So back in Melbourne and ready to settle down again. Fortunately I got my old job at The Dining Haul back and Emma and I had moved into our new house. Not your average house! We shared with 14 people. A bit intimidating moving in at first but it wasn't long before we got to know everyone. We had us 2, 6 French, 2 Argentians, 1 Scot, Sri Lankan, 1 German and one Israeli. It was impossible to keep track of everyone though as people were coming and going all the time or moving rooms etc. I absolutely loved it though! There was always something going on. For instance, I would come home at half 11pm and someone would say 'shall we make a crumble' and a few of us would pitch in and help make a crumble then we'd sit down and eat it. Haha amazing! Or one night I came back from work and three of the guys had fixed the old motorbike in the back and we all headed out to the beach while they tested it out. So funny and random! Sometimes it got a bit much when I was working 23 hour weekends and there was a party going on but you got used to it. Em and I were roomies and we made it fairly homely. Drew on the walls with chalk, set all our things out and it looked pretty nice in the end. It was a huge room so we had plenty of space. Our garden had a big basketball court and 5 a side football pitch. One night there was a bonfire and one of the French guys was breathing fire! Like I said, never a dull moment!
Finally making coffee at work good enough to send out to the customers! >
While in Melbourne, Em amd I made sure we did some touristy things. We visited the Zoo. Not sure why actually as neither of us are huge fans and we also went to another zoo further inland which was more for birds and native animals . Melbourne Zoo was pretty good with heaps of different animals; tigers, gorillas,bears and things it's just sad seeing them all locked up!
We also borrowed a friends car and drove down the Mornington Peninsula to some hot springs. They were lovely and relaxing. It was a beautiful day so we went for a walk around Arthurs Seat which had a great view at the top. A bbq for dinner when we got back to our house with everyone! Delicious!
colour me rad
Another day, 5 of us rented a car and drove down to The Puffing Billy. It's a steam train that goes around the mountains but cost 60 dollars for a round trip! Ridiculously expensive! Instead we headed to an area for feeding birds. Well actually you're not meant to feed the birds but when you do they come and eat the seeds out your hands. There were cockatoos, white birds with yellow quiffs and even kookaburras (no idea how to spell that!) they didn't actually eat out our hands just sat and watched. Man it was so cool way better than the puffing billy! We had Jesse to thank for taking us there as it's not a huge tourist spot. He only knew about it as he grew up in the area. One our way back to Melbourne we stopped off and had a 10 dollar steak (bargain) amd then went for a frozen yogurt. Such a good day off!
Little did Em and I know that that was our last day off togther. We worked the next 2 weeks with fairly opposite shifts amd didn't see much of each other really. When we had time we would go for a coffee or soup of the day at the cafe around the corner or if we were feeling brave go for a splash in the freezing cold sea. Haha! Melbourne s weather was starting to deteriorate. A couple of days it rained all day! Luckily I like a bit of rain evey now and then.
My last day at work was super sad. Even though it was my second time leaving the gang got me a card and a purse. I was not expecting that at all! I said my goodbyes then headed to StKilda for a quick dessert with Em who was leaving Melbourne 2 days after me. My flight was at 6am so I was spending the night at the airport. I had to get the lat tram at 1 am to the city then the airport bus at 2 am and then had a power nap before going through check in. Next stop Perth!