March 01, 2015

smooth sailing

we finally moved to our "steady" accommondation, staying here for the rest of Melbourne time. near the city center (walking distance even by standards - so we are talking about a few hundred meters), the shared house is at the edge of Carlton (1 Drummond st, FlexiStayz). near restaurants, 7-11, etc. i only wish there was a supermarket closer by. doctor can go to his hospital easy with one tram, i think it should be 40min door to door, i guess we will find out tomorrow...
so we have our own room and the common areas are shared. then u pay for using the washing machine, internet etc... even sheets and a duvet! we managed the sheet situation in another way but i am going to ikea tomorrow to buy a duvet, god dammit. i checked the website and its way cheaper to buy one than "rent" it from these guys. i think its pretty cheeky of them to charge for everything like that.

anyway, the room is fine, nothing fancy but has everything we need and windows for light and so. so we are feeling good overall, spirits are high.

 fridges have shelves for each room.

yesterday we went to a small, free music festival by the docks, the weather was really sunny and it was a good afternoon. then we sat down to eat indonesian (which was AMAZING) and suddenly there is a huge storm and things flying in the air. a huge trash bin almost crashed into us (but hit the wall instead). it felt surreal.

i took a pathetic and short video on my phone (at the music fest).

and our indonesian meat dish. there were truly flavors i had not tasted before, we were all pretty surprised.

this week i went to the city library too. found some cool books, took them to a reading room (of which they have plenty) and enjoyed my time. very pleasant atmosphere and a great selection of books, i found it really inspiring and have to go again!
 a kind of reading/hang out area at the library.

just people in a bar. the bar was called Ferdydurke. very cozy & nice, reminds me of some places on Kadiköy's bar street.

just a bar.

notes on aussies:
  • they still watch DVD's... we've seen rental shops and shops selling them
  • they belong in different kinds of social or hobbyist groups and enjoy meeting in group, parks are always full of meetings & you see joggers on the street with matched sportswear, restaurants booked for groups, people with name tags getting together and so on...
  • most common sentence is "no worries"
thursday night me and doctor did barbecue on the rooftop. he also went swimming of course, me, not so much.
 the view was great. we really enjoyed the evening with our self made steak dish and red wine (in a coke bottle, because alcohol was officially ot allowed in the pool area)

random lunch restaurant type of area. its the business & law district so very formally dressed people...

a luch last week. paste of the day for 13 aud/9 eur + a glass of wine for 4 aud/2.5 eur. taking notes in my little notebook and people watching. and internetting with the free wifi of the supreme court.

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