The Curiosity Journey continues. Em flew back into Melbourne yesterday and today we are taking a spontaneous drive to Werribee Gorge. I have never been there before. We climb to the top edge of the gorge and have some avocado sandwiches while gazing down to the little creek flow through the gorge. We walk down for a refreshing swim. A few goats are watching us from the caves above.
4 weeks of non-stop unplanned Curiosity Walks around Melbourne are done. I went to many beautiful places and had lots of amazing conversations. You really can go on a fantastic holiday in your own town. Somehow the world feels like a giant lego set with 7 billion pieces in it, waiting to connect. I got some awesome ideas for new projects and can’t wait to make them reality. Thank you for all of your support and company.
Have a magnificent day and follow your curiosity. See you soon.
Here are some statistics of my Curiosity Journey:
- Suburbs visited: 50+
- Distance walked: 355.9 km
- Distance cycled: 45.2 km
- Distance swam: 29 km
- Distance traveled on public transport: 1072 km
- Distance travelled by car: 105.9 km
- Total distance traveled: 1608 km
- People I had conversations with: 277
- People who smiled at me: ~300
- Bee stings: 2
Also here are the routes I traveled:
- Curiosity Journey Day 1 – Cranbourne
- Curiosity Journey Day 2 – Brunswick
- Curiosity Journey Day 3 – Preston
- Curiosity Journey Day 4 – Clifton Hill
- Curiosity Journey Day 5 – Northcote
- Curiosity Journey Day 6 – Jacana
- Curiosity Journey Day 7 – Glen Waverley
- Curiosity Journey Day 8 – South Bank
- Curiosity Journey Day 9 – Fitzroy North
- Curiosity Journey Day 10 – Williamstown
- Curiosity Journey Day 11 – Coolaroo
- Curiosity Journey Day 12 – Belgrave
- Curiosity Journey Day 13 – Fitzroy
- Curiosity Journey Day 14 – Sunshine
- Curiosity Journey Day 15 – Sandringham
- Curiosity Journey Day 16 – Macleod
- Curiosity Journey Day 17 – Abbotsford
- Curiosity Journey Day 18 – Alamein
- Curiosity Journey Day 19 – Werribee
- Curiosity Journey Day 20 – Eltham
- Curiosity Journey Day 21 – Aspendale
- Curiosity Journey Day 22 – Collingwood
- Curiosity Journey Day 23 – Melbourne
- Curiosity Journey Day 24 – Lifegarten
- Curiosity Journey Day 25 – Dandenongs
- Curiosity Journey Day 26 – Kensington
- Curiosity Journey Day 27 – Glenferrie
- Curiosity Journey Day 28 – Sunbury
Today’s Curiosity Walk starts with me bumping into Joseph at Doomsday Coffee. It’s Joseph is from Sheffield and it’s his first day in Australia. We get along very well and I ask him, if he like to come with me on a Curiosity Walk. He is excited. We get to the station and I ask him for a number between 1 and 4. He picks 3 and we go to platform 3 and take the train to Sunbury. We are deep in conversation about seeing the world from different perspectives as all the sudden Conny who sitting next to us joins in. Conny tells us how kinesiology changed her perspective on a lot of things. She suggest getting off at Watergardens. We discover a huge Macedonian Orthodox Church, but the priest doesn’t want us to have a look inside right now and tells us to come back tomorrow. We find a second church but it has a locked fence around, so we also can’t have a look inside either. We take the train to Sunbury for some lunch and then one stop back to Diggers Rest. We try to walk back to Watergardens but the way there is block by lots of beautiful thistles, so we track back to the station.
Another day of rain. I go for a swim in the rain which is pretty awesome. Then I walk to the city and take some photos in the Carlton Gardens. I feel in the moment and get some great shots. I take the train from Melbourne Central to Lilydale and hop off at Glenferrie. There a lots of fancy houses with beautiful front yards. Alex texts and asks me, if I like to join him in the city for dinner and I take the tram back.
Yesterday it was 35°C. Today it’s 15°C. It has been raining all day. Finally, at 5 pm it stops and I hop on the train to explore a bit. I get off at Kensington. It’s seems like a very quiet and peaceful suburb. I bump into Greg who grew up around Kensington. He tells me that this all used to be stockyards where cattle was sold. Some of the fences around are still from the stockyards. He points out that there is a new track left passed the pedestrian bridge to Footscray. I follow the track and find myself in a wetlands area with lots of birds and beautiful flowers. I make my way up to Footscray and land in front the house of my friend Geir. He is home and cooks me a delicious dinner. After dinner I get to enjoy the view of Melbourne’s magnificent night skyline.