|My Month in OZ!
The first two weeks
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|First off, United Airlines is on my shit list! This was an
absolute trip from hell that could have been made a bit less horrible
had the United Airlines representatives I came in contact with not been
so rude and uncooperative!
But, after 32 hours, I finally arrived at Melbourne Airport!
The first two weeks were horribly tense, stressful and painful. My
(now ex-)gf didn't even pick me up from the airport! Sheesh! And,
I didn't get a hug, much less a kiss, when I finally arrived at her front
door! To be brutally honest, she heaped a great deal of shit
on me. After two years of dreaming of my first visit to OZ,
it was insult and abuse that greeted me.
During those first two weeks, I saw a great deal of my (now ex-) gf's
back yard, listened to all my enya CDs over and over again, and
drank a great deal of Victoria Bitters beer.
Finally, I was able to catch up with my former neighbors who had lived
across the street from me for several years in Atlanta. They've
moved back to Melbourne to have and raise their beautiful new daughter,
The second week, I was able to snag a copy of the Melway (a comprehensive
street directory/map along the lines of the Thomas maps for Los Angeles.)
the Melway tucked in my backpack and finally finding out which trams would
get me back to the suburb my (now ex-)gf lives in, I was able to get around
on my own!
was able to visit the Yarra River Park and the Victoria
Market and became very familiar with Coles (supermarket).
|At the end of my second week there, wondering why the hell I'd gone
to all the trouble I had to come to Oz, I decided to go see a bit of the
country! Sort of a walkabout if you will!
I contacted the Great Southern Railway office and found out, as an international
visitor, I could avail myself of the FlexiPass rail pass for around $700AU! That
meant for six months I could travel, by railroad, anywhere in Australia! So,
here I am about to board the Overland train for my 12 hour ride
|From Adelaide, I took the 22 hour ride on the Ghan.
The Ghan is named for the Afghan camel trains that carried John
McDouall Stuart on his exploration of Red Centre.
|The original line followed the original trail along the base of the
Flinders Ranges. The new track follows closely, 100 kilometres to the
|nestled in my cozy berth, enjoying
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