School is out!
After finishing classes last week, and writing my one exam for research methods (words can’t explain how happy I am I took that course here instead of at Western) I am officially finished school at VU!
Upon finishing the hour long exam in 15 min, I headed off to pick up a rental car to drive down the Great Ocean Road! Me, Erin, Dayna and Kendra rented a car from this place called Wicked Rentals…. This place is cheap as, basically for backpackers and one of the only places you can rent from if you’re under 21. Since Dayna and Kendra’s licenses both have expired, me and Erin (both under 21) split the driving. So we arrive at the place, which literally looks like a junk yard. We get our car, and like most of the it is spray painted ridiculously.
So we set off on our roady! Erin started off the driving which was probably good since it is on the left side of the road and I was pretty nervous about it. We drove and stopped in Torquay for a bathroom break and some lunch. I then started driving and it surprisingly is easier than I thought! We then stopped at Bell’s Beach which is the famous surfing beach in Victoria and snapped a few pics…
We then set off to get on the Great Ocean Road! This road is absolutely breath taking. It literally just winds around the ocean for kilometers on kilometers. It is super windy though where you have to go pretty slow the entire time but the views are so spectacular that it is quite alright. The houses you see are beautiful. If I moved to Victoria I would have to have a summer home down here. Our next stop was Lorne, which is a beach town we stayed in on the VU Great Ocean Road trip. We did a little shopping and looking around the town. It is really quite dead around there this time of year since it is their winter. A lot of the shops were actually closed and it was quite a ghost town.
We then kept on driving a little ways more and stopped in Apollo Bay for the night. We hadn’t prebooked any accomodation so we spent some time driving around calling places and going in and asking. We came across this beautiful looking place on the beach and we decided to give it a shot even though we knew we couldn’t afford it. The lady at the front was SO nice and offered us and apartment style room with a full kitchen, living room and bedroom and a beach front balcony for $150 for the night! Since it was 4 of us we decided to take it. She ended up doing the math wrong too and only charged us $130 for the night! ($32 each – would have been $30 for the hostel down the road). The place was beautiful! The lady also recommended we go to the seafood restaurant down the street. Since we haven’t eaten much seafood at all since being in Australia we decided to go for it! The place was rather fancy and very expensive but probably the most worthwhile meal of my life. I was the only person who got seafood (the others got steak) but I got the seafood linguini which had mussels, prawns, scallops and barramundi fish – it was amazing. We eventually headed back to the beautiful hotel and watched tv while enjoying some tea (the bottle shop closed before we had time to buy wine unfortunately) but the tea was still nice :).
Day 2 on the Great Ocean Road we started off with a fantastic breakfast at this cute surfer cafe. It is such a cool atmosphere in these towns all revolving around the surfers and tourists. Kind of reminds me of ski towns – the shops also sell really similar stuff. We then hit the road towards the iconic 12 Apostles. We knew there was threat of rain in the forecast but were praying it would hold off. Unfortunately we had no such luck and spent the drive in and out of rain and fog. Not much can ruin the views on this road though. Between being on the ocean and then driving through the forests every corner offers and different breathtaking scene. We eventually made it to the 12 Apostles and well I can now say I’ve been there twice, once when it was sunny and again in the rain haha. We also made it to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge to finish off the sightseeing. We then hit the highway and took the back way home as a faster option since Erin was headed to New Zealand that night! We got back a little earlier than expected so we decided to stop in Port Melbourne for some Hunky Dory’s fish and chips. This was probably the best fish and chips I have ever had! I got the flake (which is shark) and I got it grilled not fried! (accidentally, but thankfully). The meal also came with chips and greek salad. We then drove back home and had to park our embarrassing car on the street for the night – sorry neighbours!
That night to get out of the house we went to the movies with our free movie ticket from the gym and watched Bad Neighbours. Zac Efron is hot that is all.
We had the car until 3pm today so we headed to Brighton Beach for a little walk around. The beach is awesome with the beach huts but was absolutely deserted today because it is winter. We got some coffee and looked around the shops – there is a lulu here! I then had to drive back to drop the car off. I was literally driving this car through downtown Melbourne. A) I’ve never even driven in Toronto let alone a city just as busy on the other side of the road! B) Our car seriously is bad and should not be out in public. It was pretty interesting but successful on my part!
Another week almost done! It is Thursday night and I was supposed to go out for drinks with friends but after getting all ready I started to feel rather ill so I decided to stay in tonight and catch up on some much needed personal time. I love being in Australia and I love being around all the people I have met but I really haven’t been alone very much at all since coming here, which is really weird because I definitely thought I would be spending a lot of time travelling around by myself! Definitely grateful for having people to do things with but I’m always down for a night in by myself once in a while.
Things are starting to get super busy! Tomorrow i have to plan, shop for and pack for Thailand as I am leaving tomorrow night to stay at Sarah’s then spending the holiday weekend back in Lorne until I leave for Thailand on Monday night! Very exciting but I can’t be very excited right now as I’m stressing a bit over how unprepared for this trip I am and how unplanned it currently is. I mean I seriously only have flights booked that is all… Oh well I’m sure I will figure it out!
Exciting things are happening! I’m definitely going to miss the constant adventure when I get home – but i guess you have to make your own fun and adventures and that is what I plan on doing!