Going back to travelling solo felt a bit strange after I’d spent the past 4 months with a bunch of people who started out as strangers and ended up being a second family to me. I actually felt a bit more lost than when I took my first big leap and left the UK, I guess I was mentally prepared for a good 6 months then and was so eager to leave my day to day life behind and now I was jumping onto a plane to go to a City I had never been too with no safety net of a surf camp, and making friends and getting into a need for money and no guarantee of actually finding a job!
But as soon as I said goodbye to my friend I’d been travelling with since Thailand and walked into the airport on my own, I actually started to feel quite relaxed and collective. You’re reminded of that sense of power that you have over your life and now the world literally was my oyster – I’m my own boss and I can do as I please!
After having two great Couch Surfing experiences in Brisbane, I decided to give it a go in Melbourne and try and grab a chance to pick a locals brains about the City! I came across Sarah, a working professional that lived right in the middle of the CBD and who turned out to have an awful lot of knowledge about Melbourne so she made the perfect tour guide! I only stayed with her for two nights as she had a weekend away planned but we spent a lovely evening walking through a few suburbs of the City and had dinner in Fitzroy. Fitzroy is known as the “hipster” part of Melbourne and is filled to the brim of quirky restaurants, bars and shops. We ate at the Veggie Bar which is, as you may have guessed, is a purely vegetarian restaurant – and it was friggin’ awesome! It was full of a real mix of people, plenty of locals and tourists and run by a bunch of hippy looking and really friendly people who will seat you on communal tables due to how busy the place gets but it just adds to the friendly atmosphere and gets people mingling. Walking through Fitzroy beforehand we wandered a bunch of streets that were absolutely covered in some extraordinary street art/graffiti work which I just had to stop and admire for a while. The little, residential side streets in the area had a real shabby chic, rustic sort of feel about them. They looked run down and in need of a new lick of paint but it kind of suited it if you know what I mean? And being surrounded by these spray can decorated streets made the place have a real friendly, urban vibe about it.
After dinner we both had a sudden urge to indulge in some ice cream – I think it’s a girl thing, so we took a stroll back through China Town and found a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Parlour!? It was pretty cool and quirky actually and as soon as I saw Ferraro Roche ice cream on the board I was sold! – & my god it was bloody good ice cream!
With satisfied stomachs we headed back home where I spent my last night in Sarah’s apartment before I checked into a hostel for the weekend.
It’s back to basics for a while until (fingers crossed) some sort of work will come up – I’m feeling like a little surfer girl, lost in a big City – in a good way! ;-)