So this is Melbourne. Foggy, grey, rather cool - very familiar actually, jacket and keep-your-umbrella-close weather. I hope that most of the chill comes from the cold I picked up on the plane (if you still haven't left home, remember to wear something warm on the plane!). The Hotel I am at is really close to RMIT - tested that out yesterday - there's an internet cafe at Elisabeth street where I am connected for au$ 3.30 a minute, and Australians are easy to be around, nice, comfortable people for a Norwegian.
Most of the time yesterday was spent nursing my cold - something it seems like most of Melbourne should have been doing. Well, not my cold, theirs. Perhaps I am hyper-sensitive because of the SARS scare, but I have never heard as many people sniff, cough, sneeze and blow their noses in public as on this trip. So that's an other thing you may want to do - pick up a pack of paper handkerchiefs, seems like this is cold and flu-season here. Logical, though, since it's winter.
And I should have skimmed through and downloaded the conference papers before I left my broadband in Norway. But Adrian promises that we'll get it all on CD, so I guess Monday it will be all right. I haven't seen Adrian yet, but judging from the amount of blogging here, he's busy finding volunteers to test out Melbourne bars for us. Well, it's a rough job, and I am glad somebody is doing it for us. Not even my native Scandinavian stamina would have endured for long enough to bring you all this list.Posted by at May 17, 2003 12:41 PM