It’s the second week in Australia, and we’ve arrived in Melbourne. Melbourne is the 2nd most populated city in Australia and had been recommended to us by a number of people as being ‘our kind of city’.
A couple of times it had been described to us comparatively to the UK….Where Sydney is supposed to be likened to London, Melbourne is likened to Manchester – and we felt right at home :-)
We enjoyed some general wandering around, taking in the skyline and even took advantage of one of the free tours provided by ‘I’m Free‘ – which was brilliant. A 3-4 hour walk by our friendly (and really informative) tour guide – Completely free! It just worked on a tip basis.
The main highlight of the trip for me was being led to some of the city areas which had been specifically allowed to have street art. In Melbourne, graffiti is illegal, however, in certain areas, property and bar owners had jointly applied for permission to allow artists to paint their buildings and the streets inbetween.
What I really liked about this was that the artwork was re-done every 3 or 4 months. And to avoid any hard feelings, the unwritten rule was that the current artist would choose their successor to paint over their work, therefore avoiding any hard feelings :-)
The other exciting thing happening in the City is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A month of stand up and comedy shows in venues throughout the city. We found out that some of the guys from our hostel were performing in the Sean Michaels Comedy Roadshow. I’ve been a big fan of stand up comedy for a while and watch a lot of specials (Louie C.K. is my current favourite) and listen to a lot of podcasts created by comedians (The Joe Rogan Experience and Ari Shaffir’s Sceptic Tank are always queued up on my phone!) . I find the science of it really interesting…the process of developing a joke and an act. The energy of the crowd and how that can influence how the comedian drives the gig forward.
We went down one night to their gig to show some support (and also because we got a discount). The guys were brill and really funny, but unfortunately the crowd was quite small for the room and seemed to be full of very quiet people….it could have been awkward, but I just found it really interesting and made it more funny…..they delt with it amazingly well :-)
On another day, one of the highlights was seeing a guy on one of the free public stages insert himself into a balloon for a while….which was nice.
It’s been great Melbourne….Next stop, Road trip to Adelaide!
Some other photos from around the City….