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The gates to the Luna Park in the St. Kilda neighborhood of Melbourne. The historic amusement park has been in near continuous operation since its opening in 1912.
A canopy of crisscrossing tram cables drapes the neighborhood streets. Melbourne has an impressive and quite charming tram network.
As if coming from Tokyo to Melbourne wasn’t enough of a head flip, we arrived in Australia a few days before Christmas. To distract ourselves from homesickness, I tried to bring the holiday spirit to our Airbnb rental by picking up cheap Christmas decorations and baking cookies. We spent a 75-degree Christmas day on the beach in dollar store Santa hats — a far cry from the frigid Midwestern holidays we are used to.
We traded carolers for kite surfers that Christmas.
After a few days in Melbourne, we rented a car and set out on a three day roadtrip along the southeastern coast of Australia known as the Great Ocean Road. I would liken the views to Big Sur in California, if you added dairy farms, pockets of rainforest, and millions of sheep. (No really, gazillions. Both Australia and New Zealand have more sheep than people.) This was our first foray into driving on the other of the road, so it was a bit a daunting. But after the first 15 minutes of struggling out of the parking lot and cautiously merging into actual traffic, we were solid. Well, Andy was. He drove, and in my blind panic I just shouted the opposite of everything he should actually be doing.