Day 3: I didn’t plan much for the day as I wanted to give my legs a good rest before the race the next day but still ended up doing quite much. I started with the Victoria Market, a local farmer’s market very popular among locals and tourists
the produces are sooooo fresh and beautiful
not so happy about this though
there are many food stands too
then I wanted to explore Fitzroy, a lively suburb with a bohemian reputation, Fitzroy’s eclectic bars and restaurants are popular with students, weekenders and young professionals. I came across many parks where families play
the neighbourhood lives up to the fame, very hippie, young population and many bars and restaurants
then I went home just on time to witness the miracle. Eliud broke the 2 hrs mark!!!! I cried when he crossed the finish line. This guy is soooo inspiring! It was perfect timing and inspiration I needed for the race
have a good dinner
Went to bed around 7:30pm trying to get as much sleep I could.
Day 4 (race day): I set up 3 alarms just in case but didn’t needed it.
I woke up around 3am and got up at 4. Had coffee, small bowl of oatmeal with PB2 and headed off. The starting line was one metro stop away and many other runners on the train that day.
Finished strong and happy!!!
post race meal… so yum!
Day 5: I signed up for the great ocean road and it was magnificent!
We started the tour at 8am and stopped at many sites. The views are spectacular
and we saw wild koala on the road!!! 😯
she/he looked at us as surprised as we were
visited a national park
the twelve apostoles
before heading back to Melbourne we stopped for dinner. Found a Vietnamese place with vegan option (vermicelli, veggies, tofu and simple soy ginger dressing with friend onion
Day 6: my flight was 6pm but needed to check out by 10am. After a quick stop by the groceries store to buy some avocado to bring home, I ate my fav breakfast. Multigrain oatmeal with strawberries and PB2
I dropped my luggage at the skybus stop and went to explore the city
visited the treasury building museum
that showed exhibit and history of the gold rush
then the victoria library
took the bus to the airport, arrived 3 hrs earlier, had vegan Pho before boarding
That concluded my first ever solo trip to Melbourne. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed. It gave me time to reflect, be my own company, without having to worry how to entertain the family (all their needs), without having a structure schedule for meal/sleep/rest. During these few days, I slept whenever I wanted, ate whenever I was hungry, and walked as much as I wanted without worrying someone else might be tired. It allowed me to be more in tune with my body and mind needs.
Yet, it did feel like an indulgence. I guess because it was my first time. Now, I think I need to do this at least once a year… solo trip to connect with myself 🙂