05.04.2013 - 28.04.2013 18 °C
So were leaving Melbourne tomorrow! It is the most bittersweet feeling right now. We are truly in love with this city, it hurts to leave, but at the same time we're beyond ready to get travelling again! We have so much more to see and a good 7-8 months left of this incredible adventure!
We've just been so flat out in our last month here! Lived the weekends hard, worked during the week and just did as much as we possibly could before we leave.
A couple cool things have happened, we met a really cool Canadian girl, Brooke! She's fun, friendly and you can tell she's from the same part of the world as us! And not only is she from Canada! She's from SAINT JOHN! She was working with Giselle for a couple weeks! She's super fun to hang out with and we're already planning weekend roadies for when were back in SJ! Also, met some really cool English girls, Dishali, Hatal and Amy, that we party and hang out with! They're like us, mid to late 20's, and just really chill! Also, Giselle's childhood friend, Kirsten, met up with us in Melbourne! Haven't seen each other in ten years!
Easter Weekend we went to Lakes Entrance with Candice, our Australian friend, and Sandy, our Scottish friend! Lakes Entrance is a little seaside town on the east coast of Victoria! It was so beautiful and a ton of fun. We rented a boat one afternoon and cruised the river. No license required apparently, however pretty sure we were only going about 10km/hr! Great and unexpected weekend! We met a crazy group of New Zealanders that were down there for the weekend too, they had on pirate hats and there was an excessive amount of 2-4's, enough said!
A few weekends back we went hiking in the Dandenong Ranges with Jessie and Brooke! It was really an amazing day! We started by doing this crazy up hill hike called a thousand steps! It was like 3 km all up hill! INSANE! We couldn't walk for like a week after! After that we got dropped off at this transmitter station in the middle of nowhere, we were bit scared and creeped out, but it ended up being the coolest part of the day! We hiked along the hillside and you could see for miles out over the Yarra Valley! We even had to get the map out to get us back to the starting point, made us feel like real travellers again! For dinner, we ate at this local place, and the owners sat and chatted with us and we learned a lot about the region we were in and got a super fresh 'homecooked' meal! It was the perfect ending to a really satisfying day!
This past week was ANZAC Day! It is a public holiday for Australia and New Zealand, it falls on April 25th, the day the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps arrived in Gallipoli back in World War I in 1915. It is the most devastating human loss for the ANZAC's in history. The day is mainly in honour of that battle, but it is also in honour of all the fallen soliders since and to recognize the soliders that are currently enlisted. So on this day, dawn services are held throughout the country at 6 am, the hour in which those brave soldiers arrived on the shores of Gallipoli. We had the privilege of attending the service in Melbourne this year at the Shine of Remembrance. It was absolutely stunning! LeeAnn and Kendall also went to the ANZAC march which lasted about 3 long hours, and consisted of a lot of clapping and waving.
Also on ANZAC day, there are big AFL (Australian Football League) games! We went to this sports bar in the city and watched a couple, had no idea what was going on but it was really awesome to be part of a sports atmosphere again! We met this group of Australian guys, Michael, Mark, Leigh and Drew, who we hung out with until late that night! They were hilarious and a really good time! Love hanging out with locals!
This weekend, our friends all got together for a little going away last bash! Such a good time! We feel fortunate that we've made so many close friends, definitely lifelong friendships!
So tomorrow, we're getting on the road to Western Australia! We're camping the WHOLE WAY, with a German guy, Magnus! We don't have a timeline so we're just going to see what happens. We could get there in days, could be weeks! All part of the adventure though! We've both have been up and down about how we feel about leaving! Sometimes we have no desire to leave Melbourne as it has truly become our Australian home, other times we can't even contain how excited we are to be moving on! Either way, this place has given us tons of laughs, incredible friends and amazing experiences! Cheers to everyone that has added to making the last five months absolutely fantastic!
So not sure where we'll be writing from next time! So until then!
Giselle & LeeAnn!