Having bumped into the English boys and two girls that were also in the hostel from Adelaide yesterday it was apparent that I have made the nearly naked 70 year old famous!! Amazing! Nice to see them all again, we exchanged stories! Ali telling me that on returning to his bed one night to find there was an older man in it who had claimed it, I laughed a lot! Having a nightmare with booking consecutive nights at a hostel, I had texted a friend to see if she wanted a house guest for the weekend. With a very good offer, I have taken her up on it. With the weekend booking problem out of the way, I booked two weeks at a hostel from Sunday. Up to a ridiculous hour, blogging and meeting Jack, we had a really nice chat and Asia is now firmly on my travel map. Going upstairs and crawling into bed, just getting comfy I remembered that unfortunately I would have to check out in the morning and re check back in as I had to switch rooms due to the limited availability… Should have remembered that earlier! Unable to find my earplugs, I was woken early. Dragging myself up and repacking my rucksack, it still feels just as heavy! Backpack deposited in the locker, for the pricely sum of $2, I got myself blog updated then went to the market. Coming across the post office by accident i bought a box and posted some possessions to try and lighten the load! Having put the foldable rucksack to rest in Apollo bay, I sourced a semi cheap bag and bought the night’s dinner. Junk food crazy at the weekend, I have been on salads all week!
Meeting my roommates, an eclectic multicultural bunch with two Canadians, an Australian American, a Swiss, a Swede and myself, we had a good laugh – loving the 8 bed shares! Amanda, the first person in a couple of days who knew straight away that i was scottish! On telling me that she went along to a marketing interview to find it was door to door sales, having had the same experience in Scotland where i went along to an interview thinking it was marketing the company and being more than a little surprised to be bundled into a car and end up in Hawick of all places, trying to get people to give money to the RSPB, door to door, I shared my story too! An instant bond was formed, and with similar Melbourne plans I am sure we will be great friends.
With an evening plan to see the penguins emerge from the beach at St Kilda, bizarrely enough, me and Lisa both got ourselves lost in the evening and lost track of time. It getting dark and unfortunately missing them we met at Federation Square for a drink instead. Chatting and sharing stories, with her travelling off to Tasmania tomorrow, I am fair going to miss my little German friend! Seeing the city by night, and having righted myself in the map, my apprehension from Saturday has disappeared.
Having had a couple of hours of debate in my head as to whether I had done the right thing leaving Adelaide, a txt, leaving me dumbfounded reconfirmed that I had. Needing sunscreen at 3pm, I certainly didn’t need it on the walk home as the heavens opened and it poured down. Jumping on the tram I emerged a little drier than when I got on it. A mix of emotions of a day, I am hopeful with what Melbourne has to offer!