The children are enjoying being in Melbourne this week. They are very enamoured of the trams, and Fainjin is particularly keen to ride on an “extra-long one that is blue”. He must have seen one go past and decided it looks especially sleek.
We went out for dinner last night, or rather stayed out as we had been out most of the day. When I suggested we feed the children in town before going home, The Dad started looking at fast-food sort of places, but I cried foul. Melbourne is known as a foodie city, and I wanted real food, a bit of an adventure – nothing that would challenge the kids toooo much, but something a little out of the ordinary. Pearl readily agreed to the idea of Chinese food, as she had enjoyed going to a yum cha with friends in Canberra last week. Fainjin was more reluctant – no surprise there – but he will and does eat plain rice, and in the end he was quite happy. We found a likely-looking place in Chinatown, but they had no table available, so we wandered a little further and found another one. It was very child-friendly, and had lots of Chinese people eating in it (always a good sign). It also had a window from outside into the kitchen, so the kids could watch wide-eyed as the chefs prepared meals. The chefs smiled and waved at them – another encouraging sign.
The Dad and I shared a spicy duck dish, while the kids stuck to fairly plain fare of rice and pork dumplings, but everyone was happy. Dessert was very large bowls of chocolate ice-cream for the children (none of them could finish it!), and The Dad and I shared a bowl of mango ice-cream and a plate of glutinous black rice in coconut jelly – absolutely delicious!
This morning Fainjin noticed that the master bedroom in our apartment has an ensuite bathroom, and exclaimed in disgusted envy, “Babess! They have their own bathroom! Again!”
Babess came running to look, and tsked in sympathy with him. “We should come to Melbourne by ourselves, when I’m a Mummy and you’re a Daddy,” she said, “without Kate and [The Dad].” “Or Pearl,” agreed Fainjin. The Dad and I were heartily amused that this would be their motivation to return!
Today we spent most of the day at Melbourne Museum, mostly looking at dinosaur skeletons and playing in the playground. It’s a great museum, but the biggest attractions for the kids were the set of oversized Lego blocks in the play area and the colouring-in activity in the upper gallery. That was fine, it gave us time to catch up with the friends who were accompanying us.
Afterwards, they played in the gravel courtyard outside, bringing us “crystals!” (bits of quartz) with great excitement and staging running races for which they devised their own handicap system to accommodate the different ages and sizes of the several children present.
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