I don’t know what’s happening with me tonight. I have some assignments waiting for being finished, but I choose to write this blog. You probably understand what i am feeling now, wanting to do other things rather than routine activities, assignments! Ok, let’s start talking about my adventure to Ballarat, somewhere in the state of Victoria, Australia, and Melbourne CBD. Ballarat is around 1 hour by train from Melbourne if I’m not mistaken. It’s quite long time ago, hehe,,not that long, around couple of months ago. I didn’t share that journey immediately because after arriving in Sydney I had too many things to do, most of them rubbish activities, that made me lose my appetite to write it down in this blog. So, before I lose this appetite again, let’s start. 🙂
We didn’t have much time, to tell you the truth, at that time. We, I and two of friends, planned that trip on a four day easter holiday of uni. In those four days, we have to make the most of our journey and go backto Sydney before the uni began, so we didn’t have to sacrifice the lecturers. 🙂 To make it a bit dramatic, I have to mention that those four days included trip time by train Sydney – Melbourne return, hmmm you got what i mean? We went there by train, sounds crazy isn’t it? You might be wondering why we chose the train in the situation that we didn’t have much time. Yea, honestly, we did avoid it, but we didn’t have many choices rather than didn’t want to spend more money by choosing flight (even though that is the often reason for the students,,:)). Trust me, at that time it was not the thing. We decided to go a day before we travelled, an instant decision!
It was Good Friday when we decided to go and all the flight services were closed, the worse thing, no one of us had a credit card that enabled us to buy ticket via internet. A friend having a credit card from whom we usually get help to buy ticket lost the credit limit. Well, without trying to bother other people, we decided to go by train, ‘it might be the first and the last chance to experience travelling by train’, we made an excuse. Realising that difficulty, I then applied a credit card that only has function to buy ticket. 🙂
We departed on the next day, Saturday, at around 8 a.m. It spent around 12 hours to reach Melbourne. So, after making easy calculation, we arrived at around 5 p.m. Fortunately, one of Val’s friends studying in Victoria Uni picked up us from the statiun and offered help to take us to Monash Uni. But before going to Monash, we decided to walk around the Melbourne CBD. Simply, we arrived in Monash Uni at around 8 p.m, what a long day!!
The next day, we were spending time in the city: enjoyed the view of Melbourne City from Rialto Tower, visited melbourne museum, took pictures at Victoria State Library and parliament of Victoria, of course hang out in Melbourne Uni (after comparing it with my uni, I prefer my uni far more than unimelb, to be honest!:)), also picnic in yarra river,,,). We then ended our journey by having dinner in Nelayan Restaurant if I’m not mistaken and enjoyed es teller 77,,,very Indonesia!! We went back to our accomodation not too late because we had to catch the train.
The next day, after considering our resources (money and time), we all agreed to go to Ballarat rather than to Great Ocean Road. Some friends suggested us to go to Great Ocean Road rather than to Ballarat. But however, we chose to go to Ballarat. We hoped find something unique and different. One of my friends said that she got bored with the natural features all the time. So, without arguing, we then planned our trip to Ballarat. It took around an hour though to get into this place from Melbourne by train.
“Looking at the gate and the front building, it seemed not too impressive, but why so many people there?” I was wondering. We have to queue in almost an hour to get the ticket, that was crazy! The first thing that interested me was that the ticketing people and the ushers wore very oldish Brithish dresses. While welcoming us, they gave us warm smiles so that we didn’t get bored in the queuing. Smart strategy in business, isn’t it?
After getting the ticket, we learnt the map and rushed into the first destination, a small river with lots of people manually mining the gold powder in that river. We didn’t spend a lot of time there because we were not interested that much! We then continued to the next destination, a short mining tour. In that tour, we got into the long hole, just like a tunnel, where we pretended to be the miners. There were some directions and signs in that tunnel that should be followed and ended in the other side of the hole. The intersting thing was that they design that tunnel very well so that people could feel how the past miners searched the gold and mined it.
There were couple of attractions that we saw, including taking pictures with some of the people wearing the oldish cloths acting as the old native people.
The final destination was the photo section. This was the most intersting one even though it grabbed our money quite much, 🙂 In this photo section, we were wearing the oldish dresses with the hat, sitting on the chair, and holding an old thick book, and then someone took our picture,,,:). hmmm,,, “How do I look like” I could not stop thinking while waithing for the result. After waiting for around 2 hours, our pictures were ready to be enjoyed,,:) “I don’t look like Little Missy”, I cried and laughed at the same time. Me will always be me, my face will always be my face, Indonesian face not British face,,,But we were quite satisfied with the photos because there was nothing wrong with the photos, the only problem was our genuine Indonesian face, so it must not look like ‘Little Missy’. 🙂
Not long after that, we then went back to Melbourne…the next day to Sydney,,,:)
There is always lesson learnt from what we experienced, isn’t it? From that journey i can conclude that the place will be an interesting place to be visited if there is a good marketing, unique advantages, preservation of the genuine environment, and good management. On the way back to Melbourne, we discussed about this experience and ended up with the opinion that Indonesia has lots of uniqueness and lots of potential tourism destination. But we have to admit that tourism activities in Indonesia are still poor in terms of management, marketing, and financing.
Fuih!! I get into the final words. Thanks for reading this blog,,, cu later…:)