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Melbourne, Australia

As the plane was coming into land at Melbourne airport and as the lights lit up the city below, I could tell it was my kind of place.

I arrived at the airport and it was yet another transfer bus to my accommodation in the city. I had no clue where I was going but luckily made friends with a girl on the bus who kindly showed me where my hostel was. She had just returned from a holiday in Fiji so she told me all the good places to go for my trip next year.

I arrived at the King Street Backpackers and shared a dorm with 15 people – you should have heard the racket those snorers made! The next day, I booked myself in for a week at the All Nations on Spencer Street….what a mistake! It was a huge place with really friendly staff but unfortunately the gross showers, smelly rooms and happy hardcore music going on until 6am let it down. Still for $90 per week I could hack it for a week!

Helen and I were reunited at our favourite Auckland café, Gloria Jeans and instead of the job hunting we had proposed we decided to have an all day catch up! Helen had been staying with her neighbour from home, Feysal and his wife Jo who had moved over to Australia so we met up with them for a few drinks.

The next day, Feysal took us on his Neighbours tour, where we got to see Ramsay Street – although surprisingly it’s actually called something else! We took numerous photos of ourselves outside the houses of Harold Bishop, Karl Kennedy and Paul Robinson. It is so small compared to the street we see on the big screen and although we didn’t get to see any filming I’m hoping to go on the Neighbours trivia night soon and meet Harold and co in the flesh!

We then were taken to several wineries and cheese place where we tried lots of different cheese and wines and I discovered I actually quite liked red wine, after years of hating the beetle juice! After feeling a little bit sleepy after all the wine, we headed back to Feysal’s where he cooked kangaroo steaks! I was surprised how nice they were (and no it doesn’t taste like chicken!) but Helen was put off after she saw some kangaroos being naughty along the east coast!

After a week of staying at All Nations, Feysal and Jo kindly offered for Helen and I to house sit for the week. I was so relieved to get out of the backpackers and to stay in such a nice house with sky TV, a nice sunny garden and my own room!

We spent most of the time job hunting and after a few weeks of being ladies of leisure we have found work doing data entry for the state election and I also have had a couple of days work within the prison service doing reception work.

After a lot of house hunting, we have now found a hostel we think may be similar to our accommodation back in Auckland. We get a slight gay vibe from the place and the chap that runs the place seems slightly deranged but it may make some funny stories for this blog so we’re going to give it a go!

permalink written by  Susie Sue on November 9, 2006 from Melbourne, Australia
from the travel blog: Oz Adventures
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