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A trip to the sea

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road along the southern coast of Australia. Photo courtesy of Melbourne.visitorsbureau.com.au

We set out for the coast later than planned. Deb and I arrived at the car rental place in downtown Melbourne at 10 a.m., as requested, but the line for the second-floor office went all the way down the stairs to the street. Ned showed up with his backpack and rolled a cigarette and stood outside with me in the strong sun until Deb emerged over a half hour later with the keys to our blue Holden Cruze with New South Wales plates. Continue reading

Grateful for the grid

queen victoria market

Queen Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne, courtesy of dayjaunts.net

“Where ya from?” asked the squinty-eyed man at a jewelry display deep in the Queen Victoria Market.

“The USA,” I said. “Minnesota,” I added, as I poked around his glass case of silver earrings.

“Aaah. Lots of visitors from the USA come to A-U-S,” he spelled out with a wink. “But you know who most of our visitors are?”

I shook my head.

“Germans! Place is crawlin’ with ’em.” Continue reading