From Monday this week I have been enjoying the hospitality of Trinity College on the University of Melbourne campus for an international welcome week. As this was a paid event it was something that I uhmed and ahhed about signing up to, but I am really glad that I did. It was organised by local students who had previously gone on exchanges themselves and was a really wonderful opportunity to get to know the city and other students.
One of the highlights of the week was going on a day trip to Yarra Valley, which is about an hour drive from Melbourne. We went to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and ice creamery, a winery and to Healesville Sanctuary to look at all the aussie animals. I actually hadn’t realised that the kangaroo was part of a specific subset of animals – the marsupials – that are pretty much only found in Australia and the Americas.
Another highlight was a guided tour of Melbourne’s laneways. These are small side lanes which have been devoted either to graffiti or to cafes and bars. They have an incredibly buzzy and distinctive feel and I can’t wait to explore them soon.
We also went up on the Eureka skydeck, ran around the city like lunatics on a scavenger hunt and had some awesome cake! Its been a great start in getting to know Melbourne and I can’t wait to explore some more.