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Last weekend I traveled to Melbourne with 7 of my friends. We had a great time. I stayed at a hostel for the first time which was quite the experience. There were people living there from all over the world – France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, etc.  It was extremely warm and friendly. 2 of my friends and I shared a room with two girls from France.  It was called Collingwood Backpackers and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to Melbourne.

The city of Melbourne is much more like New York City than Sydney. It has a grid system and the city is much more square in how it is shaped. Also, you ride on trams as public transport as opposed to buses. The city itself was gorgeous and much more laid back than Sydney, which I wasn’t really expecting as it is the fashion capital of Australia. I wish I could have stayed longer than 2.5 days. In Melbourne, there is a lovely little Chinatown area. There is also Lygon Street which is where all the Italian restaurants are. We ate there the second night and it was pretty delicious if I do say so myself. Afterwards,  we went to a bar called Charlie’s which was picturesque and is well known in Melbourne. Before dinner, however, we strolled around the center of the city where Flinders Station and the Botanical Gardens are. We also stopped at ACCA – the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art which was a building that consisted of numerous shows from different artists – mostly huge  room-sized installations. Very interesting.

But I sort of told you that backwards because all those things took place on our 2nd day in Melbourne. The first day we booked a trip to the Great Ocean Road. On this trip we drove up the coast and had a great tour guide, Peter, tell us all about Melbourne and the surrounding areas. We stopped at numerous lookout points and saw the 12 apostles (now 8 gigantic boulders that sit in the water offshore), took a stroll through a rain forest, and fed some wild, exotic birds.

I sincerely wish I could visit Melbourne again. The stay was all too brief.

1: Standing in front of the Ocean (haha obviously)

2: Feeding exotic birds

3: The rain forest walk

4: The 12 Apostles

5-7: More scenery

8: Hazy view of the Melbourne skyline from a friend’s apartment

9: Flinders Street Station

10: Melbourne gardens

11: Being silly on the tour

12: My friends & Peter our tour guide

13: Flowers at the Botanical Gardens

14-15: Government House



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