08.03.2013 - 24.03.2013 20 °C
STD!!! haha its not what you think... according to our awesome Canadian friend, Anthony, its the new theme for the trip... sun, tan, drinks... we're getting our own reality show here soon
So since we are both working 9-5 (barf) we have been living for the weekend! Starting with Australia Labour Day Weekend! It was such a busy weekend and with the temperature in the high 30's the whole weekend we really felt this one for a few days after. On the Saturday we went to GORGEOUS Phillip Island! Giselle won a tour at a trivia night and we decided to take advantage of it! We really enjoyed the experience but tours aren't really our thing... especially if you really want to explore a place, it can be hard on a set schedule! However we did meet some pretty sweet Irish girls and our tour guide Chris was quite entertaining and full of information for us to take with us on the rest of our year! We did see some nice things though, like the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory (shout out to the SHC girls), the super beautiful Woolami Beach , Seal Rocks, and the Penguin Parade! We also went to a injured animal reserve and LeeAnn pretty much fell in love with the donkey there, she was basically trying to free him from his cage.. ! We would have liked to spend more time on Phillip Island but since we don't have much time left in Melbourne we probably won't get back there before we leave.
Sunday we went to the Melbourne Moomba Festival which is the biggest free community festival in Melbourne... we saw an international water skiing competition which was just unreal and then this really cool random band that played a mixture of ska, reggae, rap and pop. It was little bit of a trip but whatever! Since Monday was a holiday, we went to our local watering hole after the festival. It was an okay night out.. not the best cause we were dead from it being about plus 300 degrees! Not having to work on Monday was amazing, it was the hottest day ever and we just baked at the beach... it was almost to the point of being unbearable but at least its not snow and ice so we'll take it!
Last weekend we went out with our Canadian friends, Jessie and Anthony, for pre-St. Patty's Day and St. Patty's Day celebrations! It's so nice to hang out with people from the same part of the world! Not that meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures isn't awesome because it truly is but its nice to have people around that understand our humour and that get what we're talking about when we make Canadian references! We hit a couple Irish pubs on our adventures, Bridie O'Reilly's and PJ O'Briens! We were so ready to go hard for the best drinking day of the year... Since they don't believe in green beer here - Anthony even brought his own green food coloring to the bar! St. Pat's Day is noticeably not as big here as it is at home, but we made the most of it!
Jessie and Anthony have been staying with us for the last week until they found a place and we really enjoyed having them around This weekend we just all kind of chilled and decided to take it easy, which was well needed!
So the last few weeks have just flown by it seems, which means the closer we are getting to hauling out of Melbourne! We have mixed feelings about it! We are super excited to start the more backpacker part of our trip but we feel like Melbourne is our Australian home so it is going to be an emotional departure! We are leaving the end of April.... on a train bound for nowhere/everywhere basically. We don't really have a set schedule... or plan... we just know we're going to do our regional work for our second year visa's somewhere, going to open water dive with some sharks (and other creatures) on the beautiful Coral Coast of Western Australia, and eventually party our way down the infamous Australia east coast at the end of this already fabulous year. So with four months down, we still have have another fantastic 8 months (or more ) ahead and the thought of whats to come gets the adrenaline pumping! There will probably be some very interesting blogs to come!
Peace out til then!
G-Town and L-Dogg! Xx
PS. Can anyone think of a cool challenge for us to do over the next 8 months? Some of our travelling friends have had challenges from friends at home and we want one for us! lol