Packed up and ready to go
After what seemed like an age, a lot of prep and moving house I was actually getting on the plane and as a surprise my brother upgraded me. Not a bad start to my year abroad!
Broke my body clock
To try and get my body clock in to Aussie time as quickly as possible I decided to stay awake on my first flight and to sleep the whole of the second. This resulted in me being awake for 24+ hours and being completely shattered. Maybe not my best move. The flights were great and I so appreciated the change to lie flat and shower in my stopover.
I arrived in Melbourne at 5am so an early start to what was to be a long and productive day. I am so grateful that I was collected from the airport by a friend and dropped at my hostel. I booked the hostel for the first three weeks of being here in the hope of finding somewhere longer term to stay. On writing this I am in week 2 of being here and so far not further on but hope that that will all change very soon.
It walked over 12 miles. Watched sunrise over the Yarra, explored some street art, got my flu shot (it’s winter and I don’t want flu!) and then walked back into town, several exhibitions at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria), sunset and thank to a friend watched an AFL (Australian Football League) match to see Essendon vs Giants.
Never a dull moment
Within my first week I had been evacuated from my hostel twice in the middle of the night due to fire alarms. I have to say being woken up by the fire alarm and a tannoy of “this is not a drill, evacuate the building” which is a pretty effective and rapid wake up call. I got good at grabbing my documents and exiting building. Thankfully both times were false alarms but was encouraging to see that the fire brigade arrive quickly. I laid out my coat and a go bag for night three and was very happy not to have to use it and for getting a full nights sleep!
These boots were made for walking
So far I have used the tram twice and train twice (too and from Geelong). I have done a lot of walking! Last week I walked 71 kms (roughly 97,000 steps). I find that walking means you get to see more of a city and get your bearing quicker. It is also a good way to stay awake when you are jet lagged although, I did have an accidental 7 hours nap.