Road trip to the Great Ocean road

For the third & final time while in Australia, we “hired a car”. Hols and I planned a 2 day road trip down the great ocean road. So on Saturday we picked it up at 10:00 and headed west for the great ocean road. It took us about 2 hours before we got on the southern touring route and when we finally got there it instantly reminded me of Hwy 1 in California. You literally drive on the edge of a cliff overlooking the coast.

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Made several stops along the way to check out the views

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One of our stops was in this really pretty town called Lorne. We stopped for some “chips” (french fries) and then were forced to share with some pretty birds

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Back on the road to our next destination we ran across a wild koala

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We made it halfway on the Great Ocean Road before it started to get dark. We stopped in Apollo Bay for the night and luckily for us a music festival was going on so we had something to do for the night. We couldn’t get a good view of the sunset but i did get to see a very interesting sky. Couldn’t figure out how it was lit up so strangely. The sun was all the way west and the photos I took were taken from the east. I could see the sun setting all the way on the opposite side of the sky, but somehow the clouds were still lit up.

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The next morning we got up early and by early I mean 10:00 got breakfast and explored the rest of the Great Ocean Road. We checked out these super touristy rocks called the 12 Apostles and after drove through the country to get back to Melbourne.

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On some very positive news, we returned the car, without any problems. Guess 3rd time was the charm!! On some less exciting news, tomorrow is my last day is Australia 😦

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The artsy life of Melbourne

One of my favorite things about Melbourne is the effort the city takes in making art it’s focus. They have an overwhelming amount of museums and art exhibitions all around the city, but the street art is what makes the city so inspiring. Every corner you turn down there is something else to enjoy. Think you’ll walk down an alley and it will be bare? Think again, they allow graffiti artists to fill the walls of the alleyways with their art. They also put a lot of effort in making the architecture unique and interesting. Even the highway barriers aren’t reduced to simple stone, instead they make it colorful and interesting. If you like taking artsy pictures, or you want to be in a place that will inspirer you everyday, Melbourne is the place for you. See below just some shots of what I am talking about.

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Look how expensive shit is here: second edition

For everyone’s enjoyment back in the states, here is the second edition of me bitching about how expensive shit is.

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In case you were wondering, that filled up a little less than half a tank in our jucy van

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Still skeptical about how people get drunk here when alcohol is so expensive. Also cigarettes are $20 a pack

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To be fair, it’s not that expensive for people who live here to afford these things when minimum wage is $18.75. Yes minimum wage. It just sucks for tourists.