belated birthday celebrations

Tuesday was my birthday (and also my birthday twin Anna Wintour’s, so happy belated birthday to her as well), but because the Captain and I were both so busy we decided to celebrate today instead. Something that we’ve both been wanting to do is go to Bounce, which is an indoor trampoline park, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to go.

I haven’t been trampolining since I was about fourteen and managed to trigger a dormant bout of food poisoning by jumping on a trampoline in a friend’s backyard, so I wasn’t sure how good I was going to be at it. It was super fun though! We got an instructor to show us some (very basic!) tricks and we immediately decided that we’re going back next week as well. We got super sweaty and gross as well, so it’s obviously a pretty good workout. This form of cardio is way more fun than jogging, just saying. I really hope there’s something like this in London as well!

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After that we went back to Smith and Daughters because we knew we’d be able to get a kickass birthday dinner there, and they didn’t disappoint. I even got a pin of their awesome neon “eat vegan” upside down cross! All in all this birthday gets 10/10, would definitely do it all again.

world vegan day in melbourne

Today is World Vegan Day! Merry vegan Christmas to all my fellow plant munchers. I celebrated by going to the vegan fair in the Melbourne show grounds – I nearly gave up so many times on the way, but I persevered!

I was going to go by bike, but I realised it was a lot further than it looked on the map, so I gave up and was going to go to Starbucks and play with my phone instead. I have a tendency to just do the same thing all the time that I’m really trying to break, so I was pretty disappointed in myself. I am trying to work on not being so negative about new experiences! So I decided it was a great opportunity to do something new, even if it did turn out to just be ok. So I hopped on the tram instead and made my way to the show grounds after all!

All in all I think it took me about an hour and a half, so when I walked in I was definitely hoping for something amazing to make it worth my while. My friend who had been there earlier in the day said that it was pretty poppin’, so judge my surprise when I walked in and there was just one guy talking about animal rights to a crowd of about fifteen people, some Falun Gong practitioners, and three non food related booths. My disappointment was tangible. I did the quickest rounds around the room ever, and was just going to go back to the city – I was telling myself to be proud that I didn’t flake out, at least.

Luckily, on my way out I heard some music, and I thought I’d go and explore where it was coming from, and it turned out that all the fun stuff was actually in a different part of the show grounds. There were all the food booths I’d been wondering where the hell they were! I strolled around for a bit and just basked in the atmosphere – I’ve never been that close to that many vegan cakes at the same time. It’s a pretty beautiful experience.

I don’t know how much I actually enjoyed it – it was nice to get me some of that cake, and being able to buy some things that aren’t widely available (I got some vegan meringues!) but there wasn’t that much more to it, I thought. I might just put it on the list of things I’m glad that I tried and leave it in the past!