Melbourne, Australia

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I stayed in Fitzroy, which is known as the center of the “alternative” scene. I didn’t take pictures of any people there, but this graffiti kind of sums it up.

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In the downtown area of Melbourne there are street performers and artists making some incredible pieces.

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Neither of which you can really see here, so you’ll have to trust me.

It was Chinese New Year time so there was a lot of art related to that.

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Not sure if the fences are trying to send some sort of political message.

Thinking of everything, they even opened up some morning-after stands.

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Those that had a little too much fun and got caught get treated to the most uncomfortable form of police transport I’ve seen: a car essentially retrofitted with a dog cage in the back.

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I saw someone get stuffed into one and that experience and the associated shame must be a wonderful crime deterrent in itself.

Melbourne’s public transit is great; it has a whole zone in the center that offers free travel. Within that zone they even have a few historical trams running in a circle giving a free tour of the city.

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There’s also a metro system, which seems to have adopted a different definition of “power operated” than I’m used to.

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There’s also the biking option, and unlike most of Europe helmets are required so this looks safer. Plenty of bike lanes also crisscross the city.

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Speaking of getting around, I learned here how Australians actually see the world.

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Aussies have a different abbreviation for McDonald’s than Americans do, which Melbourne seems to have made official.

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It’s pronounce MEH-kuz.

Another cool event during the summer here is the free St. Kilda music festival, offering tons of stages at a beautiful setting just south of the beach.

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I was sad to leave Australia from here but excited for my next adventure in South America!

 

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