November got off to a fun start. Ly, Leesa, Sue Mae and I participated in Stampede Melbourne, a 10km mud obstacle course.

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I rolled my ankle, got electrocuted and lost a ring that I had worn since the age of 17 but that didn’t stop it from being a fun experience.

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I wanted to do Tough Mudder next year but after doing the Stampede, I’ve decided the Tough Mudder may not be my thing.

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Shortly after, some of my favourite girls came to visit.  I see them every time I go back to Perth but this is the first time they’ve been to visit me in Melbourne and seen my new life here.

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They arrived late on Thursday night and left on Monday evening and boy, did we make the most of it. The weekend was about eating, shopping and spending time together.

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It’s just wonderful to know that 15 years later, our friendship is still going strong.

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Naturally it helps that they share my love of food and wine!

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We spent quality time together drinking, catching up, reminiscing and laughing.

Did I mention eating?

November 15th marks my one year anniversary at Robert Walters. My wonderful colleagues bought me a fancy french cake

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Later that month, Isabella and I flew to Hobart on some cheap flights we got as part of Jetstar’s birthday sale.

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It was our first trip to Tasmania and a welcome getaway from a stressful couple of weeks at work. One of our first stop was a distillery where we sampled some vodka and whiskey.

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Tasmania’s weather is supposed to be colder and more temperamental than Melbourne’s weather but we were lucky that weekend.

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We had perfect weather for walking around, exploring the town and eating lunch alfresco.

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The food did not disappoint. Since Tassie is well known for its seafood, we took every opportunity to order it.

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Hobart has a cute little town centre. Isabella found us a hotel in the historical Battery Point, a 5 minute walk away from Salamanca square.

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It was quite bustling there on a Saturday morning/ afternoon, with everyone coming out to peruse the famous Salamanca markets.

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I wasn’t planning on purchasing anything but when faced with so many wonderful homemade goodies, I could not resist.

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Lunch was delectable. We had a few tasting plates at a restaurant called the Grapevine, and washed it down with a nice bottle of Tasmasnia Pinor Noir.

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We explored Battery Point and the harbour before settling on dinner at Rockwell Bar and Grill which was near the Salamanca marketplace.

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While they were supposedly good for steak, we decided to stick to oysters, lobster pate, roast pork belly and a calamari salad, once again, washed down with a nice drop of pinot.

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Far from being finished, we headed to a local pub and had another bottle of wine, complete with a cheese platter.

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The next morning, rather than waking up full, we found ourselves at a cute breakfast house in Battery Point where we had a hearty breakfast.

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We caught a ferry to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art.

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The MONA is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery estate.

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It is the largest privately funded museum in Australia and has an extensive selection of art from the David Walsh collection.

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He describes the museum as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’ and it really felt like that.

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The museum is fantastic, my favourite of all that I’ve been to.  It’s not just an art museum, it’s a sensory fun experience.

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The building is cleverly and unusually designed.  While there are some works with big name artists like Sidney Nolan, the collector was clearly aiming for art that makes a statement.

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Entry is $20 for non residents of Tasmania with no limit to the time you spend in there.

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Ipods are provided with a program designed for MONA. It uses GPS to locate the artwork nearest your location and then provides you with information on it. It’s very hi -tech!

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Visitors can ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ a piece of artwork and see how many other visitors have done the same.

To top off a great afternoon, we headed to the attached winery for some oysters, cheese and pinot noir.

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I finished November off with a fun Colour Run.

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It’s a 5km run where everyone wears as much white as possible and at every km, volunteers throw a different colour at them.

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