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My First Night Out in Melbourne

My Luck Takes a Turn for the Better

Last night was the craziest and most adventurous night I have ever had. I abandoned me insecurities and fears and was rewarded for my courage. The day itself was uneventful, but by 8:00 PM I decided that I was going to go out and I was going to meet some people. Sas dropped me off at the train station and after buying my ticket I made conversation with the only other person on the platform at the time. His name was Reese and we talked the whole train ride (35 minutes long) into the Central Business District. Once we arrived I tagged along with him quite a ways into China Town, he had free drink cards for a bar called Roxanne's. However, once we got there the line was so long I decided to go my own way; despite the fact that Reese was going to wait in the line to meet his friends inside. I guess I could have stayed, but although Reese was nice enough he dressed kind of strange and seemed like a raver or something. I figured I could find people with more parallel interests to my own. Walking down Swanston Street, which has all the pubs and clubs, you are amazed by the diversity of the people around you. Never before have I seen such a melting pot of people. I had a beer at Young and Jackson's Pub which was nice, but full of older people so I left and after a while of walking up and down the street I was about ready to give up. While the people are nice in Melbourne they are a bit unapproachable or seem to be at least. I was heading to take the train back after only an hour in the CBD when my luck made a one eighty. It began to sprinkle a bit while I was at a stop light when all of the sudden a jacket appeared over my head like an umbrella and I had two beautiful girls around each arm. They introduced themselves as Kathleen, Meagan, Polly, and Jade. We talked briefly as we waited for the light to cross and they loved my accent and thought I was cute. They invited me to go with them to a club called Code Red and I was relieved that my luck had changed. When we got to the club the line was huge and I thought we were going to have to wait for at least an hour, but with the girls as my entourage we walked up to the doorman and they convinced him we were all on the guest list and let us in ahead of the line. With the eyes of at least thirty jealous guys on me as I walked in with these gorgeous girls I felt like the fucking man. We drank, we danced, and hung out in the smokers area. I met lots of other girls, but I didn't get any phone numbers or anything, more notably I met Jax and Sam. Jax and Sam were very gay and very much friends with the girls. Where I come from there are not many gay men at all so this was all a bit shocking, but I don't judge so we all hit it off fine. They were pretty cool and danced with the girls and I. Eventually they decided they wanted to go to a gay club and the girls wanted to as well. This was completely taboo for me, but the girls assured me it would be fun so I reluctantly agreed. What was I supposed to do, lose the only friends I had in the whole city? We all piled into a taxi, but then they noticed we had left one girl in the bathroom and in an instant the three girls hopped out of the taxi and said they would be there right behind us. I got stuck in the taxi since I was gazing at the beautiful cityscape through the window. I had never seen buildings of such magnitude and so I ended up heading to the gay club with Jax and Sam...perfect. Jax and Sam just told me that if any guys tried dancing with me or something to say either of them were my boyfriend and they would play along but not dance with me either so I felt a bit better. Once we got there and went inside it was unbelievable, I have never seen so many gay people before. It was like a Village People's concert, one could not look in any direction without seeing men dancing, kissing, and embracing. The girls were supposed to arrive any minute, but then one of the girls had an issue with her mom or something and they were not coming. Jax and Sam went back in, but I told them to have fun and I stayed outside and started to walk back towards the CBD. My misadventure at The Peel wasn't all bad I guess and I certainly don't regret it. I had never been exposed to gay culture like that, but I think now I might be more comfortable with their lifestyle and being around them. Although I'll be damned if I end up back there without girls and I know that never in my life will I ever question my sexuality. I walked towards the CBD for a long time and ended up walking through a beautiful park. In the center was the Melbourne Art Museum near the National Exhibition. It is an enormous piece of elegant architecture and it has the look of a cathedral. Walking through the park I was shocked to see huge fruit bats swooping over my head chirping away. I accepted the fact I was completely lost and took a taxi back to the CBD train station near Federation Square. It was about 3:30 AM and I found the night rider stop that headed back to my neighborhood. If you take the train into the city you can save your ticket and ride the night rider bus for free and it will take you back to your neighborhood. The problem was that I lost my train ticket accidentally so when the nightrider came I snuck on. I don't know how the driver did not notice but when we started moving I knew I was home free! It was very difficult to figure out where I was and how far away from home I was since I had been drinking and I didn't recognize any landmarks or streets or anything. After a while another guy got off near the first landmark I recognized so I decided I'd hop off too. Turns out he lives right by me and I walked with him almost the whole way to my house. His name was Andy and he was a cool guy, I told him the very same story you've just read and he found it pretty entertaining! We exchanged numbers as well and I headed home. That night I fell asleep feeling accomplished and thrilled that I had met eight new people. Life is good.

Posted by jaktravels 22:33 Archived in Australia Tagged night melbourne adventure city pub club life party

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