A few weeks ago some of the girls and I managed to wake up early on a Saturday. Crazy, right? The city was hosting Melbourne Open House, a chance to unlock the city for a weekend and explore dozens of buildings for free. Our tour guide for the day was Mia, who spared us having to think much about the day since she had already planned a route that took us through all the coolest buildings.
We hopped on the City Circle, a free tram that makes a big loop within Melbourne’s central business district, stopping at a number of major tourist attractions. Our first stop was AAMI park, a stadium called home by four different soccer (sorry, football) and rugby clubs. It looks really cool, even empty, I hope I can catch a couple of games and see it filled up! We also saw the stadium that hosted the 1956 Summer Olympic Games.
Maria, Mia and I braved a 45 minute wait and got a tour of Parliament House. The tour took us through Queen’s Hall, into the Legislative Assembly chamber, and into the Parliamentary library. Parliament House was built during Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, so all that shiny stuff around is 24k gold sheet (lookie here, I learned something!).
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.