First stop in Australia: Melbourne

I finally arrived on Saturday, after Rathy was nice enough to bring me to the airport at 4 in the morning. My friend Sonja came to pick me up, and since then I’ve been staying with her and her lovely family in a suburb of Melbourne, full with cute little Victorian worker’s cottages. Their house, for example, is only one room wide, built a little like a train. Sonja and her husband Tom both speak German, so we get to have secret conversations in front of the two boys (Sean and Yannik) a lot. *g*

I’ve also been exploring the city a bit, walking around the CBD (Central Business District), which is full of beautiful old buildings in between modern skyscrapers. There’s also trams going everywhere, so I feel right at home. 🙂 Another thing I like about Melbourne are the many, many parks – when they planned the city in the mid-1800s, they sure did a good job.

There are also some nice museums – on Sunday, when the weather was bad, we went to the Melbourne Museum, and yesterday I spent some time at the State Library, looking at a beautiful exhibition of old books. The family also took me to Williamstown on the sea, where I got a lovely look at the Melbourne skyline.

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The new Flickr album can be found here. Now I have two more days here, which I intend to put to good use.