Sunday, May 25, 2008

Weekend in Melbourne

Today is our last full day in Melbourne, and Inky and I spent our lazy Sunday out and about at the various markets around town. We started off by wondering along the St. Kilda Esplanade and picked up a few trinkets for some of the people back home. Some times you just can’t resist when you see something cool.

After our crushing visit to the MCG for footy on Friday night, we busied ourselves over the weekend seeing more of this beautiful city, that we had missed last time. We got to see a protest by Macedonians who feel like the Greeks are fascists and we also got to see a long line of teenage hipsters in a queue for a midday rock show. That’s what I love about a big, vibrant city like Melbourne, there is always something going on.

You would think that I wouldn't want anything to do with the MCG after watching the Cats get slaughtered, but we went back on Saturday to tour the Australian Museam of Sport. It's a combinaton of hands on modern day interactive museam and a gallery of the oldest of old school. I mean, in the cricket section they had the Melbourne Cricket Club's china from back in the day, and, well: see for your self: Racist dishes aside, it was a great time, and we got an added bonus too. The game on the docket for that night was the annual Dreamtime at the G game, which recognizes the contributions of Aboriginal players on the national game. To celibrate that they brought in Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett to sing "From Little Things Big Things Grow" which is one of my all time favorite songs, and we got to hear them sound check the song three times. It was like a very cool, very repetitive little live show all for us.

We did a bit of shopping, and then walked around the Telstra Dome, which is the city’s second Football stadium. There was a game going on, and they have a screen that faces out to the promenade so you can watch from the outside, and so, we did for a bit. We had dinner on Saturday on fabulous Acland Street in St. Kilda, and we liked it so much we went back to another Acland location for lunch on Sunday.

We have loved our time here in Melbourne, and I am very sad to be leaving her behind. But, I am over the moon about the fact that we are finally going to see Uluru! I don’t know if we’ll be able to get on line there, but if not, I’ll update the blog in Sydney.

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