I finally ventured into the city despite it being a rainy day. I was going to meet a professor at Victoria University in hopes that he'll give me some leads for possible employment, so that was a good motivation to venture out that way. We called after getting into Flinders Station, and since it was only a two minute walk to his office, he asked for some time, so we walked around the block to soak up the city.
|Source: Public Transport Victoria|
|Souce: Degraves Street|
|Source: Melbourne Central|
A note on costs: Prior to arrival I heard over and over and over and over again that Australia is an expensive place. A good part of the reason is because they have a strong economy and their dollar got really strong against the American currency. That means that while a decade ago, when the Australian currency was something like 50% of the American currency, a $20 Australian Dollar meal was actually $10 US dollars. Now the $20 AUD is something like $20 USD. The other reason is that Australians pay their labor well, none of that cheap labor we have in the US that deflates the price of goods and services. SO, how do you enjoy Australia on the cheap? That's what I'm supposed to be learning this year. A train ride into the city is about $11 roundtrip. Pretty steep, but more convenient than driving & parking. I kinda turn a blind eye to the price of food. Except I still remember it well enough to catalog my spending a few days later :P What I need is to find the balance between reasonable spending while still enjoying my time here. One of the ways that I'm trying is sharing food so that I can try more varieties which is supposed to give you more enjoyment than a large quantity of one item. We'll see.