After a really long day yesterday I slept like a log. But no chance for a lay in. Another jam packed day in Melbourne. I was off to do the Neighbours Tour!! I had some breakfast before I was picked up by the tour guide, Jerry! He's an Irish guy that has been living in Australia for years. I was meeting Rachel and Cian on this trip, the couple I meet in Ao Nang, Thailand. We have stayed in contact and they are now working here! They came running down the road, they were a little late! They had been out on a heavy one the night before! The tour bus picked up a couple of people before heading to the city. As most people were meeting at their offices, 15 of us in total. It was time to leave the city and drive about 50 minutes to the first stop! Erinsbourgh High School!
Jerry just ripped the crap out of neighbours the whole journey. He was making me laugh. In fact, he actually made it more fun. The school did look the same as when I used to watch neighbours, which I haven't actually watched in about 5+ years. Apparently they have a new school building now. We didn't stop here long, didn't even get out the bus.
We then headed to Ramsey Street. It's actual name is Pinoak Court. We parked at the bottom of the street, and my first thought was the street looked tiny. We were here for about 30 minutes looking and taking pictures of all the famous house. The 6 homes are actually private people's homes your not allowed to walk up the drives, they even have 24 security guards, I'm guessing it's a safe place to live. ... But I remember all 6 houses. I took loads of pictures! I think me Ma would be jealous. They got the Ramsey Street sign out, took a few pictures with that. Got a nice one with the 3 of us outside Dr Karl Kennedy's house! Lol. If this wasn't exciting enough... We then went to the Neighbours set. Only 5 minutes around the corner. Here they had loads of the other sets. Lassiter's, the lake, shops, garage and my favourite Harold's Coffee shop! My camera battery started to run out, so I was limited on picture taking. It was actually a good morning, the tour was only a few hours and we headed back to the city. Watching the best deaths and weddings in the neighbours history! I think if we'd have some serious guide it wouldn't have been much fun. But because Jerry was making us laugh the entire time, the time went so quickly. Rachel and Cian got dropped off close to their place. So we were hoping to have a proper catch up tomorrow. We had chatted all day, but the hangover had started to kick in!
I got dropped off somewhere in St. Kilda. I was told I just had to walk along the road and I would finally get to the hostel, it was ages away.! I managed to find it in the end. I had to go and charge my camera as I'm off to visit some Australian Harpers!! I didn't want to pitch up and not be able to take any photos!
Getting on the tram outside the hostel with one change it would take me all the way to Richmond where they were house sitting for a couple of weeks. They actually live outside a place called Bega... I know they won't mind me saying that it's miles from anywhere! But it just happened they would be in Melbourne at the same time as me. The tram journey was so long it finally dropped me off at North Richmond the end of the line. I wasn't sure weather to go left or right I could remember from my instructions. Of course I chose the wrong way and walked 10 minutes before returning back the way I came. I then went left from the tram station... I still couldn't find it. I turned my head and finally saw the sign. It was covered by trees... McKay Street! The house were small old fashioned looking bungalows. I knocked and was greeted by Debbie and Jessie. (Irish - I found Debbie!)
They were very welcoming and it was really nice to see them. I'm the first Harper from Alain and Denise's part of the family they have seen. Debbie is my Dad's cousin and Jessie is her daughter. So Debbie is my first cousin once removed and Jessie is my second cousin. We chatted for ages about what both sides of the family have been doing, I logged into "The Facebook" to show some picture of my brothers and a couple of family ones. I agreed that I would email some better ones when I get home in a couple of weeks. Debbie called Greg, it was also nice to talk with him, another one of my Dad's cousins. He is currently living in Brisbane. I had said I wanted to go see an AFL game and he tried to tell me the rules over the phone! We must have chatted for hours. It was so long that Greg's phone died of battery as he was on loud speaker. Debbie and Jessie were off to see a show in the city, so we went and grabbed some Chinese/Thai from a nice restaurant around the corner. I went for the chicken and cashew nuts with rice. We continued chatting, took some pictures, and then I sorted the bill, my Dad would have wanted me too. Rushing out the door as we saw the tram the girls needed to catch. I said goodbye as I was going to retune to St. Kilda. It was really great meeting up with them. Maybe next time all Alain's Harpers + tag alongs would visit!
When I arrived back at the hostel Corey was sitting playing on a trumpet. Nearly everyone was in the room listening to him play Oasis, wonder wall. It was really good. I chilled on my bunk for a little while before meeting up with Selina from my G-Adventures tour we went and grabbed some Mexican and have a beer. I meet her friend Sarah as well. It was good fi catch up and talk about what we had been doing for the last 2 months. I was so tired by now, after all the food I headed back to the hostel. Tomorrow I'm looking forward to a lay in. But only until 10. It was a great day catching up with some good friends, and new family.