We started the day with some chocolate croissants from a local bakery in line with our aim to go local with food today. The forecast is 18 degrees with showers though the day.
Once again, we walked to the Little Mermaid after breakfast to get on the bus. Our plan was to get to stop 13 on the circuit and change buses to do the alternative hop on hop off routes with the second day of our 2 day tickets. We had a bit of drama when the bus driver lost his cool with his rival bus company and his fellow drivers for not protecting their territory and scooping passengers off a nearby cruise ship onto his tour. We eventually made it down town. By this time it was raining.
We boarded the next bus with no waiting time. This was a plus as it only runs hourly. The alternative route didn’t live up to expectations and there was no desire on our part to hop off and look closer. We got off the bus after a full circuit and went back out into the rain. We crossed the road to go into the nearby visitor centre. We got a good map and had a look at possible wet weather options. We settled on having lunch at the nearby Hard Rock Café and then walked in the rain to the nearby central station. We used the ticket machines to purchase single use tickets to travel one station down the line to a shopping mall.
We got off the train and walked in the rain to the mall, perhaps 400 metres away. We shrugged off our wet hooded jackets and wandered for a while. We found a supermarket and after eventually working out how to get into it we found the items we sought and paid for them. We stopped for a coffee and then returned to the station in the rain and travelled 4 stops up the line to the station closest to where we are staying. We walked around 800 metres in the rain to our apartment and changed into dry clothes.
Not a signature day on the trip unfortunately. Found a few shops in the mall with curious names though. One with the unfortunate name ”Slutspurt” and the other called Drop Dead. On the plus side we mastered the local train system. Melbourne Metro could learn some lessons from Copenhagen. The spacious trains show you all the stations on the line and where you are along the line in an overhead display. We also worked out we can get a train from Osterport (our local station) to Malmo (over the border in Sweden). It’s a 45 minute trip. That’s the plan for tomorrow. For the rest of today, we’re chilling and staying dry.