Oh Melbourne, the city of street art and hipsters.
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.
In the downtown area of Melbourne there are street performers and artists making some incredible pieces.
It was Chinese New Year time so there was a lot of art related to that.
Thinking of everything, they even opened up some morning-after stands.
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.
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.
There’s also a metro system, which seems to have adopted a different definition of “power operated” than I’m used to.
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.
Speaking of getting around, I learned here how Australians actually see the world.
Aussies have a different abbreviation for McDonald’s than Americans do, which Melbourne seems to have made official.
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.
I was sad to leave Australia from here but excited for my next adventure in South America!