Luckily, by the time that I returned to Melbourne, the weather had finally got itself together and I enjoyed walking around town so much more.
I also picked up a bunch of Christmas cards to send to my favourite people.
This snap was taken on a walk from the CBD to Richmond where I grabbed a massive bowl of pho from I Love Pho because my cousin had heavily recommended it when I said that I’d be visiting Melbourne (apparently, his Vietnamese friends said that the pho was even better than the ones they’d had in Vietnam. If Em and Jess are reading this, they’ll know how obsessed I am with pho so I was really excited to try out this place. Oh, and my date had wanted to go for ages too so an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone).
The food was seriously good but the staff weren’t the friendliest.
I’m pretty sure they managed to seat us, take our order and sort the bill without saying a word.
I also adored the delicious poki at Poki Time in Hawthorn.
Having kale instead of rice was a game changer and all the ingredients were so fresh.
Would 100% recommend.
Since I’d be flying to New Zealand on my birthday, Cherry and John very kindly took me out for an early birthday meal.
They know the way to my heart!
We ended our night at the cinema watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
I’d heard such great reviews for it and I love the Harry Potter films but I didn’t really dig it, tbh. I just felt that it dragged on a bit.
30th November – 2nd December
A boy that I’d been seeing in Melbourne was really sweet and offered to take me to the Great Ocean Road.
Although it didn’t work out between us, I’m still super thankful that I got a chance to see all these incredible views with a local and not just on a rushed coach tour.
Here are some of the spots that we hit up: Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Anglesea, 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps, Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge, Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Point Addis Lookout and Bells Beach.
See you soon, New Zealand!