Postcards Home – Week 41

To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,

My last few days in Fiji were rather uneventful. I spent my final two nights in the Mamanucas on Mana – an island best known for being the film set for the TV programme, Survivor. As well as for being located very closely to the deserted island where Tom Hanks so famously became best friends with his ball aka. Wilson in Castaway.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Mana Island, Fiji - My Culture Craving

Mana was idyllic and boasted some brilliant snorkelling (until I experienced my first ever jellyfish sting… ouch). However, I was beginning to get a little bored of beach bumming everyday (who would have thought this possible) and found myself craving the chance to wander, explore and challenge myself a little…

Luckily, my next stop was a five night city break in Melbourne so, a lot of walking lay ahead of me. On my flight over, not only was I excited to uncover a new city (especially one so highly regarded as Melbourne) but, I was also over the moon to be meeting up with three friends I hadn’t seen for over a year.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - St Kilda, Melbourne - My Culture Craving

Instead of booking into a hostel we decided to rent a quirky, art inspired flat in the centre of Fitzroy through Air BnB. This was my first experience of Air BnB and absolutely loved its unique and homely feel.

I also discovered very quickly that I absolutely love Melbourne. Doused in original, intricate and colourful street art, trendy cafes selling top-notch coffee and unique boutique shops, it was right up my alley.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Memorial - My Culture Craving

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Graffiti - My Culture Craving

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Street Art - My Culture Craving

We started the week with a street art and history walking tour of the city so that I could familiarise myself with what was where as well as, the city’s sights, bars and cafes.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Street Art Walking Tour - My Culture Craving

I knew street art was a big part of Melbourne’s culture. However, I didn’t realise just how incredible and detailed each lashing of art would be.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Hosier Street - My Culture Craving

Everything from iconic graffiti writing and Mario figures to intricate aboriginal children and hilarious anecdotes, it was plastered on every street corner and adds bouts of character to the city.

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Aboriginal Street Art - My Culture Craving

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Street Art, Melbourne - My Culture Craving

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Street Art - My Culture Craving

There was even a rumour that Banksy had stopped by the night before our self-guided tour to create this controversial masterpiece…

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Banksy Art - My Culture Craving

The next day the sun decided to show its face so, we decided to make the most of it by starting our day with an alfresco brunch at Grub (highly recommended).

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Brunch - My Culture Craving

Full to the brim with tasty eggs bene and omelettes, we wandered through some of the city’s picturesque gardens where we met these cute fellas…

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Ducks - My Culture Craving

Before heading to St Kilda’s beach to attempt to spot some penguins. Although we didn’t see them waddling around as I’d hoped, we did find some napping under the rocks so technically TECHNICALLY we did see some…

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Penguin Spotting in St Kildas, Melbourne - My Culture Craving

Postcards Home - Week 41 - Melbourne Skyline - My Culture Craving

The rest of the week we spent cafe and bar hopping, laughing and chatting into the early hours and we even managed to squeeze in the very important cultural sight which is Bridget Jones’s Baby…

I am now in Singapore for a couple of days before heading over to The Philippines for 3 weeks!

Until next week…

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    An elegant blog post Lydia

    November 7, 2016 at 6:27 am
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