Hi everyone, well here I am starting my new adventure!! I arrived in Melbourne on Friday evening (22/9/06) and the weather was not very good. I stayed with friends in Hoppers Crossing (Monica, Chris and their two beautiful little boys Euan and Alex) for a little while until I got settled into Australian life before setting off on my travels. I didn't really do too much in Melbourne as I spent a lot of the time there catching up with my friends. While I was there though I went to see the NRL and AFL Finals which were really good. The NRL final was between Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm where Brisbane won and the AFL Final was between West Coast and Sydney where West Coast won by one point. I watched the AFL final in St Kilda at The Beach Bar on Bay Street which was beautiful (19 hours of solid drinking with Monicas brither Stef)!!!! I also went to Melbourne Zoo with Mon and the boys which was lovely, got some fantastic pictures of animals/creatures I have never even heard of (pictures are not here as I got them printed off and did not save them to CD).
While I was here it was Euans 2nd birthday which was really nice as I was in England for his 1st birthday (where he was born) then I was in Oz for his 2nd birthday which was really special for me. Mons family are also Italian which is really nice as they seem to celebrate things a lot more than we do in England and we had the whole family round in the evening for tea and drinks which was lovely. Italian people are so lovely and I defo plan to visit Italy very soon.