Cappuccinos are delicious, it’s a fact. They’re even better while sitting at a little sidewalk cafe in Melbourne with an handsome boy, also a fact. But no matter where you live, find someone you love, find a little cafe, and go get a cappuccino. Talk about life, talk about what far away lands you want to visit together, talk abut the things that make you laugh.
And a little tip, ask for chocolate powder on the cappiccino; it’ll change your life. Fact.
In Australia we took nearly all public transportation when we weren’t walking (hey, I lost 5lbs, so…not complaining). The public transportation systems were actually fantastic, we took planes, trains, trams, ferries, taxis, and buses. The rides were quick, and it’s always fun to see a city the way the locals do. The trains are pretty clearly marked, except for platform 5, which was the one platform where you had to find one specific elevator in the station and take it down a few floors. Took us a few tries, but we got the hang of it.
One little travel tip, make sure your phone is charged when you set off exploring, because you don’t want your GPS to die mid-adventure…not that that happened (totally happened).
In Victoria, the library isn’t your typical little run down building with dusty shelves and books with the covers ripped off (yeah, I’m talking to you Broward Library, let’s at least pretend we care.)
Sorry, back to the point.
The State Library in Victoria is gorgeous. Built in 1854, it holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, as well as the armor of Ned Kelly, one of Australia’s criminal legends. Inside the library, the La Trobe reading room has a giant overhead dome, and was designed to hold over a million books and 500 readers at the old reading desks that extend out from the center of the room.
Books are kind of my thing, so this was one of my favorite spots so far along the trip. There’s something almost magical about books that were written a hundred years ago, and have somehow made their way into your hand at one exact moment. If you’re in Victoria, definitely go see the library.
“Books are threads from which the fabric of our culture and civilization are woven.”
– Richard W Clement (from the ribbon of words around the rotunda of the Victoria State Library)