When I am in the CBD area of Melbourne I try to avoid as many people and crowds as possible. It's very exhausting driving my chair amongst crowds and people who are constantly looking down at their phones and walking, or just not looking where they are going. I find these days that people have no sense of what's around them, no hearing, no common sense and certainly no manners. Therefore I need to use all my senses, driving skills so as not to hurt myself when someone walks into me, and instincts to read their body language before they do anything whilst watching people all around me.
It exhausts me mentally and physically so much so that I have to spend days at home sleeping in the mornings and afternoons for hours just to catch up. The disease doesn't help as that contributes to the fatigue as well. Not to mention the foggy brain from all the medication I take in order to keep my quality of life, reduce the incredible nerve pain I have as well as prevent severe leg spasms that I may have that can last for hours.
So as a result I have discovered many lane ways, arcades and nooks and cranny's to travel along in order to often go from Melbourne Central to Flinders Street train station, without having to go anywhere near crowds. I have been talking about all of these things and the great street art we have in Melbourne to certain friends for a while. Finally we set a date for 6 of us to go on a tour of lane ways, street art and other exciting things, with me as the tour guide. This was May the 7th, 2016. It also just happened to be my birthday, and the weather was just perfect as it was 24 degrees, so it made it a very special day with 5 very special people. It was a great birthday!
We started at a lane way near Lonsdale Street, worked our way into Melbourne central to cross over to the Myer Emporium food area (which I love). Had lunch, then across to a lane way with more street art of Burke St mall, over to a little arcade area for coffee and cake (birthday muffin with 1 candle in it) a lovely surprise from a friend. On to another interesting food lane way and up to Hosier and ACDC street art lane ways. By then it was 3.30 pm and we all needed to go our own way, plus we were exhausted.
I love this form of art as it evolves from week to week and is so different all the time. I hate the tagging (senseless scribbling that is everywhere) but the street art is wonderful. Here are some photos from the day. The next tour is of the Fitzroy and Collingwood area. I can't wait! Enjoy the photos. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE FULL PICTURE.
In a wheelchair permanently since early 2010 due to a disease called NMO. I am loving getting out and about in my wheels. My blogs capture my journey.