AUCKLAND TO MELBOURNE ON QANTAS After flying back to Auckland and spending the night at John Sax's house (I wrote about that great place last week), I hopped on Qantas' 6:50 a.m. flight to Melbourne. Qantas was operating a 747-400 series airplane -- one of my favorites. By the looks of the gate area I thought there wouldn't be an empty seat on the plane, but I was wrong -- that's how big it is. In fact, business class was almost completely empty (I scored an upgrade). The 1,640-mile flight over the Tasman Sea took only 3 1/2 hours, and...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Apr 30, 2006 - We Are Family

Up at three, off to airport (again) for uneventful flight to Melbourne, only concern being 'Do I have a visa for Australia?'. They let me in, so I must have, and after changing the date on my next flight to Sydney I grab a hire car for a few days. Just hit the road, and with a bit of stopping-and-asking, find my way out to Annabels house NW of the city. I must really be in Australia as I pass three signs, warning first of Kangaroos, then Koalas and finally Wombats in the road with 5km of each other! I find Annabel, Caspar & their friends...

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Apr 29, 2006 - Melbourne, Australia

It felt so good to be in a proper city again. Despite 11 hours on a cold coach where the driver insisted on stopping every few minutes for a cigarette, it felt good to land in such a cool place. We arrived in the early hours when the Queen Victoria Market was just being set up, yet it was still busier than Canberra could ever hope to be. Bleary-eyed and in a daze, we wandered the streets, checked out Federation Square and watched the trams go by. The square is a new addition to Melbourne and for many an unwelcome one with its jagged edges...

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