In May 2004 I went to Melbourne to go to a wedding. I’d been to Australia once before, but it was the first time that I’d been to Melbourne.
The people who were getting married are both from New Zealand, but they moved to Australia.
They got married here. And got the cake here.
I stayed in Melbourne for about 5 days. Apart from the wedding – I spent some time walking around the city.
One of the first things that I noticed was that there was a lot of brick buildings. My friend told me that people build brick houses because of termites. I don’t know if this is true or not.
After living in Tokyo for several years, I kept comparing everything in Melbourne to Tokyo.
These photos are from the “oooh it’s not like this in Tokyo” file:
Tables on the footpath.
Rubbish bin with only one section.
Different train manner rules.
Graffiti and rubbish on the train.
Strong anti-smoking message on the cigarette machine.
I also saw a “milk bar” for the first time in my life. A milk bar is what we call a dairy in New Zealand.
And I saw a lot of Japanese restaurants.
I liked this place – Federation Square. And I liked these sculptures.
I thought this sign that I saw in a café was interesting: “Management reserves the right to not serve customers who are using mobile phones while ordering. Especially during busy periods. Thank you.”
Wow, they must have some pretty rude customers.
And this sign made me smile too: Where is platform 14?
Music on the show used with permission from Jamendo.