Getting on that train and going to Melbourne was the best decision I have made in a long time. For the long Easter weekend, I went down to Melbourne and had just the experience that I needed. I rode the train through rural New South Wales and Victoria and arrived to Melbourne ten hours later. Throughout the night while on the train, the countryside was illuminated by a full moon and I could look out of the window and see sheep grazing and kangaroos hopping along. It was surreal. When I arrived to Melbourne, I set up shop in a nice, little area called St. Kilda. It is nestled right on Port Phillip Bay and is full of small shops and awesome restaurants. I took it easy on Friday night because I was still feeling a little ill from the week prior and I knew that Saturday was going to be eventful. All day Saturday, I went on a tour of The Great Ocean Road. It is a stretch of highway along the Victoria coast line that has you cruising along the Southern Ocean and stopping at some of the most amazing sites along the way. I toured a temperate rainforest, saw koalas eating high in the trees, and visited some iconic, natural wonders. I was able to see Loch Ard Gorge, The London Bridge, and the most amazing Twelve Apostles. I have had a calendar for years that features the Twelve Apostles and I always knew that I had to see them in person and it was well worth the wait. No material possession can ever match the awe that I felt in those moments. The air was crisp, the ocean roaring below, and these giant limestone pillars were rising out of the ocean. It was one of those moments where you have to take stock of your life and recognize that in that moment, you are blessed. Once the tour ended, we trekked back into Melbourne and it was time for sleep. On Easter, the day could not have been more perfect. I woke up and explored Melbourne city. It is such a unique place. There is art lining the streets, trams roaming in the middle of busy roads, and a laid back feeling that Sydney doesn't have. It was a breath of fresh air to see somewhere new and break out of good ole' Sydney for a bit. Exploring Melbourne was easy because the city is on a grid and there are so many places to just stop and stare that you can waste away the hours just walking around. For most of Monday, I toured more parts of the city and then caught the overnight train back into Sydney. People thought I was crazy for taking the train but I enjoyed it and look forward to doing it again. I never set any expectations on this trip but the overall experience was far greater than I had imagined. Now, I am back in Sydney and getting back into the hum-drum of the work week but completely grateful for the experience that I was able to have.
(Some of the Twelve Apostles)
(It was just standing there, waiting for me!)
(Taken down by a wave)
(Surfing the Yarra River in Melbourne)