Few days ago I was leading a tour where one of our guests was Mr. Peter. Peter is a visitor from Australia and it was a great time talking to him about the city. It is interesting the kind of people we get to meet on a travel, so different in many ways and so same in many. The similar and the dissimilar links never cease to amaze me. His interest in cricket, the passion to tour the world on his bike and the very Australian spirit of being adventurous were definitely addictive. The tour ended by a statement from him hoping our paths would cross again.
Funny how things work, I came across http://www.visitmelbourne.com/in at around the same time offering a contest and a dream visit to Melbourne. Maybe its one way to make the paths cross again! Australia has always brought out a few feelings for me, their brilliant English accent, the craze for cricket, the love for food and the variety of cusines, the indigenuous tribe and the all alluring didgeridoo – the famed musical flute…. . .. .. . .. . .
I have always been a cricket fan who prides himself of breaking a fellow player’s nose with a tennis ball, what better for this fan than a view of the famous MCC– right from the days it has been Malgudi cricket club in R.K.Narayan’s book to the day it has been the MCC which has hosted the best of the best in the name of cricket. Reminds me the classy innings of Don Bradman before he bade goodbye to cricket, the hall of fame. What a dream would it be to make a visit to this place!
From the day one Masterchef Australiastarted, it gave a new inclination towards food and the love for food. It is like bringing a dream on the platter. I have been a huge fan of the show and it got me so inspired in cooking. In Australia there is one special dish I would love to learn – the Pavlova. It would be fantastic to learn the dish and try the same here.
For the palate there is a great food and for the thirst, the Australian Beer should do the trick. I would love the taste of the delightfully famous dark beer of Melbourne and the ever promising over 20 varieties of beer at Mrs.Parma’s. Well don’t judge the drunk, Benjamin Franklin seems to agree with me 😉
“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy”
– Benjamin Franklin
Australia is known for its aboriginal tribes. For me, it is the flute- the didgeridoo. Coming from a country known for its love in music and art, what better a feeling than to learn a new instrument which is indigenuous to the tribal culture there? The very thought of it sounds most exciting.
And yea before I sign off, there is one thing I would really love to try the most here, the walking tours – “Street Stories”. Having a small stint at the Royal Mysore Walks certainly has helped me appreciate the things of travel and history a little more and a little deeper and the street stories look the most promising ones! And yea drawing a parallel between the ever famous queen Victoria market and the 120 odd year old Devaraja market of Mysore would be an interesting activity.
Looking up and trying to wake up to an Australian dream 🙂 . I have always been a fan of Australia, it might be the accent or the people or the friendliness but I would certainly say – “it’s your time to visit Melbourne NOW” . I still carry a fresh passport and what better country than Australia for the first stamp?
Also, it is kinda nice to start things in an order. So why not start the world tour with the alphabet “A” 😉