After a lazy Saturday and then going out for one of Matt’s friend’s birthdays Saturday night, Sunday morning was a little bit of a slow start. I had to pack up my bag again (nightmare) because we were spending the night in Melbourne and then Monday morning was my flight to Bali. I finally got everything back in my bag, which was basically bursting at the seams, and we headed out of town. We stopped quickly for a coffee and to say bye to some friends since I don’t think I’ll be going back there! 🙁
I booked a hotel on the way into the city, it actually ended up being a building of managed apartments that are rented out, called The Docklands Private Collection. Our little apartment was super cute and in such a great spot. We were in the docklands area right across from a promenade with lots of restaurants and shops. Once we checked in we walked over to the restaurants and grabbed some lunch then went back to the apartment where I took a nap and lazed around until it was time to head to my first AFL (Australian Football League) game.
I’d been looking forward to this for a while after watching a few of Matt’s games on the weekends. It was the Essendon Bombers vs the St. Kilda Saints. Our hotel/apartment was in such a great location, just a 5 minute walk to the Etihad Stadium where the game was held. We sat beside the goals on the Essendon side, as that’s the team that Matt supports. It was a lot of fun and very high energy. The guys in front of us were hilarious with their commentary, which may have improved with the number of beers they drank, but oh my God, the hair on one of them. He basically had a mullet made out of waist length dreadlocks in a pony tail, with non dreadlocked hair in the front being pushed back with a headband. Almost made it hard to focus on the game his hair was so bad…the downside of being a hairstylist, noticing and wanting to change people’s terrible hair choices. I really enjoyed the game, maybe more than Matt did, his team lost sadly.
After the game we headed to do another thing I was really looking forward to, the Melbourne Star! It is also in the Docklands area so after we just walked down there. The Melbourne Star is basically a huge observation wheel, one of only 4 in the world. It rotates super slowly, one ride around takes about half an hour. We lucked out when we went around 8pm and got an entire pod thing to ourselves. It was a gorgeous view and I’m really glad we went at night while the city was little up, but to be honest it was a little bit boring…I would recommend people to do it while in the city, it’s a fun way to see everything. Just don’t expect the most exciting half hour of your life while up there. It is beautifully lit up and being able to see all the lights was pretty much worth it.
We walked back to the promenade to get a late dinner and enjoy the view of the water. It had been a crazy windy day but the evening turned out to be quite nice, warm and the wind died down. We sat on the patio and shared some appies for dinner with a glass of wine. Then it was time to head back to the hotel and turn in for night. Monday would be an early morning to get my flight to Denpasar, Bali. The last night in the city was a great end to my 2 and a half weeks in Melbourne. It was a little bittersweet leaving and saying goodbye to everyone not knowing when or if I’ll be back there to see everyone again!