I Must Confess…My Melbourne Adventure
Well, I am fresh from the 2012 Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne.
It was a whole lot of fun and I am intending on filling you all in on what I learned and who I met when I have some time to get my thoughts together.
But today I thought I should confess some of things that happened to me while I was there…considering I was there for less than 48 hours I ended up having more adventures than I bargained for!
My first adventure was getting to the hotel. All was good on arrival into Melbourne and I managed to get into the city without any drama.
After being told that I could not get a shuttle transfer to my hotel I was advised to catch a tram so I caught one heading to St Kilda Beach. As it was going to St Kilda it was bound to head down St Kilda Rd past my hotel, right?
Wrong. I ended up in St Kilda itself, over a kilometre away from the hotel. I imagine I would have been quite the sight trudging along alone at 10pm at night with my bags… But I wasn’t trying public transport again and I confess I was too stubborn to ask anyone the way.
So I walked it. Luckily there were people about for most of it so I didn’t feel totally uneasy but I would not like to do it again. It was a relief to finally make it to the hotel at 10.30pm – late but safe! Probably not an adventure I would like to repeat but an adventure, nonetheless.
My second adventure involved the goodie bag that all conference attendees received upon registration. I had booked my flights not planning on checking in any luggage so I had a dilemma on my return.
After much deliberation (do I dump it all or do I try to get it home?) I decided to purchase a suitcase with wheels so I could take everything back and more easily get to the airport with all my stuff. It was a purchase I hadn’t banked on but I don’t own a medium size suitcase so I thought it wouldn’t be a wasted purchase.
Upon arriving at the airport and finding out how much it would cost to transport my “free” stuff home (Jetstar sure know how to make their money!), I wished I had dumped it back at the hotel. But, what’s done is done and I will know what to expect next time.
And, yes, there will be a next time. Despite getting lost and finding myself out of pocket, I had an absolute ball. It’s not often I get to have adventures anymore and I must say I haven’t felt quite so alive in years!
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