It has been an awesome 18 hours so far with my family here. Like I said yesterday, my Australian experience has been totally enhanced by the opportunity to share it with the people that I love. I only wish that everyone could come to visit!!
When Ben was here, he kept mentioning that he recognized places that I took him, not because he had been there, but because I had sent and posted pictures of those places. I am curious to see if my parents and brother say the same thing tomorrow.
Today was so much fun. I introduced them to the awesome Melbourne café culture. We stopped at a restaurant called Dukes, which happens to be the same name as a small beach hut in Ventura that my dad used to take us to very early in the morning on the weekend for breakfast. It boasts “Dukes, Bitchin’ Burgers!” ha! The café today was amazing. They import delicious coffee beans from other countries, and also cook meals in a small kitchen. I got a Chicken BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had recently. Then again, I feel like most of my meals in Melbourne has been exquisite.
Duke’s Coffees: 2 mochas and 1 flat white
Tonight after training, we went to Grill’d for dinner. It is a hamburger place that I swear is a close rival to Davis’ Burgers and Brew. It is absolutely delicious and the chips (french fries) come with a rosemary seasoning. Yumma!
Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: ripper. (pronounced rippa) Meaning sick, totally awesome, amazing. Usage: after Chelsea scored an awesome outside shot in our game, Grace exclaimed, “That shot was ripper!”