We picked them up from the airport on Wednesday night. It was typical that their flight landed early, just as we'd ordered two bowls of pho and some spring rolls from our favourite Victoria Street Vietnamese. Anyway we slurped down the noodles pronto (and they were super delicious) before heading to the airport. We arrived before them though so all worked out well.
As we drove to the airport, Steve and I talked about what Rache and Tim will be feeling and what they will find strange, familiar, what they will like, what they will miss, what they won't like...and it was hard to conjure up those emotions as our arrival seemed so long ago!
Anyway we greeted them warmly and brought them home. They have a great attitude and are so positive about their adventure that I know it will work for them. They want it to work and determined to like it and that is the biggest battle.
It's been fun being part of their initiation experience and I've really enjoyed having the privilege to see them discover Melbourne for the first time.
As part of their induction to the city Steve led an afternoon introductory tour of the CBD with lots of refreshment stops.
Steve's quite good and has a walk that can be shortened or lengthened depending on jetlag, time and enthusiasm. It covers the CBD, some laneways and arcades, some nice bars, a meal stop, through some gardens passing by some government buildings, by the river and back to Southbank finishing with either ice cream or a drink. It's a nice thing to do, weather permitting, with our visitors and we've done it with pretty much everyone who has stayed at Barley B&B...maybe except for my mum and sister as they're not really into walking...
So any future visitors, you have this treat to experience!
The next day, Steve was at work so I took them to South Melbourne market to look round the neighbourhood, experience a market and shop for that night's barbie.
Here you can see them with the obligatory trolley at the tram stop fitting in so well with Melbourne life.
This picture is taken just outside their apartment block.
We explored the neighbourhood with Rachel and Tim stopping off for drinks and lunch along the way and a mosey into Prahran Market which will be their local place to shop. They're in a great location down a residential street that is quiet but just off the main roads close to public transport. They seemed to really like the area and the apartment.
Rache starts work end of Jan so they have some time to explore different locations and enjoy the coffee shop culture that Melbourne has to offer. I'm quite envious of their leisure time! I remember enjoying my 6 weeks settling in and wandering round the city which was fun but would have been so much more fun if Steve was around and hadn't started work. These guys have got it all worked out to enjoy their new life! Good luck and all the best. We're really glad you're here.
I've been following Shane Warne and Liz onTwitter and it's been quite amusing reading their tweets. Liz asked last week how come all these fans were in Melbourne Stars (that's Warnie's team) shirts and she and the kids didn't have them. The general response was buy your effing own Liz.
I enjoyed drinking beer and watching the game. The Stars didn't do too well to begin with but ended up with an average innings. The Renegades started off their batting even worse and then it started to rain. Lucky we were under shelter so weren't affected. The game was called off about 21:30 some complicated cricket calculations meant the Stars were declared winners by about 11 runs. This means they could make it to the semis.
It's January and that means Steve's silly season kicks off. He actually went back to work this week but was able to take it easy a little bit. Most people return to work tomorrow ie 9th (including me) so I know I will not be seeing him much throughout January. As well as getting through busy season, Steve is also going to try and figure out our future plans over the next couple of months which will determine whether we stay past 2012 in Melbourne or return home. At this stage, we really don't know and this is what Barley has to decide weighing up finances, progression, promotion, job opportunities, general happiness and wellbeing etc. We will keep you posted as we know more.