18.08.2012 - 18.08.2012 48 °F
Well, we made it! Don't have tons of updates (or pictures!) so this will be a short one.
Last night, we boarded the plane and took off around midnight. We each got much more sleep on the plane than we had expected, which was great, and had just a short layover before our flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. The second flight was equally as uneventful, and we went through customs without a problem (we were nervous they were going to take away all the cheap snacks we have accumulated, since apparently they're pretty strict here!). We had a nice ride from the airport with Skybus, which took us right to our hotel, and got to see a bit of Melbourne.
After a quick nap, we each headed out for a run by the Yarra River and the Royal Botanic Gardens, which were gorgeous. There is a nice 3.8-km loop around the Gardens called the Tan, on which several famous runners have run, so we did a few loops there. Two things of note - first, it was soo nice to run outside after 16 days of treadmills! But it is chilly here - about 48 degrees since we've been here, although highs will hit almost 60 the next few days. Second, Kevin got called "a chicken" twice by people he passed ... anyone know what that means? We don't think it means a "scaredy-cat," like we usually think of chickens, since he was running fast, but we can't think of anything else! Picture here is from Botanical Gardens website.
After showering, we walked around Melbourne a bit to explore and look for places to eat. Man, this place is expensive! The water bottles we were getting for $0.30 in Beijing are now $4.50! And restaurants were expensive as well. (Note that I'm not saying this to complain, as I realize we're so lucky to be able to afford the more expensive food, so even if I mention that we looked around for cheaper places, please don't think I'm complaining or feeling deprived!). We ended up at what we think/ hope was a local diner-type place, and it turned out great (even though it was "open air" so we were a little chilly!). I got minestrone soup and a Greek salad, and Kev got lasagna (with "chips" and salad). We each got a glass of wine, and the meal ran us $60!
We're going to get a good night's sleep tonight and hit the ground running tomorrow! Cheerio, mates
-Megan and Kevin