Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Arrived in Melbourne
Well, that was the last picture taken in Sydney. I really had a nice time there, but was ready to see Melbourne. I left a few articles of clothing and various free items from the Air New Zealand goody bag behind. I didn't want to have another issue with my luggage needing to join Jenny Craig before heading to the next destination. So, I left the lovely "Pink Bag of Fabulosity" back at the hotel. I'm sure the cleaning gal will enjoy that and the variety of small lotions/body washes/and travel tips that were inside.
The Sydney airport was really nice, with lots of people traveling in/out from all over. You even see wee travelers (like the one below with his little Super Mario Bros. backpack) around with their families. It's always fun to see so many people of all ages dragging their luggage around from palce to place, like me. My luggage passed its weigh-in and promptly scarfed down a snickers bar as it disappeared down into the luggage abyss.
I got to my hotel after a little bit of inner-city rush hour traffic and pulled my luggage through one of the doors, which promptly took me right through a main bathroom, then into the bar (it's a bar/hotel). My first thought was..."Hmmm...main entrance is through a bathroom...can't wait to see my room.". But, it turned out that I had entered a side door (whew!) and the main entrance was actually on the other side, which I had rolled right by....
My room is actually pretty nice. It's got kind of a rodeo/lodge feel to it, but it's upstairs, pretty large, has a TV, free wirelss internet connection, nice wood furnishings and a view over the back patio where the kids socialize. So, it's not too bad at all. The bar even has a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" pinball machine. It's not working, but it made me feel welcome just knowing it was there. The shared bathroom situation should be okay...bathroom is in one room and shower/sink in another. Both have lockable doors and appear to have been cleaned recently. Plus, they are both right around from my room, so pretty convienient all things considered.
Then...I met the Possum.
As I was downstairs telling the bartender about how I was hoping never to encounter those large Hunter spiders from Sydney, he said "Oh, have you seen the Possum?". I said that I had not, but that they didn't really bother me. He took me out back to the patio and there it was, up in the rafters of the patio cover...it looked more like a raccoon than our standard Los Angeles dog-sized possums with the scary long snouts and teeth. This one is a "local" here and you can even feed it peanuts ("Peanuts!"). It carefully hangs down, reaches out and takes the peanut from your hand, then goes back up into the rafter and eats it.
It is actually very cute and I just was about to try feeding it for myself (of course I watched the bartender feed it first), when he said "Oh, just don't irritate it or it might scratch or piss on ya'".
Piss on me?!
I thanked him for that advice, casually dropped the peanut back into the cannister and promptly went back into the bar and got another beer...
And stayed there until I was sure that the possum had headed off into the night.