On Monday I was off again so I decided to go to the tennis again – I wanted to see a big match. Sunday evening at work I kept checking my phone to see who was playing where and at what time, and once I saw it I booked my ticket. It may have been halfway through service whilst plating desserts…
My internet right now is very limited so I can’t post any pictures or Google the names of the players I saw. The first game was a womens singles which was pretty decent, then the Kerber game which was a great one to watch – it was very close at a few stages and I probably would have been swearing at the TV if I was at home. The final game was Federer – pretty sure everyone knew he was going to win and by this time it was hard to concentrate on the game having spent around four hours prior watching tennis and travelling two hours to get there. It was great to see him play though, just a shame that I couldn’t have seen Andy Murray play, though a few years ago at work I did actually walk past him.
On the way back from the tennis I tried to get the last bus from the station to get to the place I’m staying at. Missed the bus as the train was delayed so had a $60, 40 minute Uber. I’ve been waiting for something to go wrong as it’s been a while since something has – the last time being when I cut half the tip of my thumb off at work in August. Would rather have an expensive Uber over that.
Since November I’ve not had a lot of days off – one per week, or less. This week I have four days off, which I think is more than what I had in all of December. Tomorrow I’m off to Melbourne and just chilling in the city then Tuesday I’m off to see Weezer and the Foo Fighters – can’t bloody wait. Wednesday I’m going to be a tourist and go on a day tour of Wilsons Prom, then back to work on Thursday. Sunday, I’m off again so I’ll try and be a tourist around here but it’s pretty hard to do without your own transport. I think my job is finishing up at the end of next month though I’m not too sure, but I’m excited for it to quieten down and get out and about a bit more.
On Monday I travelled down to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open. With me being 23 and built like an old woman I had to go and get my neck sorted out once again, so had to leave earlier than I would’ve liked. Since Mid-November I’ve worked six days a week and now I’m struggling to get out of bed at 2pm to get the 2.25 bus to work.
My ticket was for the Margaret Court Arena; the first game was the womens, Wozniacki vs Buzarnescu and second was the mens King vs Tsonga. As I was there early, I thought I’d go and find somewhere that sold Pimms, and it turns out that Pimms isn’t a thing during the tennis here. Absolutely distraught. So instead I had a beer and something to eat whilst watching one of the games on an outside screen.
Tomorrow I’m off work so I’m off to the tennis again – got a few good games including the Federer one. Since I moved here I’ve not been on a night out where I’ve written myself off so I’m really up for giving zero shits about how much money I spend tomorrow.
Work has been pretty much the same as the past few weeks – had a few busy days and a couple of days where it was so hot I don’t know how I managed to do eleven hours in the kitchen. It makes the UK heatwaves of 23 degrees look cute. Done a fair few hours too so I’ve not really had the chance to research a heap of Asia but think I’ve got a really good plan of what I’m doing in Australia soon. From the end of July this year I’m planning not to work unless it’s an opportunity that I can’t turn down until I’ve seen the world, which will be maybe more than a year and I can’t bloody wait.
The main reason I came back to Melbourne was the Australian Open – I’d booked tickets whilst in Sydney, and have since been looking forward to the Melbourne climate. What should’ve been a five or six hour travel day from Cairns turned out to be around the 13 hour mark, but bearing in mind that I have a 30+ hour travel day next week it’s not too bad.
Unfortunately, my first day was eventful: a change of plans on the tram into the city made me miss Bourke Street on the day a car got driven down there, had they not changed I would’ve been either down Bourke Street or very close. The first couple of days I spent in Fed Square watching the tennis on the big screen there, as well as a visit to Hosier Lane.
On Monday I went to see the games. My ticket covered four matches, but after three my brains were pretty fried. I saw the mens doubles where Bryan/Bryan won; the only remaining Brit Johanna Konta beat the Russian Makarova and Brady from the US pay against Lucic-Baroni. I missed the last game, a mens singles, but enjoyed my day and caught the Nadal game back in the hostel.
For me, time spent in Melbourne isn’t complete without a trip to the pub so I made sure that happened. Last time I was in the city I wasn’t too fussed by it, but now I’ve been gone and the weather is heaps nicer, I realise that it is actually bloody good.
If all goes to plan between now and the end of the year, I should be able to take some time off work in Januay and I intend to re-visit the Australian Open. I hope to splash out a bit and see a few matches and maybe even a final.