The rest of the message was perplexing. "There is somebody at the pier waiting for you. You need to check in with the port authorities."
So here's the deal. Caroline had a patient with Dialysis at Sea last year in Europe, and he (Ron Liner) was from Melbourne. Apparently, there was one of those "If you are ever in Melbourne, come see me" comments. If you travel enough, you hear a lot of generous statements like this, but usually there isn't follow-though. In this case, however, Ron figured out when the cruise was docking in Melbourne, and had been planning a reunion. Unfortunately, his multiple attempts at email and phone never reached Caroline.
So, leave it to me to dream up worse-case scenarios. And leave it to Caroline to develop such pleasant relationships with her clients that they work so hard to see her again!
Ron and Irina took us on a tour through the city, to Queen Victoria Market and the "posh neighborhoods," and finally treated us to a fabulous lunch at Richardo's. We even visited the dialysis center that treats Ron MWF.
|Dialysis machine in action.|
|In Australia, and Caroline is drinking a Mexican Corona! Victoria Bitter for me.|
|Fresh mangos! Queen Victoria Market.|
|Garlic at Queen Victoria Market.|
|A huge poster seen in downtown Melbourne.|
Ron and Irina dropped us back at the pier at 3, and we had time to walk up and down the coastal area for another hour before returning to the ship (and then playing table tennis). We didn't get in a bike ride, and the city streets had bike lanes galore. We also observed both docked and dockless bikes around the city. Unfortunately, we didn't see any fruit bats at Yarra Park, and we didn't get a chance to participate in any of the events for the Moomba Festival. In addition to being Australia's largest free festival, "Moomba" is officially translated as a native word meaning "let's get together and have fun." Further research indicated it means something closer to "up your ass." The natives had (and still have) the last laugh here!
|PVC recycling at hospital. Not in Logan!|
|Melbourne business district. I think that is the Melbourne Cricket Ground stadium in the foreground.|
|Not an appropriate parking spot for a dockless bike, over the fence and on the dunes.|
|Nurse Donna explaining sodium bicarbonate mixing on dialysis machine.|
|Touring the "posh neighborhoods" in Melbourne.|