The other side of my Melbourne trip

I stayed in an apartment behind the glitzy charade of the Crown casino ‘gambling addiction-generating’ complex. My apartment was next to a motorway fly-over, surrounded by construction sites with a full view of a multi-story carpark. Hoardings for idyllic and life changing abodes dominated the streetscape. The cool glass tall towers of Melbourne cbd a mocking presence on the periphery.

All this got me thinking about recording the other side of being in Melbourne at the Connecting Up Australia conference. My personal experience of the streets I walked. In two parts…. starting now:

Take # 1

It went like this:
Fly to Melbourne on NZ123
Drive to workshop at City of Greater Bendigo council chambers, then back to city
Catch tram #19 from Sydney Road
Eat dinner at the Chocholate Budha
Arrive at Plum Serviced Apartments (very nice too)
Eat breakfast at nondescript cafe on Clarendon Street, nice french toast (no website)
Catch tram #67 to Balaclava, though ejected for lacking wherewithal so wounded pride (ouch)
Eat dinner at Larry’s home (no website) and converse till late
Eat breakfast at St Ali, coffee roastery
Catch tram #86 to Northcote
Eat dinner at Joe’s shoe store bar
Visit Readings books in Lygon Street (pickup Chain Reaction & Griffith Review)
Catch tram #109 back home to Plum
Eat breakfast at St Ali, coffee roastery, again though with lovely Angela for company today
Stroll across old St Kilda train bridge, pass drawing on glass
Buy Luke Ngyuen DVD from the ABC Shop
Catch tram #112 to Miller Street
Arrive at Steve’s, very comfortable and green (no website)
Bike along the Merri Creek Trail to Abbotsford Convent
Drink a pot with Andrew at Handsome Steve’s, a shrine to the Geelong AFL team
Eat dinner at Nila restaurant, Sydney Road (no website)
Eat breakfast at Pearl Oyster cafe (no website)
Bike along the Merri Creek Trail, on the balbreaker again
Buy buns from Ceres Saturday market
Catch bus replacement to South Geelong, where I’ve been before (see “Bellarine Rail Trail“)
Visit Werribee open range zoo, I enjoyed picnicing with travellers from Geelong
Catch bus replacement to Laverton
Catch train to Southern Cross Station, Spencer Street
Indulge in a sneaky snack at Movida Aqui, Little Bourke Street
Eat dinner at Roz and Megan’s, such very, very generous hosts to have
Eat breakfast at Pearl Oyster, again (still no website)
Raise fist at Say Yes climate action rally, steps of the State Library of Victoria
Buy nearly roadkill wallet from Friends of the Earth
Eat lunch in leafy Clifton Hill, thank you G
Bike along the Capital City and Upfield cycle tracks
Listen to Sarah Carroll at the Union Hotel Brunswick
Fly to Wellington on NZ852.

Take # 2

It went like this 20 photos on flickr from my Melbourne trip, 31 May to 6 June 2011.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.