- FACT #1: at some point, in the not so distant past, Melbourne was named the world's most "liveable" city (REFERENCE; also note that Canada rocks the liveable list!)
- FACT #2: the Kings Cross region of Sydney is mostly certainly NOT the world's most "liveable" anything
So the story began because it was time to leave Singleton. We wanted to go to Melbourne. Melbourne is not particularly close to Singleton.. So we devised a plan that combined feet, cars and trains to get us from Singleton to Melbourne via several way points (numbered for later reference):
- 1: feet bring us to car (situated in Singleton driveway; ~30 seconds)
- 2: car brings us to train (in nearby city called Maitland; ~1 hour)
- 3: train brings us to other train (in major city called Sydney; ~2 hours)
- 4: other train brings us to Melbourne (traveling by night to diminish the whopping 13 hour commute!; ~13 hours!)
Arrival in Melbourne. Initial thoughts:
- air filled with smells that are completely unlike urine -- good
- less gayness (as in happy -- unsure about other gayness) -- neutral
- subway's maps and electronic timetables fairly accessible -- good
- accommodations near to subway; somewhat expensive, but include toast, cereal, fruit, milk and various hot breakfast beverages (CEREAL! FRUIT! HOT BEVERAGES! In the immortal words of the Counting Crows: "you don't know what you got till it's gone") (also clean linen -- thank-you Claremont Guesthouse) -- good
- nearby stir-fry place (cheap and delicious -- thank-you Smiley Thai) -- good
Other noteworthy events:
- a hippie restaurant that lets the customer decide the value of their meal: Lentil as Anything -- more difficult than you may think..
- finally confirmed that the McDonalds in Australia provide free WiFi (but sadly do not offer McGriddles)
- egg tarts -- Jenny has been quoted as saying: "mmm" in regards to these
- We re-united with some friends from our Croatia tour who really talked up Melbourne and we helped them win at trivia night -- free pitchers of beer for everyone!
- Parmas are delicious and an Aussie specialty -- breaded chicken with cheese, ham and spaghetti sauce, no pasta is served with it here, only mashed potatoes and veggies. Mmmm.....
Tyler and Jenny