12.17.2010 - 12.20.2010
When I first arrived in New Zealand and was missing the pace of life in San Francisco, several people told me to visit Melbourne as it bores an uncanny resemblance to my favorite city by the bay. And thanks to United’s lack of service from New Zealand to the states, I was pretty much forced to choose between flying out of Melbourne or Sydney. Melbourne, here I come.
Unfortunately, a combination of factors has made this not quite the best trip in the world. One: rain. Lots of it. My preferred way of getting to know a city is to walk it. Being too cheap to buy an umbrella makes it slightly more challenging. Second factor, for about the first time on my whole trip, I’ve been feeling quite homesick. A little bit like a little kid at camp. Unfortunately, I no longer have the option to call up my parents and say in a tearful voice, “will you come pick me up?” Although I did make an attempt, with tears and all, to get Juan to fly over. Which, speaking of, I’m going to make the big reveal. His name is Blair. That felt fairly anticlimactic, but that’s okay. Anyway, I’m feeling a bit in limbo of wishing that I were either in the comfort of my broken down home with my little honey or at home in San Francisco playing with my little nieces and nephew.
Alas, that is not so and all I can do is make the best of my time here. Despite the rain, there have been periods of dry weather while the clouds reload their ammo. From what I can tell, Melbourne is quite a cool city with a vibrant art scene. It’s also really tourist friendly. They have a free tourist shuttle and trolley car which offers automated commentary about the various areas all over the city. Sadly, my trip is not ending with a couchsurfing experience, as I would have preferred, over hostel life. I think I was a bit too used to the last minute nature of life in new Zealand and didn’t really get my act together early enough to get a spot with anyone here as all requested couches were booked. But, it may work out for the best as I probably wouldn’t be the best surfer at the moment. I would expect my feedback to be along the lines of: “kind of boring and mopey. Seemed quite keen to go to bed at 8 pm.”
Alright, the rain decided to take a rest and I’m going to venture out to make the most of it.