04.30.2007 -17 °C
We all met in the lobby a couple of hours later. We were going to take it fairly easy the first day since we had just gotten there and we were all still pretty tired. We didn’t want to wear ourselves out on the first day! We headed off towards the shopping district area because Sarah wanted to do some shopping right off the bat. We walked to the Central Business District where there are a lot of fashion shops. We soon realized that people were slowly starting to disappear. Then we noticed that stores were starting to close. It was only about 4oclock. It didn’t take us long to find out that here, most things close really early. From early morning to about 4pm the streets are bustling, and then quietly the streets die. We started to head back to the hotel and managed to get into an arcade called the Queen Victoria Building. It was the fanciest shopping mall I’ve ever been in! The most amazing thing about this mall was the architecture. It was an old building and very ornately done. We didn’t buy anything there, the shops were way too expensive, but we took a lot of pictures and wandered around looking at all the stain glass windows and old paintings on the wall. There was even an old wrought iron spiral staircase that went up to a dead end ceiling. We browsed around there for a bit, but soon enough that closed up too. The only thing left to do was get something to eat and head back to the hotel. I don’t remember where we ate that day but I do know we were back at the hotel and snugly in bed by about 7o’clock! I fell asleep fast and slept soundly thru till about 7am the next day. We had to be up and in the lobby by 8am to start our second day.