On the 6th of August, our trip began with a 3am wake up call. We arrived in Melbourne mid morning and were shocked at the temperature drop. We checked into our hostel and running on adrenaline we proceeded to walk around the CBD hitting all the landmarks and features that the city has to offer. Throughout the week we visited three universities; VCA, RMIT and Melbourne Uni and learnt about what we could study and where it could take us. We participated in the brand new Road To Zero exhibit at the Museum and got to try out the virtual reality and technology that they offered. We were able to see the famous and stunning Terracotta Warriors and some more amazing exhibits at the National Gallery. At night we explored The Queen Victoria Market and walked the streets of Melbourne in search of a new cuisine to try.
We visited the Parliament House and learnt about the laws and how they got there and then, in a sharp contrast we met up with the Salvation Army. It was from gold ceilings to dirty streets and as we laid eyes on the driveways and air vents that were popular places for people to sleep we all felt so lucky and grateful for our warm beds and a roof over our heads. In the weeks before our trip, we had got together and organised to make period packs filled with sanitary products to donate to the people of Melbourne. We asked our class to donate what they could and then we put them together and were able to hand 12 packs over to a volunteer.
On our last day, we swam at the Melbourne Pools and then proceeded to get ready for our night out; we had the amazing opportunity to watch a performance of Shakespeare In Love. The performance was magical with incredible costumes and an engaging plot which left us leaning forward in our seats. We left the theatre smiling and the next day after a rushed morning of packing and some last minute shopping we travelled to the airport and arrived in a shockingly warm NSW.
Despite the cold, the dramas and the sickness we all had a great time and made memories that will last forever.