It’s just 10 days now until I leave to travel to California and New York again. And I can’t wait! It’s not so much about the destination anymore… I just like going on vacations overseas… anywhere! I’m sure I will be beating myself up again once I wake up with 4 hours still to go on one of those long hauls across the Pacific Ocean. The photo above was taken around this time last year as I waited amongst the masses at LAX for my flight to Melbourne. This trip will give me 6 days in San Francisco and 6 days in New York. I hope it is nice and warm by the time I get there.
I couldn’t actually afford to travel this long weekend (with the USA trip coming up) so I brought the holiday to melbourne. I joined Hilton Honors on Saturday and to celebrate I stayed at the brand spanking new Hilton South Wharf. I love a shiney new hotel. The Hilton South Wharf has large comfortable rooms with floor to ceiling windows with great view of either Port Philip Bay or the Yarra River and the CBD. The CBD is the better view (in my opinion). This morning I woke up just in time to see 3 hot air balloons float past my window…. NICE!
Well the office has finally moved in to it’s permanent new location in the Docklands. We moved into a call centre in the CBD about 18 months ago until this place was built. It’s a great new building but it’s quite a lot further from the loft, so I have to get a tram , scooter or bike ride to the new location. It’s a bit sad that the location is outside of the CBD. I liked being so close. Here is a shot of the employee’s lounge. It’s a nice area to hang out during the day. I will be sharing my time between Docklands and our recruitment agency on Collins Street.
I actually think that keeping busy makes time go faster. So this month I have been packing in loads of small projects to keep my mind occupied until I leave for San Francisco and New York next month. So last weekend I headed up to Newcastle with Chris to check out the place. Okay, so we were there barely 24 hours. But it was enough time to look around the city, checking out the beaches and the harbour, do some shopping, eat and get back on the plane again. I was actually hoping to get a swim in the Chifley Apartments “heated” swimming pool but the water was way too cold! It’s been about 20 years since I was last in Newcastle… the place hasn’t changed a whole lot. I had no idea they had so many nice beaches there!
I just remembered where I was this time last year. As I walked up Castro Street on Easter Sunday in San Francisco people were yelling Jesus Christ! at the person I was walking alongside. I really do love San Francisco… there are so many bizarre and creative people living there. There’s always something or someone new to meet whenever I go there. I’m really looking forward to my visit there in May.
I finally ran out of other things to do today so there was no putting it off. After having parked the scooter for 43 days it was time to take it out for a run. It took quite a long time to get it started. And I decided to head in a direction I had never been before. It turns out that Nicholson Street somehow ends up in a place called Epping. It was an easy slow ride out there with very little traffic on the roads. But it was a bit more busy on the way back in to the city. Even though I rarely get out on the scooter I love having it. I might even ride it to work occasionally when the office moves to the Docklands.
Oh the perks of having a friend with a car! in the past couple of weeks I have seen more parts of Melbourne than I have seen in the previous 5 years. Costco, IKEA, Bunnings, Docklands, Chadstone… it’s been fantastic. But enough with the shopping now. I have to save for the trip to America in May.
I had lots of projects over the Easter long weekend. One was to revive my photography. After checking out some photo blogs last week like TheSelby I was motivated to start shooting again. At some point in time I want to create my own photo book. I’ve admired so many other photographer’s work I think it’s time that I gave it a go myself. I just haven’t quite worked out how yet. I have plenty of content already.