For those of you who are like me, and was totally unaware of what or where Melbourne was located 6 months ago, it’s from the land down under (which is commanding a very vivid flashback of Vegas’s THUNDAH FROM DOWN UNDAH circa 2006) — though Melbourne is actually quite very different from my limited scope of imagination, which included a dry, backwoods land of koalas, kangaroos and steakhouses.
ALSO, the accents aren’t quite as thick in Melbourne as the ones you hear in those Outback Steakhouse commercials or on Crocodile Dundee.
I shall be uploading more pictures up shortly — but to give you an idea, it’s a cosmopolitan mash up of Vancouver, San Francisco, (A SUPER SUPER CLEAN, STERILIZED VERSION OF PARTS OF NORTH BROOKLYN) and Seoul w/ a mix of really wide and really narrow streets.
In a few of the alleyways, you’ll see an incredible array of street art, which is funny cuz OUTSIDE those alleyways, the buildings are fairly clean-cut and dandy.
Speaking of obstacles, I’ve been having quite a bit of them regarding internet access. It seems that Melbourne isn’t as keen on free wifi or readily available wifi spots as us spoiled Americans in LA. Back home, walking into any coffee shop, you’re pretty much guaranteed internet access.
They look perpetually sad and worried, whereas the ones back home just look perpetually shocked and horrified…which strikes me as strange, since Americans in general are perpetually shocked and horrified about something, whereas Melbournians seem pretty immune to any expressions of sadness or worriment.
I’ve GOT to say that the people here are sooooooooooooooooo different from anywhere else! There’s something like a cross between the laidback-ness of LA, with the urge to make fun or light of things like locals in Hawaii — but at the same time, there’s something very, very distinct about their personalities.
It’s like they’re f*cking around half the time, but at the same time, they’re absolutely NOT because everything gets DONE and done pretty damn well…eventually. 🙂
It’s not like they slack off or slow things down and take their time like my limited experience w/ the French, but they don’t have that sense of urgency or immediacy that the Tracey Flicks we have back home in the states.
Even incredibly busy people are perpetually breezy and pleasant and chatty and genuinely curious.
ALSO, another thing that Melbournians seem to be resistant to is pretension — even those who might have reason to be pretentious! It’s really refreshing!
They sell it on many a street corner with GOOD QUALITY FISH and veggies and they’re rolled up like mini burritos and served in brown paper bags to be eaten on the go, much like a churro.
WE NEED THIS IS LA!!! I could eat this all day everyday, especially at those price points, for the quality you’re getting — which is saying a lot, since it’s a tad expensive in general in this city. Right now, we’re about $1 for $1 in terms of the exchange rate, so it’s roughly a little under $3 per roll.
Okay, must leave to catch up on a few of the 100-something emails that have been piling up in the past 1.5 weeks.
OH!!! I SHALL LEAVE YOU WITH A SHOT OF THEIR CANDY BARS!!! THEY ARE AMAZING!!! EVERYTHING EDIBLE IN MELBOURNE IN GENERAL IS PRETTY AMAZING. EVEN AT THE FOOD COURTS, WHICH I SHALL REPORT ON IN A FEW DAYS. LOVE YOUSE!
Love and tacos,
P.S. The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival really hooked it up for us at the Langham, so we get free breakfast buffets w/ amazing meats and fresh fruits and, and, AND, I SH*T YOU NOT, a MOTHERFRAKKIN CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN. I’ll upload pictures of that, too.
P.P.S. One thing Melbourne’s got on lock down that we don’t, I’ve got to say, is food quality. For us in LA, it can be quite the search to find something that’s made w/ top quality, from the flatbread in a sandwich wrap to the shredded lettuce that’s pillowed around the salted, seasoned meats. Nothing’s filler at the food courts, it seems like, even if it is fast food. And clean, clean, clean. O__o I am pretty damn impressed.
P.P.P.S. Working our 2nd night at Coda (restaurant) and I love, love, LOVE the people who work there! I just want to take them home w/ me!!