Hello all from kinda Melbourne (we're now in New Zealand but ive got a good memory so here goes). If I was to sum up the city of Melbourne I wouldnt say much about the beautifull gardens and stunning architecture both new and old, i think i would just use one word, Neighbours!.
We arrived in Victoria's capital and Australias most liveable city from Sydney via Canbera on the last of our lovely interesting overnight bus journey. This one was topped of by the three bus drivers we had taking us the distance and only one of them could drive, it was basically on the job training, this type of training works in macdonalds but not when driving 15 hours. The trainees could not find any gears and spent most of the time kangeroo hopping (how apt) along the roads, leaving us to get some very interupted sleep in the process.
We got to our hostel which was located in the middle of the city and was the cheapest we found in the whole of Australia so not too bad. we spent most of our time circling the city on the free city tram, not a bad little piece of public transport at all and very nice on the eye as it was a standard old tram like ones from the good old days in England. As soon as we had settled we were in the official Neighbours tour office booking both a trip to Ramsey street and one to the Neighbours night to meet the stars!
The Neighbours night involved lots of trivia quizzes and prize give aways for the people who made a fool of themselves the most and fortunatley we sat at a table with three icelandic people all in jackets covered by their native flag and they were ready to volunteer fgor every game. we had a great laugh and each of the stars on the night (connor,janelle,stingray and dr karl) came around to the table and met us all for a chat and photos. Then at the end of the night the fantastic Alan Fletcher aka Dr Karl Kennedy and his band The Waiting Room played some of their hits and got us all dancing and laughing (see the vids, really funny action).
The next morning me and Sam slighlty hung over got up nice and early and went on the Neighbours tour, seeing the high school, Ramsey street (which is really small compared to how it looks on screen) and grease monkeys. Also we got to meet the lovely Susan Kennedy.
After the fun of Neighbours we decided it was time to appreciate the city a little more and we both went out on seperate walks around the city myself taking in the MCG and all over sporting venues and Federal square and Sam went for a walk around the treasurey building and parliment houses, and I got Sam a birthday pressie which she has no idea as to what it is!!
We spent most nights in the hostel with a bottle of cheap wine we bought and playing cards. Using the free tram again we went to see an exibition of dead people (sounds great but it was educational and all about the workings of the human body) and we went to the historically famous queen Victoria market and saw the jail in which infamous bush ranger Ned Kelly was executed. We took a walk on our last night around the city to see the place in all its lit up splender and nearly got burned by a stunning fire show that was a little too close for comfort!!!
Anyways thats all for now folks we left Melbourne for Christchurch, New Zealand and thats where you will hear from us next. Love to you all
Adam and sam xx