Singapore is probably not the place to go for an Asian experience. The Asia we have experienced (and enjoyed) was more than a little ragged around the edges and very inexpensive, these were nowhere in sight in Singapore.
We ranked Singapore as the cleanest and smartest city that we have visited in our 2015 travels. Changi airport won the efficiency award with both our arrival and departure experiences which were in a different league to the many other airports we have passed through. However, these things do not necessarily make it a memorable travel experience, the prices were a little eye watering and we just struggle to enjoy a modern city experience. In the end, two nights was more than enough.
Our arrival at Melbourne kind of felt like we had arrived home and this time we were greeted by family from New Zealand which helped to reinforce that feeling. Those who have been following the blog will be aware that we were coming to Melbourne for a family wedding.
We had hired a commuter van to transport the five visitors from New Zealand plus ourselves up to the wedding venue in Castlemaine, a small town which was a 90 minute drive northwest of Melbourne.
After a very hot arrival day, the weather surprised us and turned quite cool and remained so for the rest of the weekend and has managed to get even colder as the week has gone by.
However, we had a great weekend, it was good to catch up with the family and we got to see a little of inland Victoria which was very dry. The countryside looked as though it was coming out of a harsh summer, not about to enter summer. Fortunately we had not sent all of our additional layers of clothing home and after languishing in the depths of our bags for two months they were suddenly back in use.
Also hanging about in our bags for about six weeks were the “glad rags” that we had purchased in Bangkok for the wedding. After a bit of ironing in order to make them respectable we were relieved to find that they fitted even better than when we had them made.
The wedding was a special break from our travels but time waits for nobody so on Monday we dropped the others off at Melbourne airport, traded the van for a smaller sedan and headed off for Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road, the longest of our road trips.
I am finishing this post in Victor Harbour a town about 80km south of Adelaide. The drive has been one of contrasts ranging from having to pinch ourselves to remind us that we were not actually in New Zealand to be awed by the scale of the landscape which is so different from anything else we have seen in our travels so far. This morning we drove for 300km before passing through a settlement and the road kill consisted of many kangaroos, we also had to swerve to miss an anteater that was scurrying across the road.
We had to dust off a third layer of clothing today. Yesterday saw a very brief return to warmer temperatures but accompanied by 100km winds. At times we felt we were driving through a dust storm and we were not surprised to read reports of a fatal wild-fire that has raced across 200km of the countryside here in South Australia. The wind change that blew through last evening has been just as vicious but the temperature is at least 16c colder than it was yesterday. The see sawing mercury is not helping our chances of getting through the 6 months sickness free.
Off to Adelaide tomorrow and then we spend our last week in Sydney before really returning home.