Where in the World Wednesday: Melbourne, Australia Edition

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Welcome back to the Where in the World Wednesday series on Pages to Passport. On (almost) every Wednesday, I share where in the world I am, what I’m doing there, where I’m planning to go next, my general thoughts on the latest week of travel, and what I’m currently reading. To catch up on the entire series, click here.

Where in the World Wednesday: Melbourne, Australia Edition

Where in the world are you?

I wrote a large majority of this post in Melbourne, Australia where I spent a long weekend enjoying the summer sun, jumping from coffee shop to coffee shop, and experiencing the Australian Open tennis tournament.

That said, at the time of posting, I’m technically back in Queenstown, New Zealand where I live as an au pair. 

What have you been up to this week? 

I spent the rest of last week working as an au pair until I left for on a non-stop flight from Queenstown to Melbourne, Australia.

My first day in Melbourne was uncharacteristically rainy and gray. I used the gloom as a good excuse to explore Melbourne’s many shopping laneways and fancy coffee shops like this one

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The clouds cleared just in time for me to witness a stunning Melbourne sunset from Federation Square.

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Saturday was a very exciting day for me personally.

I fueled up at a great coffee shop of course. This one was Bowery to Williamsburg.

Bowery to Williamsburg

Then, I was able to experience a day at the Australian Open tennis tournament. If there is any doubt of my excitement around tennis, my long-term travel journey was actually scheduled around being able to experience Wimbledon in London and this Melbourne trip centered around tennis too.

I was able to be in the second row for a doubles match featuring Jamie Murray, and in the second-to-last row to see Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic in their matches.

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The next day brought beautiful summer weather (in January!) I still can’t get over that. I decided to make the most of the summer sun and walk all over the city. I started with coffee, naturally, at Market Lane Coffee.

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Then, I hopped from stall to stall at Queen Victoria Market. Lucky me, there was a used book sale happening!

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That afternoon, I wandered around the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. The views from the top of the Shrine of Remembrance were stunning.

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Then, I made my way back to Rod Laver Arena for a night session of tennis. With the sun shining over the city, I was able to witness a fun upset when Roger Federer was ousted (but not after three tiebreakers and four sets). It was the loudest tennis crowd I’ve ever been a part of and so much fun to feel the energy of an Australian Open night match.

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After way too short of a sleep, I jumped on a 6 a.m. flight back to Queenstown. I was lucky enough to snag a window seat this time. The views out my window were simply amazing.

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After a busy weekend in the city, I was filled with a renewed sense of gratitude about being able to live in a place as naturally beautiful as Queenstown is. It’s the best parts of everything – a little bit social and a lot outdoorsy.

I celebrated being back with a vigorous hike up Tobin’s Track in nearby Arrowtown and yes, more coffee, from Provisions of Arrowtown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ve been using the Libby app religiously, which means that ebooks are dropping into my Amazon Kindle like magic these days. The latest one to become available was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams that I had heard was a book that all long-term traveler’s should read.

I have to say, it is a great (and strange) book that entertains while asking the question, “is this how you want to be spending your days?”

Now, I’ve found a book called On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean by Scott B. Williams. It was included in  Amazon Prime reading and has been so interesting so far. I love personal accounts of epic adventures and Scott’s stories of traversing the Caribbean via sea kayak are nothing short of wonderful.

Where are you going to next? 

If the weather cooperates with me, I’d like to do some major hiking in either Queenstown or Wanaka this weekend. Possibly both!

What’s happening in your neck of the woods? 


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