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Love me a robust cheddar!

sunny 25 °C

HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL!! A little belated we know, but better late than never! The holidays in Australia were quite the experience! Nothing like 30 degrees plus to make ya feel like Christmas. First of all, we have a few shout outs to make. To our families and Canadian friends: Christmas wasn't the same without ya; to cheap Canadian liquor prices (and even cheaper American prices): we miss you; to awesome Christmas movie classics: why you no on TV in Australia; to our livers: we're sorry and to our AMAZING friends here in Australia: thank you for making this Christmas season one we'll never forget!

Christmas Eve was the start of it all! With a backyard fire and some drinks, it felt more like a hot July night then anything remotely related to Christmas! The lack of Christmas music didn't help, had some good ol' country tunes on the go... people are probably starting to get sick of the country music but meh! lol
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Christmas Day was really different but fun! We had a BBQ with our Melbourne fam (minus Pauly:() and just really enjoyed the sunshine. The kiddie pools were brought out, there was some drinks flowin, and there may have been a Scottish lad in his underwear... we're not complaining though:) It was a really chill day, we ate tons of food.... really anything opposite of what you would consider traditional Christmas food but it was still quite amazing! Most notable was this potent cheddar cheese from Tasmania which Hayley described as robust... and those English know their cheese so we just went with it:) We even got a few little treats from our UK friends which was super thoughtful! If we couldn't be at home, spending it with them was the next best thing:)
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The week following Christmas was eventful! One of the coolest things was going to the Astor Theatre in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda. The theatre is actually an old cinema built in 1936, and everything in it represents that time period. We saw the movie 'The Sting'.. anyone who is a Robert Redford or Paul Newman fan will know this movie! The whole experience was just really fascinating. After the movie we went to a couple bars in the area. The first, we can't remember the name but it was your basic bar...the second bar, however, was right sweet! It's called Bridie O'Reilly's and you guessed it O'Leary's lovers... it's an Irish pub! We at first thought we were going into a museum, it had that old heritage building look to it. It had a sweet live band which, of course, we automatically rocked out to..Erica would have been in groupie heaven, and sorry Julie.. no drumsticks were obtained. That night will also be the night that goes down in history as the night that Hayley lost her Irish Car Bomb virginity. They were a bargain at $17 dollars.... according to LeeAnn... when in actual fact, three Irish Car Bombs cost $37 bucks which she realized two days later... HOLAY expensive shots! lol Either way... night was sweet and we're planning a return trip! Also a couple of awesome Melbournian girls joined us for the evening! Candice and Mel! Candice works at the YHA we were staying at and Mel is her housemate! Loved them, we can't wait to get to know them better!
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That week our friend Lynsey also left to go back to Brisbane. It was really quick and it was really sad to see her go. That's the nature of travel though! However, it was the first person that we've spent any amount of time with that we had to say bye to, so it was strangely hard!

We got some news over the holidays that our brilliant and hilarious friends, Wendy and Scott, that we met in Fiji, were coming to Melbourne for New Years celebrations! We seriously were looking forward to seeing them again! We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Beer Deluxe, at Federation Square, just having a laugh and catching up. It's strange because we hardly have spent any amount of time with them but we felt like we were catching up with old friends. We genuinely enjoy their company and hopefully we've made a connection that will last a lifetime! We're trying to convince them to meet us in Perth for a little vacay, so guys if you're reading this... it is now on the internet for the world to see.. that means it's official! We're definitely going to make a stop at their place, which is 2 hours outside of Sydney, sometime within the next year... so be prepared guys.. the crazy Canadians are coming over!

That brings us to 'dun dun dun' NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!!!!! Just envision the sweetest night you've ever had... add some stellar 90's tunes and a bunch of 20 year old boys and you pretty much have our amazing NYE experience! We scored some tickets from LeeAnn's work friend to this bar called Perseverance... which is a 90's bar on Brunswick Street. We were joined by our lovely ladies... Candice, Hayley and Sophie! I think we knew the words to every single song that was played, it was like a throwback to junior high! All that was needed were some sick bangs and extreme bell bottom jeans! We were surprised at how many young fellers were there... especially since we're pretty sure they weren't even born when most of the music came out! But they had the gift of flattery working for them when they thought we were only about 22. :) The fact that we didn't get home until 5 am is a testament to how good the night was!
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Since then life has slowed down a bit..one night we went to Lygon Street which is a hot spot for good Italian food in Melbourne. It was one of the best meals we've had since we've been here! Afterwards, we enjoyed a good night in with Paul, Hayley and Chris and played....wait for it... SOCIABLES!!! We feel like we've changed their lives by introducing them to the beloved Canadian drinking game! It made us a little nostalgic.. nothing like a Friday night with a good ol' kitchen party to make ya miss home.
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We've also frequented the night market... every single Wednesday since we have been here except one! We love it! The goal is to try every food stand... and there is only about 100 soooo we feel its an attainable goal!

So basically our blogs have turned into reviews of the several bars we've tried... lol .. but we are who we are... and our Australian experience has been amazing! All the amazing bars, restaurants and nights out we have talked about are seriously amplified by the great people we've been experiencing them with! It's going to be hard when it's time to move on but it just means that the next great adventure is right around the corner! In the coming weeks we're hoping to do the Grampians, the Mornington Peninsula, and Phillip Island.... and maybe some wine regions of Victoria... so stay tuned! :)

Good night San Diego,
Giselle and LeeAnn! :)
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Posted by freerangechicks 02:09 Archived in Australia Tagged australia newyearseve

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