Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Short Walking Tour of Melbourne

Well, we didn't see as much of Melbourne as we were planning on since I woke up this morning still feverish and not feeling well.  Luckily, it is relatively easy to get to Melbourne from Tasmania (a one hour flight or a ferry ride) so I am sure we will be back at some point.  We ate breakfast at the hotel and I took a nap in the morning.  At lunch time we headed out to see a bit of Melbourne.  We walked over to Federation Square and by the Yarra River.  We walked over to the Rod Laver Arena where the Australian Open is played.  We also saw the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Grounds) where there was a plaque commemorating the 1956 Olympics which were held in Melbourne.  The Gold medal winners from all of the events were listed.  At the 1956 Olympics the furthest distance the women athletes ran was 200 meters!  There wasn't a women's marathon event back then.  We went back to the hotel and Ben successfully repacked our luggage to a manageable level.  We were craving some American food and free internet so we got Hungry Jack's (aka Burger King) for dinner.  Our flight to Launceston, Tasmania is at 12:30 tomorrow and our contact in Tasmania is picking us up to take us to the apartment we will be at for two weeks until we move into our accommodations for the duration of our stay.  The car they are letting us use while we are here is even going to be waiting at the apartment for us.  I can't wait to get to the grocery store and cook some meals instead of eating out.  Next time we post we will truly be the Tassie Twosome living in Tasmania.

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