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So many stores, so little time......

And it is stocktaking sales time!

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Though i was tierd, i still made a point to take everything in. We went shopping on a street called Chapel street. All of the stores were lined up and down. Most of them were clothing stores but some were food or convinience stores. It was cool because almost all of the stores had sales because they were going to have to pay a tax on their inventory so they try to get rid of as much as possible.

We ended up going to tomodachi, a shushi place again for lunch. We walked back to the hotel and got ready to go to dinner with Ian and Liz, Aunties friends from Australia.

Ian picked us up and drove us to their house. When we got inside, we were sniffed by three big Pointers. Rex, Meg and Flory were so sweet. They also left fur everywhere but i didn't mind because they were so sweet. Meg was white and tan and Rex and Flory were half brother/sister and they were both black and white.

Word of the Day:oldies=parents


Australia is not just an oversized animal park; it is a country where people live and work and shop. Being the middle of winter and the approaching end of the fiscal year most of the stores are holding stocktaking sales (inventory sales to us). As opposed to America were sales are at least a monthly if not more often occurrence, in Australia the sales are few and far between. The stocktaking sales attract residents from the outback to come into town and Melbourne was full of locals as well as folks from the countryside.

Melbourne is also known for its abundance of small boutique type shops, especially on Chapel Street in the South Yarra area. So that exactly where we headed after brekkie! People watching was almost as exciting as peering into the window displays. These are not outfits you are likely to see in Portland. Australians, perhaps because they are so outdoor/athletic focused, take pride in dressing up and dressing well. A marked change from the satorical expression displayed in many USA cities.

After a day of shopping we were treated to a home visit and dinner by Ian and Liz Grubb, two fair dinkum mates. A big "Thank You" to the both of them; it was an extraordinary time. They regaled us with stories of their recent travels through Never Never and the evening was far too short. Having friends throughout the world cuts both ways; on one hand you always have a friend close to hand, on the other hand the rest of your friends are miles away. Technology purports to connect us but there is still nothing that can substitute for gathering around a table and sharing a meal and the stories of your life. Priceless.

WOTD: Never Never = Australian outback, middle of the country where no one lives.

Posted by AnneAuntie 08:00 Archived in Australia Tagged family_travel

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