Friendly penguin

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Pleasure to make your acquaintance, little penguin. :)

Spent yesterday wandering around town. Had breakfast at a little café called Gianni’s, strong coffee, then to the aquarium. Many friendly penguins in the first exhibit. I wish they were viable pets – so cute!

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Aaaaaaa~ I’m in love!

The Melbourne Aquarium is bigger than I expected. I haven’t been to Perth’s Underwater World in ages, but from memory you can be in and out in what feels like a really short time. I may have only spent an hour and a half yesterday, but I felt like a whole morning. So much to see and heaps of little sitdown areas to rest and absorb. Some creatures were getting fed as I walked past – watching the lunch punch on was pretty cool.

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I love frog. I suspect this species is a standard guest at displays in Australia cos it’s native here. Another great pet, I reckon; one could sit on your shoulder at bbqs and eat the flies that come near.

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A friendly swan at Melbourne Zoo. As I sat on the step next to the pond, this guy just hung around like we’re buddies. I didn’t know that swans grunted – it sounds like a half grunt, half snort. So I grunted back and we’d go back and forth mimicking the pattern of grunts made by the other. Talking to a bird felt pretty special. I probably looked a bit special to the people who walked by.

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Cousin Daphne and I went to a place called +39 for pizza dinner. Clever name – 39 is the country code for Italy. The staff were good looking young Italian people, the pizza came super fast and tasted super boss. Super thin, soft, light base; delicious delicious topping. Yum.

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And then dessert. Sweet pizza with warm, melty Nutella and strawberries served with side of ice cream; vanilla, I think, with maybe nutmeg. So good. So goddamn full after. I’ve decided it’s of utmost importance to eat heaps on this trip. Melbourne is cold, Tokyo will be colder. The best insulation is a coat of calories.

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Brie on toast for lunch today. Then second lunch in a couple hours at whatever café looks nice. Then borscht dinner in Prahran (Preyan).