One thing they do not tell you is that once you’ve been through security (which you’ll probably be late for thanks to Indonesian traffic), you have to go through another round of security, meaning that you’ll be running like madwomen through Denpesaar airport, to hop on a flight to take you to Malaysia, to hop on another flight to get you to Melbourne…
My anxiety was not in a good place. I’m actually terrified of flying (I drank a lot of alcohol on my various solo flights and this was to be no exception!), and we were flying AirAsia, which to me, didn’t feel like a very safe airline. After stacks of reassurance from the world and his dog, I was feeling a little better.
We arrived, breathless, at the gate and ready to board our flight. We were already a bit stressed because of timings, but eventually we boarded our flight.
AirAsia are appalling in terms of customer service. L could see I was feeling really distressed about the flight, so she told the flight attendant I had a fear of flying, and asked if she could move to sit next to me; she was told no, she couldn’t but that they’d come and get her when she was allowed to move up to sit next to me. I was actually pretty tear-y at this point, a combination of jet lag and hormones, but not once did they check on me, ask if I was OK, and in the end, they totally forgot to mention to Legs that she could move.
All in all, the flight was dreadful, as was our second stint to Melbourne. I’ve never been happier to get off a flight. You might have seen AirAsia staff came under fire in the news recently when one of their flights dropped 20,000ft and the staff all started screaming and crying whilst the passengers remained calm… I wouldn’t recommend them, and I definitely will not fly with them again! Mini rant over, lets talk about Melbourne, shall we?
We decided that a wine tour was going to be crucial – you know, culture and all that 😉 so we booked one of the many of the available trips to take us round the wineries. Wine tours are great fun (I did one in Italy and loved it) and they run loads from the centre of Melbourne where the bus will pick you up and take you around to all the vineyards where you can try ALL of the wine!
Brunch is a huge deal in Melbourne and I thoroughly recommend Seratonin eatery. Sit on the swings, order a happy latte, and delve into these pancakes… (drooling just thinking about them!)
Check out famous AC / DC lane, for the breathtaking art work…
Walk off the hangover the next day with a walk down St Kilda beach to see the famous beach huts, and then hop in an uber to find the penguins – yes, penguins! In Australia!
After watching the sun do its thing, hop in a cab back to the city so you can hurtle up floor after floor…
Then, buy a ticket to go to the top of the Eureka tower, and get a -STUNNING- view out over Melbourne. You can walk all the way around and see EVERYTHING.
Then, sneak down a side street… walk up to a nondescript door… push on it… and find yourself in Eau de Vie, an awesome prohibition style cocktail bar. Bookcases aren’t what they seem, the menu is a beautiful work of art, and the theatre that comes with the drinks is a bit like The Alchemist on speed. Tonnes of fun! Espresso Martinis made with liquid nitrogen, and scented smoke to make your cocktail smell like a forest. Put this place at the top of your Melbourne to-visit list.
Even if the flight is 14 hours home, Melbourne will fill you with so many happy memories of amazing things to see and do, you’ll have a huge grin on your face the entire way home!
And besides, there really is no place like home…