I feel like Wednesday is becoming my “blog day” but I need to get my attention together so I can blog at least twice a week, because there is soooo much to write about! Melbourne is still going great, and we are truly enjoying every moment here – even the confusing and hard stuff (figuring out the tram system, understanding how their bill payment system works, etc). It’s all part of the experience, and it won’t be much longer until we can possibly be legit Melburnians …I think ;) there’s a lot to learn!
First thing I wanted to talk about was how artsy this city is it. It’s amazing to look everywhere and see the various laneways filled with street art. There’s one specific area in the city called Hosier Lane, and it’s known around the world, *almost* on the same level as 5 Pointz in NYC (just a much, much smaller scale). All street artists are invited to come and tag the walls, and it’s fascinating to see how it changes not only from week to week, but day to day. One day, a specific art piece may be there and the next day, it’ll be painted over. I read somewhere that allowing individuals to come and express themselves in Hosier Lane (and other laneways throughout the city) prevents unnecessary vandalism throughout the city – which I find to be kind of accurate, as I barely see any graffiti on buildings in Melbourne. It’s also amazing to look at and you could spend hours walking through and admiring every single piece of street art. Some portions of the lane still smell like spraypaint, which I found pretty cool! It’s also a cobblestone-lined lane, which adds even more character. Check out some of the photos I took when I went last week!
This one we randomly saw on our way to an apartment inspection and I couldn’t help but laugh! I hope some fellow Potterheads reading this will get a good giggle too :)
Will’s coworker generously invited us to our first AFL (Australian Football League) game — Richmond Tigers vs. GWS Giants! We were completely unfamiliar with the sport, but excited for the game. It was held in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), one of the biggest stadiums in the world (capacity: 100,024) and it was an incredible sight to take in! The game itself is an interesting hybrid of American football and rugby – with a dash of football (soccer). You can slowly start to pick up the rules by watching the game and also with some help from the experts :) we had a group of 6 or 7 guys that quickly became our guides throughout the game, patiently explaining the rules to us, different plays, the point system and more. They were so fun and kept talking to us about American football and let us know that the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal here for them, which is surprising! Richmond ended up winning, whose fanbase outnumbered GWS’s at least like 2000:1, haha (Richmond is only five minutes away from the stadium). There were about 23,000 people total. We’re really excited to go to some cricket matches this summer when it’s packed out! Of course, I’ll be wearing my South African shirt ;) — hope I don’t get jumped ha.
We also have some exciting news on the horizon: we found and *officially* secured our apartment, YAY! We move in around August 20th, so I’ll have more updates then for you. But after seeing quite a few apartments throughout the city, this was the first one we both walked in to and LOVED! That’s how we were with our first apartment together back in the U.S. too :) We are really excited to move in, and to decorate! IKEA, here we come ;). It’s just a quick walk to everything – namely, our church, Hillsong Melbourne, as well as our bank, grocery store, and tons of restaurants – and the tram is literally on our doorstep, which is fantastic. In the meantime, if you follow me on Instagram, we posted a photo of the outside of it the other day. We walked past this building numerous times prior to seeing the apartment and marveled at how beautiful it is, and we especially loved the lion medallions. And now we get to live in it! What a blessing.
As I said in my last post, God has been exceptionally good to us, and we are so thankful every day that we get to be here and experience such a great and bountiful adventure together!
Thanks for reading, guys :) I’ll be back later this week!