I have been wanting to visit Melbourne for a while now and what better way to do so, then to integrate with a work trip. So I set up some meetings at the Yahoo!7 offices in Melbourne, the office manager booked me accommodation, I confirmed my flights and I was off to explore Australia’s second largest city.
It was all very well-planned. Firstly, my plane was booked for Anzac Day (which is a very important public holiday in the Aussie Calendar – something about the Aussie and New Zealand Army (that is what ANZAC stands for) joining together to fight in the Gallopades in Turkey during WWI – traditionally you’re supposed to eat Anzac cookies – not sure what those taste like though – and play some sort of coin game called two-up in the pubs).
Anyway, what Anzac Day meant to me was that I had a whole day to explore Melbourne. I took a Virgin Blue flight – what a pleasure. Firstly I got a shuttle to the airport ($15 door to door – great way to do it as opposed to my rip-off $50 taxi ride the last time I travelled from the airport to Rose Bay) checked in via the internet 2 days before so when I arrived at the airport, I simply dropped off my bag and proceeded through security. Virgin Blue is pretty high-tech and they’ve got these check-in terminals instead of counter check-ins – all very efficient and very Richard Branson – we love him.
The flight was very short – just under 90 mins so by the time you reach cruising height, we just begun our descent. I took a taxi into the city (50 bucks for that privilege) and got dropped off at the Windsor Hotel. Work usually puts us up at the Crown Promenade in the casino complex but this was full so The Windsor it was. (More of that in the next posting).