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Whoo Hoo got a House and a Guitar on the same day!

Melbourne, Australia

Today was a really cool day...signed the papers on a three bedroom duplex and randomly found a beautiful Fender Acoustic Guitar in a small music shop.

The house is in Bayswater which is an Eastern suburb of Melbourne about an hour from the CBD (Central Business District) which is what they call Downtown. We will be able to move in on 6/23 so still staying with Carl's friend Shane until then in the little village of Sassafrass.

Shane's place is a small two bedroom house that he calls a cabin. The funny thing about it is it is a prefab that was made in OREGON so, I am walking around on Douglas Fir floors right now! Small world, huh? Shane works as a gardner on some of the expensive estates in this area. We are living in a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusisasts in Melbourne and for tourists looking for a little country life. It is very beautiful here. The village of Sassafrass is basically a tourist attraction with antique shops, tea shops, little restaurants, and trinket shops.

We moved here from Mike and Heike's on Sunday night and spent Tues., Wed. and Thurs. house hunting. Most places were not so great, but the one we liked best for being newest, most spacious and in the best neighborhood is the one we were accepted for. I will post pics of it when we move in. Friends will loan some furniture and I am looking for deals on Gumtree.com.au which is like Craigslist in the states.

The move in date keeps me on schedule for leaving on my trip North in the middle or last week on July depending on how quickly I get my act together. So that is good.

Finding the guitar was pure serendipity, Carl has a problem with viral conjunctivitis in his left eye since before I arrived and he wanted to go to his Doctor and get it looked at and while he did that I wandered into a tiny music shop. I started looking at guitars and the brands were all unfamiliar and then I saw a Fender six string acoustic sitting on a rack away from the "For Sale" guitars on the wall.

The man who owned the store is named "Heinz" and he is from Austria originally, nice guy a little older than me. He said the guitar was a resale they had just inspected and done a little work on and it was not even priced yet. I picked it up and it felt and sounded just right for me...love at first string! Heinz and I made a deal and I got what looks like a Crocodile leather hardcase for it included with the guitar. I will take a pic and post it when I can get it out in the daylight for a good shot.

You cannot imagine how happy I am to have found it and to make a little music over here. So all in all a very nice day!

Tonight I've got the cabin all to myself, Shane and Carl are both out on dates so a little peace and quiet is nice. i will post some pics of the area around Sassafrass and of Carl's creepy eye for your amusement and amazement.

Remember, you can post comments here for me to see if you want instead of sending me emails about the blog! Cheers!

permalink written by  Mike_Veine on June 15, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia
from the travel blog: Mike's Magical Mystery Tour
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Sounds like a wonderful adventure so far! What's the weather like there now?

permalink written by  Laurie on June 16, 2012

The weather is cool and wet. 55 degrees high and 40 degree lows. We did have one night when it got to freezing as the low. A bit more humid than Portland.

permalink written by  Mike_Veine on June 17, 2012

hi Mike we have been keeping a eye on your progress. That train you were on didn't go further west did it?

permalink written by  Arlene and Ian Wienert on August 4, 2012

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