The plan for this past weekend was that I was going to hang around Echuca and go out on a boat to go water skiing (just ‘skiing’ here…side note: ‘skiing’ is water skiing and ‘hockey’ is field hockey…you have to add snow or ice in front so they know you’re talking about the Canadian versions!)…anyway, skiing didn’t happen for a few reasons, which was okay…nobody really needs to see me try to ski…on water or on snow. So while watching the news on Friday night and learning about a cool festival being held for just Saturday night I asked Simon if I could tag along to Melbourne with him (he was heading into the city anyway to pick up some art he had on order) and I asked if he wanted to go to the event too…of course always being up for an adventure he said yes so we were up early Saturday morning and on our way.
The concept of the night is incredible and, from what I did get to see, totally cool…however, for someone who suffers a bit from claustrophobia, I had a difficult time when we moved to the more popular area of the event. At about 10:00pm Simon got to see me have a little mini panic attack but I recovered when we moved off to a less crowded section of the street (and when I say less crowded I mean about 15,000 people around me instead of 150,000). I was slightly disappointed because I really wanted to see more of the instalments but I honestly wouldn’t have been able to make it through the crowd of over 500,000 to see the rest.
To get an idea of what the night was about and to see some professional pictures from the event have a look here.
For some of my own pictures just scroll down!
All in all it was a fun night and it was followed up by the best breakfast I have ever had in Melbourne (and trust me, I have had many breakfasts in the city) so all in all I was incredibly glad I tagged along on an impromptu road trip!
My friend and I packed up and went for a drive Saturday morning and we headed to a small town in central Victoria for some hiking…or ‘bush walking’.
We wanted to get to a place called Hanging Rock but upon arriving the park ranger was turning people away as he was closing up early due to weather conditions…the dry, hot temperatures (at or above 40 for pretty much the entire time I’ve been out here) had cause a total fire ban for the state and was great cause for concern for that particular park. He was helpful though and directed us to another park that was open so off we went…staying cautious of the conditions.
We explored a very nice wooded area (with a very short walk) near Mount Macedon and then had a lovely drive through the town named the same. Still wondering where to get in another hike, we eventually found the Camel’s Hump and proceeded on a short, but very steep, hike up to the top. We were about 1km up and the view was amazing!!
We continued to explore in the park and found Memorial Cross which has a strong history as a monument to a fallen solider in WWI. Very beautiful location with another gorgeous view.
After exploring and cleaning up we headed off to dinner in the tiny town of Macedon and ate at a local restaurant called Olive Jones and had a very entertaining night! When we were getting out of the car we heard live music and decided, even with the heat, we would sit outside in the garden to listen to the music…well it turned out the music was a one man karaoke singer who enjoyed his own jokes and dancing like a fool to his singing. Simon and I made a pact…”no eye contact”!! It was funny and a good night all around….even if it did take 2 hours to order, eat and pay!
It was an excellent start to my adventure here and I am looking forward to many other road trips and trips in general!
I have been getting rides into work since I have started and I am not one to be reliant on others so I figured I best get used to riding and get familiar with where I need to go. It has also been crazy hot here so getting a lift to work has been a blessing.
I set out yesterday to get a handle on the bike that was left for me. Headed into town and stopped by the local bike shop to search for a lock and a basket. YES…a basket. I will be riding to work mainly and my school bag has been incredibly heavy this first week (and I can’t see it getting any better) so I thought I would need a little extra storage…plus…with it being this hot I will need to shower every morning when I get to work!
Anyway…I thought I would take you on a little tour of what my bike ride looked like today…I didn’t video my trip into work but I will do that this week and I will also do a little video of my new work surroundings as well!
It is 3:20pm here and 42 degrees Celsius…when the wind blows it just makes you hotter because the wind is also 42 degrees!! I have honestly never felt heat like this. I am grateful it is a very dry heat…and I am also very grateful for air-conditioning!!!