Street Performers: The Pierce Brothers

As I wandered around Melbourne’s bustling CBD, I came across these two amazing performers – The Pierce Brothers. The guys were playing a fast-paced bluesy folk rock and incorporated guitars, harmonicas, tambourines and even a didgeridoo.

After standing there for a minute, I looked around to see that the twins had the entire crowd supporting them. People were dancing and clapping their hands. The music infected our souls. These guys had some incredible stage presence and really drew us into their performance. They seemed to enjoy sharing their music with us.

It’s pretty easy to see these guys tearing up the charts one day. As far as I know, they’re not signed to a record label yet, but I think they’ve got heaps of potential. They seem to be a hit in Melbourne and could easily take over the world. Check them out if you have a chance!

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Melbourne Street Art

There are some amazing examples of street art in Melbourne. They are so popular that the specific locations are often marked on tourist maps. You can also find a listing at the city of Melbourne’s website.

The murals vary in size, theme and meaning so I think it’s worth spending a few hours walking around the city to explore them all. Most designs are colorful and bold, but there are some that are more intricate. One of the popular alleys is covered top to bottom with street art, including the rubbish bins.

I think this is a wonderful way to give talented artists places to display their work. Not everyone is classically trained or interested in conventional art gallery showings. For this breed of artists, Melbourne’s streets are the perfect canvas.

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Good Intentions and Unexpected Results

Traveling has taught me that most people around the world are good people. Whether it’s fellow travelers or interesting locals, most people care about you. Not everyone is out to kidnap and murder you Hostel-style.

But sometimes you get this weird feeling in your gut  that sets off alarm bells in your head. They might be small tingles of nervousness or flutters of unease, but they’re there. The experience you gain through travel helps you to distinguish what these feelings are and how you go ahead.

After leaving Auckland, I went to Melbourne and planned to stay at a friend’s house. The term friend should be taken lightly as this is what you call everyone you meet along your travels whether you truly know them or not. I was a bit apprehensive about it but convinced myself to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. After all, meeting people and experiencing how they live is what traveling is all about.

But after two days I decided to move to a hostel in the city. I just didn’t feel comfortable in the house or with the friends I had met there. In addition, many of the tours out of the city left extremely early and I couldn’t get to them from the suburbs without waking at an ungodly hour. And when it comes to sleep, I’m not one to give it up without a fight.

Even though I had a chance at an authentic Aussie experience, somehow it just didn’t suit me. In the end, it’s as simple as this: you have to do what’s right for you.

I’m sure someone else would have enjoyed the visit tremendously, but that someone just wasn’t me. Perhaps I’m a bit too country for the rock ‘n’ roll experience? Perhaps I’m a little too vanilla for Baskin-Robbins’ 31-flavors? In any case, it’s wise to be true to yourself and listen to those tingles and flutters because they’re there for a reason. Your body knows what’s good for it even if your mind doesn’t always want to acknowledge it.

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