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Sightseeing Melbourne in a Day of Changeable Weather
Sunday 10th April 2011 – Melbourne, Australia
From north to south, from Cairns to Melbourne, and from sunshine to rain, I was in Melbourne now and the change in temperature was a shock to the system. I was here in this beautiful city and wanted to get out and about and take it all in. Today’s agenda was all about the sightseeing.
I was as quiet as I possibly could be in the morning so as not to wake anybody. Unsurprisingly I was the only person awake at this time. It wasn’t late but it was far too early for the party animals still in their pit. I guess I can’t blame them, as it is Sunday after all. I dressed in wet weather gear and set out into town.
My first stop after a short walk was for food, and a pie to be exact. It was nice to warm my belly whilst sitting on a park bench. The rain had ceased for a while and the sun was trying to make an appearance, but it was bitterly cold. The meat pie was extremely welcome. I set off again in the direction of the city centre as the rain began to fall again.
I found St. Kilda Beach and stopped to admire the sea views. I do like a beach, even when the weather doesn’t permit sunbathing, and I always manage to find peace while staring out into the great unknown. I have a great respect for the ocean, and regard the deep blue as a silent monster, occasionally rising to swipe down anybody who dares enter the water. Sometimes the sea can look so peaceful, but it’s what you can’t see that makes me weary of the beast.
My walk continued through the streets of Melbourne and I found myself in amongst the market stalls with their interesting novelty gifts and enticing food. Street performers entertained the masses with their magic tricks and comedic antics, whilst the fairground offered amusement for all the family. The atmosphere was buzzing and the intermitted rain showers were an annoyance rather than a reason to stay at home. It was fun to be around. The circus was also in town this weekend, and I wondered if it might be a significant weekend here in Melbourne. Maybe it was a bank holiday, but I didn’t know for sure.
The long walk back to the hostel was accompanied by the glorious sunshine. The sun had now successfully burnt through the grey clouds and was shining in all its glory. The heat was immense, such a contrast to the cold wet morning. It had been almost four seasons in one day, and reminded me a lot of the UK with its ever-changing weather. I was happy to be here rather than the UK though.
As I arrived back at the hostel I was pleased to see everyone was up and out of bed, leaving the room free for me to relax and hunt for inspiration in my Lonely Planet. Essentially I was here in Melbourne for work, but I wanted to enjoy the city whilst here, and I had done thus far.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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