February of 2020. Just about a month before the World Health Organization declared the worldwide pandemic, I was walking through the streets of downtown Melbourne. The weather was just beautiful, clear skies and bright sun. I especially enjoyed the warmth since I had just fled the coldest of Freezingland’s winter temperature.
We had rented an amazing Airbnb apartment, on the 28th floor of a skyscraper, with an breath taking view over the city. But we didn’t spend much time in our temporary nest. There was so much to discover… The Royal Gardens, taking a tram ride to St-Kilda to see the bay penguins come back from their day of fishing, just walking around town to decide what we’d bring back ”home” to have for dinner.
That particular day, we had an appointment with James.
James, is a twenty something street artist that arranges tours in the heart of Melbourne to show people around the city’s very extended and impressive street art scene. I had gone on street art tours before, but never with someone who had his name on some of these walls (I think I got extra points for spotting one of his pieces before he mentionned it to the group). We learnt a whole lot about the history behind the murals, and the stories of their makers…
The highlight of the tour was awaiting us, at the end of the tour.
James was part of an artist collective called Blender Studio. The gang had rented a warehouse where each of them had a little studio where they could practice their art. It was almost like a gallery, and when we got there, platters of sweets and finger-food were awaiting us, aswell as refreshments (icy water, sodas, wine and beers). We got to mingle with them for a while, and Aussies are such nice people, that Chéri and I are still in touch with a couple of them, to this day.
When it was time to leave, I took a couple more pictures of the alley leading to the studio. It was literally covered with paintings of different styles. The walls, pavement and even the couple of benches were tagged. It gave the otherwise kinda creepy alley a joyous, welcoming feeling. That’s when I spotted it.
It described how this whole experience felt like, in a simple word.
This year, I am dedicating my A to Z Challenge to revisiting 26 of my favorite Instagram pictures, and the memories that cling to them. If you’d like to get the full list of my challenge post, just click here.