Today I ate crocodile for the first time! It was actually good and actually tasted like chicken. I also ate emu and kangaroo but my favorite was the crocodile! Did you know that kangaroo is looked at as a pest here in Australia and usually people do not eat it?
After being completely exhausted from a full day of classes, (which I swore I would never go back to after high school) we went to the Queen Victoria’s Market in Melbourne. The market is amazing, there is nothing I can compare to back at home except maybe similar to Arts Fest at Penn State but not even close. The market is an everyday fresh market with food and restaurants. On Wednesday nights in the summer it turns into a festival party. Oh, did I mention it was summer here in Australia. It was 104 degrees today! Everyone was drinking, eating unique foods, listening to bands, and shopping.
I bought the cutest “balloon pants” for my twin nieces Drew and Elle.
They are going to be almost 9 months old so these will be too big, but I can’t wait to put them in the pants; they are my mini me divas. I also bought hot sauce for my dad called “Chili Relish” by the company Hells Breath made in Australia. The ingredients are tomatoes, chillies (10%), malt vinegar, canola oil, spices, ginger, sugar, garlic and salt. I also bought a pocket watch necklace. It is really pretty and I thought it would be cool to represent Australia when I go home and the time zone difference I experienced. Last but not least, I had to eat some cookies and cream gelato, which was absolutely delicious!
Melbourne is such a wonderful city, and thus far I believe I rank it as either #1 or #2 (next to Florence, Italy). The Australian’s are simply amazing people. I have never met people so inviting and truly down to earth. When I bought something at the market today I would say “Thank you!” and they would reply “No worries.” and a genuine smile. Why can’t America be this way?