A Day in Melbourne

Sammy Kessler James Cook University, Australia


February 13, 2015

The sidewalks were busy, and the streets moved quickly. Too caught up in taking pictures of the intricate and vibrant graffiti art on a lively alleyway, I lost my group. My small leader was hard to pick out of a crowd, and the group had already rounded a corner. I figured I should probably hustle, because getting lost in the middle of Melbourne, Victoria didn’t seem like a good way to spend my first day in an Australian city. Dodging person after person, I tried to pick up the pace. It didn’t occur to me that I was charging directly through the center of this alley. Suddenly, a cluster of people approached - they were either all in a hurry, or they were very accustomed to the city-goers style of walking - fast and ruthless. To avoid getting in the way, I scurried to the side of the road. However, I made a blatantly foolish mistake. I felt a swift “THUD” before it occurred to me - I was in Australia. In this country, they not only drive on the left, but WALK on the left. Clearly un-amused by my blunder, the group rushed past, around, and practically through me as I tried to correct my mistake and get to the left. Feeling quite silly, I finally reacquainted myself with the group. Clearly, I had a lot of adjusting to do.