Melbourne & I.....
My last 2 days was spent in a further exploration of Melbourne City. I awoke after my first night in a dorm and wondered about the rumors of the foot diseases that lurk in these showers.I then compared that to the thought that I better get used to shower wearing sandles (jandles in Kiwi talk). After I enjoyed a full course breakfast that is included in your accommodation fee (cereal,milk,coffee,2 pieces toast and water to wash your own dishes) I made arrangements at a Backpackers travel agency for my tour to Tassie (Tasmania). It will be a 3 day guided tour from Launcheston to Hobart and then I will spend an extra few days in Hobart hoping to catch up with friends I met at the course and their Savvie(South African) friends. I am looking forward to spotting a devil and hugging a old tree. In Melbourne I took a lovely stroll down the Yarra river and visited federation square, the exhibition building, the parliament building, the library and some few other sites. Using the tram system is easy once you start asking around and then using it.
You would probably think now what would a budgeting savvie backpacker have as his daily nutrition. Today I had the breakfast at the backpackers hostel after having to share a room with a snoring walrus. (I have some earplugs somewhere in my baggage, tonight they will be found!) I then skipped up to Victoria market and bought myself 3 lovely pink ladies (apples, how 'bout them apples) and a giant pear. All four only $1.90 (+-R10.00). I then usually gnaw on them throughout the day and try to drink water as much as possible. For lunch I spoil myself with either a donut,cookie or some bread thingy and for dinner I have maybe a Mackers (McDonalds) deli item. This will usually be a bun filled with some meat and salads, quite big enough to fill up man of my caliber. All and all, I can survive for about $12-$15 per day.
Last night I attended the McGuire support group at Heidelberg in Melbourne. We were 12 that attended and I used the opportunity to ask the older successful graduates some questions. I also discussed with one my issue with the I word. ('Ek' in afrikaans). Being both engineers we analyzed the problem and quickly formulated some ideas on how to conquer it. As soon as I think of saying the 'I' word some fear arises within me. This causes me to avoid saying the word because of fear of stammering and then worsens the stammer because of the avoidance. The mantra we devised that I am using now for the physical response is "big breath, deep tone" and for the psychological "I know the technique well and how to use it, I will enjoy overcoming my fear".
I have made a total of 110 contacts today and my fear is starting to drop......., I started most of my sentences with 'I am', being assertive on the first sound, and maintaining a deep tone. I should now do this many more times in different situations and in different states of emotion.
I am spending my night in a hostel at the South End of Melbourne, a place called St Kilda. I am sharing the dorm with nine other people, it will be an interesting night. I went for a stroll on the St Kilda pier and enjoyed and beautiful soul warming sunset over the sea, while the cold wind nipped at my uncovered arms. Tomorrow I will see Tasmania
Total number of contacts on 651.