Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Weird Experience and the Best Avo Toast

One thing about living in the heart of a big city is you see a lot of strange things. For example, last week Peter and I walked to the Coles (grocery store) downtown on Sunday night at about 8 pm. Not broad daylight, but not exactly what I would consider prime time for sketchiness. Wrong. We picked out a few items and were just rounding the corner to the self check-out when we saw a confrontation escalating between the store's security guard and another man. This guy had some sort of black pleather apron wrapped around his waist that resembled a toga, so I've been calling him Toga Guy. Anyway, Toga Guy was attempting to shoplift and the security guard had noticed and obviously called him out on it. Instead of doing any number of somewhat rational things, Toga Guy pushed security guy a few times and then started throwing punches. Keep in mind this guy was approximately 110 pounds and not exactly a body builder, but the security guard didn't fight back. Toga Guy eventually ran out of the store with whatever it was he was stealing. The whole thing was bizarre and fascinating. No one seemed to be too concerned with apprehending Toga Guy, which I found a bit odd.

Anyway, fast forward to yesterday. Sylvie and I decided to go to brunch and IKEA in Richmond, a suburb just a few minutes away from the CBD. This story isn't about food, for once, other than to note that Three Bags Full in Richmond has THE BEST avo toast I've had thus far in Melbourne, and that's saying something:
Seriously go there now.

Anyway, on our way to IKEA, Sylvie and I were walking down a residential sidewalk when we noticed a guy about 20 feet ahead of us. He looked to by examining his arm, but as we got closer, it became clear that he was in fact injecting some sort of drug. As we decided to cross to the other side of the street in an effort to avoid him, I realized it was Toga Guy!!! What are the chances? Anyway, you realize you've been living in a city for awhile when you start to recognize its crazies. 

And now, random pictures from the weekend:
We had to stop and admire (and almost buy) these three adorable puppies at the pet store.
Sylvie went to IKEA intending to buy curtains, but mostly just admired/tried to buy the clothing props in the closet section.
On Saturday night Peter and I went to American-style Big Boys BBQ. It was pretty good, but not quite up to our standards as former Missouri residents. Plus they didn't serve sweet tea!
'Merica.

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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!

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