My first visit to Melbourne was a high school music tour. In the middle of winter. It was freezing, raining and hailing, and they took us to the beach. Needless to say, I wasn't a huge fan of Melbourne after that. My second visit was only as the start of the Great Ocean Road. I noticed just how flat it is (I like hills). It was January. It was freezing, grey and raining. This did not improve my opinion. However, when my bestie moved there a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to go and visit. This was the only wedding-free weekend before the end of this school term.
1. I was actually looking forward to going to Melbourne. Partly to see Jeannie, partly to escape a nasty neighbour situation, partly to learn to at least like this city. Post-landing required a coffee by the window. I caught the Skybus from the airport, then bought an actual ticket and caught the train to Jeannie's nearest station. Later, I bought a myki (like Brisbane's gocard).
3. Dinner was at the Oxford Scholars' Pub, then coffee (this was I think my 5th for the day...) at the Marriott (reasonable).
5. Saturday morning. Running. In a new place. With no fixed route. Agh! I had to remind my brain, this is a good thing. We ran 12 km around the neighbourhood, nice long straight streets, a few gentle rises, a bit of bike path and oval. It was lovely seeing the gardens - although not pretentious at all, just the difference between the plants in Melbourne and Brisbane was interesting. We're both running the Melbourne half marathon, and now I'm really looking forward to it!
9. We went to a production of Under Milk Wood. In St David's Welsh Presbyterian Church (of course). This was a Whistling Vicar Theatre production - still running until September 1st I think. Both of us were a little anxious about having to listen to words so much, but there was enough acting to help us along. Plus good singing. Plus Welsh accents (yet no "but I am the only gay in the village"!). And, as I was meant to have read this in high school (I admit it, I cheated), references by other family members previously went over my head but now I know what they're talking about. I would have missed about a quarter of the dialogue still, but that's much better than I expected.
The weather was still quite overcast on Saturday, and the general landscape reminded me at various times of Sydney, Adelaide, and Canberra. However, it is starting to grow on me.