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City challenge

Melbourne City Ambassadors
For anyone who does not know thier way around Melbourne, ther Melbourne Ambassadors are a must to mee. Volunteer like Marj,Yvonne not only offer free maps, but know all the best places to head to, and there’s a free bus to take you there. It was quite a shock talking to these women; after all I know store4s on Collins St. where talking is banned. I did love the ladies, but I suggested that perhaps they swap the red polyester suits for simple Chanel twinsets.
Solito Posto, Georges Lane(latte $3.20)
if $20 is all you have then financial advice is needed. And if you want financial advice for the price of a cup coffee, head to Solito Posto. In the heart of Melbourne’s financial district, this cafe is like stepping back in time. While food was not in the budget, the coffee was great. The staff are friendly, your daily horoscope is taped to the counter, and when it comes to hot financial-type men, the place is filled with them. I know someone who have met their partners here and are now not only happily married but have decent stock portfolios.
Window shopping
At the Marriage Registery(weddings are always fun to wathch), we disocivered that no weddings were scheduled and that lurking around to be in a wedding party is strongly discouraged, but we could register for a commitment ceremony.  I headed back down Collins St. for a window shop. For me it’s the new windows at Armani, Harrolds, Ferragamo and Ralph Lauren. Hey, it costs nothing to dream.
Immigration Museum.
I loved this place, especially the Tribute Garden. This public artwork pays tribute to 7000 people who have made the journey to Victoria and features the names of immigrants who came from more than 90 countries, from the 1800s to the present day.
Federation Square
it is almost as much fun without champagne and goody bags. People-watching is one of my favourite things, but i cannot do it for long, as bad fashion hurts my eyes after a while. Still betweenf the piano(anyone can play) and the variety of performers. ACMI and NGV free exhibitions, Fed Square is half a day’s worth of fun. There’s also tai chi twice a week, which was great to watch and I’m heading back try.
The Soup Place
Cheap eats are everywhere in the CBD, but this was a day for soup. So if you still wat to have a lunch and not have to chase the pigeons away in City Square head to Centre Place, near Degraves. The Soup Place is just that. Prices start at $6.50 a bowl, and it’s almost a meal. The laneway is packed with a combination  of CBD workers, vistiors and students. It’s eclectic and is so Melbourne.
More than just a great place to discover the best magazines from around wrold, Magnation is a place to recharge on caffeine and even check your emails on your laptop. The browse and relax philosophy is what makes this place work. It’s also a great way to brush up on your French, as they always have French Vogue in stock.
Just known Lonely Planet is from Au, I mention this is that recently I was challenged to spend a day in Melbourne’s CBD, without so much as a perfume launch. The aim was for me to discover another side of Melbourne and possibly learn something about myself. So, one fine autumn day, I withdrew $20 from the bank and started!
I think I am very very like this kind of challenge, to me, it is the true meaning about travel about life……
// to write something in English is another challenge , however ,  I needed to learn something about myself, from different perspective, slice-and-dice.


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