The coast


There’s an Arthur’s Seat here in Australia as well!

Look at that water!

Lunch at The Holy Bean in Rosebud

Rosebud’s beach
Gonnamatta Beach 

My adventures and exploration of the Melbourne area continues! PC suggested the other day we would go for a drive down the coast and I wasn’t going to say no to an opportunity to see more of this beautiful place! It was Em, Mich, PC and myself who were all going so we packed up the car with two dogs and ourselves and away we went. I didn’t really have a clue of where we were going but I was just excited to see something different.

We droves past vineyards and farms along the way and it really took me back to the Australia I remember from visiting with my family years and years ago. The drive down was lovely. PC was pointing out all the areas along the way and telling us about them. Probably more new information for me than the others seeing as I’m the only foreigner hehe.

Our first stop along the way was at Arthur’s Seat. Yes there is apparently more than just the one in Edinburgh back home I was about to say. Well it’s sort of back home. It was my home for almost six years good old Scotland! You can get cable cars and go up and down the… I want to say mountain? Is it a mountain or a hill? I’m not quite sure. Either way the view was stunning. Unfortunately no ride in the cable cars this time around considering we had the dogs with us but I’m sure there’ll be other opportunities to do that.

We continued along the serpentiney roads down towards Rosebud, a town along the coast where we stopped for lunch at a place called The Holy Bean. They had a separate vegan menu, which was handy as three quarters of the road trip crew are vegan/eat majority vegan. I had an almond milk turmeric latte and then went for their avocado toast. The food was tasty but needed quite a lot salt and pepper. Unfortunately the beetroot relish on the side had a very bitter aftertaste. I like beetroot but that flavour at the end was not great.

After we were fed and the hunger crisis was over we headed to the beach just across the road of the café. It was stunning with white sand and the water had hints of turquoise in it. The dogs were running around like mad and one of them Rusty managed to somehow find a all the dead puffer fish along the beach. Apparently they are very poisonous so most of the time we were all keeping an eye on him to make sure he didn’t try to eat them! Crazy that I’m in a country where there are pufferfish washed ashore and fish can be poisonous. I don’t think there are any poisonous fish back home in Sweden.

Next stop before we had to head back for the gym was Gonnamatta Beach and wow, the view there was just something else. This is the kind of scenery I remember from years ago. Stunning cliffs and beautiful beaches. A view that makes you stop and you could stand there forever taking it all in. I wish we would’ve had a chance to stay for longer but time was running out and the dogs weren’t allowed out in that area.

On the way back we were playing cheesy amazing music and singing along the entire way back. It was great haha. The trip left me wanting to see more. It was a great first glance of all there is to see here in Victoria and only a couple of hours drive from Melbourne. Everyone is talking about how we’ll do more things like these once spring and summer comes and I can’t wait!

We eventually got to the gym, a bit later than usual but still managed to squeeze in three different workouts before it was time to leave. I felt a bit blaah, this week’s classes have been quite tough and my body was feeling a bit tired but I got through it all. We did a bit of double undering and walking lunges once we were done with our main workout and I managed to string together over 40 in a row consistently. Finally! We finished off with abs and I can still feel them today. I don’t very often do just ab work stuff but Em made sure we squeezed in an ab tabata session at the end and my core was on fire!

Today is Sunday and I’m on my final days in the house and with Taylor. I’m going to miss that little cutie when I move out! Today I’m paying a deposit for a room I’m renting in North Brighton for the next month. If all goes to plan I should be moving in there next Saturday.

In other exciting news, I’m starting a new job tomorrow! I know, a long time coming and I’m really excited to have something to do. Vineyard work will be happening later on in the spring so I’m looking forward to working, meeting some new people and earning some money while I’m waiting. I was invited to come along to their weekly Thursday dinner the other night and they were so lovely. It was nice to meet everyone before coming in for the first time tomorrow. I’m getting a bit nervous but I’m sure I’ll be okay. It’s always a bit scary when you’re new. I can’t wait to get to grips with everything so I can do my best possible job. I’ve been looking for so long to find something to do so I’m glad it’s finally happening.

So yes there’ll be slightly less gym hangouts and more work. I knew it was bound to happen eventually hehe. Can’t go to the gym like a crazy person forever unfortunately. It’s been amazing to have the chance to train as much as I have and to just hang out with everyone but now it’s time for change and whilst I’ll still be aiming to go every day at least it’ll be different. I think it’ll be a good change.

Time to soon get ready for Sunday track session! The weather is looking promising with the sun coming out. You never know what the means though. Last Sunday it rained every other minute and was sunny the next. Here’s hoping we stay nice and dry. I’m wondering what our coach Dave has up his sleeve for training today.

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