Lost in a painting of Escher

I was wandering around Melbourne University on Sunday. Oh, sorry, it’s notMelbourne University, is it. No no, it’s the University Of Melbourne. Yeah. Great.

I had gotten off the train at the Central Station of Melbourne, and caught a tram up the Street of Swanston. I was looking for the South Lawn. It had looked so easy to find on the Melways: get off the tram at Faraday Street, and head west. How hard could it be?

Harder than that, as it turns out. The place is a maze. It’s like an Escher painting, with buildings and corridors and pathways and steps all over the place. But I eventually found what I was looking for, and even had time to duck down a stairwell and take a look at the car park underneath the lawn (a location used in Mad Max). And shortly afterwards the threat of rain vanished along with the grey cloud and the sun came out, revealing a glorious Carlton afternoon to enjoy. All good.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.