So I arrived home from my up north trip on Thursday evening; Scott picked me up and brought me back to his house (and Lyn's house). I spent the night there and then Lyn took me to the airport for my 6:30 am flight to Melbourne. The flight was only 3 hours and went by quickly. I arrived in Melbourne and took a shuttle to my hotel. This trip was planned with my friend Dave, who met my sister Laura when she was in Australia. He works on oil rigs right off of Melbourne and was supposed to get off work on Thursday and then spend the weekend with me in Melbourne and stay at his sister's house who lives there. But, they had weather issues and were a man down so Dave was not able to get off of work until Monday so I was left to explore by myself. After getting my room situated I went to explore around the city. It was a beautiful day so I walked down to Federation Square, which has lots of options of different places for tourists. I went to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which had an exhibit on the story of film, television and digital culture. Melbourne is such a beautiful city to walk around and is so busy with all the shops, alleyways and shopping centres. It took me all day just to see everything in the main part of the city. Melbourne also has two buses/trams that go around the city to the major attractions that are free. The bus driver talks about each area so I did one whole loop around the city to see what places there were. Saturday morning I woke up early for a bus tour on the Great Ocean Road. This tour had about 20 people also but I didn't get to know too many of them because it was only one day long. The Great Ocean Road was built to attract tourists and follows along the coast. We went to Bell Beach, which is the first beach that surfing originated from and then stopped in a few small towns along the way. Stopped to see some wild koalas and then did a walk through a forest. We went to the 12 Disciples, which are huge rock formations in the water. Sounds like the Pinnacles but the Pinnacles are usually like 10 feet where these are 40 feet and much wider. They are in the water and created from the water breaking down the rocks/cliffs at the coast. We also went to the "London Bridge" which is a rock formation that used to look like the London Bridge but ended up breaking. 'London Bridge fell down.' We got dinner and I became good friends with a French girl who was working in Australia. We didn't get back into the city until 9 so I changed and then met up with one of my friends I made on my bus tour up north who lives in Melbourne but is from Poland. We met up at a pub for a drink and got to catch up. Sunday morning I walked around the the Botanical Gardens and through a few markets. In the afternoon I went to the footy game at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. It is the largest sports arena in Australia and was huge! The game was a blow out but still very enjoyable. Footy will definitely be something I will miss. It started to rain after the game so I got dinner and then spent the night in the hotel. Monday morning I met up with Dave and we got lunch, walked through the casino (made money!) and then walked through the city a bit more. We went to the top of the tallest building and looked out on the city. Could not believe how big it was. We then took the train to his sister's place, which is about 20 minutes from the city. We got there and waited for her and her boyfriend to come home. That night we went out for drinks and then went to a nice pizza place for dinner. It was very fun spending the night with them and they are very, very nice people. Tuesday morning we woke up early and they took me to the airport to my trip home. So sad I had to leave but was excited to come home.