Australia – Melbourne

Things have slowed down a bit, but I’m having a great time in Melbourne so far. I got into Melbourne on Thursday and stayed in St. Kilda, which is a huge backpacker area near the beach. The hostel was great, very modern, great restaurant and bar – plus free drinks for ladies that night. Then, my friend Dan, who I met in Thailand, picked me up on Friday and I’ve been staying with him.
Friday, we went out to the Crown Casino here. It’s right alongside the river and there are tons of shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. We had dinner, gambled a little (I put in 3 dollars and won 20 and Dan put in 4 and won 20), and had some drinks. After dark, every hour, there are these tall columns that shoot out these enormous flames in various patterns (much like a fountain, only with fire). We stayed and watched those. Very cool stuff.
Saturday, we went around some mountainous area and went to a viewpoint, played miniature golf (where I got my butt kicked and Dan won a free game). Then we went to a barbie (bar-b-q) at one of his mate’s house. It was really fun just hanging out having a bar-b-que. Reminded me of home.
Yesterday, we took one long ass drive, but it was well worth it. We drove west to the Great Ocean Road and saw the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Triplet Falls. It was so scenic and just the best possible weather you could have asked for. I have quite a few amazing pictures.
I’m hoping to meet up with another girl , Ellie, that I met in Thailand. It’s so nice to see familiar faces and have people to show you around the city, not to mention a great way to save some money.

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