18.01.2013 - 18.02.2013 30 °C
So since we've been so busy living the dream , we've neglected our blog a little bit! Sorry to y'all back home who have been asking for updates regularly, we're gonna try to be way less slack with our blog writing!
So we'll start with moving out of our house sit which was about a month ago now! We really enjoyed our time there, it was nice to have free accomodation for four weeks! We got a little attached to our little adopted kitty Maggie (even Giselle) so it was hard to have to leave her behind.
To compliment moving out of our house sit was the arrival of the Canadian stallion himself... Simon!! He told us approximately four days before he got here so we had to get ourselves sorted in record time! We basically had to sell our limbs to find accomodation since it was during the Australian Open and everything was booked solid! We ended up staying at this hostel called the Nomads backpackers.. which was a little step down from the YHA but we enjoyed it anyways!
Before Simon got here late on Saturday night, we checked in and kind of relaxed in the city all afternoon! When we got back to our dorm we found we had two awesome Swedish guys, Johan and Andreas, as roomies, and if you know us... you know we'd talk to anyone so within an hour of meeting them we found ourselves having dinner with them at this AMAZING greek restaurant! We really had a fun time and we laughed our faces off, and shared a few bottles of wine...it was the beginning of some really cool and special friendships
We went back to the hostel to wait for Simon.. and the night just got better and better... there was champagne and irish car bombs and drinking games... so you can imagine the level that the night escalated too... and in true fashion when Simon got here just after midnight he was greeted with screams and hugs! lol So Simon being Simon and just being hardcore... after travelling for 24 hours... was ready to go! We went out and had a fantastic night and it was so good to just have him here and to have a good time with our new friends! It's the people that make the party, really! Needless to say it was probably one of our most unforgettable nights...
Simon's time with us was brief but sweet! The first day we spent at St. Kilda beach and just relaxed in the beautiful Australian sun! The second day was when it got interesting.. the Australian Open was in town so the three of us got ground passes to just check it out. The atmosphere there was bumping, it was almost comparable to what an NHL game would be like at home. It was way more than we expected and we ended up having a really good time! We checked out a doubles match that Daniel Nestor was playing in, and it was really cool to see little Canadian flags in the stands.. we know tennis isn't overly big at home but we were proud Canadians anyways! That night we went back to the beer garden there to watch Milos Raonic play Roger Federer on the big screen. Raonic lost (sad turkeys) and what started as a joke ended up with Simon being escorted out of the Australian Open! It was soo funny.. and the crowd was loving it...seriously can't go anywhere without some sort of scene. And if that wasn't bad enough.. there was a little jumping in the Yarra River.. which is safe to say is not the cleanest river in the world. But bonus.. there was no legit arrests and we all made it home in one piece!
The next few days we spent just hanging out.. went to the beach in Frankston which is about an hour away and is so much nicer than the beaches closer to Melbourne! It was definitely worth the trip down there! Then on Simon's last night here he got introduced to our beloved nightmarket! We were so excited to take him that LeeAnn even convinced him to stay an extra night just so that he could experience it! It was a great way to spend his last night in Melbourne.. we wish he could spend the entire year with us
So besides that since our last entry there was Australia Day Weekend, which we actually spent apart! Giselle took a little roadie down the Great Ocean Road with the Swedes and LeeAnn stayed and celebrated Melbournian style! But more detailed blogs on this crazy weekend to come in the next few days
We also moved into a cute little one bedroom apartment in an area of the city called Prahran. Its close to the really popular Chapel Street area of Melbourne.. there are some sweet pubs and restaurants and lots of shops around! We like it
Also, Giselle started working at a private radiology clinic! Holiday's over back to the working world! But its only for a couple of months until we move on from Melbourne!
One hugely notable event was Hayley leaving to go back to the UK! We loved that girl and it was soooo sad to see her go! We know we'll be friends with her for a long time because it was just that type of connection but Melbourne definitely does not feel the same without her. She's the type of person that just has that presence when she's around.. it feels good to spend time with her and you can always count on a good laugh! We miss her dearly and hopefully it's not long before we see her again.
And this past weekend Johan and Andreas came to stay before they headed up the coast to begin their amazing travel adventure! It was a weekend for the books! Two fabulous nights with great music, some excellent food and it was nice to just hang out with them before they left! We've grown to really consider them good friends and we really like hanging out with them! It's always fun, genuine and easy and thats what you look for in people you chose to spend time with! We're gonna miss them! But we have a feeling our paths will cross again!
But besides all that we've basially kind of settled into life in Melbourne.. we go for drinks with our friends... hang out... go to work...and try not to get arrested. We're both looking forward to the next part of our Australian adventure to start in April! But until then we're gonna enjoy where we are
Til next time homies! xoxo