Greetings from Australia! I've been here for something like four days (I say "something like" because the time travel thing that happens when you cross the International Date Line is still confusing me), and I just love it.
Anne and I are in Melbourne, which I've found to be an absoulutely wonderful city. My sample size is very small, but every Australian I've encountered since I've been here has been friendly, kind, and generally awesome. The food is fantastic, and the city itself is beautiful.
When I'm not rehearsing for Thursday's performance at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Anne and I have been exploring the city. Yesterday, we made music by dancing around in front of a giant theremin, walked up and down about a dozen alleys (I think they call them "laneways" or something like that, here) that were covered with all sorts of gorgeous street art, and ate a pizza that was covered with nutella, strawberries, and slivered almonds. If you'd told me three days ago that I would eat that on purpose, I would have told you that you were crazy. If you'd bet me a million dollars that I'd actually enjoy it, I'd now be in your debt for the rest of my life.
So, yanno, build the time machine, meet me in Melbourne last Sunday, and start planning to make enough money from me to fund the construction of your time machine.
Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I helped build that time machine?
Restaurants I've fallen in love with: Cookie in the central business district, and The Local Taphouse in St. Kilda. Food I've fallen in love with: all of it, especially baked beans on toast for breakfast. And even though Anne wants to kill Vegemite with fire, I'm starting to like a thin smear of it on toast with honey or marmalade.
In case you're here in Melbourne: come to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Thursday for Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends. It's going to be amazing. Then, come to Supanova this weekend!
The weather has been nasty and cold, but it's supposed to start turning around today, just in time for us to go to Brisbane on Monday. I'm super excited to have a few days to myself on the Gold Coast before Supanova happens there, a week from Saturday.
... I just realized that I haven't yet listened to Men At Work or INXS in the original Australian, so I think I should go do that before I go to rehearsal.
Question for Locals (in Melbourne and Gold Coast): Can you suggest a "must see", "must do" and warn me off of "not worth your time" activities? Anne and I like to get away from touristy things and find places that locals enjoy.