LandDownUnder/Oz/Great Southern Land/The Land of Wonder/The Sunburnt Country/Aussie/Australia

HIIIII FRIENDS.

Ok, so two posts left from this trip.

1. Australia!

2. Go Pro/Video compilation

Soooo…… last place I went in my adventure was Melbourne Australia. I left Nick and Garrett in Penang and flew to Melbourne to seee the wonderful, mizz Chantal Evett! She is studying abroad In Melbourne so I obviously had to go stay with GF for nine days.

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Unlike everywhere else we had been, Melbourne is freezing. The whole Southern Hemisphere reverse the seasons thing is devastating. Stilllllll though, it was an amazing nine days.

Melbourne Breakdown:

Ok so… The first thing you should know is that Melbourne is like the more hip than Brooklyn city in Australia.

This means:

-Man Buns/Beards

-Cool Weird Bars and ‘Gastropubs’

-Record Shops

-Alleyways that look sketchy as hell but actually are full of super nice places

-Amazing Graffiti

-Everything is way too expensive

-Asian Food everywhere.. Like it would be more surprising if a food place was not Asian food than if it was.

So basically, super cool, manageable, city.

What We Did!

So since Chanatalz had just arrived, neither of us had any idea where we were going. This was great because it made us equally lost, and equally excited to see cool schtuff. We started off going to Queen Victoria Market. We were dumb and only saw like 10% of it, but later on returned and saw all of it. IT IS HUGE. IT has like your classic food/deli/wine/bakery etc fresh food market which is stupidly delicious.

See:

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Try and resist 50 of these places.. You can’t. Twice, we bought fresh salmon, fresh rolls, and some sort of fresh spread and made super delicious sandwiches.

Plus the actual market is HUGE. Like this thing actually has everything. Furry hats, posters (I bought two), snow gear, animal rugs, and everything else you could possibly think of. You could spend hours in here just looking at all the strange stuff for sale at different stands.

That night we walked around Federation Square, one of the main center points of Melbourne. Always different events happening here and lots going on at all times:

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We had Japanese Tapas for dinner (delicious as expected) and Saw Melbournes Chinatown for the first time. We obviously followed it up with delicious waffles for dessert:

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They are even better than they look…

Such was our nine days in Melbourne. We basically had zero obligations and just did whatever we wanted at all times. Chantal and I split almost every meal in order to maximise the number of delicious things we could eat because ohmygawd Melbourne is soo tasty. Example: All types of Sushi rolls are like four inches long and cost two dollars. Best grab and go snack ever.

Rather than list out everything we did in straight narrative form, I figured I would just name all the things we did. Cool? Cool. Also…. I didn’t save like any of my snapchat photos so a lot of these are taken off the web. Whoops.

ACMI or the Australian Center for the Moving Image. 

Super cool free museum. All about development of technology… So TV, Video Games, Sound, etc. Also some super weird interactive exhibits.

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They had a super cool dark room that used projected light and fog in order to create 3d images. Super cool and weird.

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The Lion King!!

As splurge date night we bought tickets to the Lion King Broadway show! It was incredible. Like amazingly good. The actors were taleneted and entertaining, the sets were gorgeous, and the costumes were soo creative. COolest people were either Rafiki (female), Mufasa, or Kid Simba. Moral of the story: GO SEE THIS IN THE US. So worth it and fun.

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Also the song: They Live in You was amazing. <—-Random thought (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsylXAaXbxg) see it there….

National Galley Victoria

Went to both the National Galleries. Both free and both had some really cool stuff.

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Eureka Sky Deck

Pretty much what it sounds like. Tall building. Pay Money. See Views. Worth it.

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Not bad.

Royal Botanical Gardens!

Ok people. Think of like a massive park. Then make it 100 times more beautiful than any park you have ever been to, throw in some lakes, streams, and hundreds of trees and plants from around the world, and you start to conceive this place. Seriously, this was like the mother of all parks. We had an awesome picnic here on one of the warm days, but really you could just wander and be amazed:

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This is the most normal tree there..
This is the most normal tree there..

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I could put a million photos of this place but you get the idea… (edit: no you don’t.. I just need to keep moving)

Lanes and Arcades Tour

One of the coolest parts of Melbourne are all the little streets and arcades (indoor mall streets), that you can stroll down and see cafes, weird shops, art, and a ton of people. Some of these you wouldn’t even know exist unless you do a tour like we did. Finding all the places was like a treasure hunt in the middle of the city. Super cool.

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MAGIC SHOP.. Chantal not amused...
MAGIC SHOP.. Chantal not amused…

St. Kilda Beach Town

Probably a summer time spot but we got delicious food and sunshine so no complaints.

I TOOK THIS GUYS!!
I TOOK THIS GUYS!!

Weird Bars

One thing I have started trying to do in most cities I visit is, to find the weird, or hidden bars and check um out. We crushed this game in Melbourne..

Madame Brussels: Bar themed after the multiple brothels that one Madame Brussels ran in the late 19th century.Super weird Alice in Wonderland vibe with strange decor, and a stranger menu. Weird.

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Bartronica

80’s Video Game Bar!! Free Mario Kart. Chantal v Kyle pinball comp. Heaven.

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The Croft Institute

Hands down weirdest bar I have ever been. Down a super sketchy alley. Bar is mad scientist themed. Creepy vibes. Science equipment everywhere.  Bartender with vampire vibes. Bathrooms are themed after an insane asylum upstairs. So old wheelchairs, screens with static, graffiti, an old bed in the girls room. Creepy AF:

Chantal doing syringe shot.
Chantal doing syringe shot.

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supppa cooll doh!

We did a lot more but….. tiss difficult to summarize nine days of amazingness in one blog post. Thanks to Chantal for being the best and mom and dad for changing my flightsss!!!

Stay tuned for the video in the next few dayzzzzzz..

kyle

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