Last Days in Melbourne & Saying Goodbye to my first Friends here | Diary 004

Monday 1/10

The first day of October started very slow. I really needed some sleep after the weekend and so I had breakfast at the hostel, worked on my laptop, wrote blog posts, chatted, watched a movie and later strolled a bit though Brunswick Street as Sabrina had some things to do there. I spotted so many cafés and bistros that I would like to go… there is soo much to discover and try in Fitzroy.

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In the evening we walked to ‘Lentils as Anything’ in Abbotsford (about 30 minutes from our hostel in Fitzroy) the most awesome vegan restaurant! They are a chain with 6 locals in Melbourne and one in Sydney who are runned by volunteers. They have an all vegan buffet for lunch and 4 meals for dinner that vary every day. You eat whatever you want and pay whatever you think it was worth it. With 15$ you cover 2 main dishes and dessert – which is super cheap for eating out, vegan, amazingly delicious food! I am for sure going back!

We tried all the dishes they had that day and they were all amazing. I couldn’t decide which was my favourite as they were all unbelievable yummy! (You can find out what we ate there in my next What I Eat in a Day)

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Tuesday 2/10

Tuesday was the last full day with our Aussie friends. We woke up early to watch the sunrise from the rooftop of our hostel. Sadly, it was very cloudy and you couldn’t see much of the pretty sunrise colours.

Afterwards I went for a run in the park nearby and did a little workout and stretching afterwards and it felt so good! This was my first workout in Australia and I could feel that my body really missed the moving and sweating in the morning and I’ll try to do that more often from now on. But it is hard sometimes while travelling…

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For Lunch, James (one of the Aussie’s) persuaded Sabrina and me to go out and have Asian food on Brunswick Street. Originally I didn’t want to go out for food that often, as it is much more expensive than cooking in the hostel, but it is also so much fun to have yummy food with friends (especially when they eat vegan as well) and there are soo many awesome vegan places to eat in Melbourne…

I had a vegan noodle salad bowl with tofu which tasted great & healthy as well.

Afterwards we had to run some errands (get our Australian bank cards). In the afternoon it was soup night at our hostel and we ate carrot soup before going to a pub for a trivia night, which was a lot of fun and ice cream (apparently the best in town) afterwards. I got vegan coconut and chocolate which was the best combination ever!

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Wednesday 3/10

On Wednesday Sabrina and I had to say goodbye to our friends and spend the day exploring East Brunswick which was kinda boring and I was super tired afterwards from all the walking. We found an amazing Vintage store that sells hundreds of vintage Levis’s and I already know that I have to come back to Melbourne with an empty suitcase and shop in all the amazing thrift and vintage shops! :D

Because we slept in we didn’t ate breakfast and started right away with a yummy veggie Bolognese pasta and for dinner we had some left Bolognese with lots of spinach and hummus in a wrap. You will find the recipes to these amazing meals in my next What I Eat in a Day!

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Thursday 4/10

Thursday was my last day in Melbourne for now (I’ll go back hopefully!) and I still haven’t made it to St. Kilda! I always wanted to go but delayed it every time because I wanted to do different things first :D So sadly the weather wasn’t that nice but I went anyways and I’ll probably go back in a few weeks when the weather is better.

Originally, I planned to do a free walking tour, like I did in the Melbourne city centre, but I missed the group or nobody was there – I don’t know. So I walked through the streets on my own, found some cute cafés and a bulk store that I had to check out obviously.

Afterwards, I went to the Botanical Garden and sat down to eat, read and enjoy my time alone.

On my way to the beach, I found a very special place: Veg Out Community Garden. An urban garden where people have small spaces to plant their own flowers and veggies and it was so beautiful there, I really fell in love with this place!

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Because the weather wasn’t great, very grey, windy and cold, I decided to just walk past the beach and the pier to get to my tram station and drive back home.


That’s it for my time in Melbourne! I really fell in love with the city and enjoyed the 2,5 weeks a lot – now I’m off to the Great Ocean Road!

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The Best Weekend ever in Melbourne! | Diary 003

This weekend was by far the best time I had on my journey until now! It was an amazing weekend, so much going on, so many new and amazing people I met, lots of conversations, laughs and all in all a wonderful time – I enjoyed every single moment!

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Friday 28/9

Friday was a very exciting day as I got to meet my AuPair parents for the first time! They spontaneously flew from Brisbane to Melbourne for the football final (will talk about that later) and so I got to meet them for breakfast and it was so lovely. We really connected and I am so happy I found them and get to stay with them at least for one month.

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We had the best Avo Smash Toast at ‚MockTurtle‘ I’ve ever eaten in my entire life and talked a lot. It was so great to be able to meet them and we really got along with each other so well, that I am even more excited to be their AuPair now!

Because it was a really rainy and cold day I just stayed at the hostel after the meetup, did some laptop work and drank tea…

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In the afternoon I went to ‚The crown‘ hotel with the guy from New Zealand to walk through the biggest casino in whole Australia. A friend told me to do so and it really was crazy! We walked through the whole building for about an hour and almost got lost in there because it is so huge! There is not only a casino and hotel there but also several restaurants, a food court, a shopping mall and clubs in one building.

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Saturday 29/9

Saturday was a very exciting day for the whole city: The Australian football final took place in Melbourne, so the city was crowded, and my hostel fully booked.

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That’s why I had to change hostel and moved into a 12-bed dorm in The Nunnery a much cooler hostel in the hip and alternative area of Melbourne called Fitzroy. Sabrina already lived here, so I knew it was awesome, only a bit more expensive (35$ per night ~ 22€). But it’s definitely worth it as the people here are much cooler, it’s located in the hip and alternative area and I’m excited to explore all the vintage shops, little boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. Also, most of the awesome vegan places are located here as well.

So I just had some last pancakes in the hostel, grabbed all my belongings and moved.

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In the afternoon the West Coast Eagles played against Collingwood (a district of Melbourne). As my AuPair family originally is from Perth the supported the Eagles and so did I. We went to the pub together with a group of boys from the hostel and watched it there. They explained us some rules and it was a lot of fun watching it – luckily, the Eagles won!!

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Afterwards, we were hungry for burgers, so we went to Lord of the Fries, an Australian all vegan fast food burger chain. It isn’t very expensive (as most eating out places are) and it was so delicious! Very unhealthy, fried, fatty and salty, but amazing. I got a “fish burger” and sweet potato fries and I’ll for sure come back if I crave something unhealthy!

The boys took us to the theatre to watch ‚Bogan Shakespeare‚ which was very funny but also kinda hard to understand so Sabrina and I sometimes looked at each other when everyone else was laughing and were like “did you get that?” haha.

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Sunday 30/9

On Sunday I went for breakfast with my AuPair mom again before they leave back to the Sunshine Coast and it was so lovely! We went to a small café called ’slowpoke‘ in Fitzroy, had amazing breakfast and good conversations. I am already very excited to meet the kids and be their AuPair next year!

This time I didn’t go for Avo toast because I knew that they couldn’t beat the first one, so I went for buckwheat granola with coconut yogurt, almond milk and pears which was super yummy.

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Afterwards, Sabrina, me and some boys from the hostel went to Queen Victoria Market again to buy fruits and veggies and I had some carrots and hummus before we went to an Escape room. I’ve never done that before, but it was so much fun! A lot of numbers and codes and not always easy to understand in English but I’ll for sure do that again.

Afterwards, we make a veggie roast together (one of the Aussies is vegan!) and then spend the night at the hostel playing board games which was a lot of fun and great to learn more vocabulary.

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What I Eat in a Day in Melbourne as a Backpacker on a Budget #1

Now that I am travelling I want to show you what I eat as a (mostly) healthy, (mostly) vegan Backpacker on a budget in Australia!

I hope you are excited for some super easy, cheap and quick recipes and meals as I don’t want to spend too much time or money cooking (and I also don’t have the nicest kitchens in the hostels). But I still try to mostly eat homemade food as eating out is crazily expensive. If I do eat out, I like to go to cute little healthy cafés that offer vegan food and I’m okay spending more money there, rather than finding the cheapest takeaway pizza in town :D

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The prices

The first hostel I stayed in offered free tea, coffee, rice and pasta as well as free pancakes in the morning, so I tried to use that to save money.

Besides what I was thinking, the food in the supermarket isn’t that much more expensive than in Germany. Some things obviously are, especially produce that have to get shipped from far away. I tried to mostly shop my produce at the market (for example the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne) as they offer cheaper products that aren’t as fresh anymore or at the end of the day.

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Here is a list of the food I bought and how much I spend on them:
  • 12 tomatoes                                2 $         1,30 €                 market
  • 2 red bell peppers                     2 $         1,30 €                 market
  • 5 bananas                                   1 $         0,70 €                 market
  • Hummus                                     3 $         1,80€                  market
  • Salt                                               2 $         1,50 €                 Coles
  • Olive ciabatta                             4 $         2,50 €                Coles
  • Olive Hummus                          5 $          3 €                     Coles
  • Canned Kidney Beans           0,75$        0,50 €                Coles
  • Soy sauce                                    4 $         2,50 €                 Coles

Next time I definitely should buy my soy sauce as well as tofu for example at an Asian supermarket. They are very popular here (because there are also a lot of Asian people living in Australia) and it’s a lot cheaper there.

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Some prices look crazy at first, but 12$ are actually 7,50€ which is the same price as in Germany for the vegan B&J… but I’m for sure going to try all the flavours when my parents visit me :P

Day 1

This wasn’t actually my first day in Melbourne, but the first day that I took pictures of my food – just to clarify that!

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As I already said, my first hostel offered free pancakes with maple syrup every morning. I wasn’t really happy about that on one hand, because I planned on trying to eat completely vegan, but on the other hand, they were yummy, free and quick to eat before leaving the hostel to explore…

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At the market, I bought this amazing self-made hummus and 4 little loaves of bread (there is no English name for „Brötchen“! :D ) and I dipped two into the hummus for lunch.

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The first meal that I cooked at the hostel was this easy rice & veggie dish. I cooked rice with some salt, mixed the veggies under after the rice was nearly finished and added some veggie broth. That’s it! Not super great, but cheap, healthy and easy.

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Day 2

Another day I slept in until 10:30am and there were no more pancakes. I cooked rice with more water than usual and „overcooked“ it to make it very creamy and sticky rice/porridge texture. Then I added lots of cinnamon, mashed banana, apple, raisins and some nuts.

It might seem weird to try to save money on something inexpensive like oats, but as cheaper you eat on most days, as more often you can spend more money on going out! :D

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Because I had a late breakfast, I just had two oranges as a snack and ate dinner early.

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A combination I just recently discovered is pasta with a hummus sauce and veggies. That’s what happens when you are a backpacker: you can’t buy a large variety of food otherwise it will go bad and you have to use it up before you leave a place – so you have to get creative and buy food that works in many meals.

So I just cooked some free pasta from the hostel, mashed some kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, olive hummus, fresh baby spinach and veggie broth and heated it up.

Throwing different ingredients together and making it a delicious meal!

 

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Day 3

I was very lucky, that my AuPair family that I’m going to stay with in May came to visit Melbourne and we were able to meet each other.

And I was even more lucky, that we went to a café to have breakfast that probably has the best ever Avo smash toast in whole Australia! Only ate this one until now, but I can’t imagine that it can get any better (and my AuPair mom agrees in that and she has already eaten many Avo toasts!)

Sadly I forgot to ask for a vegan version as I was a bit nervous that morning, but it was so yummy and so much variety in one dish – lots of mashed avo, good bread, tomatoes, cucumber, balsamic vinegar, mozzarella cheese & poached egg.

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That day I got gifted Kombucha on the streets as a sample. It wasn’t really a great flavour, but in general, I really like Kombucha.

 

The amazing breakfast kept me full for long, so I had another early and big dinner. Leftover rice with veggies where I only added some pak choi and soy sauce as well as fresh capsicum on the side. As a dessert, I had some sweet rice with applesauce and raisins.


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Another part of what I eat in Melbourne will follow soon! Including another great breakfast with my AuPair mom and way to much eating out as there are so many awesome vegan places here in Melbourne! :D