22.04.2016 - 01.05.2016 18 °C
Last weekend we started it by making some pancakes!
We then headed out to the National Gallery of Victoria where an Andy Warhol exhibition was being held. After finally finding somewhere to park we headed inside to find that it was absolutely crammed with people and also a total unorganised mess. Anna had to store her backpack in the lockers so we queued for a while to hand it in. We then discovered there were huge queues for the ticket office and to enter the exhibition. So we picked a great weekend to attend... the last weekend it was showing. We asked how long it went on for and discovered it was open until 10pm and so we made the executive decision to come back later. We queued again to get Anna's bag back and headed to the car where luckily it was free parking. We then decided to go to St Kilda which is a cool little suburb in Melbourne. We really liked it here apart from all the parking was a rip off! We walked around the town which was full of quirky shops and restaurants. There was also some cool street art and loads of people exercising in the park and playing basketball etc. We thought this would be an ideal place to live as its right by the beach too.. it pretty much has everything! But we like our house over in Maribyrnong and we couldn't abandon Tyson! We took a nice stroll along the beach and came across Luna Park, a little fair ground ride which they also had in Sydney. Down the road a few miles, we stopped at Brighton beach which is where all the famous coloured huts are.... its like Abersoch but nicer!
By this time the sun was setting and so it was time to head back to the exhibition and pray for smaller queues. Luckily for us, there were no queues and the whole event seem to be way more organised at night. Surprisingly we had a really good night out and were pleasantly surprised when we also got to watch some live music. The performer was Robert Forster from the Go-Betweens.
We left the exhibition at around 10pm. On the way home, we pulled over to use an ATM so we could pay the rent for the week and we happened to stroll into a dominoes. Pizza was just what we needed and it was also an amazing cheap price. Pizza is another thing which is half the price compared to the UK. We headed back to the house to eat our pizza whilst we watched the start of loads of rubbish films. Since we couldn't find a good film to watch all the way through, we went to bed.
The next day was a day full of shopping which seems to be our usual Sunday. We went to Aldi to do the food shop. Every week it comes to 50 pounds (I don't have a pound sign on my new mac). 50 pounds for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week is pretty amazing and so hopefully saving up will be a breeze! After Aldi we have to highpoint to get the bits we can never find in Aldi. Because we go to Highpoint shopping centre to get extra food bits, we somehow manage to walk past lots of clothing shops and add to our collection of limited outfits. When we finally returned home with all our bags, we made some burgers before heading to the cinema to watch the new Jungle Book. Ben loved this film even though they ran out sweet popcorn!
The next day it was Anzac Day (Bank holiday Monday). We started off the day by being very productive. Ben started a drawing and Anna baked some muffins for her new GF blog. There was a big AFL game on which we really wanted to watch as we were told Australians in VIC get really into their Oz rules football. We decided to head down to the pub (which we found by googleing 'best place to watch Oz rules football in Melbourne'). On our way to the pub we expected to see lots of drunk people in shirts for the opposing teams all down Chapel street. We didn't see any of this and the football didn't seem to be showing anywhere! This surprised us as the day before (when we were in a shop obviously) a guy told us of the tradition where they all wake up at 6am and have to drink 9 pints by 12pm! When we got to the pub, after getting a bit lost, there was quite a lively atmosphere. We ordered some drinks and as it was such a nice day we decided we really wanted to sit outside. The pub was that rammed that we ended up sitting at the bar. So it turns out OZ rules football is like a mix of all ball games ever invented and we found it that confusing that we actually had to google the rules half way through the game. We didn't stay for the whole game and so headed back home to enjoy a relaxing evening in.
On Tuesday, Ben got offered the job of being a team leader. He has been doing amazing in his new job by smashing his targets on a daily basis. The management team have been really impressed with his natural talent and humorous personality. Ben had a really great day. On the way home he was sat on the tram texting Anna about his great day. He noticed a large man getting on the Tram and sitting a row or two in front. Mid text he noticed the large man run off the tram. This was weird and so Ben looked up to see what was going on. It turns out that the lady sat opposite him got her phone stolen. Ben asked the tram driver to stop and told him what happened, Ben was wondering if there was CCTV or anything. The tram driver simply replied 'was it an African?... Yeah they are all doing it. There is a police station over there tell the woman to report it'. As the tram driver wasn't much help at all, Ben very kindly offered to help the lady by taking her to the police station and offering to be a witness. The lady declined the help and so Ben passed over his phone number. That night, Ben received a phone call from the police where he issued a statement which wasn't all that detailed. It went along the lines of 'he was really big, really black and was wearing all black'.
The following day we were running a few minutes late. As we pulled up to the tram stop, a tram was just leaving and Ben insisted that we follow it even though Anna was sure that there would be another tram along soon. Anna raced down the road after this tram for a good few blocks weaving in and out of traffic. We finally caught up to it and Ben hopped on. On the way back to the house, Anna saw two other trams pass.....
On Thursday, Ben managed to meet up with his cousin Sarah before she left to fly back home. They went for a walk around the block near his work and had a good catch up since it would be a while before they saw each other again!
On Friday night, Ben's work friend told him about this art and music event he was attending that evening. Ben said it sounded cool and so Anna fancied going too. After eating tea we headed to Collingwood to a pub where the event was being held. We expected to see live art and live music. We paid $12 each to get in and lets just say we were deeply disappointed. The live art was just random sculptures and drawings around the place and the live music was ok... but we didn't stay very long!
Anna doesn't really have any interesting stories about the week but she did make another batch of muffins and got half way through the video editing!
Saturday morning was a glorious day and so we decided to take Tyson for a walk. He is so strong and so Ben did most of the lead holding. He was really well behaved though and so we hope to take him on lots more walks. We got back, changed and showered and headed into the city as we wanted to do a street art hunt. We didn't get far before we ended up shopping again! First we had a really nice lunch and found that Chapel street is quite cheap for eating out... we are slowly learning! Anna is all shopped out now and has all the winter necessities but Ben still has a few things on his list to get. We managed to find two of the most famous streets in Melbourne...
We went back to the house and dressed up all pretty. Tonight we planned to go out with Jason and his friend but first we wanted to have a nice dinner just the two of us. Jason said we could get a lift back with him and his mate IF his mate was driving. We then decided to order an Uber taxi (prepay) as Jason hadn't told us if his friend was driving or not. We asked Jason how we use the app as we were new to Uber. Jason helped us book the taxi and it arrived just 5 minutes later at the same time as his friend. We got in our taxi and Jase got in with his friend. Jason then got out and asked us why we booked an Uber when we could of just got a lift with them as we were going to the same place (even though he just helped us book the bloody taxi!). The driver found this situation very amusing but we just assured him that this was typical Jason antics! We agreed to pay the driver ten dollars for the trouble and managed to cancel the ride on the app which charged us six dollars. So basically we paid 8 pounds to sit in this mans car for five minutes. Fantastic start to the evening I know. We watched a documentary the other night which was called Cowspiracy. This documentary outlined that it was in fact producing meat on an industrial scale is one of the main reasons for climate change, pollution and basically the world ended. This inspired us to be more conscious about how we ate meat. We are actually wanting to try some vegan food too! Anyway the point of this story is to tell you that we had planned to have a meal in a Paleo restaurant. We walked down to it and it was bloody closed!! So we walked up the street and came across a Spanish tapas bar. This meal was amazing and great value for money. After dinner we met with Jase and his friend for some drinks. On the way home we received a guided tour and we have found a cool little street for us to try next weekend!
During the night, there was a huge thunderstorm! We could still see the lightening with both our eyes and the blinds closed! The thunder and rain were so loud and the wind shook the whole house. We are surprised our car was still there!
Tyson likes to barge into our room every single morning and wake us up. This morning we put a bag behind the door which still didn't stop him. We need to think of a new idea!
Today we did our Aldi shop as per and headed to highpoint for the extra food bits. Anna is going to try some vegan recipes this week! Ben also bought some new shoes.. we just can't help ourselves can we! We had some other errands to run which included buying some packaging as Anna's polaroid camera which Ben got her for her birthday has broken We have to send it to Japan and they will fix or send a new one which is good of them since our warranty is back in England! When we got back, Ben did some more drawing. He has been playing with logo ideas for Jason's new business.. it's all creative in this house hold!
Anna intends to finish the videos this week and apply for some jobs. She is looking forward to getting out the house. Honestly she has turned into Jamie bloody Oliver with Ben working so late! Ben is off evaluation now and so he feels less stress towards work. He is also on a couple of dollars extra now and was the only one out of his group to get through evaluation! Well done to Ben :-)