Sparky Travels

December 11, 2010

Leaving Melbourne

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As my time left in Melbourne dribbled away I started to formulate my plans for the next part of travels. Helen and I decided to go to Indonesia for Christmas and New Year before I jet off to South America for a few months and she returns to Melbourne to finish her Working Holiday Visa. The big event at the start of November was the Melbourne Cup AKA “the race that stops a nation”. The main reason the nation stops is because its a public holiday. We toyed with the idea of going to the races but the dreary weather put us off. Instead caught the train into town and went to the Crown Casino to drink beer, place some bets and watch the races. My luck wasn’t in as I failed to make a cent. Helen had the winner (Americain) at short odds so lost slightly less money than me. Fortunately I had 2nd placed MaLuckyDay in the office sweepstake so pocketed $25 the next day at work.

Other events during my last month were more Sunday afternoon Barbeques and heading back to some of our favourite haunts. The Perth St Olympics were an important affair during one of the BBQs with Andre and Marquino performing a clean sweep of the Bocce, Table Tennis and MiniGolf trophies.

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November was also ‘Movember, where much of Australia takes on the task of growing a moustache for charity. Lev, Rob, Zoltan and Me all did our bit for the Coles Pricing and Promotions team.

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On St Andrew’s Day I managed to acquire haggis, neeps and tatties and IrnBru to introduce Helen to the great chieftain o’ the pudding race. IMG_0431

Planning Indonesia, reducing my belongings back into a a backpack sized bag and work were the order of the last few weeks though we did manage to meet up with Fuss and Susie for sunbathing, drinking and dinner a few times. A Latino food festival in Fitzroy was good fun as was some weird hippy one-day festival in Edinburgh Gardens.

On Friday the 10th of December, after the longest week of work ever, I said goodbye to the many kind people I’d met at Coles and raced out the door. The final odds and ends tied up, we had an early night in anticipation of the early morning flight to Denpasar. Taxi to the airport, wave goodbye to Melbourne, hop on plane, prepare for relaxation.IMG_0486 (Large)

It was a bittersweet feeling to leave Melbourne (and Australia in general) since it has been a great place to live for the last 6 months with good people, a decent job and nice vibe. On the other hand I have even more exciting adventures to come, starting with Indonesia.

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