February 24, 2015

moved my flickr to blogger, it seems

last week we headed to St Kilda beach. its a practical combo of beach, park and sea. something for everyone. but the strt heading down to the beach side is full of junkies and homeless people. i guess there is no paradise where someone wouldnt fall off the wagon....

our starters in a spanish restaurant after the beach. 
on saturday we were also cooking leftovers stuff in the evening since we were about to change accommodation on sunday and dint want to carry everything, nor throw them away...
whats that bright star over there...  what, Jupiter? no fuckin way...  i didnt know u could see planets from earth. but thinking of it, sun and moon are planets too, so fair enough...
i guess i got too excited from seeing Jupiter, i got up and walked straight into the sliding glass door, hurting my nose and breaking the wine glass in my hand. to my defense, i almost did this on several occasions, even without a couple glasses of wine under my belt.

i visited the hospital, Melis and doctor gave me a short tour. i even saw the helicopter landing site (one of them). its is a big hospital..but like a labyrinth, consisting of many buildings. very confusing.

last saturday Melbourne celebrated White Night, a kind of overnight (7pm-7am) art festival. i was tired but its kind of once in a lifetime thing...so we headed t the center, or city, as they call it here.

Victoria National Gallery is not a place i would generally wander into, but in this situation i was more open to experiences. the glass wall at the entrance was made into a kind of waterfall first of all. and inside we found a big art book store and several areas and rooms of art. and no, we didnt really go see all of it.
it was cool to be in a crowded, big art gallery at night. im not sure if this working carousel in the main hall was a part of an installation or what...

all the street artists, and bands, were out of course.
the city library had this weird interactive rug/projection thing...  coudnt figure it out. but the library was super nice, modern and inviting. boy its been a while since i visited a library. this brought back memories...
a busy square. the people were flocked everywhre though, all the big streets were full of life. Sydney Morning Herald covered the festival nicely. apparently 450 000+ people came about :)

on sunday we changed places. Melis went to the flatshare place and we moved closet to the center, staying in a room via airbnb. its an immigrant family we are staying with, super helpful and accommodating. and views from the skyscrapers are pretty impressive. i just happen to be afraid of heights so i avoid balconies.
the pool at the top is pretty  & there is a grill facility too. the water is 27 degrees, but my toes found it a bit chilly. but im the one who takes showers in scorching hot water, so.
"my" designated work desk. the mother of the family made me breakfast too, i felt odd accepting but she insisted. well, nothing nicer than to have breakfast delivered right to me...
 the room is not so spacious, there is only a bed, a camping chair and a built in robe. so all our stuff is on the floor. lol. looking out the window u see skyscapers only, offices and homes...  its a view i like though, i dont mind it at all. it makes me feel cozy.
random back alley!

having an afternoon tea and writing a list of cuisines we want to try while here. spanish, sri lankan, aboriginal, indonesian, indian, taiwanese...   korean, thai and vietnamese are done already.

mexican nachos... it was a bit buttery for my taste but who cares when you have real guacamole and sour cream on home made chips?

menu from a nearby restaurant Alibi. its a business district with banks and courts so mostly lunch places but these guys were open for drinks and snacks in the evening too. maybe there was a hotel upstairs forcing them to stay open?

view from the window. its a long way down...

Melbourne streets...

today i found myself deserving of things. starting with these leaf earrings and a necklace.
then, once i spotted H&M earlier, i knew i was going to go there very soon. so i did. the building itself is fancy and big (built in 1814, it says). i think it may be the biggest H&M ive ever seen. and after googling i learn that until last July it was in fact the largest H&M store until last july :D i knew it!! no wonder i was so dazzled by it.

im not sure i can wear this white semi-transparent patterned shirt in istanbul without a top, but it was super cute. and fits with the simple jersey skirt...(as well as the jeans below).
the jeans were a sale rack find, 5 aud/3.5 eur. the skirt is actually from a 2nd hand shop earlier, looks a bit "aunty" but combined with the right top i think i can make it work.

more sale rack finds..each 5 aud/3.5 eur.  a blindingly pink shirt, actually sportswear but whatever it had nice seams and interesting details, a perfect match with the white layered lace skirt. below that is a black cocktail dress. i rarely need those but now i got one at a good price so it was the right time to get it...

my handbag, which i bought from finland lst april, 2nd hand for 2eur, was now breaking apart, literally. holes and rips everywhere. so i also decided to get a new hand bag. a sturdy one! i figured i will seriously invest in it and hopefully not buy aother handbag for a year or two. so i got this leather bag today, tadaa!

these Steve Madden heels were on sale, and mightve come home with me, if it wasnt for the shortest ever ankle strap! to be honest im not obsessed with designer shoes, but there were generally nice looking. perhaps still too pricey by my standards (45 eur), but the ankle strap really baffled me. so my foot is FAT? ufff.

meat meat meat...  the selection here is truly plentiful.

in turkey u buy stuffed mussels cheap off the street vendors. here, u order them from a menu - but i am happy to not know the price, the turkish restaurant owner was so happy to have us these were on the house.
random. especially Chapel street is full of nice places to sit at all afternoon and evening. now that the weather permit, on the terraces even :)

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