Thursday, September 30, 2010

melbourne transit

this week is the footy grand final replay, school holidays, and cycling world champs. there was one person selling train tickets, and i missed my train and thus, the tt start after waiting 20 minutes to get a ticket.

sometimes i think the people running the services in this town could fuck up a ham sandwich.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Last weekend, Shannon and I took a little field trip to Auckland. Qantas flights were inexplicably empty, and Expedia gave us U$50 off a hotel stay, so what the heck.

The view from our hotel

Saturday's weather was a mixed bag of sun and showers. We spent a lot of time walking around the eastern suburbs of the CBD.

Generically ok burritos were consumed. Beers were had. Sunshine was enjoyed. Generally it was a chill day. We made it to the top of Mt. Eden to catch a view into downtown. You can almost see the airport from up here, too - just a hill is in the way.

We had an interesting Thai meal for dinner. The menu indicated "beef balls" and the guy taking our order questioned our choice. We assumed beef balls. Considering the (not entirely unpleasant) taste, it may have been more like beef balls. Tastes like scallops.

Anyway, Sunday we took a ferry over to the North Shore town of Devonport. There were great views back into the city and to the surrounding islands in the bay.

It would be a blast to check out some of the islands by kayak. It looked beautiful from the hilltops. Here's one of the islands. I had the wrong camera lens with me, so you may think there is only one. Not so.

That afternoon, lunches were had, public transit was explored, and beers were consumed before catching a flight back. Very fast weekend, but a lot of fun.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blanket Bay

A couple weekends back, we took a trip down to Blanket Bay, in the Cape Otway National Park. The weather was mixed, as it is in the winter, with everything from bright sun to hail on Saturday.

Sunday was really nice, and there was a little walk down the coast.

On the way home we saw a handful of whales there were really close to the shore. Not a great shot, but they were splashing about and we got lots of tail and fin action.

Someone on the beach said that they would be busy trying to knock barnacles off on the rocks. I'd believe it.