In the past 2 days, Lauren and I have toured a large portion of the downtown Center of Melbourne, visited a Sanctuary on the outskirts in the grasslands where we saw kangaroos, wallaby's and emus, played numerous games of rummikub, tried vegemite, ate lots of delicious homemade meals, tasted specialty chocolates made by chocolatiers, explored the Botanical Gardens, watched a fashion show staring two adorable 6 year olds, ate nitro lab gelato (gelatti) and tasted true Italian pasta from Pelligrini's (a recommendation from a guy in Sydney). Amongst all of this we managed to sort out a few details for our upcoming adventure down the east coast of Australia and get lost a few times on the tram lines that I don't believe will ever make sense to us. I think we will just stick with busses and trains as those seem to work best for us!
Over all our time in Melbourne was a special one of a kind adventure, and I'm happy to say that we have made friends with a very special group of wonderful people.
A special thanks to Catherine, Leigh, Gretta and Rowan for making us really feel at home and including us into their family for the short time we were able to visit.
I enjoyed being able to try so many new things and see some of the native animals of Australia.
As a parting gift and a thank you to our lovely hosts we got them some Haighs Chocolate truffles, and in return they had also bought us a chocolate treat to bring with us on the plane. There was an additional specialty package for each of us consisting of the fruit tingles the kids kept talking about the whole time we were there. I guess great minds things alike, either that or we are all chocolate fiends.