New Heights, New games, New Friends



Located 285 meters above Melbourne is the Eureka Tower Skydeck.  You travel via lift 88 floors at a speed of 9 m/s for a total ride time of 32 seconds.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Never have I ever had my ears pop while on an elevator, until visiting the Skydeck.  I would much prefer my ears to pop than to have to conquer the 1,642 stair climb to the top.  No, thank you!

The 365 degree view is absolutely breathtaking.  You can see all of the city and beyond–MCG, Parliament, the Botanical Gardens, St. Kilda Pier, and more!  Definitely worth the ear pressuring trip to the top.



Not quite sure I am sold on Australian Football, or footy.  I attended my first game and can say that I left more confused than when I arrived.  I thought I understood the basic gist of things… wrong!  And the same whistle tone/length/etc is used for at least five actions/fouls/etc (none of which are a stoppage of play).  At least the atmosphere was great and the beer was cheap.  Here’s to that!

Now, I have met several people during my first month here (yeah, where did that time go?) and there seems to be a general consensus:  all Americans are rednecks who drink beer, wear cowboy hats, and chant “‘Merica” at every opportunity.  I hate to break it to you, Australia, you’re wrong.  I am from Virginia, not Texas; therefore, I most certainly do not chant any variation of “‘Merica”.  Ever.



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