Travel Solo Or Join A Tour Group?

Last Saturday afternoon, I was wandering around Federation Square. All of a sudden, about thirty people swarmed around me. I looked around and realised they were being herded by a tour guide in a bright green T-shirt.

“So, this is Federation Square,” announced the guide. “It was voted as one of the ugliest buildings in the world in 2012. An eyesore.”

Melbourne's so-called monumental eyesore, Federation Square | Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument.

Melbourne’s so-called monumental eyesore, Federation Square | Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument.

I chuckled. So did the tour group. I lingered behind them. The guy in green gave a casual historical spiel about the dull-coloured, so-called unsightly Melbourne icon.

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Why We Like Music

Last Saturday, I went to see Irish-rock band Kodaline at The Prince Bandroom. I felt very excited queuing up outside the venue of the standing-room show and almost burst with excitement when I scored a place at the front of the stage.

It's always an impatient yet exciting time waiting to see a show, the perfect show of a lifetime | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold.

It’s always an impatient yet exciting time waiting to see the perfect show of a lifetime | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold.

While waiting for the band to jump out on stage, Kodaline fans swarmed around me, shoulder to shoulder. We were all here to see one band, to enjoy the same songs. It got me thinking: why do we like music so much? So many of us listen to music in the car. When we study. When we’re sitting at home.

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How To Travel Safe

We experience the unknown when we travel. Wandering unfamiliar streets. Seeing faces we don’t recognise. Sampling food we don’t get at home. Usually we come back with thrilling adventures to share.

Wandering the timeless streets of Melbourne, sometimes it's hard to find an info booth | Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.

Wandering aimlessly the timeless streets of Melbourne, sometimes it’s hard to find an information booth. Bourke Street Mall. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.

But sometimes some of us come back with the odd horror story of getting pick-pocketed, getting lost and probably everyone’s worst nightmare, their passport stolen.

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