source)! Some of them are absolutely adorable though, and most are passed down through the family for generations. We soon ran out of time and headed to the volleyball courts for our reunion! It was really nice to see Ben, Kayleigh, and Tom again, and to catch up on everyone's plans. Luckily we were able to find a French guy who wanted to play, so we had a few games of 3-on-3. It was really windy so the games had an added level of difficulty, but we still had lots of fun. We did all agree though that it's nothing like playing in Cairns - it just doesn't have the atmosphere. We all headed our separate ways after a few hours, with Rith & I heading to Williamstown to look around for a bit before heading back to his house for a late dinner. As I've said before (maybe not on this blog, but I have said it), Rith is a really good cook and I've enjoyed all the Asian-style foods he cooked while I stayed with him.
The next day we decided to head to the Mornington Peninsula so I texted Rita (another friend from Cairns volleyball) to see if she wanted to come along with us. She did so we picked her up and headed south. More beaches and cute coastal towns, similar to the ones along the Great Ocean Road, but maybe classier.
On my last day we headed to the Rippon Lea Estate, one of the last of Australia's grand suburban estates.
|Royal Exhibition Building|
After the tour we met up with two of our friends, Jenny & Rachel, from our Tassie tour and enjoyed dinner on the terrace, looking out onto Federation Square, with a view of the big screen showing the Australian Open. Rachel and Jenny had actually gone to some of the matches the night before, but we it was fun to watch on the screen with everyone sitting in the square too. Rita came down and joined us for a bit as well, so we had a nice group.
We watched some of Nadal's game, but they were mostly showing the game between Tomic (one of their Australian players) and Kohlschrieber, a German. Tomic won, as did Nadal, so it was a good evening of tennis and I enjoyed chatting with everyone and watching the tennis matches. Despite staying out too late and missing the last buses and trains to the station where we left the car (we had to take a taxi back), it was a fun last night in Melbourne. While I enjoyed my trip is was nice to come "home" to Cairns, if even for only 12 days.