National Holiday. Lots of celebrations. I’m not really sure what it’s all about though, to be perfectly honest.
I had my little guide to what was going on in Melbourne today, to mark the occasion. So off I went on the tram, but had to get off early because the parade runs down Swanston Street and past Federation Square. As I was getting off the tram I noticed Luke, also from my dorm. He was moving to a new hostel in the city today and had all his stuff. So I helped him by carrying his guitar. I thought I travelled with too much stuff, but Luke was definitely making life difficult for himself!
So I watched a bit of the parade. Different ethnic groups from Melbourne/Victoria by the looks of it. The Asians always seem to do best at this kinda stuff, making lots of noise, singing , dancing and banging drums. Then everyone dissipated and I decided to take the tram over to the Docklands. They were quite boring. There’s obviously some initiative to develop that area, but at the moment it’s just restaurants and a dock. And the view ism’t enough to draw you in. They could do with a designated cycle track though!
So I got the tram back to Federation Square, watched a street performer finish, and then went over to the Australian Centre of Moving Image, and watched short films for a while. These are films made by film students, independent film-makers, and amateurs. Some of them were really good, especially the animation. There was one about ‘the complexities of life’ or something, which I enjoyed, aside the sign off. The overall winner of some award however, was a load of rubbish. Something about nature and religion that I didn’t understand.
So, then I went to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (gallery of Australian art). That was OK. Had some good photographic pieces. And then I went for some food and coffee in a cafe in Federation Square (same one as Tuesday). And now I’m here, updating my blog. And later I’ll probably watch some tennis, read, watch the sunset and then the fireworks.