I come from a Land Down under... No wait, I've come to a land down under is the right one.
Have finally landed in Melbourne, or rather quite a while ago. I landed in the middle of the night, around 01:00 to be specific. Came to the hostel I has for the first night at like 3 AM, so didn't feel like starting to write at the time. That means I slept like almost 6 hours tonight since I was being picked up at 10 AM by mr Craig Dostine, one of the nicest aussies I've come across. No joking, I met the guy at the Icehotel when he was there with his wife where he gave me an email and a phone number. When my trip over here was booked I took contact with him and the first thing he did was offer me a bed.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and here I am. I was sittning just outside the cheapest hostel I could find in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts I picked up for like 50 RM altogether, with a backpack older than television and the man rolls up in a freaking range rover. I toss in the bags and we are off. First thing we do is drive away and get some maps copied up (which I of course forgot at his place now) and then we headed home to him.
I have to say, I've yet to meet a cranky or unhelpful Australian, but the moment I came home to Craig, I felt like I'd been living there for ages. Both he and his wife are super friendly and crazy welcoming. Usually when people try to make you feel at home it always feels a bit forced, like they put a lot of effort into having you. Nothing like that...
I got a place in their home gym where they had pushed the equipment into one corner and then I got a key. So I've basically got a minihouse to myself here even. Next we went on to have a BBQ for lunch and talk about all sorts of things. Everything felt just as relaxed as can be. Right now I'm on the train into town to check out the nightlife of Melbourne on a saturday night.
At this point, I'm pretty much in love with australia. It's going to be expensive here... Very expensive. But it is going to be worth every penny.
Just hope I can get across, both to Perth to say hi to catelyn and alice, to darwin and meet craigs cousin who is a biologist studying snakes and crocs, to Alice Springs and see ayers rock, and to Cairns to see Lukas if he's still there.
Anyways, this was a long, albeit awesome post.
So don't smoke your painkillers, people