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Melbourne Take One

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Attending the wedding was a big focus of my time in Melbourne, but post-wedding, I did make it into the city to explore. As per my habit, I went on the free walking tour of Melbourne, and would you believe it, I bumped into Chryso, a former colleague of mine. I had just been coming round to the idea that the world was in fact much larger than we give it credit for, since I'd seen such a small percentage on it during my trip. But bumping into a former colleague, that was proof that it is in fact a small world!

I visited the excellent joint Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei exhibition at the National Gallery. I'm not sure if it will be on anywhere else, but I'd strongly recommend it if it comes to a city near you!

Before I left I also managed to see my friends Rama and Kariza who I'd met in Peru and saw Carly again for a spot of dinner at Victoria markets. So really I had a wonderfully sociable stay in Melbourne.

I also finally booked my East Coast adventure. As opposed to most of my time in South America, I discovered that I really needed to pre-book my East Coast trip, since everything from hostels to buses to tours books out ahead of time. So I swiftly got myself a couple of quotes and went with the cheaper option through Peter Pan's.

There are so many options when it comes to tours it can be overwhelming. Thanks to conversations I'd had with Carly and other people I'd met along the way, I knew vaguely what was out there, what to avoid, and the questions to ask. This definitely saved me time, and I'd like to think, money.

So here's what I booked ahead of time:

  • Cairns: an Uncle Brian's Daintree rainforest tour and a Great Barrier Reef trip for my first ever snorkel and an introductory scuba dive.
  • Airlie Beach: Whitsundays tour with Wings
  • Rainbow Beach: Dingo's Fraser Island tour
  • Byron Bay: surf class
  • All bus tickets with Premier - far cheaper than Greyhound and fit my schedule
  • All hostels

Whilst my itinerary had very little wiggle room, it was quite nice knowing it was all booked and paid for, so all I had to worry about was food and treats for the next three weeks.

Posted by Rebecca Heller 02:11 Archived in Australia Tagged friends family tour Comments (0)

A nice day for a family wedding

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We have a fairly small family. Joe, my Mum's first cousin grew up in Melbourne, Australia, not knowing his wider family. About 10 years ago, Joe and his wife Robyn came over to the UK to meet us all for the first time, and although we have since met a number of times, the next leg of my journey was really special, as I went to visit them in their home and home city. If that wasn't enough, I was able to be in Melbourne at the same time as my cousin David's wedding to Lexi.

It's not true of everyone I know, but many of us aren't that good at seeing our wider family on a regular basis, even when they live relatively close by. A combination of busy lives, the illusion social media gives us that we are up to date on people's lives, and knowing people aren't really that far away means it can be months or longer between seeing family members. When you have family that live on completely the other side of the world, seeing them is a rare treat and something really quite special.

It's not just because I was fed and watered, I also got the tour of key childhood sites, was driven around the city by night (thanks Emma!) and was introduced to their friends. It was a chance to get to know them and their lives better. I know there were a hundred and one things they needed to be doing, but they made so much time for me, it was lovely.

A wedding is always a special occasion and I loved flying the UK family flag at David and Lexi's simcha from the Aufruf to the wedding itself, the post wedding brunch and sheva brachot. It was special to be part of the simcha; it's a shame to live so far away, and I'd love to go back to visit them in Melbourne again one day. In the meantime, we'll catch up when we can and see you in December!

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