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It was time to have my cholesterol, blood sugar and iron blood tests done again, so I started the day off at the Royal Melbourne Private Hospital at Melbourne Pathology at 11.am. The weather bureau had promised us a beautiful sunny 23 degree day and I thought it was time I went out for an adventure. BTW in case you are wondering why I go all the way to the hospital it's because I have a "port" which was put in last year, as there are NO visible veins anywhere on my arms or hands. That was all finished and it was time to set off on the fun part of my day by 12.30 pm.
I'd decided to drive in my wheelchair about 3.5 kms to where I'd planned to start exploring the area which is know for it's street art, cafe life and music. It's a very cool and eclectic area around Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Having driven a car as an able body for so many years I know that whole route and area very well. So I was excited to see what had changed or was the same as it's been a while since I had been back.
I had no plan and thought I'd just get there and go up and down streets, then I'd have lunch, see a little more, and come home by bus. I couldn't believe it when I started, my eyes were popping out of my head, pulse racing and camera clicking away. I was immediately taken aback by how much there was , and everywhere, I WAS LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE! The one thing I've learnt even more by being in a wheelchair is not to just look at eye level. Always look up, down, up driveways (watching out for crazy cars backing out or driving at a fast speed) when I cross the driveway or road. Be aware of ALL your surroundings, and not be distracted with things like the phone.
I think I covered about 1/8th of the area of that and can't wait to go back for more. I was exhausted with visual overload after about 3.5 hours with only about half an hour for lunch. Not to mention how unbelievably friendly everyone was. There were people walking about everywhere. Back streets, the main road, builders, you name it, and so many of them stopped to say "G'day" and just chat about my day, I was blown away by the sense of community. I met some wonderful people especially a lovely lady by the name of Prue. So many were able to shed light on the area and 1 chap was able to fill me in on my favourite art piece.
Enjoy some of the shots and let me know if you are interested on going on a tour with me :)
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.