We went in to today's flight not with trepidation, but a renewed respect for choppy weather. I ensured that there were no Sigmets issued for our route and was told upon filing the flight plan that the ride should be smooth, but with some headwinds. They weren't kidding. We had our strongest headwinds of the trip and even though we started early didn't get in until the early afternoon.
Flying over Canberra was interesting, as was the mountainous tree-covered countryside
We dropped Johannes off at is hotel and then continued to Susann's. She was gracious enough to let her stay at her place. It was really good to see her again as it'd been more than a year since she'd been to visit in Berlin. She hadn't changed ore aged a bit
We had ambitious plans to see Melbourne in a day following Susann's recommendations, but a) woke up late and b) spent way too long enjoying a fabulous breakfasts at one of Susann's recommended restaurants. Catching up on work emails also played a role. Once we did get motivated, our first mission was to get a metro ticket for the tram. Easier said than done in Melbourne. I must say, after everything else progressive that we saw in the city, the odd system of needing to buy and recharge a scan card as the only way to travel by public transport was complicated and difficult to grasp.
The rest of the city, however, didn't disappoint. I'd heard many Australians comparing it to a Berlin or San Francisco, so had high expectations. We started with a walk through downtown, the Laneways, and then along the river
We met Johannes at the Fish Pony bar under a pedestrian bridge smack in the middle of the river that Susann had recommended. What a great place to grab a drink! Unfortunately we got a good grasp on Melbourne's constantly changing weather when one minute we were in the sun enjoying a local beer and the next in a cold overcast. Off we went.
Susann met up with us after work, and then Freddy met us for dinner as well. We ended up at a bar reminded me a lot of Tacheles in Berlin with funky outdoor seating on palettes and graffiti and stencils everywhere. The rain reminded me of Berlin as well ;-). It was a really fun night and really fun see some of Susann's favorite spots and hear what Freddy was up to.
Routing from Sydney to Melbourne:
TONTO GLB CB CRG ELW and got the Bankstown6Dep. 10,000' and 3h30m
Visiting with Susann ;-)
Monday, October 07, 2013
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia