G' Day from Coburg,
We have been here a week. We are getting used to the roads and the cycle paths. Melbourne is generally bike-friendly, especially for a city that also has a robust car culture and a massive metropolitan area that is not particularly well-served by public transit.
It is spring time in Australia. The weather has been alternately warm with brilliant sunshine and gray or overcast with strong winds from the Antarctic. The flowers are in bloom and we are reacquainting ourselves with the native species: banksia, wattle, eucalyptus. The city has reserves or parks throughout. With cricket and footy being the two dominant sports, ovals are on sprawling grounds where there are also tennis courts and, sometimes, pools.
Our hosts have been uniformly welcoming and gracious. The food is almost all local, proudly Aussie. And the quality is excellent as this land is blessed with a rich variety of produce, fish and meat. Add the bounty of fine wine and cold beer and you have a generous feast.