Welcome back to Hayley Lately. Each month, this is where I chat about my life and what I’ve been up to in Melbourne. Keep reading to discover the book I couldn’t put down, my new favourite show and the best Melbourne eats.
March always feels like such a long month compared to February – even though it only has three extra days. Like I can’t believe I began March in New Zealand. The trip already feels like it happened two months ago! Anyway, I arrived in Auckland early in the morning on the 1st March. To celebrate my 30th, I spent four nights in both Auckland and Wellington. I liked Auckland and it had some good qualities, like the waterfront, Mount Eden and delicious food. But Wellington won me over, even if the weather wasn’t optimal. It was such a cool city, with plenty of fun things to do. From the cable car to WETA Workshop to (once again) THE FOOD, I would totally return.
Back to Melbourne and I was back to work immediately. Between the museum, writing and the AFL season beginning again, my life is back to its usual busy normal.
Get set for posts on all the amazing food I ate in Auckland and Wellington. But back in Melbourne, I did venture out a couple of times as well. I finally visited Abbotsford Convent with a friend and I finally tried Lentil as Anything. On this particular sunny Saturday afternoon, there was a vegetarian buffet lunch. The concept is that you either pay what you want ($12 covers your meal) or volunteer your time instead. The food was delicious. I also recommend checking out the bakery around the corner 😉
My friends and I also went back to trivia later in the month to spend the $50 voucher we won on my birthday. The Wharf Hotel does cheap happy hour drinks and $10 pizzas during trivia, which makes the night even better.
I actually started a new writing project this month, which is always exciting. I’m writing content on Melbourne for an upcoming app for Chinese visitors. It may be sporadic, but freelance writing is never boring!
On the plane to Auckland, I finished Verity while everyone else was sleeping 🙄. What a thriller! I was hooked immediately and couldn’t put it down. In New Zealand I read The Girl I Used to Know, which was a nice chick lit novel set in Dublin. Then I finished An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, at my friend’s recommendation. I liked that it had a totally unique storyline (hint: aliens, New York City and YouTube).
I then finished the month with two more romance novels: Miss You by Kate Eberlen and 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. They were both very different. Miss You follows the story of an English guy and girl who meet briefly when they’re 18. It follows their lives until they meet again 16 years later. 99 Percent Mine was a very juicy, easy-to-read novel. March was a very good reading month, but my current book stack suggests April will be just as gripping.
So I actually went to the movies twice in March. I got a free popcorn treat for my birthday and then got another email after that with a special $10 ticket offer. Seeing as the cinema is so close to my apartment, I took advantage and treated myself to two solo Friday movie dates. I first saw Bohemian Rhapsody (FINALLY) and it most definitely lived up to the hype. How good is Rami Malek?!
Then last Friday I went and saw Five Feet Apart, which is set in a hospital and follows two teens with cystic fibrosis. I thought it was fantastic, but don’t start watching until you have tissues at the ready.
I’m starting April in Melbourne and ending back home in Townsville. I can’t wait for niece cuddles!