23.03.2009 22 °C
Finally got moving down to Federation Square around noon after having a so called "webcam" with my BFF. Actually, we webcammed and she had to type....lol. Was great for us!
Federation Square is the heart of Melbourne where lots of activities happen and it centres the several museums, blah, blah...was neat but we really enjoyed walking over to Rod Laver Arena where Nadal won the title this year and where Dean watched the final match. Checked out the MCG too where they play cricket and Aussie Football.
Then with my two construction men on hand, naturally they notice all the construction zones and wondered what was being built. As we walked and talked about the construction (well, some talked, some just walked), we stopped a construction worker (easily identifiable by his florescent yellow shirt which must be a requirement down here). Wwe had a most interesting conversation with him and the building that he was erecting is the new home for the footie and soccer teams, I guess. Don't quote me, I was half listening! We chatted for quite awhile and learned more about the cultural down under. Did you know that Australia (like us crazy Canucks) had some stupid mortgages called NINJNA (shortened to NINJA) which were mortgages for people with No Income No Jobs No Assets). Yep, same shit happens down under. Economy is slow down here too!
Did some shopping and had a little bit of fun.
Again, we walked half way home before waiting for a tram for 45 minutes for Tram No. 79 and then realized that you had to take Tram 78 first and get off to get on Tram 79 to go to St. Kilda. Wondered why everyone keep getting on Tram 78 and no one was waiting for Tram 79. So much for our handy little tourist guide, Dean....no tip for him!
Went out for wonderful Mexican food at Amigo restaurant. Our waitress was South African...what the heck? I told you Melbourne is a very diverse place, didn't I? She was very nice and friendly and served great Sol priced at $8.80AU, enchiladas, jimichana's, mojito's and strawberry daiquiris.
On our walk back to our hostel, what do we see but a stopped tram, the driver out front reading the paper and smoking. With a few drinks in us, we asked the driver what he was reading and yep, you guessed it....he wanted to talk to. Aussie's are so friendly! He told us how to drive the tram and other useful and helpful information.
Tomorrow, we're off to Brisbane for 3 days. Gotta book our trip to the Australia Zoo and see the big roos and koalas.