I am looking forward to spending the last few days of 2016 plus the first few weeks of 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. So much so that I created a countdown clock. I can’t believe there are so few days left before I leave.
I still have to wrap up many things before I jet off and spend time with my family and explore a new city. Must. Not. Panic.
While I get my panic under control, have a look at some of the things I’m looking forward to doing on my holiday.
Ringing in the New Year in a different part of the world.
I’ve always been in Cape Town over New Year but I am really looking forward to being somewhere else this time around.
I will also be in the future. Literally getting to 2017 before all you Saffas. I’ll post pics of the future on my instagram account.
Seeing Aussie animals.
I really MUST see a kangaroo, a koala, and a platypus. BUT PLEASE NO GIANT SPIDER KILLER THINGS. I recently saw a video of a spider killing a mouse. I’m hoping I can avoid witnessing such things.
Melbourne’s coffee culture.
Coming from a city like Cape Town that has excellent coffee shops and roasters in abundance, it excites me to know I’ll be able try the coffee on offer Down Under. Which city has the better offering of hipster coffee shops? Watch this space…
The 12 apostles.
Sure we have our very own Twelve Apostles here in Cape Town. But Melbourne’s is different but equally beautiful. Interestingly, I read up that the apostles in Melbourne were formed by erosion. The form also only had nine stacks (NOT TWELVE) but only eight remain as the ninth one collapsed in 2005.
Flinders Street station.
I first became aware of this iconic Melbourne railway station after my mother and aunt visited Australia. They said they used it as their landmark when they wandered the city.
Food and travel go hand in hand. There really is no better way to get to know a city than by tasting your way through it.
If Masterchef Australia is anything to go by, I have lots to look forward to. Speaking of…
Possibly running into a Masterchef judge.
Haha. I know this is a long shot but it is one of my favourite shows on television and I’d be pleased as punch were I to run into Gary or George…or even Matt even though I met him last year when he was in Cape Town.
Spending time with family.
In addition to seeing a new part of the world, I’m most excited about getting to see and spend quality time with family I don’t get to see often but hold very dear.
What else should I add to my list of Melbourne adventures? Tell me in the comments below.