I didn’t write a blog yesterday, but it was our 2 month anniversary for living in Melbourne! Boy, has that 2 months gone by quickly. We were thinking about things we’ve learned in the past 60 days. Here are some of our thoughts, in no particular order:
- We know how to order beer in Victoria
- Driving on the other side of the road is not so terrifying anymore
- “How ya going?” doesn’t sound so weird
- I’m getting quicker at getting the correct amount of change out of my wallet when making a purchase.
- We are getting used to many things costing twice as much as at home
- I have successfully negotiated a Hook Turn in the CBD, with witnesses
- After being turned away more times than we care to admit, we are learning the value of booking a table at a restaurant
- We know the difference between an entree and a main on a dinner menu
- We know our way around the CBD
- Footy is our new adopted sport. We know enough to explain it to our guests, but not so much that helpful Melbourne fans won’t explain things to us
- I am getting better at driving the 4-wheel drive grocery carts
- We think we have done a lot of exploring and sightseeing, but when we look at the map of Australia, we see that we’ve hardly seen anything in this vast country
- We are still thrilled by and grateful for this incredible opportunity to live in Australia
- We love the followers and commenters on this blog
Tonight we went to the movies for the first time and we saw The Great Gatsby, which we enjoyed. And we hit a new personal best for the amount of money we spent on movie tickets – $19.00 each – twice what it would be at home. And in order to get a senior discount, you need to have a Concession card from the government!
This week I completed the finishing work on a scarf I knitted. I really like the way the colors change and the unique shape. It goes nicely with my black coat and was very easy to make.
On the weekend mornings we frequently awake to see hot air balloons floating above the city, and many nights we are treated to beautiful sunsets, all visible from our balcony.
Tomorrow we expect our friend and Jim’s colleague, Dave, to arrive. He was due in this morning, but apparently was delayed by storms in Chicago. We look forward to having a familiar face around.
Thanks for reading this blog for 2 months and I hope we can keep it interesting for 3 more months.