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Travel Diary: Arriving in Melbourne

And it was almost a disastrous start. My flight was delayed, although I am fine with that. These things happen. However instead of getting into Melbourne at around 7.30pm Victoria time, it was closer to midnight. Melbourne looked good though and a little green in places for St Paddy’s.

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What I did not take into account was the Formula One that was taking place in Melbourne as I was arriving, and with this overnight accommodation was almost impossible to find. I arrived, stupidly without a room booked (like I did so much down the east coast as I found rates weren’t really affected) without considering the demand at all. Ironically this is the lack of planning I was talking about in my most recent post and almost went without a place to stay. The first place I looked was a hostel and I shit you not, they asked for $250 for the night. A hostel. But I found somewhere after a little searching and the team here are good fun.

Lesson learned. Get a room booked. Don’t be like me.

After a few trips outside of Brisbane whilst I was based there, it feels weird to step off the plane and not be going back. Six months is an interesting length of time to be based somewhere. As soon as you really get used to the place and a good circle of friends, you’re on the road again. Brisbane was amazing, and I am already really missing the city and the people I met there. It was a great size with just enough to do without the long and chaotic commuting times to get where I need to be. I will see how Melbourne is with this in mind.

The last days I was in Brisbane were pretty glorious. Looking at camera roll these are the last shots I have from there.

The first thought I had getting off the plane in Victoria was how cold it was. I can actually wear a jacket again and I am pretty excited about that. Bring on Autumn, the t-shirt/shorts/flip flop combo gets boring pretty fast although I am sure I will miss the Brisbane heat before too long. Not the humidity though. Days here are still hot but mornings and evening are cool and I am more than okay with that.

I have a lot of ‘doing’ to do. The past six months have flown by and there were things I didn’t manage to do in Brisbane that I regret. I don’t want to leave too much untouched in Melbourne as it is a much larger city with a lot to experience. But cutting my blogging down a little will free quite a bit of time with this in mind. And apologies for the delay in posting whilst I have been relocating.

And thank you to everyone that recommended me things to do in my last post. I have taken them on board and will look at each and every one again to try and find ways and times to fit them in. If I do them I will ensure to give you a shout out as a thanks and a reminder as to who recommended me what. I really appreciate it.

I have so far had two interviews for jobs within the same brand as I have been working in and hope to hear back later in the week. Another thing I have had to prioritise as I need an income, but my blog will go back to operating normally now I am here and settling in. I am for now just wandering around and soaking up the vibe and there is a good buzz around this city. Plenty of food and drink places to try, street art to stare at and trams to get knocked over by. And you will see it all here until September.

But for now thanks for being patient with me, see you in the comments!

 


 

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  1. Congratulations on a successful journey. Someone remarked to me recently: “You’re not lost if you don’t care where you end up, that’s why it’s an adventure!” Sounds like you took the challenges in stride and have made the most of it, and got a story to tell out of it too. Enjoy your time in Melbourne!
    AMDG
    -Scoot

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  2. So happy you made it to Melbourne safely! I’m also happy you found a place to stay the first night haha I can’t believe the hostel was asking for $250 for the night. I look forward to hearing about all of your new experiences in Melbourne. Have a great first few days!

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  3. Melbourne looks gorgeous at night! It’s always painful to pay out the nose for lodging, isn’t it? For instance, the $279 US dollars we paid for a mid-grade hotel in Seattle would pay for 27 nights of camping in New Mexico State Parks. But I guess as a once-in-a lifetime experience (with stellar views of the Space Needle), it was worth it.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of Melbourne!

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    • Yes it is crazy how different types of accommodation can vary so much in rate isn’t it? I have been working in 5 star hotels here in Australia and the cost for one night can be the cost of two weeks in the hostel I was staying at. Certainly two different worlds 🙂

      I will be posting lots of pics from here I am sure!

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  4. Welcome to Melbourne. I’ve travelled to many countries in the world and Melbourne/Victoria is one of the most fabulous in the world. You arrived at a bad time with the Grand Prix on as this most definitely affected your accommodation rates. There is cheaper places to stay. Probably getting out of Melbourne at self would’ve been one of the best things to do but you’re here. Your posts are fantastic, I look forward to reading more. Enjoy Melbourne make sure you get out and see the surrounding areas in Victoria. Such as The great ocean road, Mornington, The Grampians, well that’s just too much to tell. I look forward to hearing more about your travels in Victoria. Enjoy

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    • Thank you, thankfully I found a much better rate so I wasn’t really affected too much. But it could have been much worse! I will see whether I will stay in the centre or move outside, but for now will be living it up in a hostel in the CBD.

      I really appreciate your kind words and recommendations, I will try to do as much as I can here and of course, blog about them!

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