Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brighton Beach

I've been absent from blogging for a few days due to the disaster that is our apartment. After six weeks of battling cockroaches, we have concluded it's a losing battle and the only way to get rid of them is to move! We have been embroiled in an all out war with the landlord to let us out of our lease without paying all/some of the thousands of dollars in fees they are asking. So far, no luck. Apparently they don't view cockroach infestations as a serious issue...the landlord compared it to her experience with ANTS in her apartment. Her advice? "Just deal with it." Ok then. I could write endless blog posts about it, but I think you would probably rather read about the beach :).

Yesterday we took the train about 30 minutes south of the city to Brighton Beach. Spring is right around the corner and there were tons of people out enjoying the 70 degree day. This particular beach is famous for its array of colorful bathing boxes. They are individually owned and apparently worth a few hundred thousand each! It was fun to see all the different colors and designs. 
Here's the beach from a distance. 
We each posed by our favorite, or in my case, the one that matched my shirt. 
After admiring all of the boxes, we sat down on the beach to watch the kite surfers and take in the beautiful views. 
I have come to the conclusion that, like most water sports, kite surfing is harder than it looks. I have no idea how they manage to steer those things. If my failed waterskiing attempts are any indication, I would be an awful kite surfer. I'll leave this activity to Peter, who said he would love to try it. 
I love being able to sit on the beach and simultaneously enjoy views of the ocean and the Melbourne skyline.  
Peter exploring!
Beach selfie. It's hard to take pictures together when it's just us two, so until we make some friends you'll probably be forced to look at one too many close-ups of our faces. 
It was super windy- excuse the hair struggles.

We got some ice cream and then walked back to the train station through a beautiful, quiet neighborhood lined with extremely nice houses. One was for sale and the sign advertised it as "3 million plus". Which basically means if you have to ask, you can't afford it. 
Today it's back to work for Peter, and back to job searching/sending heated emailed to the landlord for me! We hope the end of our apartment nightmare is in sight. 


  1. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. The little houses on the beach are very amazing......

  2. Sounds like you might have to take your landlord issue to VCAT...

  3. Good news! I haven't blogged about it yet because it's not final, but it looks like we are going to be able to come to an agreement with them. Thank goodness-we really didn't want to have to drag it out that much longer at VCAT!



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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