Melbourne! What to say. It was quite the city. We had a great first day in the city, meeting Dorian’s besties from way back. They were such a nice group of dudes. Penguins at the pier, I was in my happy place! There had been a recent penguin murder by some dumb kids, so I was trying to be as respectful to the penguins as an excited observer could be.
I didn’t take many photos of Melbourne as we were spending most of our days meeting with my partner’s friends and I wanted to be social. We had some really amazing coffees that deserve to be mentioned, ahem Proud Mary Cafe. Superb almond latte. I’m salivating just thinking about it.
We met Dorian’s friend/old coworker Ben at Proud Mary and he kindly took us on a tour around the city. He took us to the patio at Madame Brussels, which is a neat bar. I took a few quick snaps on my iPhone. Also I should mention a few yummy spots we visited. Smith and Deli was somewhere I had researched before our trip and was excited to try. We got some mean ass sandwiches from there, and a beverage with a beautiful label, but was quite horrible to drink.
There is something that I have to mention that happened during my time in Melbourne. Moments when I have been truly shocked and unable to react are rare, as is meeting a person who is so unimaginably rude. I consider myself to be a nice person, and always expect a certain level of politeness from others when I am meeting them for the first time. When my partner and his friend Ben took me to the restaurant where they used to work, I was nervous and excited to meet his old work family, one of them being a previous love interest of my man friend. His boss, a fairly well-known chef, greeted us and proceeded to mention nothing but my partner’s old crush. “Do you know about her?” he asked me, “Do you know what she looks like?” “Have you seen her photo?” “I think she’s got a thing for him.” I wasn’t sure what to think. When my partner was speaking to his boss, it was still about her. Skyping with her came up, and I chimed in “yeah he was at my apartment while they were skyping,” trying to get him to let go of whatever point he was trying to make. In response to this, he insinuates that my partner was pleasuring himself during their skype conversation while I was in the other room. And then came the slapping noise. At this point, I couldn’t believe if what I had heard was real. I wish I hadn’t let it get to me, because for some reason that’s what this ridiculous man wanted. I can’t speculate why. Annyway…
Later on in the trip we had more time to wander around Melbourne solo, so I managed to take a few touristy shots, token graffiti, etc. The best one was not flooded with tourists.
We made the happy discovery of two vegan flavours of donuts at Donut Time on Degraves St, such a cute spot.
Our first little adventure was a two-day road trip along the Great Ocean road, aka the Aussie version of US highway 1. We stopped at a lot of “scenic points” and saw a lot of beaches. Possibly too many. The last stop was the Twelve Apostles, which was overrun with tourists, so we decided to hit that early on our return in the morning. We stayed overnight in Port Campbell, which was a sweet little town with few vegan dining options and water that tasted like the ocean.