Well, a lot has happened since we arrived in Melbourne. I thought we'd get here and be able to relax after all the stress of leaving Tasmania but that was not to be.
My sister and I booked into an Airbnb. Me for a month and her for longer term with the dogs. It's so hard to find anything to rent in Melbourne that lets you have two dogs. It seemed like a perfect plan on paper. The reality not so good.
I've had a bit of history of Airbnb disasters but this one shot to the top of the list! I arrived to a dirty house. If I'd been travelling on my own, I'd have cancelled the booking but, as I said above, with two dogs it's hard to find a place. My sister and I cleaned it, including the spa bath that seemed to have NEVER been cleaned in the history of the house -- and it was an old house!
With everything clean, we thought we could relax. But then the host sent someone to clean the back of the yard at our request and the gardener uncovered two big pipes like wells in the garden. Deep enough for dogs or small children to get stuck in.
We kept trying to make it work but then, the final straw: RATS!
So we moved out. But we couldn't move straight into another place. We spent five days in one house then moved into separate apartments. That would've been a lot easier if we hadn't gotten a ton of stuff out of our storage space.
All in all, it's been a nightmare.
Added to the stress, I seem to be the target of weird, tiny swindles and jerkiness:
- I went to the small supermarket near our first house and realised my sister had my main card so I used my US one I have for Amazon payments. Because it's a US credit card, I have to sign rather than use a PIN. The woman at the shop made me feel like such an idiot because of it. I ended up putting some groceries back and paid cash for the rest. Later, I checked my account and the transaction had gone through on my card! Bitch ripped me off.
- I've ranted before about my minipresso coffee maker. Well, in my haste to leave Seoul, I left the scoop for it behind. You kinda need the scoop for it to work. I contacted the company, asking if they could send it to Tokyo for me, they want $USD15.00. It's a tiny little scoop, FFS. Hell, with all the free PR I've given them, they could at least send me a scoop for free.
- Some douche got all up in our faces at the park for not cleaning up after our dogs. We ALWAYS clean up after our dogs. When we came back at him, he blubbered on rather than just apologise. Total jerk.
- I used Uber for the first time the other night. The first driver I got cancelled on me. I could see him driving all over the place on the app, even though I'd given him very explicit directions. Then I tried again and the next driver cancelled too. I got charged $10 for the first driver. I protested it but now I have Uber credit for it. Why would I want to use them again when they don't pick me up?
Despite all that, I have been having some good times.
- Catching up with friends and enjoying awesome food together.
- Spending time with my son.
- Being reunited with my favourite shoes (they were in the back of my storage locker and I needed my son to clear out all the other shit to get to them).
- Because of the house disasters, I'm back in my old neighbourhood. I haven't been here since the '90s and seriously, everyone dresses the same as when I left. Is it a retro thing or has time/fashion frozen while I was gone?
- Gorgeous weather, perfect for dog walks.
- Coffee! Melbourne, you have the best coffee in the world.