Ivan, Jennifer and I checked out of Tune Hotel on August 6, 2009.

We got a taxi to the airport.  Today, we’d be headed to Melbourne, Australia.  Our flight was scheduled to leave at 1:40 pm.  It didn’t actually leave until 3:20 pm because of an electrical issue.

The plane arrived a few minutes after 1 am. We got a taxi to our hotel. It cost $60 AUD ($50 USD).

We checked in to the Flinders Station Backpackers Hotel.  Ivan booked two dorm beds.  Australia is expensive for accommodation even for hostels.  I got to sleep in Jennifer’s top bunk bed.

We used the internet.  Our body clocks were used to Malaysian time so we didn’t get to sleep until 4 am.

Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up around 10:30 am on August 7, 2009.  Right now, it’s Australia’s winter – so it was cold.  Jennifer said it’s even colder than winters in Las Vegas.

Ivan and Jen are trying to eat healthy in Australia.  They’re going to try to cut out cheese, fried foods and pizza.  It’s kind of a diet, but not so extreme.  Ivan wanted to get some exercise.  It seems like that will be possible since they won’t be taking any taxis.  They will be walking and taking buses, trams and trains.

We got sandwiches at Subway.  Ivan got a 6 inch veggie patty while Jennifer got a 6 inch tuna sandwich.  I had a chicken and banana sandwich.

We went to Target to look for jackets.  Target was having a massive sale.  Ivan bought a blue jacket.  Jennifer got a blue jacket and a purple shirt.

We walked around Bourke Street.  There were lots of sales going on.  There’s lots of artwork in Melbourne.


We chilled at the hostel for awhile.  Jennifer and I took a nap.  We didn’t sleep much the night before.

It was time to watch a movie.  We got a taxi to the Imax theatre.  We were going to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  The first 20 minutes of the movie was in 3D.  The movie was pretty good.

We walked back around trying to find a nice restaurant for dinner.  We finally decided on Cafe Andiamo.  The restaurant gave us free water.


Ivan and Jennifer shared the warm chicken salad and the gnocchi with onions, garlic and napoli sauce.  I ordered a banana ravioli dish.  The meal was really good!

We walked back to the hotel.  Ivan and Jen watched part of the movie Holy Man in the common room.  Then, it was time for bed.

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