In our exploration Wednesday night, I noticed an advertisement for a digital media exhibit called Screen Worlds at a local museum; today, we checked it out!
The exhibit was free (awesome) and detailed the rise of movies, television, and videogames in popular culture over the last century. It both covered the international perspective on the subject and injected the Australian outlook.
By this time we were relatively hungry, so we left the exhibit and walked over to a Indian place near our hostel. The lunch combo was pretty tasty and a lot for our money.
From there Aaron simply had to check out the Nintendo shop, so after eating we followed him into the shop. The first thing I noticed was the pricing. Even accounting for the exchange rate, games are still crazy expensive here.
The Nintendo store was nice, but even better was the all-around nerd store in the basement of the building. They had fake props from every major comic book and similar universe, and a full wall of bobbleheads.
Aaron had to leave at around 3:00 today for Shabbat and Shavuot, so we wanted to squeeze one last activity with him into the day. Aaron and Ethan went on a run a few days ago (I was sleeping) and passed a military memorial, so we decided to check that out.
At this point Aaron had to go, so we said our goodbyes and watched him run/walk towards the train station. We started back towards our hostel, but on the way back through the parks took an important pit stop: geocaching!
I remarked to Ethan on our way towards the first cache that park caches are usually the easiest (compared to woods or urban spots), because there are the fewest possible hiding places per square foot. Turns out I did not have to regret my words because we found five caches in only a few minutes a piece! The final one was more urban and certainly the most challenging, but after a bit of the classic “rub your hands on everything to see what moves” approach we found that one as well.
These five bring me to 95 geocaches found. I’d love to reach 100 before coming home!
All of this geocaching made me hungry (plus our food schedule was quite off), so I patronized a store I’d been ogling for a while from my hostel window.
The doughnut was filled with nutella and covered in cinnamon sugar. It was absolutely delicious, but quite expensive as far as doughnuts go ($6). Most true junk food seems to be more expensive in Australia, while wine and sushi in particular are cheaper. I am totally ok with this. In order to capitalize on this imbalance, we got sushi for dinner, with that same $6 buying three thumb-length rolls.
As night fell we lounged around the hostel bar and eventually met a group of people to go out with. One girl got separated from her friend, and in our attempts to locate her we ended up at a really posh bar on the fifteenth floor of a building. The black and muted blue coloring and the high ratio of security to patrons made me feel like I was in a Shadowrun game.
We compared the American university experience to the Australian military one, and repped the US (or more accurately Kentucky) by taking shot after shot of bourbon. After the super nice bar we went to a more regular looking and sized one, and watched the end of a band’s performance. We returned to the hostel absolutely exhausted, even though it was barely past midnight. G’night, Melbourne!