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Saturday 10 January 2004, by Marieve

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Finally, we’ll be living with Sarah’s brother (Anthony) in his luxurious apartment in Toorak (rich quarter near Melbourne) until our departure for the EastCoast. Big houses and mundane people live in this area. We have a tennis court just in front of the house! The rents are very expensive here, anyway, everything is very expensive! Even the rents in the least chic quarters are expensive! Australia IS expensive! But is so worth it!

Standards of living are high here, the minimum salary is really cool, prices for everything is high, even bread and milk! We have difficulties to get use to this and we will need much more money than we thought. Especially me, I finally never found a job (there are a lot of students in Melbourne, it’s a university city and many tourists also come here to get hired in restaurants and hotels.

I ended cleaning rich women houses and babysitting little girls near my house.) That was good because it gave me a break of English, those girls had lived in France once and I could talk with them in French. At the beginning, the Australian accent is hard to understand but at the end, I was better than Danny! This lovely accent, a mix of British and Texan I would say! Australians are very proud, a proud nation, proud of their independence. But in their pride, they stay humble and warm. I also find out that I’m no longer the only red-hair carroty girl! Lots of red-haired girls, boys, babies with little piggy pinky skin!

Week of Jan. 19

We finally discover our beautiful beach of St-Kilda. By bus, it’s about 20 minutes from our apartment and the city-centre of Melbourne. St-Kilda is the place to be! It’s the ‘’Gay’’ and cultural city of the Great Melbourne. We can fin little markets and bazaar every weekend, artcrafts, shows, animation is on all time. There also, you’ll fin the greatest little cafés and cool bistros. Of course, in January, Summer is at its top and the city is always on party! Not only the seasons are inverted but the cars, circulation, doors, handles, cold water, hot water, light switches, jar covers!!!

In Melbourne, the night life is really hot! Girls and boys are full of money, the don’t want to stay at home, every body’s out, always! Restaurants are always full, there is one every corner, discos on each street, the economy is in explosion, young and old people buy a lot, all have big cars, cell phones, are all well dressed up. Paradoxically, Australians are very respectful to the nature and very concerned about environmental habits. They recycle everything (there is a recycling bin beside every trash bin in the streets), they are carefull with their water consummation. The streets are very clean, you’ll rarely see a cigarette on the floor. In fact, there are no much smokers! And Melbourne chicks are sexy, really sexy, and all have natural big boops! Must be something in the aqueduct! Some hormones!

Melbourne is big, huge, vast! It’s like many cities with each its business district, its residential district, it’s commercial centre and its industrial lot. And all is very artistic, coloured, animated.

We have now met with the local fauna. Sarah and Kristen (her tree hugger friend).


brought us to an animal sanctuary where they pick up injured animal or their babies left alone. We therefore got familiar with Mr. Kangaroo, Mr. Wallaby (like a little kangaroo, his tail and ears are different) Mr. Wombat (the most adorable, kindly little innocent animal that I’ve met in my life. So unattractive he is sweet!
It’s a marsupial and is a cousin of the koala, look alike a big guinea Pig and stays in the ground (doesn’t climb in the trees). Finally, we also saw some koalas, kookaburras (like a big KingFisher with a very special singing; it yells like a monkey!) Tasmanian Devil (I now understand the origin of its name!) echidnas and gigantic FruitBats. A wonderful day!Mr. Wombat (the most adorable, kindly little innocent animal that I’ve met in my life. So unattractive he is sweet!
It’s a marsupial and is a cousin of the koala, look alike a big guinea Pig and stays in the ground (doesn’t climb in the trees). Finally, we also saw some koalas, kookaburras (like a big KingFisher with a very special singing; it yells like a monkey!) Tasmanian Devil (I now understand the origin of its name!) echidnas and gigantic FruitBats. A wonderful day!

We have bought used bikes to a friend of Sarah. Like in Montreal, the cycle track is well developed and a very good way to travel in the city.

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