Approximately 90% of the time, riding public transport is pretty dull. However, every once in awhile I encounter a fellow passenger who is hilariously entertaining and/or completely strange. Earlier this week, I was riding home from meeting friends for dinner and sat near a guy who was blasting ABBA's 'Mama Mia' from his phone and jumping up and down in his seat dancing. Epic song choice.
Yesterday, Peter and I were on the tram on our way home from the market and sat across from this guy, who was casually reading and chugging red wine out of the bottle at 2pm. Bold.
I miss having a car from time to time, but entertaining passengers make public transport bearable at worst and enjoyable at best.
Before hitting up the market, Peter and I had lunch at his favorite CBD restaurant, Trunk Diner. Trunk is next door to one of the first buildings we toured when we were looking for apartments exactly a year ago, and we took some time to reminisce during lunch. Those first few weeks when we were trying to secure housing were super stressful given that we didn't really know what we were looking for. At first, we searched for furnished apartments, which we quickly figured out were few and far between. Furthermore, the furnished apartments in our price range generally featured old, beat up furniture that looked uncomfortable and like it might break down at any moment. The room we toured next door to Trunk had a 70's cabin vibe and was pretty much hideous. In fact, I think it was the last furnished apartment we toured before completely giving up and deciding to focus on unfurnished apartments instead, which turned out to be a better deal in the end anyway.
We decided at lunch that when we move again in the future, we should secure some sort of short-term accommodation before signing a lease, because two weeks in the hotel was definitely not enough time to find a place and know exactly what we wanted in a completely new city we had never been to before. It would have been beneficial to spend a month or so in an Airbnb or serviced apartment while we familiarized ourselves with the area. So, there's my tip for people moving to a new city!
Peter ordered a burger and I got a chicken quesadilla, which were both really good!
Had to stop for a Boost! I am obsessed with the strawberry smoothies at this place.
P.S. yesterday was the coldest morning in Melbourne in 18 years. I think it got down to 32F/0C! We are definitely ready to head up to Brisbane in a couple weeks and escape this whole winter thing.