A Little Bit of Hobart – Part 2.
Yesterday I wrote about the first half of our Hobart adventures, and today I’m back to tell you about the rest.
We began our day by taking the coach to MONA. As it’s peak tourist season, all of the morning ferries were already booked out, but we were able to snag three places on the last ferry home of the night.
MONA – or the Museum of Old and New Art – is a very odd place. Some of the artwork was fascinating, some intriguing, and other pieces were just weird.
Clockwise from top left: 1. The lift that took us down to the artwork; 2. Water falling in the shape of words – which were obviously taken from some news source, as at one point I saw “Sandy” followed by “Hook” followed by “gunman”; 3. Goldfish in a bowl with a kitchen knife – no, I have no idea what it means; 4. A ship carved out of bones.
When we returned a few hours later, this view was rather different: there were bushfires burning just over the other side of that mountain.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Rolls of chocolate wrappers [on display, not for sale]; 2. Me and Caramello with a 10kg block of Dairy Milk [also not for sale, which is probably a good thing – it would have been a pain in the arse trying to get one of those on the plane home]; 3. Glenn and Freddo; 4. Lots and lots of chocolate.
This may not seem like much, but if you love chocolate, it’s definitely worth it. The warehouse store had big blocks of Cadbury Energy chocolate for only $1, as well as discounted Christmas stockings, and multipacks of various 55g bars. Not all of the chocolate is heavily discounted, but the prices are certainly comparable to supermarket specials. I’d recommend dropping into Coles or Safeway before you go, and taking note of the chocolate prices, that way you’ll have a decent idea of which items are real bargains, and which ones are just a tiny bit below retail prices.
The gift shop.
Cadbury is only a short drive from MONA, so we took taxis between the two. However, outside of the Hobart CBD, sometimes taxis take a very long time to turn up. We learnt the hard way that it’s best to ask places like Cadbury to call a cab for you, rather than ringing the company yourself [and I’d just like to thank the friendly and helpful Cadbury staff for their assistance after we’d waited over an hour for a seemingly non-existent taxi].
The Moo Brew tasting experience. L-R: Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Belgo, Pale Ale, Dark Ale, and Barrel Aged Vintage Stout.
Beer in a wine glass. How very fancy.
The burning sky.
Clockwise from top left: 1. The MONA ferry, with a reflection of the burning sun; 2. The view to my right; 3. The colours around the sun were more vibrant than I’d ever seen before; 4. The view to my left – clear blue skies. These photos were all taken within about ten minutes of each other.
Clockwise from top: 1. Isaac and Glenn at the markets; 2. Lots of people. Lots and lots of people; 3. Chilli Ginger Beer. Soooo good.
As soon as I saw the [non-alcoholic] Ginger Chilli Beer stall, I knew that I had to try it. As a refreshing drink for a hot day, it was beautiful. I also had a very decent [and cheap] baked potato.
1. Is that not an awesome logo? It’s a smuggling budgie!; 2. Myself and Isaac. I’m probably eating chips.