As I've been unable to post about the MANY things that have happened to me since my second departure from Canada I figure this is as good a time as any.
So imagine a month and a half ago to the beginning of February...
I was here in this place. Melbourne Australia.
To meet up with my lovely girlfriend Rhownyn for her birthday before we both had to head back to Dunedin for skool.
Melbourne is a very fun city architecturally.
With buildings sculpted to look like organic slime.
Tall modern sky scrappers, and cool cone domed malls... remember that dome it comes up again in a second.
Old factories INSIDE malls...
Enclosed in cone shaped domes... in a mall.
Rhonwyn and I hit the museum (as you have to really!). I won't go into too much details as Traumador might be popping in there sometime within the next month or so...
I knew I was going to like this place right away, as it had a Dinosaur to greet you in the lobby. Not just any Dinosaur but one I'd never seen before (cast or real.... this was a cast of course) Amargasaurus.
There was also a life sized Great White Shark. So you knew this had to be a good museum...
A nice upper walkway between the various part of the museum that included more cool fossils. In this case a Glyptodon which I'd also never seen (to my memory... I may have seen one when I was little, but I'm not sure).
A rather nice, but small Dinosaur Hall with Rhonwyn for scale... (Traum will be going into further depth on this... so rather than steal his thunder).
A fun insect hall. With large giant spider. The funny part is this pic was taken BEFORE Rhonwyn noticed the giant arachnid above her.
We also popped into the aquarium for a lookesy. This is the best picture I've ever managed of a Trigger Fish ever!
They had two never seens before again... Sea snakes! and...
The warm up to the big attraction was a Leopard Shark.
Followed by the big shark tank (just like the one in Auckland in size and configuration, only theirs wasn't split into two separate enclosures so their sharks were more spaced out, and harder to catch up too).
How much more zoo can a photo get than this one really?!?
Rhonwyn with a fresh water dwelling snake.
Chinese New Year
We were in town just on the tail end of Chinese New Year, and as our hotel was in the middle of China town there was plenty of things to see during our first day in town.
We also had to take Rhonwyn out for authentic Chinese (she's picky about such foods having lived in China for a while) to celebrate her B-day.
Overall Melbourne was a fun and cool place to visit. My only complaint was we only got 4.5 days there, but it was better than nothing.
We have of course since been in good old Duners for the last month and a chunk. Plenty of things have happened in that bit of time, but I'll have to fill you in on most of them later. Though I'll leave with a minor:
My student teaching is just over half finished. I had my major inspection last Thursday just before Easter break. Here I was observed by both my assigned advisor professor, and the head of my program. Unlike other inspections of last year these went quote "brilliantly" and I had minimal points to improve on (unlike last year many major points). It is appearing that younger children and me are the perfect mix.
Also Traumador got his first major non-photo appearance in over a year this week in front of the kids, and he was a big success.