My last few days in Melbourne were very exciting. Firstly, James, James, Chris and i headed to the Melbourne Museum- not only did we treat ourselves to a bit of culture but also got to look/play with one of the original Neighbours sets- very amusing. Furthermore, the Ashes exhibition was on, so as well as other Ashes memorabilia got to see the original little urn itself. Racing fans will also be interested to hear that we saw possibly the greatest race horse of all time- Phar Lap!
<p>Christmas eve saw Chris, Jake and I finally go on the Neighbours Ramsey Street Tour. We headed out on the official Neighbours bus and were treated to old videos and many spoilers by our tour guide. Our first stop was Erinsborough High were we were free to roam around. After driving past the studios, and catching glimpses of Lassiters where we could, we headed to Ramsey Street itself. Was quite surreal walking freely around the street but was a good laugh!
<p>Christmas Day itself was great fun. Unfortunately the weather was not good- the coldest Christmas in Melbourne’s history in fact! Still we had a lazy morning and had a fry up and opened up the gifts we got each other! After my MP3 player was stolen in Tasmania, I was also delighted that a Ipod also arrived thanks to the one they call Freddie Butch Boniface- complete with a full play list (interestingly including tracks by the Lighthouse Family!!)- so OB was the savior of the season!After Brunch we made a pilgrimage down to St Kilda Beach- I even braved a swim in the wind, rain and fierce waves... unfortunately my Christmas cracker hat did not survive the experience. Once warmed up we had a Christmas BBQ in the evening before continuing the celebrations in an Irish bar back in the city.
<p>The remainder of my time in Melbourne was spent at the 4th Test match at the MCG which was great fun. Although the result was a disaster for England, the atmosphere was great with 250,000 people attending over the 3 days. It was also good to say 'I was there when Warne took his 700th wicket'. Witnessing the Barmy Army in full flow live is something special also.
<p>It was sad to leave Melbourne as we'd spent so long there and had such a good time and will be leaving lots of friends behind. But the adventure must go on...