This will be a short post to start off our adventures in Melbourne, Australia. Sorry it has been so long since I have written. I’ve been trying to figure out some behind the scenes issues when it comes to blogging, and realized I didn’t not know as much as I thought I knew. It’s back up and running though, and I’ll be posting more regularly, even though I’m a year behind!
We arrived in Melbourne and dropped off our smashed car thanks to the kangaroo. The rental office assured us that they would be able to fix is cheaper than us having the work done at a reputable Toyota dealership. Not so. Cheers Australia for another $500 you cost us!
We bought myki cards at a train station nearby and headed to our Airbnb. Luckily, I only booked this place for two nights to help us get familiarized with the area. The location wound up being far out of the center of town, so over the next two days we didn’t do anything but try and find another place to stay! Spending hours reading host’s profiles on couchsurfing is very time consuming. While I messaged people I also made a huge list of things to do to enjoy our time in Melbourne.
While we waited to hear back from hosts willing, or unwilling, to host us in Melbourne we spent time walking around the neighborhood and trying to get to know the two Indian men who were living in the Airbnb house long term. Both were students, neither of them knew how to cook, and all of us made for awkward conversations. I think my favorite time spent at this Airbnb was when we all sat gathered in the common room and kitchen area cooking, eating, or watching TV and we got sucked in to a terrible Jodi Foster film called Flightplan.
We extended our Airbnb stay by one night, but we finally found someone willing to hosts us on couchsurfing! It turned out to be Ana! Her profile was so open, honest, and positive. She called, and we set a time to meet at her home and settle in. It turned out Ana lived almost as far out of Melbourne as our current Airbnb, but on the OTHER side of town!
It took us a few hours on the train, but we finally arrived at Ana’s. She welcomed us with hugs and a home filled with lots of life. Ana has a wonderful daughter named Carmen who is so smart and lovely. Adam, Ana’s boyfriend, also lives there. Between the three of them they make a wonderful warm and welcoming family. And if the house wasn’t already full enough they had a Chinese exchange student. In the backyard, we got to meet their pet guinea pigs, rats, and chickens!
Ana gave us her room to use while we stayed with them. Originally, we planned to stay a week, but we all enjoyed each other’s company, and there is so much to do around Melbourne, that we stayed for two weeks! We all shared a few meals, met Ana’s wonderful neighbor Robin, had a community pizza dinner, and felt like part of the family for a while.