I found the best source of internet quickly: Everything Internet. If you have ever been to Europe, you will know that this "orange" brand is one of the best, easiest, and most economical ways to connect to the internet. Look for signs like this. Of course...it went offline due to a technical error right when I got there, but oh well.
I've spent my first day, and really only whole free day hanging out with my brother, who lives on one of the busiest streets in Melbourne: Chapel Street. During the day, it is known for shopping, and at nights it is known for clubbing (according to my DJ brother). It is also filled with all kinds of characters, a cafe culture (all small, private owned business). Here you will find good coffee, high fashion, food from around the world, and pretty much any product you can think of. If you are here, some of the food places to check out are:
Thai: Patee Thai or Thai Lemongrass (I know, just like Maryville...but BETTER...I know, hard to imagine :) )
Williamsons - the best Aussie pies (as in Meat Pies...so awesome...you have no idea)
Hoo-Haa Restaurant Bar
Cafe Sienna: trendy drinks, Australian food...a bit of everything
Don't worry, I'll keep exploring. I'm definitely a foodie when I travel!
Here are a couple of pics from Chapel Street. Definitely a must see here in Melbourne. I should have taken them yesterday when it was sunny. Check out the variety of architecture! A little overcast today but still in the 70s.
The seminar starts tomorrow, but I'm still trying to find a way to get to Aussie Rules football while I'm here.