It’s been an eventful week for me here in Melbourne!
I’ve always been an avid Halloween celebrator and I made it my goal to celebrate Halloween in a country that less than 10% of its’ natives choose to acknowledge (okay, I made the stat up but this is based on the things that Brent has told me). Brent and I came up with a couples costumes a few months ago: Walter White and his beloved Blue Meth (inspired, of course, by the series finale).
Brent had been growing a beard for over three months before this magical moment, making his costume bare even more of a resemblance to the fictional drug lord. We found all of our costume attire at a local thrift shop.
The two of us got dressed and took a train up to the city. We had (free) tickets to go to a club but a certain someone forgot to print them out (hint: it was me). So instead, we frantically googled and searched for Halloween parties happening in Melbourne CBD. We settled on a bar near Melbourne Central station. It was a little chilly outside, especially for me (I was wearing a short dress). We made it to the small bar and were instantly overwhelmed. The bar was decorated for Halloween and EVERYONE was dressed up. For those who did not know, the drinking age in Australia is 18 years old. This had never phased me before but as soon as we walked into this place, Brent and I felt…. old. We had walked into a crowded bar full of rowdy, drunk, young people dressed up in costume (I might as well buy a rocking chair and cane now, am I right?). Anyway, we decided to skip getting drinks at this bar and search for something a little bit more casual and relaxed. Maybe we would’ve enjoyed the first bar if we had prefunked prior to going but it was pretty unbearable completely sober.
Brent took me to a bar within the Melbourne Central station, which I was a little apprehensive about at first. But the bar turned out to be exactly what I was looking for! There was a wide array of people, old and young. Costumed and not. We shared a few pitchers of beer and enjoyed people watching. We were even offered free shots of tequila (YES PLEASE)! The night turned out to be a lot different than what I was expecting but I had a great time nonetheless. I hope Brent did too, especially because so many people recognized his costume!
The second holiday that we celebrated this week was Victoria’s infamous Melbourne Cup! For those who don’t know, the Melbourne Cup is a fancy, popular horse race. One day each year, all of the city of Melbourne get a day off for the Melbourne Cup because it is considered a holiday. Although Brent and I didn’t gallivant to the city wearing fancy hats, we did celebrate with his family in our own little way. Brent’s mum put all of our names in a bet at her work. I had $2 going for horse number 10, for example. The actual *big race* only lasted three minutes. We gathered around the TV and watched the horses sprint their little hearts out. …and that was it. A very bizarre holiday for yours truly. I definitely would have appreciated it a bit more if I a) was employed (and got the day off) and/or b) enjoyed horse racing.
We also spent a few hours of the day bushwalking in the sun. The middle picture there was when Brent and I had to walk through a swarm of flying beetles.
We finished off the evening with some wine (for her) and beer (for him).
Aside from celebrating these two holidays, I had the lovely opportunity to meet a few ladies from Melbourne this week. I ate brunch in Moonee Ponds with Sam and Sandy earlier in the week and ate dinner (and ice cream) with Amy, Sam and Nat last night in the city. I feel very blessed to have moved to a city with such awesome and accepting people.
Lastly, I’ve been keeping quite busy because November is National Writing Month. There is a writing challenge that happens every November each year called NaNoWriMo. The goal of this competition is to write an entire novel in one month. You must reach 50,000 words in that amount of time, which equals out to 1,667 words a day. I have tried to “win” this competition a few times in the past but have never succeeded so I thought I would give it a go this year, since I’m still unemployed. I’m proud to announce that, although I am a little behind on my daily word count, I am still in the competition!
So if you don’t mind, I’m going to get back to writing my story!