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Meeting Friends in Melbourne

Traveling around the world for over nine months has made me discover that I’m more of a small town girl rather than a lover of big cities. Yet visiting the city of Melbourne in Australia has turned that idea upside down. With a population of over 4 million people, it’s no small town, yet it doesn’t feel overwhelming as some big cities do. The downtown was a pleasant surprise, full of creative architecture and great city planning. Melbourne was made the way a city should be made and was a joy to walk around. My host and friend Janel took me around the area by tram and foot to show me this gorgeous city and patiently waited as I snapped away with my camera around every turn.

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Art is infused everywhere from the bridges to buildings and everything in between. We explored lanes brimming with street art and sipped tea under amazing architecture. One day, we were fortunate to visit the National Gallery of Victoria and saw the Andy Warhol & Ai Weiwei exhibit. Ai Weiwei is an artist I admire after watching his documentary a few years ago, so it was really inspiring to see his thought provoking work in person.

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The best part about my stay in Melbourne were my hosts. Janel and Ben made me feel so welcome and I felt like part of the family in their home. Their three-year-old son made me laugh and the fact that he called me “Berry” made him all the cuter. We each delighted in our time with kangaroos at a wildlife park on Phillip Island. He hopped along while my heart melted at the gentleness of the roos and wallabies that came up to be fed.

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My stay in Melbourne was full of ease and I could relax for a change and let others take the lead. I loved my stay there and have to thank my hosts again for making me feel at home in this colorful and creative city. Thanks Janel, Ben and Ethan!

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anaïs Nin

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  1. Janel Briggs says

    Oh Sheri we loved having you and playing tourist for a few days! Thank you for making a stop here on your way around the world. It was wonderful to see the city through your artistic eyes and share in the beauty of your photos!! Thank you for capturing so many amazing memories. Please come back again one day 🙂 enjoy the rest of your travels we will miss you!! Xo Janel

  2. Ben says

    Great having you come and experience our amazing city! We enjoyed having you with us and hearing about your amazing travelling adventure.

  3. Sheri; Great Blog as always – love the pictures that you shot capturing what Melbourne really is! Amazing as always! Keep up the great creative journey! Pat and I are back at Homeplace now – sun and only 2 degrees C – Brrrr! Enjoy your time in Japan!! I am enjoying your amazingly creative shots from there!! Hugs and much Luv – Pat and Bruce

    • Thanks guys! My parents in northern Michigan are feeling the same. Waiting for the thaw. Japan is pretty awesome. Working on a post now! Hugs to you too!

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