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Daytrip to Williamstown

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by Stephanie Carter (subscribe)
Originally from California I'm now in Melbourne pursuing my masters degree. Visit my blog at
Published July 25th 2011
I decided to take a break from school today and get out of the city. My destination was Williamstown, a 30-minute metro ride away from the city. I had to make a transfer near the end, which always makes me a little nervous, but there were no problems and I arrived on time. I stepped off the metro and had no idea where I was. Everyone else around me of course had a destination in mind and were on their way. I stumbled around for a few minutes before finding a street sign leading me to the historic district. I was really lucky to have come today, because there is a street fair on the third Sunday of every month. I enjoyed looking at all the crafts, and I found the town and surrounding area to be filled with little antique shops and very interesting looking restaurants. We were also right by a pier, so there were boats docked all over. I was able to see Melbourne from afar, which was pretty cool. I took my time on the pier, before wandering around the other streets.

I found another street sign directing me to a beach, so I turned that way, not knowing where I was going to end up, but still very curious. I knew I was getting close by the change in the style of the houses. I was definitely in a beach town, and it was awesome. It was also great to see all of the parks and everything around, which is not something that I get to see everyday in the city. As much as I like where I live, I miss seeing kids running around, people taking a bike ride around the community, and dogs playing in open fields.

I arrived at the water, and it was breezy and cold, but very refreshing. I began walking on the promenade lining the beach, when I passed by an old man who made a comment about the weather. For the next 20 minutes or so we walked together, and he began telling me about his past and how he ended up here.

After he had had enough walking, he turned around to head home, and I decided to sit by the water and eat the lunch I had packed. It was great to sit there and just listen to the water and watch the birds come in and out. It was just what I needed to clear my head. I sat there for a while before I just got too cold and decided that I had to move. I walked around the botanical gardens before deciding that it was time to head back. I still had other things to get done, but spending time in this quaint town gave me the energy boost that I needed.
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