Saturday, February 12, 2011

CouchSurfing in Melbourne....

Hello friends,

I had another wonderful experience with CouchSurfing.  My host in Melbourne was with a lovely woman named Anita!  After reading her profile, I knew we would hit it off because she was an active salsa dancer. I have been trying to make it a point to hit the salsa scene in almost every country that I have been to.  After meeting her, we got along great because we shared a passion for world travel, culture, good food, her love of juicing and using Metagenics medical supplements, and her non-profit work in ending homelessness in Melbourne.  We are close in age and were able to discuss various topics on life, love, taking care of our parents and the joys and challenges of dating.

I took a 12 hour overnight bus ride from Sydney to Melbourne.  Anita was nice enough to pick me up at the train station and take me to her beautiful condo in West Brunswick. CouchSurfing has been such an amazing network to meet people and live as the locals do.

My overnight charter bus from Sydney to Melbourne

Melbourne Tram
This is how I got around the city when my host was at work.
This is a common form of public transportation in Melbourne.  This is the largest tram network in the world.  

Luna Park is an old fashioned amusement park made up of wooden roller coasters and is reminiscent of Coney Island.

St. Kilda Street was such a cool neighborhood.  It is a multi-cultural area filled with french bakeries, retail boutiques, delicious al fresco restaurants with an eclectic feel.  I loved this area and spent the whole day exploring the area.

I was sent here by a local to have awesome italian food!

I had pumpkin risotto with carmelized onion, basil and ricotta!!  Yummy!

St. Kilda Street

On the tram....

Went to check out the local salsa scene at "The Spot"

My salsa partner, Salvador 

I was wandering the city, looking for something to eat and I found this incredible area!!  It reminded me of the cafes and restaurants of Italy.  These restaurants were packed with people and the area in the city was in Degreaves Street.  It was a wonderful hidden place with so much charm and character.  

Fettuccini Carbonara at Cafe Andiamo

Sweet girl named Ellie who I met while having lunch.  She was visiting Melbourne and offered to let me stay with her in Brisbane when I get there!  Aussies are so freaking friendly!!  

A cool street by cafe filled with street art and more boutiques

With my Melbourne CouchSurfing host, Anita about to go salsa dancing

Dancing salsa with one of her regular partners

Anita dancing a sexy bachata up close and personal

Queen Victoria Market:  The largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.  You can find everything from produce, clothes, shoes, electronics and anything imaginable under the sun.

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