…to Victoria, Australia
Posts include days 284-315 in chronological order. Click to read each short story.
My First House and Cat Sit in Australia
I flew from Singapore to Australia to start my first house and cat sit in Ballarat, an hour and a half from Melbourne. It was my first time in Australia and my first time house and pet-sitting.
Attack the Argument, Not the Person
The homeowner of the house I was sitting for had some passionate opinions. She said the key was to attack the argument and not the person. Calling someone names, like a misogynist, isn’t going to help your case. It will only push them further into their belief system. Even though we both got animated at times, we had respect for each other and were able to have a discussion and not an argument.
House and Cat-Sitting
Being my first time in Australia, I had to get used to several things, like the slang. It was off the charts! There were more differences between the U.S. and Australia than I realized.
Gentle Reminders in Life
While in Ballarat, I checked out the gold rush town set up and went deep into an old mine. I also attended a church and had to deal with getting some medications from the U.S.
Hiking and Learning about Australia
Tom, the homeowners son, took me to Halls Gap for a day of hiking. I saw my first wild kangaroos and Tom taught me all about Australia while we discussed the hazards of online dating.
Who Names a Swimming Pool After a Prime Minister Who Drowned?
Melbourne quickly became one of my favorite cities with its street art and charm. I went on a walking tour and learned some history, like naming a swimming pool after a prime minister who drowned.
Bars and Libraries
Melbourne has a fun bar scene, many of them being, “secret.” In one case, you pull a refrigerator door inside of a sub shop and it opens to a hidden bar. The library was a beautiful piece of art too.
Solo Travel, But Often Not Alone
I explored Melbourne after meeting up with an old coworker. I visited the war memorial, the botanical gardens, the zoo, and the mall. I even explore the nighttime city lights and a food truck festival.
Penguins, a Beach, a Hidden Bar, and Museums in Melbourne
There are a lot of things to do in Melbourne, so I spent two days exploring St. Kilda, the famous Penguin Pier, Museums, and of course, a hidden bar.
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